Marie Aoun. Picture: Supplied.
This May, the Trenery Guild has  collaborated with artisanal parfumier Marie  Aoun, founder of Saint d’Ici, in a partnership  that evokes the distinct mood of cashmere. 

After spending a decade in the fashion industry,  it was Aoun's passion for gardening where she  discovered her love of botanicals and natural  perfume. Aoun trained with Dominique Dubrana  of La Via del Profumo, a natural perfumery  she admires in Italy, learning the intricate and  precise craft of creating scents naturally.

Saint d’Ici candle made by Marie Aoun. 

It is this tireless creative pursuit of quality  and perfection that makes Aoun a clear  collaborator for the Trenery Guild.

Working hard to create her exclusive ranges,  her products are made with ethically-sourced  ingredients from farmers that abide by the best  practices of sustainable farming.

Woman at work: Marie Aoun mixing the ingredients to make a candle. 

“The way you build perfumes naturally is very  different. With synthetic perfumes, you can have  up to 300 ingredients because you have the ability  to isolate each individual element of the scent.

"Natural perfumery is akin to alchemy, there’s  a definitive art to the blending in pursuit of the  metaphorical gold,” says Aoun.

Light it up. A Saint D’Ici candle. 

The Saint D’Ici x Trenery Guild candle is created with  a South African beeswax base, admired for its warm,  honeyed notes. Beeswax is an incomparable natural  wax that provides a beautiful burn and purifies  the ambient air in the process. 

Further ingredients  include the essential oil Namibian Myrrh; ouhout, an  evergreen tree native to southern Africa; and vetiver,  a beautifully fragrant grass native to India. All this results a  stunning, calming scent that evokes the  richness of cashmere.