How not to advertise your breath mints

The following is from a 1696 recipe book, for what are essentially breath mints, "Perfum'd with Amber, very good for the Mouth." "...Take a bit of [the mixture] as big as a Nut in your Hands, roll it to a point, take a Crum at a time, twist it with your Two Fingers, and you'll shape it like a Mouses turd..."

Yes, you read that correctly. And if anyone doesn't know what a mouse's turd looks like, you are quite, quite fortunate and have obviously never had to bleach your entire set of 18th century dishes after discovering them covered in the aforementioned substance. Twice.

Source: The French Perfumer by Simon Barbe, 1696