Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm
Pommade Divine : LONDON : Since 1800
Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm History:
C.900-1000- IT ALL BEGAN WITH A MAGIC APPLE The first pomades were waxy ointments or salves made from a mixture of animal fat, lanolin and essential oils. The ointments can be traced back to the Viking era and the Anglo-Saxon “Nine Herbs Charm” – a remedy prayer chanted whilst mixing the nine medicinal herbs, a mixture of religion and magic. Crab apples were the main ingredient in the ointment used to heal inflammations and infections of the skin. The term "pomade" is derived from the Latin for crab apple - “pomarius”.
1500S- POMMADE DIVINE IS BORN Pommade Divine originated in France. Prior to the emergence of the modern physician, monks were often called upon to heal the sick. The monastic herb garden was a natural “laboratory” linked to the development of modern medicine. Crab apples were used in many preparations and the word "divine” was added simply because it was made by monks, the original divine pharmacists. Pommade Divine soon became a generic term for these efficacious balms available to nobility across France and soon spread across the whole of Europe.
1720- POMMADE DIVINE AT VERSAILLES The great-grandmother to Marie-Antoinette, the Bavarian Princess Elisabeth Charlotte, sister-in-law to King Louis XIV of France was a truly formidable woman who documented much of life in the French Court through thousands of letters to her family in Germany. Many of these letters include glowing praise of Pommade Divine, which she carried with her at all times, and insisted was “the best thing if you have burned yourself with sealing wax”. In one of her letters, she describes how she accidentally sat on her own watch and, in breaking the glass, suffered a nasty cut on her right buttock. She cheerfully reported that with a couple of applications of Pommade Divine everything healed perfectly.
1750S- “NO, I’M THE REAL POMMADE DIVINE!” Pommade Divine became a staple household product in Britain in the late 1700s. Farmers would make it in their homes using marrow and other natural ingredients. It was stored in earthenware pots next to the flour, easily accessible when they came home from the fields, to apply to dry, rough hands in the winter, and sunburn and insect bites in the summer. The aristocracy would pick up their supply of Pommade Divine from apothecaries. In fact, it became so de rigueur that many of London’s apothecaries took to newspapers to prove their ownership rights to it.
1800- FIRST POT OF BUTLER’S POMMADE DIVINE IS SOLD The Pommade Divine that emerged victorious is by Butlers and Co, chemists located at No4 Cheapside in the City of London and whose recipe is still used today. Butler’s Pommade Divine contained ingredients from the Far East including benzoin, liquidambar, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove which made their Pommade Divine superior in quality. It became very popular with the fashionable upper and middle classes, soon becoming the country’s favourite version of the “cure-all” balm.
1864- POMMADE DIVINE MARCHES TO AMERICA Pommade Divine crosses the pond to America, where it is used by young soldiers during the American Civil War. A letter from a young soldier named Hamilton Branch to his mother dated 25th May 1864 mentions that he carries Pommade Divine in his haversack. A leaflet held by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum in London states that "Pommade Divine, a remedy for all sorts of pains, swellings and bruises is very useful for all gentlemen of the army and navy".
1867- BUTLER’S ROYAL ENDORSEMENT By late 1867, Butler & Co. became an official chemist to the Royal family. This helped Butler’s version of Pommade Divine stand out as the market leader, and shortly thereafter became the only Pommade Divine available.
1910- “NANNY’S MAGIC CREAM” Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Butler’s Pommade Divine was shipped all over the British Empire. It was quoted that there was a pot of Butler’s Pommade Divine with every nanny in every nursery.
1945- BUTLER’S POMMADE DIVINE IN CHEMISTS In the modern era, the product became available through all pharmaceutical outlets in the UK and at newer retailers like Boots. The family business was sold after World War II to a large public company, but sales declined through lack of promotion. By the late 80s, the decision was taken to cease production, and Pommade Divine was no longer available in pharmacies.
1987- POMMADE DIVINE FINDS A NEW GUARDIAN The brand is sold to a family that has first-hand knowledge of Pommade Divine's amazing properties, and a small quantity continues to be made and sold privately to loyal customers by word of mouth.
2015- A LEGEND REBORN
Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm for Eczema
What is Eczema?
