The Victorian Garden Organic Skincare CC is a business in the skincare industry that markets a range of natural skincare products based on formulas from the Victorian era.
The Victorian Garden Organic Skin Care Company owes its existence and is dedicated to Lady Frances Jane Glover-Anderson
- my own great grandmother - an aristocratic and lovely Victorian woman. In 1972 my maternal English grandmother died, and my mother inherited two enormous gold edged diaries passed down through the generations in her family and dating back to the 1800’s. Leather bound and still in good condition, these meticulously kept diaries in flowing copperplate record a period of ten years in the lives of the Glover family and offer a fascinating description of daily life during the Victorian era when Queen Victoria was on the throne of England. My great grandmother Frances-Jane, daughter of Edmund Glover, married Stephen, a partner in the British East Indian Shipping Company. My grandmother would relate to us how her mother Frances would remain in Scotland on the family estate as her husband’s work meant he had to spend long
periods trading in India. It seems that with time on her hands and blessed with many servants to help her, Frances planted formal herb gardens for culinary and cosmetic use at her father’s stately home in Scotland during the mid 1800’s. Nature has many ancient secrets! Old archives tell us that during Victorian times (and indeed during previous centuries), herbs and flowers were always planted by moonlight as the moon has more pull on garden plants than we may imagine, which of course we now know to be a proven fact. Picking herbs for fresh tea and plants to distil oils from was done under a waxing moon only. Fruit was always picked during the waxing moon for maximum juiciness and sweetness. Reading of the lives of my ancestors recorded in the diaries was of great fascination to me and it has been an amazing personal experience
travelling back via the diaries to a time when life was so entirely different to our lives in the 21st century. As an English Aromatherapist and Herbalist running my own Organic Skincare Salon in South Africa, I began to try my hand at making Victorian products using the same old fashioned methods and pure unadulterated ingredients. The demand for these Victorian products exploded very quickly and now, more than a century on, The Victorian Garden continues to handcraft delectable Victorian moisturizers, body lotions and bath oils. We have also introduced two other product collections - African Indigenous products and 16th century Tudor products, based on favourite recipes made for the Tudor Queens of England, which are now exported around the world.
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