Citrus Ester by Amélie Bourgeois and Anne-Sophie Behaghel for Aether 2016

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Portia

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Hiya Frag Freaks,

Modern is the catch cry of Aether, these guys use nothing but captured and created molecules in their scents. A far cry from the old school beauty of naturals and their multifaceted wearings. Here we have industrial scent for the 21st century that manages to remain beautiful, interesting and wearable. When the range first came out I judged them to be ghastly without ever trying one, just because of the concept, but every time I wear one my incredulity falls away and I’m swayed towards their concept.

I grabbed this sample from Surrender To Chance.

Citrus Ester by Aether 2016

Citrus Ester by Amélie Bourgeois and Anne-Sophie Behaghel

Citrus Ester Aether FragranticaFragrantica

Fragrantica gives these featured accords:
Grapefruit, rhubarb, methyl pamplemousse

Sharp sweetness, ferociously clean, cold spoon on tongue, clean sink, fresh air, metal, citrus, ropey greenness. I have never smelled citrus done like this. Captivating and obnoxious. HA! A non animalic grapefruit with a never grown in the earth rhubarb.

I can imagine people who loved L’Eau d’Issey in the 1990s but found it too of its time to continue wearing it will love Citrus Ester. It’s a modern reimagining of the classic but with added sugar and airiness.

Great staying power and fresh to the last whiff, but a different to what we’re used to fresh. This fresh is still invigorating, doesn’t really move around much, nods to cologne as it flies past in a space ship.

Perfect work scent, I can especially imagine it being an excellent after gym scent. Once your body has heated up with a workout, you’ve showered off but this over your bodies innate humanity will be excellent.

Citrus Ester Aether metallic-platter BlueSnap pixabayPDI

From AetherCITRUS ESTER. IF I REMEMBER CORRECTLY, IT WAS ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE WORLD. ONE OF THOSE DAYS THAT SEEMS TO STRETCH OUT FOREVER, AND YOU ARE NOT QUITE SURE THERE IS GOING TO BE A SECOND. THE MOMENT QUIVERS WITH ENERGY. AN ENERGY GHOST, BRIGHT (METHYL GRAPEFRUIT) AND CARING, TINGED WITH A SLIGHT TASTE OF PRIMORDIAL FRUIT (FIRASCONE, RHUBAFURANE). LIFE, THE BEGINNINGS OF LIFE.

Citrus Ester Aether Fragrantica pic

Further reading: BL’eauG
Aether has AUD$145/50ml and delivers to the world
Surrender To Chance has samples from $3.60/0.5ml

Do you like the idea of a fragrance made entirely of captured and created molecules?
Portia xx

7 comments on “Citrus Ester by Amélie Bourgeois and Anne-Sophie Behaghel for Aether 2016

  1. Jackie b says:

    Don’t mind the concept at all, imagine the limitless combinations of scents! I have never tried this brand, and the proof is in the pudding as the saying goes.
    Also natural essences can be fractionally distilled, so they are created anew anyway, all good.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey JackieB,
      Yeah, I like the idea too. Not to put down naturals or distilled at all, there’s room for everything that smells good. Doesn’t matter to me how that smell is created.
      Portia xx

  2. Lillibet says:

    I was fascinated by how oily and metallic Methaldone was, just like the smell of a machine shop, and that is the only Aether I have tried so far. I do love citrus and rubarb in fragrance so this sounds intriguing.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey Lillibet,
      Methaldone is fabulous. They really hit the nail on the head with the brief.
      Citrus Ester could very well be one for you. It’s yum.
      Portia xx

  3. Fazal says:

    In the beginning I was dismissive but now I see them as a great welcome. The scope of creativity has increased a lot as we can create smells that nature does not produce or we didn’t know was possible. Classic perfumes have gotten lot of inspiration from nature and new synthetic molecules are being guided by our imagination which has no limit.

    • australianperfumejunkies says:

      Hey there Fazal,
      Yes, all really interesting points. Isn’t it funny how we immediately dismiss and then take the time to learn about the positive uses. I am exactly like this too. I wonder why we are reluctant to embrace the new?
      Portia xx

      • Fazal says:

        I guess there is always a possibility of snobbery or nostalgia for old times. To be honest, we would be lucky to have gems like Opium, Poison, Kouros etc. again because despite having more options, designers and even most of the niche are not taking as much risk as they should with the exception of few like Vero, Tauer, and Zoologist. The product life cycle has sped up and marketing briefs have become more important than brainstorming sessions. Opium and Poison etc. didn’t come into the market mere months after first brief. The designers used to spend years before releasing something and when you invest more time, you can come up with quite novel creations. Now even new brands emerge on the scene with at least 4-5 perfumes.

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