As people start venturing out of doors after over a year of restrictions, you may be in the market for a new scent. Aesop, the Melbourne-based fragrance company, is adding to its lineup of scents with three new additions. The Othertopias collection transports you to “realms both real and imagined.”
The Othertopias collection was developed in conjunction with longtime fragrance partner Barnabe Fillion. With a mastery of botany (the study of plants) and phycology (the study of seaweeds and other algae), Fillion has a unique approach to perfumery, which is perfect for Othertopias. The collection consists of three scents titled Miraceti, Karst, and Eremia. Miraceti, or “the Boat,” is noted for the scents of the sea thanks to its hints of seaweed, ambrette, and incense. Karst brings things to the shore, using minerals as the base for its fragrance mixed with notes of sandalwood and cumin. Eremia, also known as “The Wasteland,” finishes off the collection with scents borrowed from yuzu, iris, and galbanum. Each scent comes in 50ml glass bottles that are packaged in boxes decorated with artwork from Jack Coulter out of Belfast. The bottles are priced at $220.
“A smell, whether in the air, on our skin, or on our clothes, creates a world within our world that is both physical and imagined—a phenomenon that blurs the boundaries of past and present, real and unreal, here and there,” says Fillion. “A window to nature, so to speak, one that invites a dialog with surroundings that we inhabit but often overlook. As always, collaborations with Aesop are steered by science and wonder, manifesting in this instance as a journey through spaces that make us engage our senses, ask us to look differently and encourage us to imagine.” The real and imagined scents of Othertopias can be found online and at Aesop retailers.