retaW Fragrance Body Gel - Isley

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The Collection

Long before Proust's madeleine or modern discoveries of its intimate connection in the brain to memory and emotion, smell held an important place in many cultures for thousands of years. Considered a second-tier sense with the violent upheavals of modernity, it is perhaps for the very reason that it can be neither seen nor heard that fragrance has such important functions within various traditions of spiritual and religious practice. 

With products designed specifically for many of the different spaces we inhabit on a daily basis, since 2009, Tokyo-based retaW have sought to touch all aspects of life with scent. Their broad range of products—from car air freshener to room spray to candles—are developed with the latest dermatological innovations in mind and imbued with a selection of purposefully developed fragrances, each of which is designed to conjure what is most elemental—retaW is water, backwards, after all.

The Product

The perfect follow up to a gentle cleansing scrub, retaW's Fragrance Body Creams have been specially formulated to leave your skin subtly fragranced long after their hydrating and replenishing qualities have worked their magic. In pursuit of this elusive equilibrium, this blend combines ceramide and natural essential oils of shea, safflower, with extracts of chamomile flower, burdock root, and sage leaf. Expertly balanced with the dewy mint and bergamot notes of retaW's Isley scent, this cream strives for holism, soothing the skin and calming the mind.

Suitable for normal to dry skin types.

The Fragrance

Wild mint thrives on the edges of creeks, lakes, and rivers, creating aromatic thickets under the shade of nearby trees. Traditionally one of the most widely used ingredients in perfumery, most so-called bergamot is now in fact derived from a cultivated form of mint known by the product that is has come to define: "eau de cologne mint." retaW's Isley scent returns to the classic combination that spawned this cultivated base of modern perfumery. Mint and bergamot citrus sit proudly at the visible edge of this scent alongside hints of lemon, buoyed by soft middle notes of water lily, geranium, and green tea. retaW's trademark woody base of musk, amber, cedarwood, and moss provide an earthy backdrop to this fragrance, brisk and bright as a summer dip in a cool, tranquil swimming hole.

2.2 fl. oz (65g).

Made in Japan.