On 6th June 2011 Marina Barcenilla launched The Perfume Garden, a small start-up business based in Glastonbury, with six oil-based perfumes. Alongside 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 and it prompted her to take the next step on her journey; The Perfume Garden became Marina Barcenilla Parfums. While the name has changed the ethos remains the same...
"to create the finest fragrances using what nature has to offer".
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. Both Black Osmanthus and The Perfume Garden fragrances are finalists for this year's FiFi Award for Best New Independent Fragrance, and The Perfume Garden fragrance has also been chosen as finalist for the prestigious FiFi Award of Perfume Extraordinaire.
Marina's decision to use only nature-derived ingredients in fragrances which carry the Marina Barcenilla Parfums name stems from a love of the complexity of natural aromas. Born in Spain she remembers being intrigued by the aromatic notes in the Herbissimo fragrances and in her grandmother's lavender water, and she says that is where her love of natural ingredients came from. She has always been interested in scent and when the chance came to branch out from her aromatherapy roots into the world of perfume she accepted the challenge.
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.
Marina finds beautiful complexity within naturals, which are almost like a perfume in themselves, and her aim is to help people to “rediscover the soul of perfume”.