South Africa’s first fine fragrance – award winning DIMANZI eau de parfum, was created by charismatic Di Thompson in the tradition of fine French fragrance using selected essential oils from Grasse France, the epicentre of the perfume world. All production is done locally. DIMANZI captures the essence of our vibrant African spirit and aligns it with true French chic.
The dimanzi perfume range includes award winning dimanzi eau de parfum, diMANzi for men and the seductive D’oro eau de parfum.
“My selection of essential oils come directly from Grasse in France, the home of so many great perfume. The glass beads are made with pride by the local women in the rural areas of the Midlands in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa.
The iconic zebra is part of my personal Burchell heritage and also my love of the classic tradition of black and white.
Creating a fragrance is not only a journey of all our senses but also an exploration into the well-spring of our artistic inspirations!
“Manzi” is the Zulu word meaning water and it is with such pleasure that I bring to you my eau de parfum…..dimanzi”
– Di Thompson
I am Ayanda Nhlapo…
a young, talented and stylish Johannesburg-based creative….immersed in the television and fashion industry. Being a city girl with a busy lifestyle, meditation and yoga keep me grounded and are both my go to practices when I need a sense of balance. Dancing is my number one hobby, it helps release tension and energy, while still allowing me to express my emotions. Am a Sagittarian, a fire sign beaming with a zest for life and the need for constant new experiences. My passion is creating meaningful and unique work that generates awareness of social, economic and environmental issues that helps make our world a better place for all. I love engaging with different people teaching them, and learning from them. What truly sets my soul on fire is travelling ….. visiting new destinations, tasting different foods and of course meeting interesting people from all the corners of the world.
As an African, I love exploring and sharing the sheer beauty of our rich and indigenous identity. I love our people, our animals, our weather as well as our various cultures and traditions. The Zebra is my favourite animal and am also a water baby by nature…however these are not the only elements that attracted me to dimanzi. Its’s the strikingly charming scent of dimanzi eau de parfum that took my breath away!!! ….
I love smelling amazing and always prioritise in investing in a beautiful, quality fragrance. When I met Di Thompson and tried DIMANZI – I instantly fell in love! …and am also fully behind buying from and supporting our local business’s, which is why I am even prouder to be the Brand Ambassador of dimanzi. The essence and meaning of dimanzi and myself are one and the same!! I call it Conscious African Luxury.
I am simply a fabulous and friendly lady with a beautiful DIMANZI aura……
The iconic Zebra is part of her personal Burchell heritage and also her love of the classic tradition of black and white.
From a very early age Di was exposed to the beauty and perfume industry by her mom June who had joined a company where Di would spend many hours during her school holidays at the factory in Jeppestown helping the manager and family packing all their wonder lotions, potions and of course perfumes!
“Such a magical world for a young girl and the memories will stay with me forever”.
Di learnt to speak french at Jeppe Girls High and matriculated in 1971.
She continued her studies in Fine Art and English at Wits University.
In 1975 she had the most exceptional opportunity to study beauty therapy and make-up at the prestigious HOUSE OF GUERLAIN on the Champs Elysees and so her fragrance romance continued.
In 1988 Di opened up Le Visage Boutique Salon in Bedfordview and almost 30 years later is still doing what she loves!
“Never would I have imagined today that I would be presenting my very own fragrance creation, it really is a dream come true!”
Get up, dress up….and show up wearing dimanzi eau de parfum!