Was reading an article about industrial uses of essential oils, and came across the following, which fascinated me:
English lavender, which remains the Yardley trademark today, and it was probably the first case of use of an essential oil as a fragrance in large-scale soap production."1
I just remember loving English Lavender soap, years ago, before I ever knew what an essential oil was...and buying it whenever I could find it in my travels. Some got used, some got stashed in bureau drawers to scent the contents. No wonder I love our English Lavender essential oil...it's a "memory of days gone by" If you, too, are or were a lover of Yardley's English Lavender soap, we have the secret!
(I also wondered why their labels read "since 1770" if they received the concession in 1620? The Yardley website has a timeline explaining that. )
1. Industrial Uses of Essential Oils, W. S. Brud in "Handbook of Essential Oils Science, Technology, and Applications" Ed. by K. Husnu CanBaser and Gerhard Buchbauer, CRC Press, 2010.