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Aesop Hwyl ~ fragrance review

A Princess Visiting a Forest Shrine at Night

The backstory of Aesop’s latest fragrance, Hwyl, is a hodgepodge (to which I’ll contribute). Hwyl is a Welsh word (pronounced, rapidly: WHO-will); according to the Oxford English dictionary, it means “a stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy.” Yet, Hwyl’s perfumer, Barnabé Fillion, when asked by Philippa Morgan in Vogue Arabia, “How would you describe Hwyl in one sentence?” responded “The silence and verdancy of an ancient Japanese forest, and the wind in the canopy.” Hwyl reminds ME of India — the scent of altars and old-style Ayurvedic apothecaries. To each his own…

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Perfume Review: Hwyl by A─ôsop

In the Welsh language “hwyl” is a “stirring feeling of emotional motivation and energy” but it is the […] Continue reading

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2017, part 1

We’re starting off this year’s holiday gift series with scented body products of all kinds, and as always, do add any of your own recommendations in the comments! There are seven more posts to come.

My own favorite, just for the spiffy packaging: Cartier La Panthére Powder De Parfum Étincelante. “A shimmering La Panthére Perfume Powder leaving on the skin a velvety veil. A product offering a new sensual gesture, to be layered with the Eau de Parfum and the Shimmering Eau de Parfum for a perfect ritual.” $75 for 100g at Neiman Marcus

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The space between us

Two minutes in the woods, for Aesop Hwyl.
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Olous

A short painted animation for Aesop Olous room spray.
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The daily lemming

Aesop’s room sprays, in Istros (“Vibrant, floral, smoky / A union of enlivening florals and Tobacco, Istros stimulates the atmosphere with aromas of the bazaar.”), Cythera (“Woody, oriental, spicy / A veil of Geranium and Incense, lent symmetry by woody Patchouli and the warmth of Myrrh.”) and Olous (“Fresh, woody, citrus / A blend of […] Continue reading

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Aesop Hwyl ~ new fragrance

Aesop Hwyl

Australian botanical brand Aesop will launch Hwyl, a new unisex fragrance inspired by ancient Japanese forests…

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The daily lemming

Calypso says Aesop’s Body Cleansing Slab is marvelous, and the bar is huge (apparently, you can slice it with a warm knife). “Superb vegetable-based soap for all skin types. Everybody’s favorite slab is back to grace your bathroom with its exquisite creaminess and exotic aroma. Life’s too short to limit our sensory pleasures! This simple […] Continue reading

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Holiday fragrance gifts 2016, part 2

Part two in our eight-part series on fragrance related holiday gifts features home fragrance items, all sorts. Do add any of your own recommendations in the comments!

Byredo Saints candles

From Byredo, the Saints candle collection (“For Holiday 2016 Byredo presents three new fragrant candles inspired by veladoras, prayer candles or seven-day candles”), with Rosewater (rose and geranium), Incense (incense, eucalyptus, guaiac, labdanum, amber and patchouli) and Altar (clove, carnation, ylang, papyrus and vetiver). 400g, $140 each…

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Tacit

Jonathan McCabe’s short film for Aesop Tacit. Read more below the jump.

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