It all began in a little shop on Nob Hill

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. We still make the original Bitter Orange and Lavender & Rosemary potpourris the same way – one box at a time.

We are honored that our Lemon Verbena guest amenities are featured in 170 InterContinental® Hotels & Resorts properties around the world. We have a shared heritage dating back to the 1970s, when we opened our Taylor Street boutique on Nob Hill, just down the hill from the InterContinental® Mark Hopkins San Francisco.


We sparkle, we shine and we're as beautiful as we are fragrant

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.”

Today our AirEssence and PetiteEssence Diffusers, liquid versions of potpourri, "grow" into beautiful fragrant flowers as they absorb perfume-grade oils. Each flower is hand-made one petal at a time from paper-thin slices of sola plants grown in the fields of Southeast Asia.

Formulated to "mix and mingle marvelously", our eight fragrances smell as beautiful as they look. Exquisite packaging and custom-designed fragrance patterns establish us as the ultimate for those who wish to live and gift luxuriously. You can find Agraria in hundreds of high-end decorative accessories shops and prestige department stores around the world.

Agraria's loyal fan base helped lead America's luxury aromatherapy movement.

I thought Fifty-Seventh Street was Heaven. I smelled the Agraria potpourri wafting out of Henri Bendel, but I just thought the street smelled good." – Michael Kors, Vogue, October 1992

Opulent, playful, chic—these scented tassels add not only glamour to any doorknob but a lush fragrance to any room. – The O List, Oprah Magazine, March 2009

"When you travel, you always feel like you're missing everything...I buy Agraria Bitter Orange Burning Sticks. I think the incense smell creates some kind of dependence. It reminds me of the Catholic church". – Giorgio Armani, New York Magazine, November 2004

"Thank you Agraria, for making my life smell so sweet". – Cher