November 1, 2018
Perfume has, ‘a power of persuasion stronger than that of words, appearances, emotions, or will. The persuasive power … cannot be fended off, it enters into us like breath into our lungs, it fills us up, imbues us totally. There is no remedy for it.’ If you’ve read Patrick Suskind’s acclaimed novel Perfume then you’ll know all about the power of scent, and in Devonport, we now have an expert in the matter. Meet Treena from Miller Road Fragrances, 20 Queens Parade www.millerroad.co.nz.
Miller Road Candles started 5 years ago. I was originally making candles for friends when one of them offered me a table at a house tour she was running. I thought I’d better make labels and come up with a name and the Miller Road brand was born. We have been running as a wholesale business for the last five years and local stockists include Devonport Flowers, Lola’s Café at Belmont and the Wallace Cotton stores. Our new studio that opened last month on Queens Parade has been established primarily to offer perfumery workshops. Here customers can make their own bespoke perfume and we guide them through that process, teaching them about complimentary flavours and scents. Every ingredient is measured and recorded so that they can come back and continue to make their personal scent whenever they run out.
The workshops are a fantastic way to bring friends and colleagues together to spend a couple of hours being both creative and scientific. Our studio has a beautiful space with a stunning outlook on the Waitemata Harbour, so it’s a fantastic location to offer this service, and it’s always wonderful to see how delighted participants are with their new smell.
Here we also stock our Miller Road range of candles, tea lights, diffusers, melts, lavender pillow mist, gorgeous French soaps and candle accessories.
I’ve always loved fragrance and with a background in Interior Design, these two passions compelled me to start making candles. Following my study of perfumery over the last 3 years, I have just returned from training at the Grasse Institute of Perfumery in the South of France. I love what I do and am excited about the future of Miller Road Frangrance.”