All About The Base

From dreamy perfume oils by Hermès to Aesop’s heavyweight brass oil burner that scents your home, oil-based scents should be your next fragrance obsession…

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

There’s something properly luxurious about scent that is carried not by alcohol but by oil. The silkiness of the texture and how it melts into the skin are so much more tangible than a traditional spritz application – and all the more captivating for it. It’s the bohemian mood that it puts us in. From a beauty perspective, we have been living in the age of oil for some time, but now perfume oils are also catching on as a home fragrance. Here is our pick of scented oils to bring stylish seduction to your skin or space.

Hermès ‘Hermessence’
We start with Swiss-Italian perfumer Christine Nagel, the resident nose at French luxury label Hermès since 2016, who has introduced perfume oils to the house for the very first time as part of the latest additions to the ‘Hermessence’ range. Of her five-strong Orient-inspired and layerable collection, there are two totally dreamy oil-based scents: ‘Cardamusc’ and ‘Musc Pallida’. The first is laced with fresh but spicy cardamom, the other with sensual iris. ‘I wanted to return to the origins of perfumery and immerse myself in its history,’ says Nagel of the liquid gold creations that slowly pour from similarly molten, amber glass bottles.
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Hermès ‘Musc Pallida’ and ‘Cardamusc’ essence de parfum, £275 each for 20ml


Aesop
Recognised for its beautiful stores, Australian skincare brand Aesop has now introduced some interiors magic to the collection. Its first Aesop Home piece, the sculptural ‘Brass Oil Burner’ was designed by Sydney-based Studio Henry Wilson, who was behind the decor of a couple of Aesop’s stores (Balmain and Crows Nest in Sydney), as well as a 2017 exhibition at Milan’s Brera showroom. Formed with an ancient wax-mould technique used to cast its solid brass shape, this weighty, one-kilogram vessel teams Aesop’s streamlined design aesthetic with functionality to disperse tailor-made essential oils. A cradle for the oil, this glowing chunk of metal was chosen not only for its looks but also for its superior heat transfer properties, tactility and warm affiliation with candle light. Just add five to 10 drops of your preferred oil blend to the oil well – choose between floral citrus ‘Anouk’, spicy citrus ‘Catherine’, minty ‘Isabelle’ or woody citrus ‘Béatrice’ – alongside a standard tea light. It doesn’t get any simpler or more appealing.
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‘Brass Oil Burner’, £120; ‘Béatrice’ oil burner blend, £25 for 25ml


Lumira
Blending wanderlust-inspired concoctions, Australian fragrance and candle brand Lumira specialises in olfactory escapism with each scent a tribute to a global adventure. Founded by Sydneysider Almira Armstrong in 2013, the label follows a lifelong love of fragrance. Her tempting range of five perfume oils includes a Persian rose-scented roll-on, which combines top notes of bergamot with a dark amber base. We like. 
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Lumira ‘Persian Rose’ perfume oil, shown alongside ‘Cuban Tobacco’ and ‘Arabian Oud’ perfume oils, £39 each for 10ml


Joya
Expanding into perfume oils from candles, Frederick Bouchardy of New York label Joya loves the intimate, bespoke quality of an oil-based fragrance that changes significantly according to the wearer’s body chemistry. Handmade and poured in the Brooklyn studio, Joya’s essential oil blends come in travel roll-ons – but from a design point of view, we’re most excited about the slip cast porcelain bottles made by US ceramic artist Sarah Cihat. Did anyone mention the 22-carat gold-dipped wands? A very nice finishing touch.
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Black ‘Composition No. 6’, white ‘Composition No. 1’ and dark green ‘Foxglove’ perfumes, £100 each for 75ml

Hermès – Galop d'Hermès

The house of Hermès celebrates its equestrian links with a seductive new scent. Giddy up!

BY AMY BRADFORD

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Luxury French fashion house Hermès has unveiled 'Galop d’Hermès', its first major scent by French perfumer Christine Nagel – and it’s really worth getting excited about. The supremely sexy fragrance is a blend of rose, quince, saffron and leather notes, the latter inspired by the supple Doblis calfskin used to make Hermès’ fine leather goods. Among these are, of course, saddles and riding kit, and the equestrian references are followed through in the perfume’s packaging. The stirrup-shaped bottle is a reworking of a design from the company archive, presented to guests at the opening of its first New York store in 1930. Nobody knows what the original vessel held, but this time around it’s certainly a classic in the making. Oh, and the finishing touches are delightful: an orange leather strap to twine around the bottle lid, a herringbone cotton bag to keep it in, and a white box decorated with black line drawings of stirrups layered with yellow polka dots. Parfait!
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'Galop d’Hermès', £183 for 50ml parfum

Hermès

An elegant new range of products from luxury French fashion house Hermès has just upped the style stakes in the bathroom. Dive in...

BY AMY BRADFORD

You might not be able to afford that Birkin bag, but Hermès’ latest launch is a little more accessible. The ‘Le Bain’ line of bath products features a range of scents from its ‘Les Colognes’ and ‘Les Jardins’ collections, including floral and fruity fragrances, and is remarkable for its beautifully simple packaging and jewel-bright hues. The patterned soaps make perfect gifts too – choose your favourite three to make up a seriously stylish set almost too pretty to open!
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ABOVE: 'Le Bain' body and hair shampoo, £28 each
RIGHT: 'Le Bain' hand and body gel, £39 each
BELOW: 'Le Bain' soap, £48 for three