The blend made from rosemary and alcohol is hallmarked by Erzsébet £okietek, mother of King Louis the Great. Apart from its nice fragrance, when rubbed into ailing body parts, it alleviated the symptoms of gout, a disease that medieval man suffered from badly.
The original recipe of the blend is lost to history. The first mention of the formula comes from 1666 from the writings of a doctor from Padua, a certain Joannes Praevotius, who mentions the name of Elisabeth too. However, the story contains tale-like parts as well, according to which
the blend made the elderly queen so young that the Polish king married her...
“The Queen of Hungary’s water” can be sampled in the Osmothèque in Versailles, which is the world’s first scent archive.