Our floral pommades are made on a female owned and operated farm using the ancient, labor intensive, and all but vanished scent extraction process of enfleurage – two to three gallons of fresh, organic flowers are placed into an organic fat on glass chassis every day for more than 30 days. At the end of the process, bushels of flowers have been used and the fat molecules are naturally infused with the pure, rich scent from the exhaling blossoms.
The lilacs used are from a female owned, organic farm dedicated to the propagation and preservation of local lilacs. Forty to fifty different varieties are used each year to make the pommade, depending on which plants are resting, and the scent of each year’s batch is wonderfully varied by the unique blend of rare, classic, heritage, and new generation lilacs used and the way early bloomers, mid-season bloomers, and late season bloomers are combined (some have honey notes and some tend to be on the spicier side). In keeping with the ancient perfumers, spiritual invocations are said each year by the farmers as the plants are being harvested to infuse the “soul” of the lilacs with appeals for world healing, peace, giving, love, and abundance.
Lilac is known throughout history as a harbinger of spring and often signifies new beginnings. Passengers on the Mayflower are said to have carried sprigs of lilac as a talisman of safe passage and the flowers became symbols of a fresh start. An uplifting and mood enhancing scent, the lilac is also naturally aphrodisiac. About half of the lilac varieties used are white and when white flowers are broken down they create a chemical compound called indole, a musky, heady scent associated with sexual intimacy (the ancient perfumers used to caution that virgin maidens should never be allowed to pick in fields of white flowers). In addition to its intoxicating scent, the lilac flower is rejuvenating and astringent, so it can help to tighten and shrink pores.
Peony has been used as a healer in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurveda for centuries because it is naturally antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. This graceful and abundantly beautiful plant can help the dermis to fight free-radical change and in the process, keep the skin firm, toned, and even.
The fresh, wild rose has also been used for thousands of years to heal and scent the skin. The ancient Egyptians were known to boil whole roses to create balms that would protect their skin from the harsh and dry desert conditions. Aristocratic Roman women created rose petal poultices, believing the rose to be a powerful tool to combat aging. The Persians invented steam distillation to extract the precious oil for skin and medieval women treated their scars and scented their bodies with the luxurious rose water and oil. Rose oil is antiseptic, astringent, anti-inflammatory and cell rejuvenating and is a fantastic healing oil for the skin. A wondrous and refreshing scent, rose is intoxicating and aromatherapeutic and has been shown to act as an antidepressant and to relieve nervous tension.
The base of the pommade is sustainable, organic palm kernel oil, a superior oil for the skin because it is high in vitamin A and mimics the skins natural sebum.