Aesop’s fourth fragrance, Rōzu Eau de Parfum, was created in partnership with long-term collaborator Barnabé Fillion, who also worked with the company on Marrakech Intense and Hwyl, and a collection of Aromatique Room Sprays. Inspired by the life, work and enthusiasms of the prominent French modernist designer Charlotte Perriand, and the Japanese rose that bears her name, it is an intense yet tender fragrance—nuanced and expansive, with remarkable longevity—intended to appeal to all genders.

Rōzu Eau de Parfum opens with rich floral notes of Rose, alongside Petitgrain, Bergamot and vibrant Shiso—a reference to Perriand’s lifelong affection for Japan—and Pink Pepper, which confers fresh spiciness. The heart brings yet headier florals: Ylang Ylang is interwoven with dry, spicy woodiness; while Jasmine empowers the Rose, supported by light, smoky notes of Guaiacwood. Sandalwood hints at the deeper, powdery base notes, marrying the soft, woody green earth of Vetiver Extract with warm, sweet herbal notes of Patchouli and ambery, balsamic Myrrh. The whole is subtly underpinned by Musk.

Fillion says ‘Rōzu Eau de Parfum is a unique interpretation and reflection of Rose, articulating its lifecycle from greenhouse soil to sumptuous blooms to delicate fading petals. It is designed to evoke both a sense of place and Charlotte Perriand’s life’s work and legacy—linking, for example, to the Wabara garden rose that was created in her name, the workshops of carpenters with whom Perriand collaborated and the bracing alpine environments she loved to explore. The prevailing character—florals with elements of green citrus, all tempered by earthy, woody Vetiver—calls upon the traditional men’s colognes she was known to favour. In its Japanese touch, it’s like a ghost; the trace left after a light incense has been burned.’

Charlotte Perriand’s life spanned almost the entirety of the twentieth century, from 1903 to 1999. She joined the atelier of Le Corbusier and his cousin Pierre Jeanneret in 1927, and went on to enjoy a stellar career, influenced by her extensive travels, her egalitarianism, a love of the wild outdoors and above all, modernism. She was at once determinedly of her time, ever adventurous and wedded to the materials and promises of the machine age; but she was also compassionate—her ambition founded in a desire to improve the lives of others through intelligent, functional design.

Rōzu Eau de Parfum is packaged in a 50mL glass bottle, encased in an elegant box featuring an image from Perriand’s photographic archives. It is available at all Aesop signature stores and counters, and at Aesop Online.

RRP: HKD $1300 / 50 mL