Our new poster range. NB Steam distilled lemon, as opposed to cold pressed lemon, is quite hard to get hold of. It has a tremendous strong, high scent.
The beautiful gardens at St James’s Church, next to Piccadilly Market, contain seven magnificent London plane trees which have just decided to shed their flowers.
See those spines? As the flowers spin through the air — the trees are air pollinators — the spines break off and turn into highly efficient bioaerosols. These attach themselves to the skin, mouth, throat, eyes, and may penetrate into the lungs. Result: coughing, sneezing, watering eyes, itching. Asthmatics need to be careful.
High temperatures and a strong hot wind don’t help (humans) but, of course, help the trees. Heat = perspiration = more plane tree bioaerosols sticking to the skin = more itching.
What can be done? Tree surgeons wear gas masks when dealing with a flowering plane tree. It’s that bad. Or refuse to go near them until winter. Those forced into close proximity should chew gum to wash the spines from the throat, and bathe regularly to remove the spines from the skin. Lavender essential oil — a natural antihistamine — may help a bit but pollen isn’t really the problem.
- smell fabulous — used for millennia in scents and balms
- good for you — we sell lots of Tea Tree for spots and Athlete’s Foot!
- go deep into human history — Mary Magdalen poured Spikenard on the feet of Christ and wiped it away with her hair
Not only that but the plants they come from are often exquisitely beautiful:
Women in summer hats and frocks, men in t-shirts and sandals, lovers holding hands in the church gardens, tourists perspiring but happy. It’s the first day of summer
at Piccadilly Market!
After months of cold, snow, hail, a wind like the devil running round the churchyard (as if attempting, fruitlessly, to gain entry to the church) the warmth comes as a blessed relief.
The St James’s Church gardens are a secret delight. The stretch of central London from Piccadilly Circus to Green Park is a heavily built environment with little greenery. The property developers are in permanent action, knocking down buildings and building new ones, driven by some of the highest property prices in the world.
So in this dusty, car exhaust-laden, glass and concrete urban desert, the St James’s Church gardens, between Piccadilly and Jermyn Street, are important.
We are proud to supply Galbanum essential oil, steam distilled in England from resin of the ferula galbaniflua plant imported from Iran.
Galbanum, a green, fruity-floral odour reminiscent of green apples, sometimes referred to as the sacred “mother oil” goes deep into human history.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Take unto thee sweet spices, stacte, and onycha, and galbanum; [these] sweet spices with pure frankincense: of each shall there be a like [weight]:
And thou shalt make it a perfume, a confection after the art of the apothecary, tempered together, pure [and] holy… Exodus 30:35-6
Often used as a “green” note in perfumery, it is the ingredient which gives the distinctive odour to “Must” by Cartier, “Vent Vert” by Balmain, “Chanel No. 19” and “Vol De Nuit” by Guerlain.
Initial notes are bitter, acrid, peculiar, followed by a complex green, spicy, woody, apple-like balsamic odour: reminiscent of crushed foliage at the height of summer.
Supplied in 5 ml bottles only. Best to telephone before visiting as stocks are low. A tester is available.
Flags are going up all over London in preparation for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations (60 years on the throne). Events will centre round an extended weekend on 2, 3, 4 and 5 June 2012.
Piccadilly Market is about 750 yards from Buckingham Palace and havenessence will be open on Saturday 2 June.
It is unknown, precisely, which perfume the Queen prefers. Like all successful monarchs she has maintained an air of mystery… for 60 years.
But mention has been made of Joy, Fleurissimo and Penhaligons. Rose is the common factor in these scents and havenessence stocks high quality rose absolutes, steam distilled rose essential oils, rose soaps and rose perfume sprays.
Visit us as part of the celebrations and leave smelling like a queen!
Coming soon to havenessence at Piccadilly Market: Prickly Pear Seed Oil, aka Barbary Fig Seed Oil, Opuntia Oil, Opuntia Ficus Indica Seed Oil, Cactus Oil.
As reported by the BBC in 2009, this is a wonder skin and hair oil, relatively new to the western cosmetics industry, from the women’s co-operatives of Morocco. It takes approximately a ton of the tiny seeds to produce one litre of oil. It is rare, expensive, and hard to source as a genuine, virgin, cold-pressed, organic, fair trade product.
Watch this space!
Essential oils should be smelt. They can also be mixed with a good carrier — say Argon Oil — and used as scent or for massage. They can be dripped in the bath. Or used in the manufacture of high quality soaps, creams and perfumes. Or vaporised in an oil burner.
But most of all they should be smelt, especially before purchase. Which is an advantage of obtaining your oils from Havenessence at Piccadilly Market in central London. Nearly all our oils can be smelt before purchase. Some customers stay half an hour, working their way through our range — the largest collection of essential oils in central London.
The following specialist essential oils are normally available from us in central London:
- Chamomile Matricaria Absolute
- Frangipani Absolute
- Gardenia Absolute
- Honeysuckle Absolute
- Hyacinth Absolute
- Jasmine Absolute
- Marigold Absolute
- Neroli Absolute
- Rose Maroc Absolute
- Rose Otto Steam Distilled
- Sandalwood Indian Steam Distilled
- Vanilla Absolute
We keep a limited stock so best to phone before visiting. You can smell the oils before purchase. We open four days a week, Wed-Sat incl, 10am – 6pm at:
St James’s Church
London W1J 9LL
Tel: 07588 964 422