The Ayu Facial Mists
You know that hashtag, #flashesofdelight? I often think of using it when I come to the dreaded task of tagging posts on Instagram but it never quite gets across the line, even when I’m fully in the throws of a delightfully fragrant flash. Mostly because the cynic in me knows that at almost 10 million tags, those Instagram flashes ain’t so authentic any more. But I do have them (I’m starting to sound like I’ve got some strange delight flash affliction), and I wanted to share my latest.
One of my favourite Australian niche scent brands, The Ayu, have launched a range of facial mists and they are divine. Founded on Ayurvedic principles, I fell in love with The Ayu’s Vala Perfume Oil first, and it’s still my go-to when I’m feeling a little buzzed, when my energy’s not quite right and I’m looking for some balance. It’s a truly remarkable scent and such a different experience for me compared to traditional alcohol-based fragrances.
The facial mists have the same rejuvenating quality. They are simple – just steam distilled waters infused with classic notes. But of course like all simplicity done right, you need to hit it perfectly, and these do. I love that the mists all have a raw, unadulterated quality to them, and I love that they don’t feel too ‘pretty-pretty’. I use them in the morning to prep my skin for serums or during the day as an alternative to hitting the chocolate cupboard when I need a break from work. On days when I’m overwhelmed after a big sniff session for a feature and don’t want to wear perfume, I mist my body with one after coming out of the shower. I can’t wait for summer when one (probably the Tusli), will be a beach-bag staple, straight from the fridge, because that beautiful black glass bottle is going to be chill AF.
The Ayu Facial Mist: Roman Chamomile, Rose Geranium & Lavender
When access to an emergency cuppa is limited, use this. As calming as a steaming mug of tea, this blend has comfortingly familiar notes that instantly seem to lower the blood pressure and put things in perspective. This is one for deep inhales.
The Ayu Facial Mist: Tulsi
I was blown away by the complexity and sweetness of invigorating Tulsi, a herb that’s kind of tricky to source in inner Sydney in the middle of winter, so you can thank The Ayu for bottling this stress busting, 3pm-sugar hit replacing, can’t wait for summer saviour. So refreshing.
The Ayu Facial Mist: Rose
Sourced from the town of Kannauj in Uttar Pradesh, legendary for its production of traditional attars, the rose mist is about as close as you’ll get to the pure scent of sticking your face in a bunch of soft, open, centifolias. Dewy, spicy, without any syrupy or jammy facets, this is rose in all its unadulterated beauty.
The Ayu Facial Mist: Jasmine
Jasmine, the come hither flower that takes full effect when the sun goes down, manages to restrain its sex appeal here to instead display a beautifully clear, feminine floralcy that holds onto the cool nocturnal character of the curling vine.
The Ayu Facial Mist: Sandalwood and Vetiver
My personal favourite, this combination of warm sandalwood and cool vetiver create a stunning effect on the skin and it’s So. Damn. Refreshing (in more ways than one), to use a face product with a scent so far from the usual suspects. I find this grounding, soothing, and what I want to wear before I sink into bed at night.