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Original People

4 December 2018

Once upon a time, at the most southern tip of Africa, humans lived in perfect harmony with nature

They were creative hunters and gatherers, crafting with nature

They believed in our connection with the universe, with the stars

Their understanding of the environment reflected utmost respect, seeking the perfect balance

They brew the rooibos and chewed the buchu leaves

Their speech was like the sound of nature

They understood each other when good and when bad, reconciling in the simplest manner of never holding a grudge

They loved and cared for their children

They travelled freely whenever and wherever life took them without leaving a trace on their surroundings

They were misunderstood and chased away from the ideal life into reality

They were the original people who inhabited the Southern African territory

They were the SAN

The work for SAN Original People Perfume started early 2012 and was only finalised at the end of 2018. During this time, our perfumer immersed into all material information available documenting the SAN, from their origin, their way of living and until today. An accurate selection of ingredients was compiled, and notes had to be created to insinuate glimpses of the past life and its scents that could only be deduced from script.

Reverberating notes of rooibos and the flora customary to the people of the region such as buchu, various pelargoniums, various fynbos, orchids and ericas, San Original People perfume acknowledges the history of the Cape and its people, as our inspiration for the future simple way of life in harmony with nature.