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Say Hello to Summer Vineyard

It may be the middle of winter here in South Africa, but we won’t let that stop us throwing a dash of summer into everyone’s lives...  It’s official. Constantia Heights will soon be known as [...]

The Simple Joy of Figs

The fig tree is about as iconic as flora can become (right up there with roses and palm trees) and its mystical charm has truly endeared it to humanity. Perhaps it’s the velvety, plump fruit with [...]

Golden Neroli

Neroli is a common component in perfumery which is said to have calming and uplifting effects on those who smell it. This top to middle note is fresh, sweet and reminiscent of honey –  the [...]

Perennial Cedarwood

Cedarwood is one of those ingredients that has stood the test of time. This evergreen coniferous tree from the pine and juniper family has been used by human beings for thousands of years for its [...]

Warming To Tolu Balsam

This month we are delving into the sweet and balsamic note of Tolu balsam, a raw material that was first discovered in South America. It is named for the Tolú, an indigenous people of North [...]

Poignant Patchouli

Patchouli is a paradoxical and characterful herb from the aromatic lavender, sage and mint family. When you first encounter the strong, sensuous smell of patchouli you might imagine the plant to [...]

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