An interview with entrepreneur Di Thompson, Dimanzi

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Last year was an amazing year for meeting and learning about South African entrepreneurs and products. At the 2018 Pharmaceutical & Cosmetic Review/Symrise New Product Competition, local perfumer Di Thompson from Dimanzi walked away with the Editor’s Choice Award.

Creating a fragrance is not only a journey of all our senses but also an exploration into the well-spring of our artistic inspirations!

Di Thompson

Who is Di Thompson?

Image courtesy of Dimanzi

Di Thompson’s journey to perfumer started in Johannesburg where as a young girl she accompanied her mom to work at a beauty factory. She went on from Jeppe Prep and Jeppe High School for Girls in Kensington to Wits University and a Fine Arts Degree.

Her education continued at the prestigious House of Guerlain in Paris where she learnt facial and makeup skills. Di was then offered the KZN Area Manager position with Guerlain. After 2 years she returned to Johannesburg to head up the marketing, sales, training and PR of the company. The next few years saw Di travel the world to promote the Guerlain brand and products in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia as well as the Indian Ocean Zone covering Mauritius and Reunion Island.

After many years in the corporate world Di decided to open her own company LE VISAGE BOUTIQUE SALON in Bedfordview. You can still find her here, as owner, doing what she loves.

Dimanzi, more than a fragrance

Di saw an opportunity to create a fine fragrance produced in South Africa with essential oils coming from Grasse in France. After 2 years of research Di and her team launched DIMANZI EAU DE PARFUM.

Dimanzi embraces the same quality and standards of leading international brands, but at more competitive prices. The fragrance embodies real French Chic aligned with the enchanting African Spirit!

  • The name of the fragrance is derived from her name, Di, and the Zulu word for water, manzi.
  • The zebra bead that adorns each bottle is crafted in Kwazulu-Natal by local woman.
  • Zebra stripes is part of the DNA of the Dimanzi brand – and her *Burchell heritage.
Image courtesy of Dimanzi

To find out more about Dimanzi, visit:

*Burchell Zebra is a species whose name is derived from British explorer and naturalist, William John Burchell.

I am a Johannesburg based freelance writer, social media manager - and of course share bits from my life with you on this blog. We have 2 kids through surrogacy and 3 black cats.

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