Warm and exquisite, Patchouli Clouds by Marina Barcenilla is an evocative fragrance perfect for patchouli lovers, and as an introduction to the world of natural patchouli notes. Soft patchouli notes envelop a heart of Moroccan rose, Indian jasmine, white woods and a hint of exotic spice. All are supported by a luxurious incense base of sandalwood and frankincense. The story behind the fragrance… ‘The glorious British Autumn air, thick with the scent of smoke, wood and dormant earth, creates a yearning within us for warmth and comfort. A changing canopy of leaves blazing fiery reds and ochres echo exotic woods, incense, voluptuous flowers and tantalising spices. In the land of Orpheus, under Patchouli Clouds, enjoy your own Oriental dream.’
Marina Barcenilla was Born in Spain and has been based in London for over twenty years. While growing up Marina remembered being extremely intrigued by the aromatic notes in the Herbissimo fragrances and in her grandmother’s lavender water and her love of natural ingredients comes from this period of her life. Marina became deeply involved in aromatherapy and natural scents which eventually lead her to branch out from her aromatherapy roots into the world of perfume. It was a new challenge for her but it lead her to creating well known natural perfumes. Using ingredients as building blocks for fragrance instead of for their therapeutic qualities came easy to her, and it didn’t take long before she began to create bespoke fragrances for customers who had heard of her through word of mouth.
On 6th June 2011 Marina Barcenilla launched The Perfume Garden, a small artisan perfumery located in the West Country, as a way to return to more traditional ways of creating perfume. As Founder and Perfumer, Marina‘s vision was to be involved in every aspect of the process, from sourcing rare and precious aromatic essences from around the world to blending fragrances by hand in her own perfume studio. With a range of six perfumes and a selection of body oils, bath salts and sugar scrubs, which were originally blended to order, she saw her passion turn into an industry recognised “fragrance house”.
In 2016 Marina won the coveted Fragrance Foundation (FiFi) Award for Best New Independent Fragrance with India, which prompted her to take the next step on her journey. More awards have followed in 2017. Patchouli Clouds fragrance won the Editor’s Choice Beauty Shortlist Award, The Perfume Garden fragrance and Patchouli Clouds Bath & Body Oil each won an NHM International Natural Beauty Award, and Marina Barcenilla Parfums won the Eluxe Award for Best Natural Perfume Brand. The Perfume Garden was finalist for the prestigious FiFi Award of Perfume Extraordinaire at the 2017 UK Awards, and both Black Osmanthus and The Perfume Garden were chosen finalists for Best New Independent Fragrance, which Marina won for the second consecutive year with Black Osmanthus.