WORDS Tracy Greenwood
Kleinood Eau De Parfum is the latest innovation to come from the De Villiers family’s Kleinood Farm, producer of Tamboerskloof Wines and De Boerin Olive Oil.
Organic practices, environmental awareness, respect for the land and its inhabitants and oodles of passion are just some of the factors that go into making the farm Kleinood, owned by Libby and Gerard de Villiers, something rather special.
Libby, who is always “busy with plants”, began to dream of capturing the essence of the fynbos, grasses and other indigenous plants on the farm, the scents of which perfume the air.
This dream was the beginning of a new venture for Libby, who called on perfumer Agata Karolina of House of Gozdawa to capture the spirit of Kleinood in a perfume.
“Agata and I spent hours in the garden, picking, crushing leaves, smelling, developing ideas and discarding them for new ones,” says Libby. “At the end of each day we would meet and discuss what I knew and what she had discovered. She spoke in scents and I spoke in images, but somehow we understood and worked our way to something that made us both happy, and I could smell my garden, the mountain, the sky, the heat and every moment of every day on this little farm that is so dear to my heart.”
Agata took technical control of producing the perfume and Libby weighed in on what she calls the “smell-picture” of the farm. The Kleinood Eau de Parfum bottle has an organic cork top made by Laurie Wiid van Heerden, hinting at the connection with the wines produced on the farm. The bottle comes in a hand-stitched, silk-lined black linen bag with a big black velvet bow.