​A scent journey to Fiji's Paradise and Australia's Bondi Beach

​A scent journey to Fiji's Paradise and Australia's Bondi Beach

15th Jun 2024

At Aemster, our scent journey began with a trip around the world in search of new inspiration and resulted in inspiration for our scents. We traveled to all the continents this world has to offer, looking for experiences and botanicals that could capture the essence of these places for us. And so the first ideas for the Aemster scent collection were born. Bondi Bergamot and Fiji Figs are a result of that. The information and tips in this blog come directly from our experiences.

Imagine travelling to Fiji, where the beautiful beaches and lush rainforests await you. You can smell the sun-ripened figs in the air, mingling with the scents of the green lush vegetation, creating a unique atmosphere. Now picture yourself slightly sun-tanned and full of energy strolling down the streets of vibrant Bondi Beach, where you'll find the iconic beach with their famous 'coast guards' and surf culture. The fresh sea breeze carries the sparkling notes of bergamot, blending with the salty scent of the sea. 

For travellers venturing to Australia, consider extending the journey to Fiji or vice versa, this offers a fantastic trip. After reading this blog, you’ll know why.

Discover Fiji: The tropical paradise

Fiji, a collection of over 300 islands in the South Pacific, is renowned for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. From white sand beaches and coral reefs to green forests and many local communities, Fiji offers a trip into paradise. The islands of Fiji are a treasure of relaxation. National Geographic describes Fiji’s vegetation as a mix of tropical rainforests, mangroves, and coastal flora, providing a habitat for a diverse range of wildlife.

Wildlife on Land and in the Sea

In the rainforests of Fiji, you can encounter unique creatures such as the Fiji banded iguana, known for its striking coloration and arboreal lifestyle. The islands are home to several bird species, including the orange dove and the Fiji parrotfinch. Beneath the crystal-clear waters, Fiji's coral reefs teem with marine life. Diverse fish species, such as the clownfish and majestic manta rays, can be found near to the reefs. Keep an eye out for the gentle giants of the ocean, like the whale shark and humpback whale, which migrate through Fijian waters seasonally.

If you love these activities, Fiji is your next destination:

  • Snorkeling and Diving: Explore the coral reefs with marine life.
  • Hiking: Go to the tropical rainforests and discover hidden waterfalls.
  • Cultural Tours: Visit traditional Fijian villages and experience local communities.
  • Luxury beaches and hotels

For the foodies out there, you’ll find many culinary delights in Fiji

Fijian cuisine is a fusion of indigenous flavors and influences from Indian, Chinese, and European cuisines. Instead of booking an all-inclusive resort, we would advise to venture out and discover the local outdoor restaurants that offer authentic Fijian cuisine and a unique dining experience. Depending on your needs, the local restaurants in Fiji provide great unique dining, with flavours unknown to the European, but also scenic views and unique settings, making it a memorable culinary journey. 

Travel Guide: Exploring Fiji in 10 Days

  • Days 1-3: Nadi and Denarau Island
    • Visit the Garden of the Sleeping Giant, known for its orchids and tropical plants.
    • Relax on Denarau’s beaches.
  • Days 4-5: Coral Coast
    • Snorkel in the vibrant coral reefs.
    • Explore Sigatoka Sand Dunes National Park.
  • Days 6-7: Taveuni Island
    • Hike through Bouma National Heritage Park.
    • Swim in the Tavoro Waterfalls.
  • Days 8-10: Yasawa Islands
    • Enjoy beachside relaxation and water activities.
    • Experience a traditional Fijian cultural performance and foods.

The scent of Fiji Figs: fresh, fruity, and floral

The founders of Aemster were fascinated by the beautiful fig trees of Fiji, which inspired them to create Fiji Figs, a fresh, fruity and floral scent. When the sun heats up the atmosphere in Fiji, the sweet yet soft scent of the figs travel into your nose, which smells amazing. The scent Fiji Figs opens with the refreshing notes of bergamot and sweet clementine, followed by the rich aroma of sun-ripened figs, transporting you to the tropical atmosphere of this wonderful place in the world. The heart of the scent reveals a bouquet of olive blossom, wild roses, geranium, sweet dates and orange blossom, while the base offers a blend of red cedar, warm amber and musk. Fiji Figs captures the mood of the island and brings a piece of paradise to your surroundings.

The scent of the leaves is fresh and slightly milky, with a hint of earthy woodiness. 

Aromatic Profile:

  • Top Notes: Fig, Clementine, Bergamot
  • Middle Notes: Wild Rose, Olive Blossom, Geranium, Sweet Date, Orange Blossom
  • Base Notes: Red Cedar, Warm Amber, Musks

Did you know: The distance between Fiji and Sydney is approximately 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles), covered by a direct flight in about 4 to 5 hours. Fiji Airways, Qantas, and Virgin Australia offer frequent direct flights between Nadi International Airport and Sydney Airport, making travel between these destinations easy.

Discover Bondi Beach: the Australian Icon

Bondi Beach, located in Sydney, is one of the world’s most famous beaches, known for its golden sands, surf culture, and vibrant community. And Bondi Beach is not just a destination; it’s an experience. From surfing the waves to strolling the scenic Bondi to Coogee coastal walk, there's something special to explore for everyone.

