Interior Fragrances Fit For A Queen
While taking a sabbatical in London, beauty biz veteran Sean OMara, who cut his teeth at Estée Lauder and Procter & Gamble before joining Murad, stumbled upon an old book at a Notting Hill antique stall. When he flipped through the pages of what turned out to be an eighteenth-century apothecary manual, he discovered a slew of recipes for elixirs and olfactory remedies created for the ruling European monarchies of the time. And so, he did what anyone with a beauty background would: He went back to L.A., duplicated the fragrance formulas, and started a lifestyle brand. Royal Apothic boasts six subtly beautiful room sprays and corresponding luminaries (home candles) that literally take a page out of the tome from whence they came: High Tea—an Earl Gray-based eau with notes of bergamot, cedar, limes, and cloves—comes in a box that’s wrapped in Venetian linen paper and topped off with a hand-tied ribbon. The range just hit the shelves at the Anthropologie in Rockefeller Center, so for those of you who waited until the last minute to buy that housewarming gift or birthday present for your mother (we’ve got two shopping days left), a heads-up.