One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A small perfumed bag used to scent clothes.
- ‘The sachets will impart a pleasant scent as well as keep moths away.’
- ‘The dried flowers can be used in a potpourri and in herb sachets, and the essential oil can be included in natural cosmetic preparations and ointments.’
- ‘Lavender buds make wonderful smelling sachets, as do dried citrus rinds and dried flowers.’
- ‘Before you put your clothes away for the winter, insert a fabric softener sheet or lavender sachet to keep them smelling fresh for next season.’
- ‘This is the place to pick up your souvenirs - lavender sachets, toilettes, colognes, soaps, and, strictly to be consumed on the premises, home-made lavender ice-cream.’
- ‘Place scented sachets into your dresser drawers and closet’
- ‘Set this serene-smelling sachet on the bedside, and you'll be off to Dreamland.’
- ‘You can smell the lavender sachets on them, if not indeed the mothballs, and they seem to be made up of faded photographs and yellowing newspaper clippings.’
- ‘When dried it can be used whole for wreaths and centerpieces or crushed to use in sachets for closets or drawers or to scent a bath.’
- ‘Or hang a small sachet of lavender flowers from your rearview mirror to mask stale-smelling air.’
- ‘This bag can then be put into a hot bath like a tea bag, or used as a sachet for your guest's clothes.’
- ‘A lavender sachet under your pillow or a snack high in simple carbohydrates (like cereal or a muffin) shortly before bed may also be beneficial.’
- ‘I also blessed a dream catcher to hang over their beds, and made a sachet of lavender and hops to put under their pillows.’
- ‘For invitations send out little gingham sachets of dried herbs (from last year's harvest) with a tag telling the recipient about the luncheon including the date and time.’
- ‘Chamomile can be blended with other herbs to enhance its already wonderful scent in sachets, essential baths, etc.’
- ‘Make sachets of dried lavender or equal portions of rosemary and mint.’
- ‘Make your own lavender sachets to keep stored linens fresh.’
- ‘Clear out a bureau drawer or two and place a welcoming lightly scented sachet inside, with a few protective sheets of tissue to line.’
- 1.1archaic Dried, scented material for use in scenting clothes.
Mid 19th century (in sachet (sense 2 of the noun)): from French, ‘little bag’, diminutive of sac, from Latin saccus ‘sack, bag’.
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