The Apothecary Collection from L'Objet
I'll confess I was more than a teeny bit excited when L'Objet's new apothecary range* arrived in the Design Hunter studio recently. Following on from the release of their Parfums de Voyage candle collection the bath and body collection launched earlier this year and my goodness it is lovely.
In developing the fragrances L'Objet's founder and creative director Elad Yifrach worked closely with master perfumer Yann Vasnier who has previously collaborated with the likes of Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs and Comme des Garçons on some of their most iconic fragrances.
The candles are beautifully presented in limoges porcelain jars while the bath salts come in exquisitely labelled black violet glass apothecary jars (UV blocking to help preserve the potency of the product). When the vessels look this good you could almost be forgiven for overlooking the contents, but they more than live up to expectations.
The Côté Maquis hand and body soap is an unashamedly sensual blend of salt, incense, Labdanum and cashmere wood which works up into a soft, creamy, moisturising lather. It's quite a masculine fragrance, musky and slightly woody, and yields a little hit of pleasure every time you use it. It's so good in fact that my appreciation of it is in danger of veering into the realm of OCD as I find myself creating all sorts of excuses to wash my hands more times a day than is really necessary.
The Rose Noire bath salts are peppered with rose buds and powdered matcha tea. Skin softening and rich in anti-inflammaory ingredients the blend smells intoxicatingly good. It's soothing yes, but is simultaneously also invigorating and uplifting.
Thé Russe Candle No. 75 has zesty top notes of lemon and coriander seeds which give way to headier base notes of Patchouli, leather and amber. It's sensual, sophisticated and again quite masculine - I personally love this type of fragrance. The ribbed brass lid doubles as an elegant coaster.
I've never needed convincing that it's sometimes worth splashing out a little more on everyday luxuries that enhance our daily rituals, and I'll definitely be keeping my home restocked with these, because they really are very special.
L'Objet now have a UK website too (so you can purchase in £). The Apothecary collection is available here.
Photography & styling by Design Hunter - * samples c/o L'Objet