Inside tip for Bondi Beach Visitors: When in Bondi Beach, make sure to stroll down Gould Street, the hub for scent boutiques. Here, you'll find Le Labo, known for its artisanal fragrances, Bondi Wash, offering natural, Australian-made products for the home and body and Aesop, renowned for its luxurious skincare products.


  • Surfing: Bondi Beach is a surfer's paradise with waves suitable for all levels.
  • Coastal Walks: Enjoy breathtaking views along the Bondi to Coogee walk.
  • Day Trip: take the Ferry to Sydney Harbour. The Ferry trip itself is already worth the effort. Plus, you’ll sail by the opera house with a view of Harbour Bridge. This activity can’t be missed.
  • Multiple Day Trips: Go to the blue mountains and if you can, promise to hike the Grand Canyon Track. It's a beautiful 3–4-hour hike through the blue mountains of Australia with lush and green vegetation. The track takes you through the mountains and will provide some spectacular views and waterfalls along the road.

Insider tip: when hiking the Grand Canyon track, make sure to park your car and start at Neates Glen Parking Area. The hike will be way better, promise. Don't start at the Evens Lookout point, you'll thank us later. 

If hiking isn’t an option, visitors can still savor the breathtaking views by driving to Evans Lookout. Located at the endpoint of the Grand Canyon track, Evans Lookout rewards you with panoramic views of the Grose Valley.

Restaurants and Shopping: Visit local shops, go to Gould Street and experience the delicious street food at Bangkok bites.

Culinary Delights in Bondi and Syndey: Sydney’s culinary scene is diverse and dynamic, offering a mix of gourmet restaurants and casual eateries.

Recommended Restaurants:

  1. Icebergs Dining Room and Bar: Overlooking Bondi Beach, great for a drink but also offering Italian cuisine.
  2. Restaurant Quay (with a stunning view at Harbour Bridge): Renowned for its stunning views and modern unique Australian menu. A once in a lifetime experience. 

Travel Guide: Exploring Sydney and Bondi in 10 Days

  • Days 1-3: Sydney City
    • Explore the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge.
    • Visit the Royal Botanic Garden.
    • Go to dinner at Quay (make sure to reserve a table months up front, you will be surprised by the quality and experience)
  • Days 4-5: Bondi Beach
    • Relax on Bondi Beach and take surf lessons.
    • Enjoy the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk.
    • Have a drink at Icebergs Rockpool and later dine-in.
    • Sunday Market 
  • Days 6-7: Blue Mountains
    • Discover the natural beauty of the Blue Mountains.
    • Visit the Three Sisters rock formation.
    • Hike the Grand Canyon Track
  • Days 8-10: Hunter Valley
    • Experience wine tasting in one of Australia’s premier wine regions.

Aemster’s scent Bondi Bergamot

The founders of Aemster fell in love with the energy of Bondi Beach, which inspired them to create Bondi Bergamot, a fresh, invigorating scent. While bergamot itself is not native to Australia, its inclusion in many Australian fragrances speaks to the country's appreciation for natural, refreshing scents. Australian perfumery often draws from the nation's rich botanical heritage, incorporating native plants and unique combinations that reflect the local environment. Bergamot, with its bright and uplifting aroma, fits seamlessly into this tradition, adding a touch of citrusy freshness that complements Australia's natural palette.

The founders of Aemster returned to Bondi Beach a few years later to explore the area more, and discovered new Australian botanicals. Ultimately this resulted in the scent Bondi Bergamot. We hope you will love it as much as we do. 

This scent captures the essence of Australia's famous Bondi Beach, with its stunning bays and vibrant coastal atmosphere. The scent opens with sparkling bergamot and juicy pear, leading into a rich floral heart where jasmine and white flowers blend with heliotrope and aromatic angelica, touched with a hint of spicy cardamom. The base is a luxurious blend of warm amber, powdery musk, creamy sandalwood, sweet vanilla, and almond.

Aromatic Profile:

  • Top Notes: Bergamot, Pear
  • Middle Notes: Jasmine, White Flowers, Heliotrope, Angelica, Cardamom
  • Base Notes: Amber, Almond, Sandalwood, Musk, Vanilla

The Aemster scents of Fiji Figs and Bondi Bergamot

Both scent oils Fiji Figs and Bondi Bergamot are made in France and suitable for all types of diffusers. Their powerful formulations create a luxurious ambiance, leaving any environment feeling welcoming, clean, and sophisticated. Each drop releases a wide scent range, ensuring your space is refreshed by these fantastic scents.


  • Made in France.
  • Suitable for all types of diffusers.
  • Powerful formulation for a luxury ambiance.
  • Leaves the environment feeling luxurious, welcoming, and clean.
  • Highly concentrated formula, with each drop releasing a wide scent range.

Aemster scent oils transform your home with their fresh, clean, and energizing ingredients. Discover Fiji Figs, or the crisp, floral, and comfortable aroma of Bondi Bergamot. 

Ultimately, we hope that these scents will inspire your next adventure or simply bring a piece of these magical places into your environment. 

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