Saturday, April 9, 2011

Khus Khus Perfume by Benjamin's

Last year I started working on a perfume featuring lemongrass extract and I hope to have it available in my Etsy store at the end of this month. It will be available both as a perfume oil, and alcohol version using locally distilled Barbados sugar.
I was doing some reasearch recently and came across an apothecary-type company from Jamaica called PA Benjamins™. I was pleased to find it, because there seems to be so little information available on Caribbean perfume houses or apothecaries, I guess mainly due to the fact that the majority of well-known perfume houses tend to be European or from the US.
Anyway, this company has been around for a very long time, since the 1870's, and they have a wide range of products from body sprays, flavourings, pharmaceuticals and condiments such as barbecue jerk sauce.
I was also able to track down one of their vintage perfumes, Khus Khus Perfume, either from the 1950's or 1960's. Online information is limited, but Khus Khus features vetiver grass and it's great to be able to add this to my collection of perfumes. I haven't smelt it yet, and won't be using it, I prefer to keep it more as a collector's item.