In designing African Dawn I wanted to capture the essence of Africa, using only the beautiful African essences. The perfume opens with the fresh herbal notes of Blue Grass and Cape May that mellows into a heart of the Comorian Ylang Ylang, Egyptian Jasmin and Moroccan Rose, spiced with Coriander, Cinnamon, Cloves and Buchu. [Read more...]
Ideal for the modern day adventurer.
“Claret is the liquor for boys; port, for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.” Samuel Johnson.
Certainly the Aromanauts of the Dutch East India Company could not have been faint hearted to attempt their long voyages along the spice route, Brandies [Read more...]
Mooiblom (beautiful flower) is a celebration of the Summer’s floral harvest. In the Cape’s summer’s heat, the sweet exotic fragrances of the frangipanies, Noem Noems and Jasmine grandiflora rise like silent siren songs and lures you into a lethargic dreamlike state of meadows starred with flowers. [Read more...]
The Cape where I was born and live, with its Mediterranean climate, has a strong fusion of European Mediterranean and African culture. In spring the breeze often carries the fragrance of grape blossoms (much like neroli) from the vineyards, mingled with the scents of lavender, rose, jasmine, and the herbaceous green floral scents of the local fynbos. This fragrance was something I always wanted to capture in a perfume. I was inspired to compose an African Chypre base which was for me the perfect medium to base my scent interpretation of the unique Cape fusion on, and so De Hoop was born. De Hoop was the winner of the Chypre challenge. [Read more...]
I was inspired to create Yirgacheffe after reading the description of Yirgacheffe coffee. The town of Yirgacheffe (Irgachefe) is in Ethiopia’s Sidamo area. Some say that the Yirgacheffe area is the site of coffee’s origins and is known as one of the best coffees in the world. Yirgacheffee coffee is described as a complexity of floral notes in the aroma, sometimes with a hint of toasted coconut. [Read more...]