Aesop’s Othertopias is a collection of three distinct Eaux de Parfum created with long-term fragrance partner Barnabé Fillion. The unorthodox trio takes inspiration from the boat, the shore and the wasteland—three liminal spaces that invite a dialogue with nature, challenge our perceptions and unlock reverie. Titled Miraceti, Karst, and Erémia, these are fragrances defined by their juxtapositions, both real and imagined.
As Barnabé Fillion explains: ‘A smell, whether in the air, on our skin, or on our clothes, creates a world within our world that is both physical and imagined—a phenomenon that blurs the boundaries of past and present, real and unreal, here and there. A window into nature, so to speak, one that invites a dialogue with surroundings that we inhabit but often overlook. As always, collaborations with Aesop are steered by science and wonder, manifesting in this instance as a journey through spaces that make us engage our senses, ask us to look differently and encourage us to imagine.
Miraceti or ‘The Boat’ pays homage to the serenity and savagery of the sea, with its heady, swirling waves, oscillating horizon, and peaceful yet isolating emptiness. Majesty, in a word, in stark contrast to humankind’s enduring vulnerability. Labdanum hints at old, ocean-worn wood and the faint must of a whisky-filled cellar. Mingled with incense and seaweed on the breeze, the formula calls on Ambrette and Styrax to round out a warm, woody and nuanced scent.
With its subtle mineral notes, Karst or ‘The Shore’ signals a landscape sculpted by nature’s most skilled architect: water. The coming and going of the tide creates a world in which departure and return, inhalation and exhalation, exist in a constant loop—where time is both accumulating and transitory. Understated aromatics and fresh spices imagine the perfume of the air itself, while Cumin and Sandalwood conjure the salty, metallic notes of a storm rolling in.
Beyond the shore, Erémia or ‘The Wasteland’ unfurls. A hazy, vibrant place where humankind’s transient markers are lost to nature’s whims, where beings large and small are interconnected, passing messages inaudibly between them. With notes of Galbanum, Iris and Yuzu, Erémia strikes bright, citrus tones with earthy roots. A world where the vegetal strength of moss and wildflowers coexists with wet concrete and the stagnating signs of civilisation.
Miraceti, Karst and Erémia Eaux de Parfum are each packaged in a 50mL glass bottle and encased in an elegant carton featuring an artwork unique to each fragrance, designed by Belfast-based painter Jack Coulter. Othertopias will be available in Hong Kong at Aesop signature stores, select department store counters and aesop.com on 5 July.
All Aesop products are vegan and cruelty-free. We are proud to be Leaping Bunny approved, and to be included on PETA’s cruelty-free and vegan lists. Aesop is a Certified B Corporation.
RRP: HKD 1,400