Inspired by Gwen Fagan’s book Roses at the Cape of Good Hope, the Rosaria parfum extract, conveniently presented in a 30ml travel bottle dressed in red ostrich leather, tells the story of the first roses that arrived in Southern Africa…
When the business needed to move to a bigger space and out of Woodstock, the decision was made to purchase a corner block on Pepper Street and New Church Street. The building was run down so plans were made to restore and enlarge the space. It just so happened that the office of Fagan Architects was next door and they were tasked with the project
One of the first questions asked by Gwen Fagan, who has assisted her husband Gawie with his projects for many years, was: “What exactly is going to happen inside this building?” She heard the story of Wild Olive Artisans and as a passionate horticulturist and big fynbos lover, she shared with Marioara her knowledge of the plants. Marioara in return told her about the lack of inspiration for a perfume called Rosaria and Gwen recommended to her a book she wrote, Roses at the Cape of Good Hope
This was the start of a friendship that inspired a perfume that addresses the subtle point of the book: the ephemeral quality of the flowers we love and then forget, or that fade away… Roses at the Cape of Good Hope is the careful and meticulous catalogue of each rose species that arrived in the Cape and their stories
The unisex perfume was first released in 2014, with a new vintage issued every year in April.
Some of the materials used in its composition are: Rose Petal Absolute ( South Africa), Rose leaf Absolute (South Africa), Rose Otto (India), Opopopnax (Somalia), Hyraceum extract (South Africa)
Mrs. Fagan’s book is available from our shops in Cape Town and Bucharest.
The perfume is available from here: Parfum In Leather
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