Not all cleansers are made equal (or sudsy). Aesop’s new Cleansing Milk is one of the gentlest we’ve come across. Containing moisturising panthenol, grapeseed and reinvigorating sandalwood, this milky emulsion is a pleasure to use. I’d recommend including this into your routine at the end of a long day, to help you unwind before bed. This Cleansing Milk glides on like a cream. Massage onto a dirty but dry face to lift away dirt and impurities. Then rinse with water. The formula left my skin clean, soft and supple. This product is perfect if you hate that squeaky clean but dry feeling after using a regular sudsy facial wash. It would also work well on drier skin types.
This year’s gifting options from Aesop are stylish as usual. Designed in collaboration with Dutch couturier Iris Van Herpen, the bold patterns are inspired by the undulating patterns of rivers and landscapes. Available globally at Aesop stores and boutiques Nov 1. See the full inspiration here.
Released earlier this month, Aesop’s latest In Two Minds skincare range was created to balance combination skin. And we’re talking about the oily T-zone and chin, with dry and flaky cheek areas, kind of combination skin. Three years in the making at the brand’s lab in Melbourne, In Two Minds comprises of a cleanser (S$43 for 100ml), toner (S$45 for 100ml), and a hydrator (S$80 for 60ml). Dr Rebecca Watkinson, Aesop’s Innovation and Research Manager says the products were a result of observations of its customers’ skin in the past decade, especially those in warmer climates: “They were finding it increasingly difficult to manage this challenging and often reactive skin type.” The cleanser is a gel-based low-suds formula that is mild but contains witch hazel, sage leaf and salicylic acid for gentle yet thorough cleansing. The toner is a refreshing blend of chamomile, witch hazel, niacinamide and panthenol. It softens and primes the skin for a dose of the lightweight hydrator, which feels rich when dispensed but disappears into the skin with gentle massages. This …
The new deodorants from Aesop are a dream to use. Feels cool on the skin and lightweight, these roll-ons have an earthy, woody scent. Way different than the medicinal-smelling or cheap perfume versions. Aesop’s are most suited for those who prefer a light, masculine fragrance to keep odours at bay. Available in two options. The regular one with vetiver, zinc ricinoleate, lavender oil, clover flower oil, eucalyptus oil, tea tree leaf oil, coriander seed oil, thyme oil, ginger root extract, wasabi japonica, and lactic acid. The herbal version contains sage leaf, rosemary leaf oil, orange flower oil, eucalyptus oil, ginger root extract, lactic acid, zinc ricinoleate, and wasabi japonica.
Inspired by social experiments (as usual, everything else that is not obviously related to grooming or beauty), Aesop’s Gifting Sets are as stylish as always. Perfect for sprucing up your own Millennial dresser with monochromatic hues, clean lines and hip font type; or for that friend who has everything. And the grey felt box makes for a great travel pouchette. The Beauty Gazette’s pick from the range: Proximity. The basic essentials: Fabulous Face Cleanser, Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream, and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser.
The latest fragrance from Aesop is an olfactory hideaway from the steeliness of urban landscapes. One or two (or three) pumps of Hwyl will spirit your imagination away to a deep Hinoki (cypress) forest with its earthy, smokey incense layers with a hint of spice and dried citrus. Cypress, frankincense, vetiver. An intense EDP that is as perfect on cashmere as it would be on crisp linen. Hwyl is the third fragrance in Aesop’s stable, after Marrakesh Intense and Tacit. Aesop collaborated with Barnabé Fillion, who developed Marrakesh Intense in 2014. For inspiration, Barnabe took a walk amongst 300 year old Hiba trees in an ancient Japanese forest. And now you have that moment bottled in Hwyl on your dresser. Landscape photos: Aesop
In March, we visited Aesop’s Nakameguro store in Tokyo to experience its indulgent face spa. This month, the brand launches its signature facials at the newly renovated beauty floor on level 4 of Tangs at Tang Plaza in Orchard. As with all Aesop spaces, this one at Tangs is calm, tranquil and cocooning with its dark green accents (the marble is gorgeous), light birchwood shelving, and gleaming brass sinks. Just like the space at Nakameguro, this Aesop spa features a spacious room with a super-sized single bed. For sure, this is not one of those facial rooms that are sliced up so much that you can barely stretch (or breathe in). The changing area is also roomy, so the experience is complete. This is why Aesop can only take up to four appointments per day; there is only space for one customer at any one time. The automated bed that can be adjusted to the curve of your body, is supremely comfortable with warm blankets. Watch for a virtual tour of the space. About the …
If you want a refreshing alternative to regular supermarket toothpaste; because you’re indie like that. Aesop’s new Toothpaste Dentrifice is delicately flavoured with: sea buckthorn, cardamom, sea salt, anise fruit, tea tree, clove flower oil, and even wasabi… But trust me, it tastes just like a delicate version of minty toothpaste with some spice. Nothing too crazy. With the natural oils and extracts that are generally good for the skin (and palate), this Aesop formula just seems like a more earthy choice for your teeth and gums. I would even use this to plump and gently exfoliate lips before application of lipstick. And who knows, it might also work as a mild pimple treatment (for people who swear by toothpaste to dry up angry pimples)! Launching at Aesop Singapore stores Aug 18.
To complete its lifestyle offerings – the handwash, Post-Poo Drops, Animal, aromatherapy oils – Aesop has released its new range of home sprays. There are three to choose from, and the signature one is Istros. Named after an ancient Greek port town, Istros is a pink pepper, lavender, mimosa, cedar, sandalwood and tobbacco concoction that is warm, inviting, inspiring, mind-clearing, and uplifting. This is one room spray that smells so good we’re tempted to spray it on our skin (not advisable though; spritz on clothes instead if you must). Made for the sophisticated office or home. The other options are Cythera (geranium, incense, patchouli, neroli, ambrette, myrrh); and Olous (galbanum, grapefruit, jasmine, bergamot, cardamom, cedar, incense). Available at Aesop stores.
FEW places in a mall or shopping street make you feel like you’re in an oasis of calm, like an Aesop store. The warm and soothing essential oils that fill the air, interiors carefully designed by world-class architects (like the stylish Aesop Midtown store in Tokyo by Torafu Architects, pictured above), the unpretentious brown pharmacy bottles with monochromatic labels, to the refreshing licorice tea served, take shoppers away from the harried rhythms of the city. Each store is different but still unified in theme – an authenticity. And Suzanne Santos has a hand to play in every little detail of the the Aesop brand. The general manager and brand advocate has been with the label for more than two decades. Right from its inception, through to its recent full acquisition by Brazilian cosmetics manufacturer Natura Cosmeticos. Today, Aesop marks its 30th Anniversary in the business. It operates 177 stores, and another 84 department counters, across 20 countries. Suzanne shares with The Beauty Gazette on how Aesop stays true in a busy marketplace. It has been 30 years since …