7 local perfumes to celebrate International Fragrance Day


21st March is International Fragrance Day so let’s celebrate with some gorgeous New Zealand made perfumes!

A quick history of perfume

There are billions of different scents in the world. There are the floral tones, the spicy ones that remind us of our mum baking delicious tarts in the kitchen or, the strong and empowering unisex ones – everyone has a favourite.

The first perfumer we know of is a woman named Tapputi, who was mentioned on a stone tablet from the 2nd millennium BCE in Mesopotamia. The oldest perfumery was discovered in Cyprus and dates back to the Bronze Age.

Perfume, as we know it today, was only introduced in the 14th Century and was made at the command of Queen Elizabeth of Hungary and was known throughout Europe as Hungary Water.

Currently France and Italy proudly call themselves the “world centres of perfume and cosmetic manufacture”.

Scents of New Zealand

Supporting local perfumers is probably the best way to celebrate International Fragrance Day. We’ve selected a variety of fragrances that you might want to try…

Nellie Tier

Roll on scents are awesome to carry around and make perfect travel companions. They are compact enough to fit into any purse and are super easy to use. These natural perfumes are a combination of jojoba oil and pure essential oils blends. There are six different scents: May Chang & Mandarin, Green Tea & Geranium, Ylang Ylang & Bergamot, Neroli & Rosewood, Coriander & Bergamot, Pink Grapefruit & Rose.

Price: $19.50

Website: nellietier.co.nz

Little Doll, Circe

Circe perfumes are 100% natural blends of essential oils, absolutes, botanicals and natural grain alcohol. Circe loves using New Zealand unique plants and flowers that have never been used before. Fancy something truly special? This playful blend of tannic tea, earthy ancient resins and a good dose of spicy pink pepper corns will delight your sense of smell.

Price: from $45

Website: circe.co.nz

Rose de Mai, La Sirene Aromatica

A feminine floral perfume with rose heart notes and base notes of sandalwood. Considered to be a perfect pre-yoga perfume, as it balances the heart chakra and promotes well-being! Good for your mind, body and soul. La Sirene Aromatica artisan parfums are handcrafted in New Zealand and are organic and environmentally friendly.

Price: $60

Website: lasirenenz.com

Vetyver Bergamot, Ingrid Starnes

A bit botanical, a bit green and a bit dark but an all natural essential oil perfume that wears much longer than synthetics, and warms with the skin to evolve throughout the day. While vetyver is quite masculine, Ingrid Starnes uses rare Java vetyver – once considered too ‘raw’ for classic perfume – for her fragrance.Balanced with fresh and green bergamot, it creates a unique scent that you would definitely love.

Price: from $160

Website: ingridstarnes.com

Pacific Goddess, Pacific Perfumes

Pacific Perfumes are an eco-friendly celebration of the untouchable beauty of Aotearoa. You’ll enjoy Pacific Goddess if you like highly concentrated oils that are easily absorbed by the skin. Golden Jojoba, organic coconut and sweet almond are the key ingredients of this warm and soft fragrance.

Price: $22

Website: pacificperfumes.co.nz

New Zealand, Demeter

OK, technically, Demeter is not a New Zealand brand as their perfumes are hand-crafted in the USA. But could we miss on a fragrance that screams “New Zealand” just because of that? “New Zealand” is one of The Destination Collection scents and is all about the flora of the lowland rainforests in the southwestern part of our country. Imagine plant leaves, barks, grass, snow, ocean, river and stone – those are basically the main “ingredients” of this refreshing perfume.

Price: from $12

Website: demeterfragrance.com

Wild&Free, Neat Natural Products

The sweet hints of patchouli, rose, vanilla, peppermint, sandalwood, rosewood and bergamot in this perfume take you back to your sweetest childhood memories, however, at the same time, it’s a bit futuristic as, according to the official description, they are able to transfer your imagination to places you’ve never been to! I’m intrigued, are you?

Price: $58