Some vases are as beautiful as their flowers.
Founded by Christine and Niclas Lydden in 2008, Agonist works with renowned perfumers to create unique fragrances based on 100% natural ingredients. Each fragrance is then presented in a flacon of handcrafted Swedish glass, signed by the artist, with a certificate of authenticity.
Since the fragrance house's inception, Agonist has cultivated a close collaboration with Sweden's oldest glassworks, Kosta Boda. One of the most prestigious glassworks in the world, Kosta Boda was founded in 1742 in the forests of Småland, Sweden. The collaboration between Agonist and award-winning glass artist Asa Jungnelius has resulted in a sublime collection of distinctive glass flacons.
Named for the Egyptian goddess of fertility and motherhood, Agonist Isis evokes the transition between winter and spring, when the segue from dark to light is marked by a profusion of vernal aromas.
Imagine an uninhabited island in the Swedish archipelago. It's April, still too early to camp overnight but not too soon to glimpse green shoots pushing against the snow. Perfumer Fabrice Pellegrin has created a fragrance that celebrates the crispness of winter sun and the warmth of a bonfire. A mug of hot lingonberry juice warms your hands and face - and in your pocket is a stash of Swedish salty licorice for the boat ride back to the mainland.
With Agonist Isis, Pellegrin connotes Swedish hospitality alongside the fecundity of spring. A blast of green tangerine melds into a hibernal gourmand heart marked by spicy peach and caramel - and that anise in your pocket. You tromp through the forest on your way back to the ferry, the woody undergrowth pungent of amber and musk, with a hint of vanilla.
For the creators of Agonist Isis, the fragrance also represents the correlation between the tension of glass as it is blown and the creative process exploding into a new form.
Like amber in resin, like flowers in ice, like the goddess Isis, Agonist Isis in its handcrafted vessel is a reminder that beauty exists both inside and out.