August 27 2014

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Aerin’s Modern Classics



Like everything that Aerin Lauder does, her new fragrance wardrobe, comprising five bottles fitted with stone-like caps, blends her memories and storied traditions with modern design and timeless scents. Each eau is meant to transport the wearer on a journey, whether it be to the Hamptons via marine notes mixed with gardenia, the first flower Aerin fell head over heels for (Gardenia Rattan); a gala in the city, care of blackberry and cognac (Evening Rose); her country retreat, where a lilac bush blossoms every spring (Lilac Path); or a cozy night in front of the fireplace wrapped with creamy musk and a hint of benzoin (Amber Musk). My favorite, Ikat Jasmine, captures a more casual sensibility: The light honeysuckle, tuberose, jasmine sambac, and sandalwood wears like your go-to pair of jeans—crisp yet comforting. And, while most boxes bite the dust, you might be tempted to save these cartons that are infused with just as many personal touches as the flacons found inside them. The outer packaging of Ikat Jasmine is inspired by the blue and white floral wallpaper of her childhood bedroom (a color scheme beloved by her grandmother, Estée), and the large floral motif splashed across Amber Musk is a take on a French document found in famed textile company Lee Jofa’s archive. You might say each fragrance is like a time capsule, with the quintet serving as an olfactory album for the brand’s founder. At the same time, however, these scents steeped in heritage are decidedly unstuffy and indisputably fresh.

$110 each,

Photo: Courtesy of Aerin

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