The corner of 62 Blandford Street in London is awash with a fluorescent pink glow. Among Marylebone's four-storey town houses is a gallery-like space covered in floor-to-ceiling strips of neon lights. The room is empty, save for a plain white pillar in the centre furnished with one tiny 9ml bottle of scent - a vial of Rose Oil Isparta, one of five debut fragrance oils from the newly launched brand Ostens.
The London-based start-up Ostens aims to demystify the world of perfume...
Navigating aroma apathy to make an impact on the overcrowded perfume market is becoming a serious challenge for scent entrepreneurs, but our bets are on Laurent Delafon and Christopher Yu, of United Perfumes, to shake things up with their latest project.
It's been a busy year for beauty: cannabis-infused creams and oils hit the high street, sustainability went mainstream and, if we weren't researching the latest supplements for our skin and hair, we were massaging our faces with crystal rollers. But, amid all the hype and hope, the claims and fake news, there was a lot that Red's beauty team agreed on, with everything on these pages being tried, loved and taken home by us. We hope you find some new favourites here, too.