The Bermuda Perfumery in the old town of St. George’s is utterly charming. Founded in 1928, and housed in a 300-year old building made of cedar and coral stone, their same traditions and methods of making fragrances are still used today.
Tinctures are mixed and steeped in alcohol and various essential oils – including the company’s own Bermuda cedar oil – in the back of the building. Of course, new scents require years of trial, error and experimentation. Each fragrance contains between 50 and 100 ingredients. “Perfume is a symphony,” says owner Isabelle Ramsay-Blackstone. “It has a beginning, a middle and an end. So we’re patient. It takes a big commitment.” Once harmonization is achieved, each perfume is bottled and packaged by hand.
Beyond manufacturing all aspects of their perfumes on the premises, The Bermuda Perfumery offers afternoon tea for visitors in their botanical garden. Below, a setting for two. How lovely.
My favorite fragrance among their extensive selection is probably Fresh Water, a uni-sex perfume made of Bigarade Orange, Bergamot and Mandarine. But you might want to try their Fragrance Library, a box with vials of ten fragrances, to discover which one suits you best.