A Scent of Bermuda
From her home in Bermuda’s Hungry Bay, across from the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, Isabelle Ramsay-Brackstone can smell the salty air blending with the nearby greenery. “I’m a morning person, and I love when nature awakens and really uplifts the scents.” As the perfumer for Lili Bermuda, the island’s only parfumerie, established in 1928, her job is to take those scents of the island and bottle them. “Bermuda is my muse.”
Since taking the helm in 2004, she’s produced several new fragrances—and one very old one. The boutique sold a limited edition perfume reproduced from bottles found on the wreck of Mary Celestia, a ship that sank off Bermuda in 1864 enroute to war-torn America. “I’m amazed to be the only perfumer on the island. It’s an unbelievable hub for sensorial experiences in every way, but in olfactory ways, especially, it blows your mind”
Here, she shares her favorite island scents that define Bermuda.