On 6th June 2011 Marina Barcenilla launched The Perfume Garden, a small artisan perfumery located in the West Country, as a way to return to more traditional ways of creating perfume. As Founder and Perfumer, Marina's vision was to be involved in every aspect of the process, from sourcing rare and precious aromatic essences from around the world to blending fragrances by hand in her own perfume studio. With a range of six perfumes and 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, which 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. The Perfume Garden was finalist for the prestigious FiFi Award of Perfume Extraordinaire at the 2017 UK Awards, and both Black Osmanthus and The Perfume Garden were chosen finalists for Best New Independent Fragrance, which Marina won for the second consecutive year with Black Osmanthus.
Marina's decision to use 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”.
All of Marina’s creations are inspired by personal experiences that she loves to share, and are accompanied by short stories that describe the inspiration behind them. She hopes that these stories will help people to discover the soul of her perfumes, and that they speak to them in the same way that they speak to her.