The Wonder of… Gardenia

Gardenia flower

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‘The White Angel’

by Hannah Le Fevre Taylor

A symbol of trust and purity, Gardenia flowers are known for their bright white swirl of petals. Similar to the scent of Jasmine, Gardenia possesses a sweet, intoxicating fragrance that is believed to have aphrodisiac qualities.

Victorian Woman
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The Victorians used to use flowers to send secret messages to one another; Gardenia flowers were used to say “you’re lovely”.

Gardenia can aid relaxation as it is said to help dispel negative feelings, enhance mood, and alleviate stress: indeed, in ancient Chinese medicine Gardenia essential oil is seen as effective in reducing anxiety.

The scent is wonderful for aromatherapy and a perfect addition to relaxing lotions such as our SOMA Hydrating Body Lotion: a beautiful blend of Gardenia and other natural oils that creates a silky, moisturizing lotion with a gentle scent.

The wonderful hydrating properties of Gardenia oil aids the rejuvenation of tired or damaged skin. The natural botanicals in our Eternal Body Oil nourish your skin to promote elasticity and create a healthy, full body glow, leaving behind a stimulating scent.