Our History

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Easy to grow and with outstanding culinary, medical and cosmetic uses, herbs are undergoing a revival in today's world.

The Victorian Garden Organic Skin Care Company owes its existence and is dedicated to Lady Frances Jane Glover-Anderson - our business founder, Lindsay Salthouse’s,  great grandmother - an aristocratic and lovely Victorian woman. In 1972 her maternal English grandmother died, and Lindsay’s mother inherited two enormous gold edged diaries passed down through the generations in her family and dating back to the 1800's.

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Leather bound and still in good condition, these meticulously kept diaries in flowing copperplate record a period of ten years in the lives of the Glover family and offer a fascinating description of daily life during the Victorian era when Queen Victoria was on the throne of England. Her great grandmother Frances-Jane, married Stephen, a partner in the British East Indian Shipping Company. Her grandmother would relate to her how her mother Frances would remain in Scotland on the family estate as her husband's work meant he had to spend long periods trading in India. It seems that with time on her hands and blessed with many servants to help her, Frances planted formal herb gardens for culinary and cosmetic use at her father's stately home in Scotland during the mid 1800's. Nature has many ancient secrets! Old archives tell us that during Victorian times (and indeed during previous centuries), herbs and flowers were always planted by moonlight as the moon has more pull on garden plants than we may imagine, which of course we now know to be a proven fact. Picking herbs for fresh tea and plants to distil oils from was done under a waxing moon only. Fruit was always picked during the waxing moon for maximum juiciness and sweetness.

Reading of the lives of her ancestors records in the diaries was of great fascination to Lindsay and it was an amazing personal experience travelling back via the diaries to a time when life was so entirely different to our lives in the 21st century.

As an English Aromatherapist and Herbalist running her own Organic Skincare Salon in South Africa, Lindsay began to try her hand at making Victorian products using the same old fashioned methods and pure unadulterated ingredients, which have evolved over the past 25 years into the stunning collection of products we offer our customers today.

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