After spending years traveling the world as a successful model, German-born Constanze Saemann, sought a change of pace. Long committed to an all-round organic lifestyle, she channeled her energy and passion into studying aromatherapy and natural perfumery. Upon discovering she wasn’t able to find a luxurious fragrance that didn’t contain synthetic ingredients, Constanze launched BASIUM.
Starting from Constanze’s home in Berlin, BASIUM – meaning kiss – has evolved into a carefully curated organic self-care range. Every product is crafted in the UK and formulated using the finest organic, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients. BASIUM’s mission is to empower people to take care of themselves and the environment at the same time. As well as using as many seasonal ingredients as possible, packaging is made from recycled or sustainable materials.
We sat down with Constanze to discover her favourite summer destination and the items she never travels without.
WHAT IS YOUR MOST-CHERISHED TRAVEL MEMORY?
There are so many! But I think the time I went to Sri Lanka to do a Vipassanā retreat was one of my favourites.
FAVOURITE HOLIDAY SPOT?
Somewhere away from tourists, next to the sea or rainforest.
BUCKET LIST DESTINATION?
FAVOURITE BEACH READ?
Fatu-Hiva - Back to Nature, by the archaeologist and explorer Thor Heyerdahl.
WHAT DO YOU NEVER GO AWAY WITHOUT?
Herbal teas, flower remedies and one of my BASIUM perfumes.
FAVOURITE PODCAST ON A LONG JOURNEY?
The Doctor's Farmacy by Dr. Mark Hyman, M.D, and Hale Pule Ayurveda & Yoga.
BEST TRAVEL TIP?
Travel light so you have some space for souvenirs on the way back.
WHERE ARE YOU HOPING TO TRAVEL NEXT?
I’ve been waiting to go back to Australia to see family and friends for almost three years. Hopefully, this will be my next destination.
WHAT MESSAGE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Everything will make sense someday.
Find out more about Constanze and BASIUM on basiumfragrances.com