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No visit to St. George's would be complete without a visit to "The Perfumery"! Located in the quaint and oh-so charming Stewart Hall, the Perfumery has been creating and hand-bottling its own fragrances since 1928 under the brand Lili Bermuda.
Stewart Hall is an attraction in itself -- it is a 300-year old Bermuda National Trust mansion with gleaming white-washed exterior, and on the inside warm wood floors and beautiful wood-beamed ceiling in the central room. To the left and right of the entrance of Stewart Hall are rooms devoted to lovely displays of all the many fragrances and products of Lili Bermuda. I would encourage all shoppers to allow time to take the guided tour of Stewart Hall and property where interesting facts about the history and process of perfume making can be had for free.
One portion of the tour enters the rear, central room which is somewhat of a mini-museum and where a video can be viewed before proceeding through the small, but lovely gardens to another small building where ingredients are mixed to make the perfumes; they are also bottled here in the small building according to the owner. It was interesting to learn that most of the exotic oils, ingredients, etc., actually come from other countries rather than from Bermuda itself. Perhaps Bermuda, being only a small island, cannot be expected to produce the quantity of flowers needed to fulfill the needs of the perfumery. The tour ends with the owner herself explaining and handing scented paper samples of each and every womens' perfume created there. It was quite an aromatic experience for those who love perfume. Some fragrances are very unique and have unique names as well -- I admit that many of my strongest memories are connected to the sense of smell, and wishing to be reminded of Bermuda, I purchased a bottle of "South Water," one the many fragrances bottled here ($58 for approx. 4 oz bottle is probably comparable to other famous perfumes). However, it is worth the cost, and the perfume would make a wonderful gift for yourself or a special person if you are so inclined, and a sampler of perfumes can be had for as little as $30. Men are not left out!! There are about 7 cologne fragrances for men as well.
The day we visited, a filming crew was there -- whether for a commercial, the company's own website, or whatever, the crew was very serious about the work but actually quite enamored of themselves as well. In any case, the photo of the perfumery's owner you see here was captured as she posed for the filming crew!
Winter Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm | Summer Hours: Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm | Closed on Public Holidays. Tours Free to the Public.
What to buy: Why the perfume of course. I liked most ALL of the Lili Bermuda fragrances and it was difficult to choose just one, although I did settle on "South Water." Perhaps I should have chosen the sampler which was less expensive but contained several small bottles of fragrances which would have satisfied any mood! Perfumed lotions and others related products are also on offer.
What to pay: $30 and above.
Address: Stewart Hall, 5 Queen St., St. George's
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