I love going to events that lets me discover beautiful products and beautiful locations at the same time. I was invited to escentials (with small ‘e’) Spring Summer 2018 Media Preview at Andaz Singapore Bar Square. For some of you who might be unfamiliar with the brand, escentials is a part of the LuxAsia group and brings in a fine selection of beauty, fragrance and lifestyle products from all over the world. They aim to raise beauty and fragrance standards and hold interesting beauty events and workshops from time to time. You can follow their workshops via their Facebook page.
Upon arriving at the media preview, I was given a menu choice of drinks. It was a hot and sleepy afternoon so I asked for a cup of iced coffee – this proved to be a great choice as I was then ushered through a splendor of spring/ summer 2018 perfume releases. From cult selections to haute perfumerie collections, I indulged in key selections at a good pace, sniffing and sipping my black coffee at intervals to reset my palate.
From top left to bottom right: Bjork & Berries – Never Spring, White Forest, Dark Rain & Solstice, Diptyque – Garden of Hesperides, Acqua Di Parma – Chinotto Do Liguria, Maison Francis Kurkdjian– Aqua Celestia & Oud
Here are my top 3 favourite scents from the s/s 2018 collection.
Top left and bottom right: Memo Paris Graines Vagabondes Tamarindo – It’s no wonder this is my top pick since there’s bergamot oil, a favorite scent I never miss. Key notes include pineapple, jasmine and vanilla, that to me is what summer is all about!
Top right: Berdoues Grand Cru, a collection of 4 different elegant fragrances that transport you around the globe. It was the packaging that first caught my attention, each design expressing the beauty of a country. I resonated strongly with PÉNG LÁI, with evident notes of delicate Osmanthus, a flower very representative of China. I had wished for Somei Yoshino to bring me back to my Sakura days in Okinawa, Japan. However, the key floral scents were from India and Indonesia, so I guess it’s all about getting the balance right and finding a scent that resonated with your personal travel experiences. The other 2 scents are Assam of India and Arz El-Rab of Lebanon.
Bottom right: A pick that would surprise many, Serge Lutens is a niche perfume line where the creator, Serge Lutens himself, would seesaw through the whole perfumery process from creation to bottle. Once in a while a spicy scent would hit me at the right spot and La fille de Berlin (2013) did just that. With main ingredients Rose and Pepper, the fragrance was stunning and and thorny. I later understood that Serge had created this perfume in dedication to a ‘woman those beauty renders her as notorious as her thorny character’. Does sound a little like me 😛
There on, I was guided to another fabulous set up – Skin Care. I was in awe at the number of skin care brands that escentials carries and had an awesome time going through them.
From top to bottom: By Terry, DrGL, Kat Burki, Bjork & Berries, Eve Lom (detailed review in progress), 3LAB, Pestle & Mortar.
Of course we can’t miss out on my favourite part of beauty – makeup! This year’s summer offerings spell bright and happy with vivid shades and brands catching on the ombre lips trend. It’s all about gorgeous glow and good vibes this summer and I’ve got some swatches going so let’s go!
Last but not least, we also saw a new addition to escentials department– lifestyle. Staying hydrated is the foundation for a gorgeous complexion so skincare and makeup can do their work – thus the new addition of BKR bottles to the brand. The glass + silicone water bottle also marks a step into the green movement since glass is endlessly reusable (and doesn’t taste like metal!). It is also dishwasher safe, non-toxic and most importantly, has a leak-proof ergonomic cap!
Of course, we can’t miss the aesthetically and gastronomically satisfying canapies! I had them while going around admiring the artistic and witty candles 😉
I spent more time than expected at the media preview, shamelessly running into the next session because there was so much to wander and explore! Just as I was about to leave, the setting sun cast its glorious rays upon Bvlgari’s Le Gemme Reali Jewel collection and they literally SHONE and GLITTERED like real jewels! I couldn’t help but steal some of its glory at the golden hour 😛
A beautiful day with escentials indeed! I have some items from By Terry Hippy Chic Summer 2018 collection as well as Eve Lom’s Radiance Face Oil and Face Mist with me, will be sharing more first deets on Instagram and detailed review on the blog soon, so keep a lookout! Oh and feel free to comment/PM if you need the prices or have questions on the products shown here, I’ll be glad to help out. Talk soon!