About Us

What is Tijon?

“Escape to the ocean and inhale the scent of the sea.   Our fragrances take inspiration from the closeness of the sea, sun and sand, intimate with nature and romance. Time honored floral, citrus, woods and fresh notes enhance these signature formulas.”  – John Berglund

Headquartered in St. Martin, FWI, Tijon is a French Caribbean Parfumerie specializing in its own line of handcrafted fragrances in addition to likely being the world’s leader in teaching others to create their own perfume, with over 12,000 people having done so to-date.

Tijon opened in 2007, but its inception began years earlier with a businessman’s dream to leave the corporate chaos behind and live in a tropical paradise. Further details on John Berglund’s journey can be discovered through his book, A Beach Less Traveled.

Tijon St. Martin has taken the best practices of the perfumeries of Grasse, France and placed a tropical orientation and attainable immersion for all to participate.

The “Create Your Own Perfume” is perfect for individually designing your own signature scent and often includes groups celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, family outings, date night, bridal parties, and team-building corporate events.

Tijon Believes

Life is precious. It is about enjoying the pleasures of life: the feeling of warm sand between your toes, the smell of jasmine blooming along the shore, a beautiful sunset. It is about the small moments of happiness we each want to experience.

This is why we at Tijon believe in creating and providing products that are fresh and clean, with the finest ingredients found in the Caribbean and across the globe. We do not test on animals nor use animal by-products.

Tijon takes every detail into account. Our products are packaged by hand in order to preserve their small batch quality.

Not only do we design memorable perfumes and colognes, we also desire to teach the world about the history, complexity and beauty of fragrance creation.

We believe:

. . . in taking time to smell the roses, to enjoy the fragrant odors surrounding us in daily living.

. . . life is short and precious.  Life is about feeling good, eating well, drinking well and smelling good.

. . .  fragrance can alter emotion and mood.  There is a growing body of evidence that fragrant botanicals contain active ingredients that can alter mood and emotional state.  The mechanisms involved seem to be both psychological and physical.  Similarly, odors can have physical effect such as stimulating hunger and is also a powerful stimulus for memory.

. . . in creating and providing products that are fresh and clean, with nature’s best ingredients.  We do not test on animals, testing only on family and friends.  All of our products are packaged by hand to preserve their small batch quality utilizing the finest ingredients found in the Caribbean and world-wide.

. . .  perfumes and cosmetics should enhance, not cover up, the natural beauties and aromas of the skin.

. . . in our own fragrances and products and proudly putting our name on them.

. . . in our customers – their friendship, their support and their feedback.  We continually strive to improve our lives, our products, and the lives of the people around us.

. . .  in giving back to the community 

Tijon's Family

John Berglund |Master Perfumer 

Owner and founder and master perfumer John has been making his dream come true by utilizing his fine sense of smell and composition skills. His expansive knowledge of fragrance ingredients has led to the success of his business and recent book. He enjoys teaching the basics of fragrance creation and using his talents to craft an array of Tijon products.

Cyndi Berglund | Le tout “The Everything”

Owner and wife of the founder, Cyndi has been part of the adventure from the beginning. Her support and hospitality have been at the heart of Tijon’s success. She insists that fashion and fragrance are intertwined, and she desires to see all of our guests looking and feeling their best.

Berglund Children: “Tijon Family”

Daughter Rachelle, who has played an essential role with Tijon, has the day-to-day business operation to take care of their two grandchildren Solana and Beckett. She also works part time managing on-site marathons for Competitor Magazine. Husband Scott is founder and owner of Guava Family and has supported us with tech and advertising needs.

Son Tyler played an integral part in creating the parfumerie concept as a young man. Hence the name Tijon, which is a combination of Tyler and John.  Formerly a district manager for the Hollister in Bejiing and Los Angeles,  he is currently a District Manager in Hawaii for the Ross stores.

Tijon’s Mascot

Arawakk Dog 

The original Arawak dog was a small ceramic piece unearthed in an archeological dig near the Tijon headquarters in St. Martin, dating back to 550 B.C.  The Arawak Indians, early inhabitants of St. Martin, were often accompanied by dogs on their travels.  The original ceramic piece is housed at St. Martin’s Museum in Marigot.  France made a stamp featuring the Arawak dog in the 1980’s and it sold out quickly.