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Fragrance Review: Aesop Eidesis

BY JENNY JUNG

A fragrance that makes you fall in love with yourself: dive deep into your own reflection with Eidesis by Aesop.

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15 DEC - 2022

Beguiling and addictive, Eidesis is the newest addition to Aesop’s fragrance wardrobe.

Ovid’s book of Metamorphosis tells the story of Narcissus who fell in love with his own reflection. Unable to accept the affection of any other, he chooses to die by the side of his own reflection that could not return his love. It was this story that inspired Eidesis by Aseop. Despite the watery imagery, the notes are dry. Sandalwood, frankincense and black pepper forms the heart of this parabolic fragrance.

Eidesis also refers to the repetition of words or phrases in order to evoke a particular image or idea. Perhaps Aesop has named their newest fragrance Eidesis as an ode to the everyday scent. Strong enough to create a presence, this fragrance is still delicate enough for daily wear.

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The mythical tale of Echo and Narcissus.

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Eidesis by Aesop, EDP, 50ml, $265 NZD.

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The Notes

“Eidesis Eau de Parfum’s beguiling ambery, woody and spicy notes become ripples and reflections that defy circumscription. Much like the aromas of the fragrance, which echo and evolve throughout the day.”

- @aesopfragrance.

The top notes are black pepper, olibanum and petitgrain. They are the brightest composition within this fragrance. Olibanum and petit grain is uniquely positioned to provide a subtle sparkle of citrus that is grounded in a warm spice. Atypical from the usual bergamot opening of the modern fragrance, Eidesis welcomes the wearer with a distinct attraction. Combined with black pepper, this fragrance intrigues those who dare to explore the reflection within Eidesis.

At the heart, Olibanum makes a second appearance and further reinforces the warm spiciness of this fresh and earthy note. Additionally, cedarwood and cumin provide a creaminess that replicates the damp earth. The spicy undertones of Eidesis can also be explained by the gentle frankincense that gives this fragrance a mesmeric quality.

In true eidetic fashion, cedarwood is also present at the base of this fragrance. Balanced with the dry sandalwood, it battles the creamy cedarwood for dominance. Finally, vetiver leaves the lasting impression of the smoky and leathery endnote.

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Eidesis by Aesop, EDP, 50ml, $265 NZD.

Final Thoughts

Much like other Aesop signature scents, Eidesis stands out in its own special way. Although it shares many of the same spicy and woody qualities from the rest of the line, this fragrance is distinct from anything that they have released before. Omitting any floral or aquatic notes, Eidesis is earthy and grounded. Slightly sweet from the spicy notes of frankincense and olibanum, it strikes the perfect balance between the masculine and the feminine.

The story behind a fragrance can truly change the trajectory of an expensive purchase such as this one. Every spritz will feel as though you are transporting yourself into the Augustan age of the Roman Era. Incredibly seductive, Eidesis will have you reaching for it time and time again.

If you are looking for a unique character fragrance that exudes a mythical peculiarity, this fragrance is worth looking for at your nearest Aesop retailer. Eidesis represents the storytelling characteristics of fragrance that makes it incredibly rewarding for the wearer. If this is an important quality that you look for when investing in a new fragrance, Eidesis might just be for you.

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Eidesis by Aesop, EDP, 50ml, $265 NZD.

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