Decorating & Design

December 17, 2021

Shops We Love: Zingaro Floral Perfumery Has Handcrafted Scents & Curated Finds

“To honor nature by capturing her purity and rawness,” reads the manifesto of Zingaro Floral Perfumery, a floral design studio, perfumery and boutique in Victoria. It was after moving to Canada’s “city of gardens” that Palma Cafolla, who owns the shop with Shane Murray, rediscovered her passion for floral work. “The natural beauty of Vancouver Island reminded me of how much I missed working with botanicals and flowers,” says Palma, a perfumer and florist originally from Dublin. Now, her mission is to transform the area’s natural elements into scents and floral designs.

The 750-square-foot shop opened in June in the Old Town area, known for its heritage shops and warehouses. “Walking on Johnson Street on a snowy day, Shane and I came across this beautiful structure,” says Palma. “When I closed my eyes, the concept of the floral perfumery became crystal clear.” Zingaro draws passersby with windows full of locally sourced evergreen, conifer and floral arrangements — and their sweet fragrance, of course.

Inside, on the mezzanine level, the perfumery is decorated with such a captivating mix of greenery, you’d think Mother Nature designed it herself. In the shop, antique cabinets and tables house home goods such as beeswax candles, stationery, vases and curated heirlooms from around the world. Whether you’re seeking a weekend pick-me-up or holiday gift, your first visit here likely won’t be your last.

Author: Joseph Cicerone

Mary McNeill-Knowles


House & Home December 2021