13.04.2012
Violets are blue, dilly, dilly
.. and Spring-like white too

Spring is sprung and the best gardens - slightly wild, like ours! - are brimming with the beauty of the violet, that elusively scented, exquisitely coloured lifter of hearts.

Here at Great Elm we love the violet for its further gifts - in our natural philosophy, nothing is wasted, everything is encouraged to give its goodness. We take the leaves, dry them and then join them with organic sweet almond oil. This fine mix is then allowed to sit on a sunny window sill for three to four weeks, until it's ready to become part of one of our most popular skin cosseters, the magical Violet and Rosehip Replenishing Cream, spoken of with awe wherever and whenever organic skincare sophisticates meet.

As well as rosehip, this luxuriant cream is extravagantly enriched with the cooling and plumping properties of borage and mallow, and possesses a truly bewitching combined scent that you will have experienced before, but only on one of those numinous evenings in an English garden, just after the rain.

"A cream that makes me feel marvellous, and after another day in the city, that scent and feel of the countryside is balm to my soul!" writes one of our customers, Ms Bird of Islington.

It's available in two sizes: standard 50ml at 47.75 and our special Try Me 15ml at 14.15.

If your garden's brimming with violets you could make them into a fabulous face mask. Blitz a small handful of leaves with an egg-yolk, an eggcupful of almond oil and some honey. Give it a go.

The English Garden is waiting

Great Elm. Natural. Simple. Best.

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