A 19th century advertisement for The Crown Perfumery Company’s ‘Crab Apple Blossom Perfume’ and ‘Lavender Smelling Salts’. Smelling salts were a very popular Victorian product used to revive ladies who had fainted. Many British policemen carried smelling salts with them at all times for such an eventuality. Though women were sometimes prone to faint due to their clothes being too tight many purposely had ‘swooning’ fits at strategic moments. Fainting was associated with feminine delicacy and so was very fashionable, especially for young ladies who wished to be revived with smelling salts offered by a handsome gentleman.