The Perfume Garden
Perfume Extraordinaire and Best New Independent Fragrance Finalist at the 2017 Fragrance Foundation UK Awards, The Perfume Garden by Marina Barcenilla also won an International Natural Beauty Award for Best Fragrance. In this is floral, Oriental and mysterious perfume, luminous citrus sit alongside rose infused orange blossom before a rich combination of ambergris and resins perfectly balance the sacred heart of sandalwood. This very special fragrance was created to celebrate five years of ‘The Perfume Garden’, the tiny perfumery that we opened in 2011, and which became Marina Barcenila Parfums in November 2016. The story behind the fragrance… ‘Fragranced with a thousand blooms, the Perfume Garden smiles and welcomes you with its roses, such beautiful roses. Feel the magic that emanates from the tree that provides lily pond shade; I nurtured it and I loved it. The Perfume Garden has been my friend for five years, and now I give it to you. No longer mine, an eternal memory, The Perfume Garden.’
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.