Organic Lilac Pommade
Our lilac pommade is made using the ancient, labor intensive, and all but vanished scent extraction process of enfleurage – two to three gallons of fresh, organic lilac flowers are placed into an organic fat on glass chassis every day for 33 days. At the end of the process, between eight and ten bushels of flowers have been used (about a bathtub full of flowers) and the fat molecules are infused with the pure, rich scent from the exhaling flowers.
The lilacs used are from a female owned, organic farm dedicated to the propagation and preservation of local lilacs. One of the varieties found on the farm, the Henry Martin, is so rare that it is just one of two plants of its kind that exist in the world. 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 in the new world. 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 astringent and using the pommade as a light facial salve can help to tighten and shrink pores.