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.


LuciFreedom said...

This is amazing information. I am Jamaican and I know of PA Benjamin's I even that they started in the late 1800s and that Jamaica's first National Hero, Marcus Garvey worked there for a time. Benjamin's flavourings such as vanilla and almond extract are stables in every Jamaica home and yet I had no idea that at one point they made perfumes and such. So thanks for that bit of info

Amanda said...

Hi Chantal, thanks for sharing - now I've learnt something new as well because I didn't know Marcus Garvey worked there, very interesting indeed. I'm trying to find out more about their vintage perfumes and hopefully will be able to post more about these in the future.

Oh, True Apothecary said...

I was really surprised to see you post here about the Khus Khus perfume ~ I have a small maybe 8 or 10 ml bottle of this perfume. It's very dark and the stopper is jammed, so I can't even open it to smell it.

Thank you so much for shedding light on my little bottle's history!