Eczema (also known as atopic dermatitis) is a common inflammatory skin condition that causes the skin to become itchy, red, rough, dry and cracked, and can be very uncomfortable. The itching can lead sufferers to scratch the skin, further damaging the fragile skin barrier and making the symptoms worse.
Eczema is very common in children (around 20%) but can last a lifetime or even develop in adults. Like other types of skin conditions, people with eczema have what is called “flare-ups”. Often, people who experience eczema also suffer from hay fever and/or asthma.
How can Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm help?
For over 300 years, the natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties found in benzoin, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg have helped protect, soothe and comfort severely dry and eczema prone skin. Today, Pommade Divine Nature's Remedy Balm's intensive, rich blend of natural oils and butters has been expertly formulated to improve the symptoms of eczema, such as redness, itching, discomfort and dryness.
Pommade Divine's natural, nourishing formula immediately provides protection to irritated and dry skin, instantly relieving tightness and discomfort. With regular use, Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm improves skin’s appearance by reducing roughness, dry patches and redness, and helps prevent the likelihood of scarring. Pommade Divine's combination of lanolin and shea butter are ideal for sensitive or easily irritated skin because of the natural moisture and emollient properties found in these ingredients.
* Lanolin works as an excellent moisturiser, it creates a protective film over the skin, allowing it to function and breathe naturally while emulsifying water on the skin and holding it there.
* Shea butter - rich in anti-oxidants such as vitamin E and anti-inflammatory agents such as vitamin A - targets the underlying pathological processes that create eczema, and remediates the unpleasant and unsightly surface results of this skin disease.
Eczema, if not hereditary, can flare up when the skin comes into contact with irritating substances or allergic triggers. These can include traditional soaps and laundry detergents, dust mites, pet hair or dander, food and plants, perfume, certain fabrics, or even water. Stress, tiredness and illness can also trigger eczema, as well as extreme temperature conditions and central heating that makes indoor air dry. On babies, saliva can cause irritation on the face.
Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm is free from irritating chemicals, parabens, mineral oils, petroleum, phenoxyethanol, synthetic fragrances & dyes and is suitable for sensitive skin, even on young children and babies.
Eczema: daily recommended skincare routine in 6 steps
Daily skin care is essential to controlling eczema. When your skin is dry, it is not because it lacks grease or oil, but because it fails to retain water. Here are Pommade Divine's tips on a good daily skin care regimen that focuses on the basics of bathing and moisturising:
* Keep showers short and make sure the water is lukewarm but not hot.
* When taking a bath, avoid shower gels and drying soaps. Instead opt for fragrance / perfume free, dye-free and low-PH emollient bath oils, as they will help to soften the water and prevent dry eczema skin. Alternatively, a cup of salt, baking soda or oatmeal added to the bath can also relieve the eczema itching.
* Avoid scrubbing your body skin while showering.
* After washing, do not rub and do not completely dry your skin - gently pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
* Moisturise eczema affected areas of your face and body with Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm within 3 minutes after bathing, when the skin is still slightly damp, as the balm will seal in the moisture.
* Maintain skin hydration throughout the day applying Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm as often as necessary and gently massaging it into the skin.
Recommendations for managing eczema day-to-day:
Where possible, Pommade Divine advise you to try the following:
* Avoid exposing skin to extremes in temperature.
* Avoid wearing tight-fitting, rough fabrics that can irritate the eczema skin, such as synthetic fibres and wool, prefer cotton or soft fabrics.
* Avoid direct contact with any household cleaning agents – use gloves.
* Avoid strenuous exercise during an eczema flare-up as anything that causes sweating can irritate the eczema rash.
* Make sure to drink 1.5L of mineral water every day as water is a natural healer for your eczema prone skin.
* Consider the effects of food allergies. It may be helpful to keep a food diary so that you can work out which foods might trigger an eczema flare-up.
* Keep fingernails short and wear gloves at night to minimise skin damage from scratching your dry eczema skin.
* Avoid mental stress and make sure to get adequate sleep. Occasionally massage Pommade Divine Nature’s Remedy Balm into temples, chest and/or other pulse before going to bed.
* Try meditation. Sit down for 10 minutes a day and meditate.