Tuesday 8 December 2020
Aman Fine Fragrances transports you to a beautiful location. Photo: Instagram/ @theamanshop

Aman’s luxurious hotels and resorts around the world dot deserts, jungles, islands and cities. Taking inspiration from these beautiful destinations, Aman have expanded with Aman Skincare in 2018, followed by a wellness supplement brand, SVA, which was launched in September this year. Adding on to this portfolio and to bring guests along on a sensory journey, is Aman Fine Fragrances, a range of sophisticated scents that echo the characters of the chosen locations. 

The collection launches with five gender-neutral 50ml eau de parfums created by master perfumer Jacques Chabert, who was born in Grasse, the historic capital of perfumery, and has created many complex and exquisite fragrances in his 50-years’ experience in the industry.

 

The Design

Each fragrance bottle visually reflects its associated Aman destination through the subtle use of colour and each specially selected tone is inspired by the resort’s local environment, surrounding nature and culturally significant hues. The iconic perfume bottle silhouette complements the Aman Skincare family of bottles and jars and honours their origin; designed by renowned Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who shares Aman’s view of nature and design – respecting surroundings instead of overlooking them.  

Not only are the bottles a work of art, the box that cradles it is too. Handcrafted in Japan from sustainable Paulownia wood, it takes inspiration from the traditional Japanese design principles of wrapping. Each Paulownia box is carefully hand-wrapped with textured Takeo paper made in Japan, before the label is added as a finishing touch.

A look at the five scents:

VAYU 

 

Inspired by Amanpuri, Thailand 

It is a reminder of sun-warmed skin and the freshness of summer, crashing waves, sweetened blossom and the drifting succulence of citrus. Referring to the ancient Sanskrit word for ‘wind’, Vayu is inspired by a sense of escape, and the fragrant frangipani and tuberose, and pristine white sands of Amanpuri. Its scent profile has top notes of bergamot, lemongrass and coconut, tuberose, jasmine and aquatic notes for the body and musks and sandalwood for its base.

 

AYOM 

 

Inspired by Amanjiwo, Indonesia 

Deep, dramatic and complex, it is a fragrance inspired by rarity and the unknown. With a hidden energy, it rises above the floral depths of the jungle. Derived from the Indonesian meaning of ‘sheltered’, Ayom defines a memory of warmth and intimacy in a far-off place. Its scent profile has bergamot, cardamom and elemi for top notes, ginger, juniper and jasmine for body notes and oakmoss, cedarwood and musk as base notes.

 

UMBR 

 

Inspired by Aman Venice, Italy 

It is Venetian opulence encapsulated in a bottle. A rich and layered fragrance, combining the depth of oak and leather with precious moments of spice, it is inspired by the grand 16th century Palazzo of Aman Venice.  Umbr is shrouded by a hidden history of luxury and refinement – the Latin term for ‘shadow’. Its scent profile has black pepper, rose and safran for top notes, Nargamota Cypriol, orange blossom and geranium in the body and amber, leather and sandalwood in the base notes.

 

ZUAC 

 

Inspired by Amanjena, Morocco 

Warm ochre combines with drifting spice, it is a fragrance inspired by the colours of the Red City and its ancient Medina. Derived from a Berber word used to describe ‘a mixture of colours’, Zuac is rooted in the Moorish architecture of Marrakech and its surrounding warm desert landscapes. Top notes are pink pepper, bergamot and tangerine, body notes include clove buds, Bay St Thomas, saffron and leather, base notes are of frankincense, labdanum, vetyver and patchouli. 

 

ALTA 

 

Inspired by Aman New York (Opening spring 2021), USA

Moved by mountains, guided by the strength of the summit, it is a bold city scent to empower and protect. Alta, meaning ‘high’ in Latin is inspired by the rich architectural history of New York and the imposing cityscape. Top notes are juniper berries, saffron, cardamom and caraway, body notes are cedarwood, geranium, cypriol, orris and leathery notes, and the base has labdanum, musks, patchouli, vetyver and sandalwood 

Free from phthalates, artificial colourants, parabens and formaldehydes, Aman Fine Fragrance stays true to values upheld across Aman’s wellness brands. The scents are inspired by both existing and forthcoming resorts and hotels, with ALTA influenced by Aman New York and serving as an early insight into what will be Aman’s second urban location. They are available online via the Aman Shop and in the resort boutiques. 

Visit shop.aman.com to purchase.