SOEURS DE CARMES - Limited Edition Eau Beauté
Inspired by the famous 12th century Carmelite Water, this floral water is limited edition and was released as part of our Aphrodite's Garden of Aromatic Delights Amatory Box.
The story begins with the Sisters of Carmel, known as Carmelite nuns of the Order of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. The nuns of the Carmelite Abbey in France became celebrated for their now-famous aqua mirabilis (miracle water) that eventually came to be known as Carmelite water. The popular miracle water, also known as Eau de Melisse (lemon balm) was created for King Charles V of France in 1379. It quickly gained recognition as a panacea for a wide variety of complaints and was believed to cure headaches, protect against poison, break hexes, and was used as an elixir of longevity. It became so in demand that the nuns started to produce, bottle, and sell this famous water on a large scale.
The exact formula was top secret but it undoubtedly was focused around lemon balm, Melissa Officinalis, which has long held a reputation for calming the nerves. Nicholas Culpepper praised the virtues of Carmelite water in The Complete Herbal: “It causeth the Mind and Heart to become merry, and reviveth the Heart fainting to foundlings, especially of such who are overtaken in their sleep, and driveth away all troublesome cares and thought...” And the Swiss physician and alchemist Paracelsus also praised lemon balm as the “elixir of life”. This Eau de Mélisse also served as a perfume and toilet water and is one of the forerunners to French eau de cologne.
Our version of this aqua mirabilis contains lemon balm hydrosol and extracts, rose water, chamomile, and sandalwood hydrosols, as well as herbal glycerites. It is meant to be spritzed on the face and self as desired for a refreshing, hydrating, calming, and restorative experience.
50ml in a black amethyst glass bottle with atomizer.
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