Preserving the Legacy of Ancient Egyptian Aromatherapy

Robbin Turner, Founder, Violet Botanical Skincare


The art of aromatherapy has its foundation in ancient Egypt. It’s not surprising that they mastered the art. Pharaohs and queens would send the military and expeditions to distant lands in search of the finest botanical ingredients for the purposes of aromatherapy.

Upon their return, aromatherapists would blend luxurious scents from these exotic ingredients, sometimes maturing up to eight years. Then the Egyptians exported these scents across the Mediterranean in elegant, polychrome glass bottles.

People in these distant lands across the Mediterranean would wait with anticipation for the scents from the ‘Land of the Pharaohs’. Although the scents were expensive, they were regarded for their potency, attributes, and longevity.

Violet Botanical Skincare preserves this legacy by sourcing the finest botanical butters, exotic oils, and aromatic essential oils from Botswana, Egypt, Madagascar, Morocco, Namibia, Somalia, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka, The Jordan Rift Valley, Australia, and the Philippines. We meticulously blend subtle yet sophisticated aromas.

We continue the rich tradition of recreating ancient formulations using the time-honored practice of handcrafting in small batches.

During ancient times, perfumes were named after their main ingredient or their place of origin. Egyptian scents were so popular in Athens that they were exclusively called, “The Egyptian.”

We follow the ancient naming practice. The Queen of Flowers is named after its main ingredient, roses. The Egyptian is named in homage to its origin of birth.

Scent was significant in ancient Egyptian daily life. Egyptian literature and love poems oft spoke of perfumes. Central to their poetry were metaphors and wordplay to communicate a rich imagery of deep feeling.

Our product descriptions are expressed in the language of poetry eliciting an emotion or evoking a warm memory. We want to reach deep and draw out something hidden or reserved.