Want the warm memories of your stay in Bermuda to linger? Master Perfumer Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone captures the scent of Bermuda’s ocean, sand, flowers and wind at the 85-year-old Bermuda Perfumery in St. George’s. “Bermuda is my muse and is an incredible place to inspire fragrances,” states Ramsay-Brackstone. Lili Bermuda’s shelves are lined with a selection of fragrances found nowhere else. Their embodiments of Bermudian scents are packaged in clear glass flasks embellished with nothing more than a ribbon or a small plaque that labels each fragrance. And now, because fragrances appeal to everyone differently, Ramsay-Brackstone invites fragrance aficionados to venture behind the scenes of perfume making. “I decided to create workshops that would allow my customers to blend their own fragrances so they can better understand and appreciate the world of perfumery,” says Ramsay-Brackstone. Her invitation-only workshops run every two weeks or so throughout the year. It is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with the master perfumer and “smell ‘til you drop” for a few hours. “I have couples who come together to create their fragrance. It is a very romantic date,” smiles Ramsay-Brackstone. She has also observed how differing personalities choose their scents. “Like food and music, cultural heritage influences one’s likes and dislikes when it comes to fragrances. Depending on which part of the world our customers come from, they are attracted to certain scents over others.” Ramsay-Brackstone is effusive about taking the personalised experience to a handcrafting level and the alchemy that unfolds. “Perfumes profoundly touch people’s hearts and souls like very few other artistic media. And Bermuda’s natural beauty and quaintness make it an incredible place to reconnect with yourself.” First a breath, then the scent: It’s Bermuda, ever in bloom.
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