Guerlain – 'L'Essentiel' + 'Météorites x Bernardaud'

French beauty house Guerlain is launching ultra-covetable makeup with stellar new packaging for 2019. Futuristic and glamorous, it’s a world where sharp design and must-have products collide

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

To have and to hold. Half of the allure of a fabulous, well-performing beauty product is not in the juice, the powder or the cream but in the craveability of the packaging. That smooth, contoured gold that fits perfectly in the hand, that Parisian script font, that too-pretty-to-use embossed lipstick – it all adds up to prime position on your dressing table. 

Guerlain knows this. Delivering glamour on every front, the Spring 2019 collection by the French beauty brand is divine. Take for instance the new ’L’Essentiel’ foundation. Yes, it’s made with 97% naturally-derived ingredients that promise an all-day natural glow, but what seals the deal is the curvy, cute, asymmetric bottle by designer Mathieu Lehanneur which features a golden globe precariously balanced on top. All of this is lovely and that’s before we even start applying. 

ABOVE: Multi-coloured ‘Météorites x Bernardaud’ face powder pearls by Guerlain come in a futuristic new limited edition white porcelain sphere
RIGHT: Guerlain’s ‘L’Essentiel’ foundation flaunts a curvy, gold-topped bottle

For anyone with a thing for brushes the swish ’L’Essentiel’ retractable foundation brush, also by French talent Lehanneur, is super-ergonomic and a pleasure to use. Designed especially for the new foundation, the bristles are treated with natural bamboo charcoal to remain clean and fresh after use. We want the foundation. We really want the brush. 

ABOVE: Guerlain’s ergonomic ‘L’Essentiel’ retractable foundation brush is a pleasure to use

Guerlain’s legendary ’Météorites’ powder pearls have also been given a galactic new look for 2019. Creative director Olivier Échaudemaison has collaborated with Limoges porcelain house Bernardaud to encase these cult violet-scented, face-powder pearls in a white porcelain sphere. Embossed with star-crossed constellations, it’s a perfect example of how to do luxurious beauty packaging. To infinity and beyond… 
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L’Essentiel Natural Glow Foundation’, £44 for 30ml, is available from selected retailers including Selfridges or online at guerlain.com. Limited edition ‘Météorites x Bernardaud Powder Pearls’, £150, available exclusively from Harrods

Turning Japanese

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Captivating Japan is the inspiration behind three recent fragrance and beauty line launches, with elegant zen-chic design and oriental packaging to match. We spy a trend!

BY AMY BRADFORD

FLORAÏKU
Poetry, perfume and design come together in 2017-launched fragrance line Floraïku, created by French-Irish couple Clara and John Molloy (also the founders of cult scent brand Memo Paris). The collection of 12 fragrances, created with noses Alienor Massenet, Sophie Labbé and Sarah Burri, is inspired by Japanese culture: each bottle features a patterned stopper that recalls traditional lacquerware, and is presented in a bento-style box decorated with trails of cherry blossom and an evocative haiku.

TOP: Ginger, white tea and cardamom 'I Am Coming Home' eau de parfum by Floraïku
RIGHT: Floraïku's eau de parfums 'My Love Has the Colour of the Night', patchouli, gaiac wood and vetiver; 'Sleeping on the Roof', lily of the valley, orange blossom and amber musk
BELOW: 'First Dream of the Year', grapefruit, orange blossom and iris; 'In the Rain', bergamot, cedar and woody musk (a twelfth scent launched this March) 
£250 each for 50ml, 10ml refill and purse spray

Floraïku's range is divided into three themes or ‘ceremonies’: Enigmatic FlowersSecret Teas and Spices and Forbidden Incense, housed in navy blue, white and black bottles respectively. Highlights include ‘My Love Has the Colour of the Night’, a dusky blend of gaiac wood, patchouli and vetiver, and the ethereal ‘First Dream of the Year’, which combines grapefruit, orange blossom and iris. Offering clever layering, two 'Shadowing' scents, in red bottles, are intended to be sprayed near any scent in the collection to either lighten and freshen it ('Sleeping on the Roof') or darken and intensify the fragrance ('Between Two Trees').

ABOVE: Sample the scent range over a cup of seasonal tea at the perfume bar at Floraïku's Japanese-influenced London boutique at Harrods' Salon de Parfums. All fragrances contain more than 50 per cent natural ingredients and are refillable

We love the individual illustrations designed for each scent by French artist Victoire Cathalan, drawing on watercolours and Indian inks and printed on the bottle's fabric-covered cap, which doubles as a travel or purse spray. The brand opened its first boutique at Harrods’ Salon de Parfums, based on a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn, and decorated with straw, silk and marble. New York's Saks Fifth Avenue also welcomed Floraïku to its new beauty floor this May, bringing zen serenity to the city that never sleeps.
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SHIRO
We’ve long admired Japanese design for its ruthless simplicity and attention to detail – but it’s not just its furniture and buildings that display these qualities. Japanese skincare is growing in popularity in the west, and in response stylish brand Shiro has opened a boutique on London’s Kings Road – its first anywhere outside Japan. Recently two more stores launched on Covent Garden's Monmouth Street and St Christopher's Place off Oxford Street. The pale white and wood spaces display products beautifully packaged in frosted and white glass: the body and fragrance range is our highlight, in particular the jasmine-scented fabric conditioner (£25). Skin-softening ‘sake kasu’, a by-product of the sake production process rich in rice protein, is a key ingredient for the brand, alongside other traditional oriental extracts like adzuki bean, known for its cleansing properties, and moisterising 'gagome kombu', derived from kelp.
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ABOVE: Japanese skincare brand Shiro's minimal products including 'Adzuki Soap', £16; 'Kombu Skin Serum', £68; and 'Sake Kasu Facial Cream', £78


