Aesop has come a long way since its birth in Melbourne in 1987. Focusing on quality botanical ingredients, the company has gained a world-wide reputation for its holistic approach to skincare.
Its new third unisex fragrance Aesop Hwyl Eau de Parfum, a partnership between Aesop and nose Barnabé Fillon, is an opulent melange of wood, moss and spices laced with vetiver extract and frankincense. (Available from Aesop signature stores and selected department stores including Selfridges.)
The scent was inspired by an ancient Japanese rainforest and the lush temple moss gardens that are found in the country. It is meant to “recapture the feeling of solitude and refuge in nature…”
Your body chemistry, warmth of your skin and diet can influence how a scent smells on you. Which is why you need to spray it on to your skin to see how it reacts on you.
This one appears to smell quite different on each person I sampled it on. Despite the fact that it is for men and women, to me it is more a masculine juice. That could be down to the fact that it smelt divine on the man I tried it on, rather better than it did on me.
It is an unusual scent that stands out from the crowd and really captures the Aesop spirit, so it is worth trying.
By Daralyn Danns