I have only recently noticed the heritage skincare product Pommade Divine, and it was the beautiful packaging that caught my attention. I love products with provenance, and Pommade Divine’s goes back centuries. Wrap all that history in a little glass jar, with a lid embellished with the sweetest ‘Start-Rite’ shoe style illustration of two little children, and an evocative name* … it’s perfectly me. So, how was it possible that I had been unaware of this delight until I spotted it on the shelves of Zen Pharmacy?
A timely press release revealed that although this product first graced the shelves of British pharmacies in 1800, Pommade Divine went through many incarnations, and some periods of dormancy, before a 2014 relaunch that now sees it stocked in ten countries. In London, you can find it at Liberty London; in Paris, at Colette. That lovely little glass jar is also available at net-a-porter.
Usually,on this blog, I only cover products that I’ve tried and tested thoroughly. But, because I know that an unbelievably good sample sale is coming up at the end of the month I am being uncharacteristically frugal. And therefore, I didn’t give in to the temptation to possess that little jar of Pommade Divine immediately. So unlike me.
However, in stop-press news, it turns out that today, (and every day until March 14th), you and I can play a part in the further development of Pommade Divine through their current crowd-funding campaign. I am intending to stick in a tenner which will get me first dibs and a 29% reduction on the price of a Travel-friendly Pommade Divine Natural Remedy Balm: the production of this portable Pommade Divine being the purpose of the campaign. If it wasn’t for that afore-mentioned sample sale, I would probably take a punt on the £50 contribution which will get you two jars and three tubes (very good for gifting) at a 40% discount.
I felt this was a good post to put up on International Women’s Day/#strikeday as if you’re observing #strikeday, you might be avoiding shopping, and if not actively avoiding, then looking for female-led businesses to put your money into. Writing in haste means that I can’t be sure that this is a female-led business: but, I can tell you it’s fronted by Ania Richmond, a young woman who fell in love with the rich history of this ‘magic cream’** and was inspired to revive the brand. I’m very glad that she did: I’ve enjoyed reading up about Pommade Divine, and am now even more excited to try the product.
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Click the link to find out more about the Pommade Divine crowdfunding project.
To physically get your mitts on a jar of Pommade Divine with no further ado, I suggest you visit Zen Pharmacy in Knightsbridge, who have a genius buyer who ensures that this little pearl of a shop is packed full of intriguing brands.
*I used to DJ under the name of Pomme, so every time I read the name of this cream, I feel that it’s reminding me of my own goddess-like qualities.
** I love ‘magic creams’, also known in this house as placebo creams. My current favourite is Cold Cheeks Cream, but I’m running low …