Inspired by Africa

From Left: Esethu Goduka (Production Assistant); Victor; Suzanne Snowdowne (Co-Founder); Kirsty Rafferty (Client Relationship Manager); Karin Wood (Co-Founder); Kirsten Seymour Davies (Brand Manager); Nelia ; Olivia Dreyden (Marketing Assistant); Santana (Bookkeeper); Megan Stiles (Admin Assistant)); Tariro Hlamiti (Production Assistant)


After returning from a former life in London, CAPE ISLAND was started in 2015 by creative visionary, Suzanne Snowdowne and logistical guru, Karin Wood. Together they head up a a team of talented women and devoted mothers working to create a legacy.

Following the African tradition, we are a brand with a passion for telling stories through our products in a way that inspires people. The story of Africa is told through the fragrances themselves but also through the dramatic artwork that adorns our packaging. Each item we produce connects you to the natural landscape and the many cultures and emotions woven into it. As an environmentally and socially responsible company, we recognise that simply telling these stories is not enough. Our mission is to be a force for positive change in our immediate community and the wider continent by finding ways to give back to our original muse, Africa.

The women at the helm are a formidable business team as well as friends, balancing out each others’ strengths with grace, kindness and a healthy dose of humour. We hope you’ll join us as we spread a little more light in the world, one luxury candle at a time.



CAPE ISLAND’s eco-luxe products capture the natural beauty of Africa and bring it into your most sacred spaces in a sophisticated way. What we mean by eco-luxe is that we aim to be socially & environmentally conscious with our brand of luxury. CAPE ISLAND prides itself on having a strong focus on high quality natural ingredients, micro batch production and re-usable packaging.

Add to this the experience of each world class fragrance: the decadence of Black Gold, the distinctive coastline of Clifton Beach, or a sun-drenched Summer Vineyard. Each element of the piece is carefully considered – from the fragrance notes; the colours; to the packaging – the full experience of each product allows you to escape to that piece of paradise.

It’s important for people to know that we are African designed and that all our products are made right here on African soil. We source the finest fragrance oils in the world from leading perfumers in Europe and once they arrive in South Africa we use them to make our delicious hand poured scented candles, fragrance diffusers, and our aquatic friendly, sulphate free soaps & lotions which are then, finally, distributed to boutique outlets and hotels across Southern Africa.


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