In Eidesis—the next chapter of the Othertopias fragrance collection—woody, spicy and ambery accords collude to enthral the senses. The first three Othertopias Eaux de Parfum—Miraceti, Karst and Erémia—were inspired by journeys to places both real and imagined. From high seas to the shore, each scent explores worlds within worlds and was created in collaboration with Aesop’s long-term fragrance partner, Barnabé Fillion. Eidesis—the fourth chapter, also realised in partnership with Fillion—takes the wearer to an imaginary world beyond the surface of the mirror where they may reflect on the complex nature of desire.
Retold through the centuries in painting, dance and song, the story of Narcissus and Echo is a universal tale of longing and loss, desire and deception. In Eidesis, these innate emotions are evoked through a beguiling blend of woody, spicy and ambery aromas, lending notes of provocation to the everyday. Here we narrate this experience of the scent as a captivating myth unfolds in the modern day.
Emerging from the shower, cleansed and invigorated. From the bathroom counter, a bottle of Eidesis offers aromatic enhancement to this moment. The first spritz—characterised by crisp Petitgrain and Black Pepper—is a charge of rousing citrus spice, given depth by opening hints of Frankincense.
Cedar and Frankincense develop in the heart of Eidesis as a woody, resinous warmth arises, imbuing encounters with an aromatic magnetism. Spice notes unfold, with subtly metallic Cumin lending intrigue to the ambrosial amber accord.
Deeper into the day, and the sustained echoes of Sandalwood, Cedar and Vetiver linger on the skin like a memory; a note left for a loved one; an impression on a pillow. A message of longing, written in scent.