We who live in Africa are all infused with the soul and spirit of Africa, so are my perfumes. Each perfume is 100% natural and original, inspired by the wonderful diversity found in Africa. My perfumes contain the rare treasures of nature’s aromatic bouquet, including many extracts made with loving patience through enfleurage, using flowers picked one by one when their scent is at optimum. With Love and Sunshine, in Africa – Sophia
African Aromatics strives to bring you the best of Africa’s scents and flavours. Products that are not made directly by African Aromatics are sourced to reflect our own philosophy. Each product sold here is 100% natural, handcrafted and are products of Fair Trade.
Spice Witch adds magic to your culinary creations transforming the predictable into gourmet. All Spice Witch seasoning products are naturally infused using proprietary methods perfected over the years. These methods allow us to use fresh ingredients so that the salt crystals extract the natural colourings, flavours, essential oils and enzymes as well as other active plant ingredients. As a result, every salt granule is infused with natural goodness and flavour, containing no artificial flavourings, preservatives, colourants or additives.
I grew up in the heart of the fynbos area and was lucky as child to be able to spend a lot of time exploring the mountains of Paarl. I must admit though, having grown up with the fynbos, I took their beauty for granted. What’s more in those days, Protea was considered to be a kitsch flower – only for tourists. I never even thought of smelling them, since there were just so many other obviously fragrant flowers and plants to explore. [Read more…]
On Sunday 9 July 2011, South Sudan seceded from Sudan and became the world’s youngest country. The conflict in Sudan has been well documented, but little attention has been paid to the crafts and arts of Sudan. Few people realize what a rich reservoir to the aromatic past Sudan is, and that Sudan once played a vital role in history of Perfumery and the trade of aromatics. [Read more…]
In essence enfleurage only absorbs the volatile perfume given off by the flowers. The beauty of enfleurage is its simplicity and the purity of scent you can extract. The scent is like the scent of the fresh flowers, or the headspace of the flowers. All it takes is patience and lots of flowers, the rest is easily available. I have been using enfleurage for many years now and have picked up a few tips over the years.
In January I finally met Karen Knott in person. It was wonderful to hear all the fascinating stories behind the Omumbiri project. They are sponsored by the British WWF. One wonderful story she tells is how they went about identifying the various Commiphoras. It took them a long time to collect branches with leaves from a wide area, with which to approach the Himba ladies to identify. To their horror the ladies promptly pulled off all the leaves [Read more…]
Africa is perhaps best known through the ages, for its Frankincense and Myrrh, though not many people are aware of how many varieties of Myrrh and Frankincense there are, and how different their scents are. True Frankincense has for an example a lemon/lime citrus scent and Olibanum (Boswellia.serrata), mainly from India, has an orange citrus scent and is generally darker in colour. In Africa Somalia is especially renowned for both Frankincense and Myrrh [Read more…]