Aesop Launches Othertopias, its New Nature-Inspired Fragrance Collection

By Andrea Saadan

July 07, 2021

Fragrance associate Barnabé Fillion speaks to Tatler about his new assortment with the skincare model

What goes into making a fragrance assortment that by no means will get previous? As the wonder trade continues to evolve, international manufacturers change into more and more eager on pushing boundaries when launching novelties—together with fragrances. 
Just final month, skincare model Aesop launched its model new fragrance assortment Othertopias that was created with long-term perfume associate Barnabé Fillion.
The trio of eaux de parfum takes inspiration from the boat, the shore and the wasteland—three liminal areas that “invite a dialogue with nature, problem our perceptions and unlock reverie”. The fragrances, Miraceti, Karst, and Erémia, are every packaged in a 50ml glass bottle and encased in a sublime carton that includes art work distinctive to every perfume, designed by Belfast- based mostly painter Jack Coulter. 
The artwork of perfumery requires not simply time and coaching—however ardour, too. Fillion, a French fragrance designer, first collaborated with Aesop on Marrakech Intense Eau de Toilette in 2012; and in a while produced Hwyl Eau de Parfum in 2017 and Rōzu Eau de Parfum in 2020, along with three Aromatique Room Sprays.
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Trained within the artwork of perfumery, he found a ardour for mixing fragrances and mixing aromas whereas learning botany and phytology. For over a decade, Fillion has been researching and composing fragrances utilizing conventional craft-orientated strategies. His perfume compositions usually make use of pure botanical elements and are impressed by his travels in addition to taking part in with the concept of innovation versus custom. 
Below, Fillion tells Tatler extra about the brand new perfume assortment:

Barnabé Fillion

Genderless perfumes usually are not new to Aesop, how does Othertopias stand aside from the model’s different perfume collections?
Barnabé Fillion (BF) Aesop has at all times understood the position and significance of scent, and 2021 marks an necessary second of growth and focus on this space. Miraceti, Karst and Erémia see Aesop delve deeper into the transportive energy of scent, researching and creating extremely nuanced and sophisticated blends that ask us to evaluate our relationship with our environment.
This assortment is in regards to the research of interstitial area; it’s a piece of analysis on Heterotopias. The idea served as scaffolding the event of those perfumes. They are an homage to the work of Gaston Bachelard and lots of different philosophers and thinkers which have labored with the concept of those areas which are relative to realities, that aren’t utopic, however have a connection to mythology, or poetry, and have this capability to make us journey and unlock reveries.
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What was the inspiration behind every scent?
BF There are many nice inspirations for this assortment of fragrances. Gaston Bachelor for his spacial poetry, and clearly Herman Melville for writing Moby Dick; Alain Corbin for his phrases on the ocean and territory of the shore, and Philosopher Frédéric Nietzsche for his considering on the standard of pure air.
There is a phenomenal French author who impressed the formulation of Erémia, André D’hôtel who wrote in regards to the flower; the state of the flower taking a look at our actuality and their dream. It’s very attention-grabbing as a result of it connects us to the poetry that the botanical world offers us—his philosophy asks if flowers have a consciousness, or are they only dreaming of one other actuality which is our actuality.
For the Karst, Henry Corbin was an inspiration; he is a superb French historian of the senses. He wrote Le miasme et la jonquille, a e-book that describes the historical past of the olfactory sense. I as soon as interviewed Patrick Süskind, who wrote the e-book Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, who mentioned that Corbin’s e-book was additionally his inspiration. So, Corbin and lots of different creatives who’re working with the concept of stimulating our senses with the superposition of areas and time.

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