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'HWYL' BY AESOP
Given the array of wonderful aromas in Aesop skincare products, it’s surprising to think that it only has three perfumes in its collection. But the Australian-born brand works at its own pace, only launching new scents when it is ready. Accordingly, the third fragrance, 'Hwyl' (pronounced ‘hoo-will’), has only recently emerged. Created with hip young French perfumer Barnabé Fillion, it’s a real cultural mishmash, with the name coming from old Welsh – a somewhat intangible word that variously means emotional fervour, nature, and temper or mood – and the composition influenced by Japan. ‘My inspiration was walking among 300-year-old Hiba trees in an ancient Japanese forest and experiencing the country’s lush temple moss gardens,’ says Fillion, who has conjured an intensely green scent with notes of thyme, cypress, woods, vetiver and frankincense. ‘It captures the feeling of solitude and refuge in nature,’ he adds. Unassumingly packaged in amber glass with seductive plant imagery by Australian generative artist Jonathan McCabe inside the sleek grey-green box, this cool, verdant scent is sure to be a hit.
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ABOVE: Minimal, unisex 'Hwyl' eau de parfum by Aesop features smoky notes, subtle spice and dark green earthy accords. £83 for 50ml eau de parfum
BELOW: A film shares the fragrance's Japanese forest inspirations

Guerlain

The house of Guerlain has two new beautiful fragrant collections to tickle your senses. Take a deep breath...

BY AMY BRADFORD

Designed in 1908, Guerlain’s famous ‘Quadrilobé’ bottle – so named because of the shape of its stopper – has housed classic scents such as 'Jicky' and 'Shalimar'. Now it has been reinvented for a new experiment in scent inspired by synaesthesia, a spontaneous association of the senses experienced by artists including Vassily Kandinsky, Duke Ellington and Vladimir Nabokov, that can create associations between odours and colours. The new 'Colour Collection' is comprised of five fragrances from the ‘Exclusives’ collection housed in limited-edition bottles in jewel-like graduated colours. Crafted by the Brosse Glassworks, known for its creation of iconic fragrance bottles, each one is finished with a matching silk thread, painstakingly hand-tied and combed using the ‘barbichage’ technique by Guerlain’s skilled dames de table

Also new from the French fragrance house is the beautiful ‘Les Délices de Bain’ trio of shower gel, body lotion and deodorant. Heralding a more modern, minimal look for the brand, these translucent bottles contain a fresh fragrance that combines citrus notes with almond. It’s designed to harmonise with other Guerlain fragrances so you can wear layers of delicious scent.
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‘Colour Collection', £485 each for 125ml, exclusive to Harrods in the UK and at Guerlain boutiques worldwide. 'Les Délices de Bain', shower gel £35, perfumed body lotion, £40, for 200ml, deodorant, £34.

Byredo Summer Scents

Get set for summer with a trio of new scents from Sweden's Byredo

BY AMY BRADFORD

Not one, but three treats from Swedish scent powerhouse Byredo this summer, for yourself and your home – all with typically sleek, monochrome bottles and graphic design. First up is 'Toile', a clean-smelling linen spray intended to evoke the smell of freshly washed, sun-warmed cotton. Spray on sheets, into linen cupboards or even on yourself, if you find the pristine aroma irresistible.

Next up is 'Heliotropia', an addictive white floral perfume with a curious twist. Its wild gardenia and jasmine sambac notes are predictably Byredo in 'pretty floral' mode, but the addition of powdery, hothouse heliotrope and Somalian incense turn up the heat and create an altogether more exotic, otherworldly feel.

Later this summer the brand will release 'Cuir Obscur', which pitches feminine against masculine in a graceful tug of war. Punchy amaretto, nutmeg, patchouli and black leather on one side are set against ylang-ylang and Arabian rose on the other, creating a scent that constantly shifts from smokiness to sweetness. It's not the obvious choice for a summer scent, but we like it no less for that.
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'Toile', £42; 'Heliotropia', £135 for 100ml (exclusive to Liberty in the UK); 'Cuir Obscur', £135 for 100ml, available from 15 July 2016 (exclusive to Harrods in the UK) byredo.com

 

Night Veils x Byredo

Byredo's latest collection of smart scents is aimed at night owls with a penchant for intense floral fragrances

BY AMY BRADFORD

We thought that Swedish brand Byredo couldn’t get any more luxurious, but its latest creative concept proves us wrong. The ‘Night Veils’ collection is a decadent trio of perfumes inspired by three night-blooming flowers: jasmine, lily and rose. The super-concentrated scents are intended to be worn after dark, and are presented in beautiful Art Deco-style midnight-purple glass flacons to adorn your bedside table. ‘Reine de Nuit’ combines midnight rose with blackcurrant, incense and patchouli; ‘Casablanca Lily’ mimics this exotic flower with notes of wild gardenia, Indian tuberose and palisander wood; and our favourite, ‘Midnight Candy’, is a tribute to jasmine, blended with black violet, iris and vanilla. Florals don’t get more grown-up than this.
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Midnight Candy', 'Casablanca Lily', 'Reine De Nuit', £325 each for 30ml at Harrods, Liberty and Selfridges