Ideal Valentine’s Gifts for Literary Heroes and Heroines

To help you in your search for the ideal gift for your Valentine, we thought we’d look at some of our favourite archetypal romantic literary characters and the A.S.APOTHECARY products they are so clearly in need of.

Wuthering Heights. Heathcliff – Face & Beard Food


Our Face & Beard Serum will soften and nurture this Byronic hero’s swarthy, hirsute complexion. Almond and Jojoba oil will protect his skin from the elements, while the anti-septic and bacterial benefits of Bay and Oregano are perfect for those long days spent thrashing across wild brambly moorland. Lavandula Angustifolia and chamazulene rich Chamomile will both calm the jealous and raging personality of this tortured literary creation and ease his unrelenting and inflammatory emotions.  His untamed nature will appreciate the wild foraged herbs we include in this natural balm, Stellaria, Plantago and Cleavers.

“I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always--take any form--drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” 

Catherine Earnshaw Linton – Calm & Tranquil

This tonic for the nerves will help to temper Catherine’s turbulent emotions with essential oils and homeopathic remedies to restore calm to this passionate, volatile and socially ambitious beauty.  Ambra grisea will ease the profound anxiety she experiences as a result of being torn between what she wants and what she is supposed to do, while Argentum nitricum and Aconitum napellus will restore clarity and alleviate anxiety and hypersensitivity to Heathcliffs violent temperament! The herbaceous and earthy rootiness of Sweet Marjoram and fresh Vetiver will remind her of the happy early years, before things turned sour, exploring the wild moors with her soulmate Heathcliff.

  “If all else perished, and he remained, I should still continue to be; and if all else remained, and he were annihilated, the universe would turn to a mighty stranger.”

Far From the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene – Sussex Rose Hand Wash and Sussex Hand Lotion

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 This ambitious, hard working feminist heroine is not afraid of getting her hands dirty on her farm with her agricultural labourers. And yet, she still needs to keep her feminine wiles intact in order to choose between her three suitors. She will need a softening and healing ritual to restore her calloused palms and lady like status at the end of a day in the fields. Jojoba and grapeseed will cleanse and moisturise her skin while the intense and beautiful scent of English roses will refresh her independent personality.

 “Well what I mean is that I shouldn’t mind being a bride at a wedding, if I could be one without having a husband.”

 Gabriel Oak  - First Aid Kit Therapeitic Balms: Flex & Extend, Bite & Sting

 Gabriel is Bathsheba’s ultimate choice as a hero, but she takes her time realising it. Loyal, honest and a bit of a rock, he shows grace and acceptance in the face of relentless adversity and rejection. Flex & Extend would bring his stiff aching joints and sore muscles relief after a demanding day shepherding, and the Homeopathic Rhus tox, Arnica and Ruta ease pain and reduce inflammation, with Juniper to ease any rheumatic issues. The presence of anti-septic, analgesic and healing ingredients in Bite & Sting will calm irritation, promote healing and offer pain relief from insect bites or punctures wounds from sheep ticks and wasp stings. He can even use it on his arthritic sheep.

“And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be—and whenever I look up, there will be you.”

 Sgt. Frank Troy – Haman Mint & Charcoal soap paste

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 This mutli-purpose soap soufflé is the perfect personal grooming product for this vain, sexy bad boy of the Victorian novel. He is irresistible to the ladies in his red uniform, and always neat and closely shaven except for some impressive sideburns. Sgt. Troy could pop the Haman soap into his knapsack and use it for deep cleansing the face and body and as a deliciously scented and skin softening shaving foam. 

 “He was moderately truthful towards men, but to women lied - a system of ethics above all others calculated to win popularity at the first flush of admission into lively society.” 

Mr Darcy – (Pride & Prejudice) Mint & Charcoal Soap

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This archetypal handsome romantic hero is aloof, entitled, conceited and gives a very bad first impression. Yet beneath his condescending exterior lie a whole host of attractive inner qualities (generous, noble and emotionally intelligent) that ultimately have Elizabeth Bennet swooning. He will admire the traditional and masculine form of our soap, and the subtle yet beautiful scent of Charcoal & Mint will work wonders with his offensive manner. Activated Charcoal and Clay will draw out impurities and improve his skin tone.

“I was given good principles, but left to follow them in pride and conceit..”

Emma Bovary – (Madame Bovary) Body Elixir

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Emma Bovary has a highly romanticized view of the world; she craves beauty, luxury, sensuality and high society, so she would adore our richest and most sumptuous product, the Body Elixir. This sultry, silky combination of essential plant oils will soften her epidermis and leave it kissed with an irresistible and beguiling perfume of rose and bergamot. Massaged into the skin from head to toe, this Elixir will offer our chronically dissatisfied heroine the kind of sensual delight she seems to constantly crave. Labdanum will help to relax her body and spirit and sweeten her tendency towards bitterness.

“One's duty is to feel what is great, cherish the beautiful, and to not accept the conventions of society with the ignominy that it imposes upon us.” 

Tess Durbeyfield  -  Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Wild Beauty Balm Concentrate.

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 Dressed in white, with a red ribbon in her hair, in our first introduction to this ‘Daughter of Nature,’ we find her ‘clubwalking’, an ancient fertility ritual in which women of all ages, both young and old, carry phallic peeled willow-wands to the green where they dance. Dodgy pagan ceremonies aside, this enigmatic literary heroine is deeply connected to the landscape and our Wild Beauty Balm is the ideal gift. With it’s plethora of wild flowers oils and glorious scent of foliage, meadows and the earth, it will bring her to her senses, soften her delicate skin, plump, moisturise and heal dry sun damaged skin, and calm the suffering caused by her heightened moral sensitivity.

“Why it was that upon this beautiful feminine tissue, sensitive as gossamer, and practically blank as snow as yet, there should have been traced such a coarse pattern as it was doomed to receive; why so often the coarse appropriates the finer thus, many thousand years of analytical philosophy have failed to explain to our sense of order. “