Agraria means "beautiful flowers growing in the fields," and is the brand name our founders, Stanford Stevenson and Maurice Gibson, chose for their hand-made potpourri. First tossed in the back room of their San Francisco shop on Taylor Street, it was full of flowers, herbs, spices and its mysterious new fragrance became known as Bitter Orange. It’s unique, spicy fragrance has been described by The New York Times as “uplifting, mysterious and androgynous in its appeal.”
As interior designers, Agraria founders Stanford Stevenson and Maurice Gibson envisioned fragrant products as essential design elements for their clients' San Francisco homes. They felt certain that "No great home is ever completely decorated until it has its most important accessory – home fragrance." In addition to the Chinese bowls they filled with Bitter Orange potpourri, they created their first fragrant candle called Balsam, which mingled beautifully with the potpourri. They still make the original Bitter Orange and Lavender & Rosemary potpourris the same way – one box at a time.