‘‘We believe unequivocally that well-considered design improves our lives.” That’s how the Australian skin care brand Aēsop likes to introduce itself. Bearing the same name as the famous Greek storyteller, one might wonder whether Aēsop’s products turn out to be fables alike or whether they are worth trying…
Aēsop was established in Melbourne in 1987. The company doesn’t advertise or offer discounts. According to Aēsop, skin care is the primary focus and good design comes next. All of their stores (so-called signature spaces) feature a different design: from bone-white stone in Kyoto to a fringe ceiling in Singapore. In fact, I could go on and on about their store designs and brand philosophy, but that’s for another time! Let us have a look at a few Aēsop products that I enjoy using.
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I usually try to avoid thick creams for my combination skin, as I’m sensitive to breakouts. However, this camellia nut infused cream is surprisingly light and hydrating while it leaves a matte finish on the skin. I don’t use it now as summer is approaching, but it’s perfect during the winter or whenever my skin needs some TLC. Also, it smells gorgeous.
If I could, I would apply a facial masque three times a day. But, due to reality, I am only able to find the time for a weekly masque session. For my T-zone, I tend to use the parsley seed cleansing masque a lot lately. A very gentle, clay-based masque that really cleanses and freshens your skin. What I find intriguing about it is that the masque really shows the patches where you’re congested, as those areas darken quickly. I honestly don’t know as to why Aēsop recommends this for dry skin because dry skin never really benefits from clay masques. Although the masque doesn’t make my skin feel dehydrated at all, I always follow-up with a hydrating moisturizer afterwards to counterbalance the deep cleanse.
To intensely hydrate whenever my skin acts stressed or tired, I use the blue chamomile facial hydrating masque. Contrary to most hydrating masques, this one feels incredibly fresh and cooling on the skin, due to the fact that the consistency is an aqueous gel. I use about 4 to 5 pumps of this masque and let it sink in until it’s gone. You can either wash it off or take a tissue to remove excess residue; I prefer a splash of tepid water. In addition to using it at home, I love to use this on long-haul flights or in places with dry air.
04 / DÉODORANT
Fact: this is the most expensive and best smelling deodorant I have ever tried. Fragrance wise, I’d describe it as earthy with distinctive notes of vetiver. Formulated with 11 essential oils, this aluminium-free deodorant is a lot stronger than I expected it to be at preventing sweaty armpits. However, I have been using Clinique’s roll-on deodorant for about a week now (review coming soon!) and it definitely beats this one in terms of protection. If you don’t need an antiperspirant deodorant though, I would definitely recommend trying Aēsop’s version!
On average, you come in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, exposing you to 840,000 germs. Shocking, right? Better wash those dirty hands! If I don’t have water and soap nearby, I like to use the alcohol-based ‘resurrection’ rinse-free hand wash. The small bottle makes it easy to have it in my bag and it has a pleasant scent of mandarin and lavender. I always keep it with me, especially because I ride public transportation a lot.
There you have it: a few of my favourite Aēsop products. I would recommend anyone to visit an Aēsop store for the Aēsop experience; I always leave their stores with a warm feeling inside, due to the excellent service, relaxing music and atmosphere. The cotton bags that come with your purchase are great for laundry too!
Have you tried anything by Aēsop?