Magical May Dew
May Day, celebrated on May 1st, is an ancient celebration of spring that dates as far back as the classical Roman era. The ancient pagans celebrated the coming of spring with huge bonfires on hilltops and performed rituals of sacrifice and incantation in order to honor the sun and ask for the abundance, fertility, and life that it would bring in the months ahead. Celebrations throughout the centuries continued to focus on the vital connection between humans and nature and even simple things, like the morning dew, were sacred to the celebrants.
The pagans believed that this “holy water” from nature was vital to making things grow and over time the idea morphed into a broader idea that May dew could bestow vitality, beauty, fertility, and good fortune for the rest of the year.
Some of the oldest May Day traditions are connected with magical morning dew. It’s said that washing ones face in the dew at sunrise will beautify and perfect the complexion and wash away acne, blemishes, and even freckles (unsurprisingly this one comes up mostly in the British isles) and if you be so bold, rolling naked in the wet morning grass will imbue the whole body with comeliness and health. In the Ozarks, hanging your handkerchief out on April 30th to be wet with the dew and dried in the May morning sun was said to reveal the initials of the man a maiden would marry.
Dew, our latest offering in the Slow Beauty line, is a skin perfecting serum inspired by the jubilation of new beginnings. A simple, clean blend of plant derived squalane and cloudberry, a super-fruit super-charged with vitamins C and E for brightening, energizing, and hydrating parched and aging skin.
Use a couple of drops twice daily on clean skin before other moisturizers and makeup.