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Specialist Essential Oils

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:

Piccadilly Market
St James’s Church
197 Piccadilly
London W1J 9LL

Tel: 07588 964 422


Hyacinth & Apollo

The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc (1801)
The Death of Hyacinthos by Jean Broc (1801)

Hyacinth, a beautiful youth, son of the King of Sparta, was loved by the God Apollo, who would visit him for manly pleasures. One day they took turns throwing the discus and Apollo made a mighty throw. Hyacinth, running to catch it, was struck on the head.

One version of the myth posits a homosexual love triangle, claiming that Zephyrus, God of the West Wind, also loved Hyacinth and in a fit of jealousy blew the discus off course, so it hit the youth.

Hyacinth by François Joseph Bosio (1817)
Hyacinth by François Joseph Bosio (1817)

Hyacinth died in Apollo’s arms, his blood flowing onto the earth. Apollo, finding it intolerable that Hyacinth should be dead, made a hyacinth grow from the bloody soil.

Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus (1767)
Mozart: Apollo et Hyacinthus (1767)

Mozart, age 11, wrote an opera Apollo et Hyacinthus based on the myth. But the librettist Rufinus Widl (a priest) modified Ovid’s story, changing the sexually desired character from Ovid’s Hyacinth to Melia, his sister.

Hyacinth absolute is available from us at Piccadilly Market.

Hyacinth Absolute Piccadilly Market
Hyacinth, Piccadilly Market