scents of wonder
“Back in 2016, I visited an incredible exhibition that showcased depictions of ancient fabled gardens throughout history. I loved this idea of fantasy and faraway lands, and I was captivated by one story in particular – that of the mythical ‘Hanging Gardens’.” So shared Celine Roux, the global head of fragrance at Jo Malone, in answer to what inspired her to produce the two fragrances in the brand’s latest Lost In Wonder collection.
The Cypress & Grapevine Cologne Intense offers a crisp, clean foresty scent, but we whipped out our credit card for the Fig & Lotus Flower Cologne. It has the luscious notes of fresh fig adding body and depth to the airy and aquatic scent of lotus flowers. Spritz this on a clean linen shirt and you’re all set for brunch.
Available at Jo Malone
One thing we won’t be leaving home without once travel restrictions are lifted will be Origins’ Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask that now comes in a new 30ml tub. The silky pewter-coloured formula is packed with purifying ingredients such as bamboo charcoal and kaolin clay to effectively draw out acne-causing sebum. A blend of cruelty-free honey helps to keep the skin balanced by nourishing it, while essential oils of clove, rosemary and spearmint help to soothe any climate-induced irritation. Whether you’re basking under the sun on a faraway island or mall-hopping in the city, this mask does the trick in preventing your skin from facing environmental shock.
Available at Origins
An Annual Affair
This year, Le Labo recently picked the month of September to make its City Exclusives fragrances available in the brand’s boutiques worldwide. To make it more special, it’s also taken the opportunity to launch Citron 28, its 14th fragrance in this exclusive collection, and dedicating it to the city of Seoul. The fragrance bursts with a zesty note of lemon, before drying down to reveal a warm and inviting blend of jasmine and ginger. Much like the city, Citron 28 is sophisticated and modern with a traditional charm. We like spritzing this before morning meetings as it sets a positive mood for the day.
Available at Le Labo through September. Available exclusively in respective cities thereafter.
Acqua di Parma has collaborated with fashion brand La Double J to launch a limited edition bodycare line that features the latter’s signature vivid prints on the packaging. While the products make for something exciting to look at in the bathroom, we also liked that the shower mousse, body scrub and body lotion made our shower experience more uplifting with their mood-boosting scents. After all, they are perfumed with three of Acqua di Parma’s most popular fragrances from the Blu Mediterraneo line, with Arancia di Capri being our favourite. We especially enjoy the body scrub in this fragrance choice, because its scent of citrus and spices doesn’t just transport you to your imagined Mediterranean beach vacation, but also leaves your skin feeling nourished and healthy-looking.
Available at Escentials
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