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Help me make an old lady very happy pls

(26 Posts)
scrappydappydoo Thu 15-Oct-09 22:20:05

I need help from all you expert googlers.
DH's grandma is going to be 99 in a couple of weeks. She loves a scent from yardley called april violets but they've stopped doing it now. She wants to be independent but struggles and one of the only things she can do beauty wise without help is puff talc over to make her smell nice.
Please help me find some april violets talc for her birthday (or a violet smelling talc). My googling efforts have got me nowhere

Tortington Thu 15-Oct-09 22:21:45 msxq20091013?IMSfp=TL091013159003r19471

heartofgold Thu 15-Oct-09 22:22:06


Tortington Thu 15-Oct-09 22:22:19

heartofgold Thu 15-Oct-09 22:22:32

argh custy beat me to it grin

Tortington Thu 15-Oct-09 22:23:42 ts+talc&cd=6&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

Tortington Thu 15-Oct-09 22:24:13 5+april+violets+talc&cd=9&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=uk

RubyBooBerry Thu 15-Oct-09 22:24:24

Violet perfumes from this link here

Violet Angel - Thiery Mugler (violet and patchouli, very modern)
N'aimez que Moi - Caron (violet, rose and vanilla, made for WW1 soldiers to give to their sweethearts)
Violette Precieuse - Caron (a violet for Colette, green but a bit soapy for me)
Bois de Violette - Serge Lutens (wood and violets, only available in Paris)
Lipstick Rose - Editions Malle (violet and rose, intense)
Lolita Lempicka - Lolita Lempicka (anise and violet leaves, very sweet)

scrappydappydoo Thu 15-Oct-09 22:25:20

Thanks but links from shopwiki are out of stock (been there!) also saw that link on ebay and wasn't sure about it - looks very old - might be a bit dodgy?? (as in mouldy or no smell?) Does talc have a best before date??

Tortington Thu 15-Oct-09 22:26:47

th last link from yardley direct

scrappydappydoo Thu 15-Oct-09 22:29:06

Yep but don't ship outside US - bangs head against brick wall...

pooter Thu 15-Oct-09 22:31:27

well this is the best i can come up with ...
ebay but i will have a quick peek elsewhere too.

pooter Thu 15-Oct-09 22:32:09

oh i am SO SLOW....blush

Romanarama Thu 15-Oct-09 22:32:11

Ask them whether they'll ship to UK, in the circumstances. They might take pity.

Romanarama Thu 15-Oct-09 22:34:02

Or call HQ in UK and ask for help: Yardley
Tel: 01276 674 000 Monday - Friday 9.00 - 17.00
Fax: 01276 674 099

CornishKK Thu 15-Oct-09 22:35:06

The Violette range smells a lot like Yardleys, I wear it because it reminds me of the Yardely set I was given when I was little!

scrappydappydoo Thu 15-Oct-09 22:36:29

Thanks all - I'll send e-mail and see...
They discontinued it about 5 years ago and we've always been able to get hold it til now. It smells just like parma violets - I may resort to just crushing those up for her!! Seriously - do you think the ebay one would be ok??

Romanarama Fri 16-Oct-09 08:22:29

I have a Violette di Parma perfume that dh bought me when he was in Parma last year. It's lovely and the bottle is beautiful. This is not the same bottle, but worth a try?

Romanarama Fri 16-Oct-09 08:24:24

It's amazing what info you can find on the internet

VulgarAchesButCanRun5k Fri 16-Oct-09 08:58:37

I second the Penhaligons Violette range. I am a violet addict and i used to be my Yardley's abroad 'cos I could never get it here.

CornishKK Fri 16-Oct-09 09:44:05

Vulgar - I've never met any one else with a violet addiction! Have you tried Hope & Greenwood chocolate violet creams - divine?!

suggy Fri 16-Oct-09 10:24:38

Almost want to cry - my daughter is called Violet and this whole email evokes lovely emotions.

Good luck with your quest for your grandma. We have a delightful old chemist shop here that sells Trumpers shaving gear, and powder compacts and all the makes of talc - could you find your local equivalent ?

VulgarAchesButCanRun5k Mon 19-Oct-09 08:07:57

ooo yes, Cornish. hope and Greenwoods violet creams are divine. They also do a rose geranium one to which is pretty delish too!

VulgarAchesButCanRun5k Mon 19-Oct-09 08:08:47

P.S Suggy. Violet is a gorgeous

scrappydappydoo Thu 22-Oct-09 15:53:57

Just thought I'd post an update - massive thank you to romanarama - I rang up yardley uk and they have found what I think must be the last remaining tin in britain and are sending it to me.
Yay for Yardley!!! Buy all their products...

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