Summer days are here. If you live on a tropical island like Singapore, it probably wouldn’t matter if summer were here or not. Except for the amazing sales in the stories. That said, everyone’s imagination needs to be transported these days. When many countries’ borders are on lockdown, the pleasure of travel is becoming a fuzzy memory. I imagine Aesop’s new Citrus Melange Body Cleanser must be what the lemons of the Mediterranean Amalfi Coast must smell like in Summer. Fresh, breezy and a hint of herbaceous deliciousness. I’ve never been to the Amalfi Coast but I can imagine the salty sea breeze. Containing petitgrain, lemon rind and grapefruit rind, Aesop’s low-foaming cleanser turns your shower experience into a daydreaming session. Pair it with the Petitgrain Reviving Body Gel (grapefruit rind, pantheon, witch hazel) to cool hot skin, and smell fresh and earthy.
It’s a strange feeling. To be cocooned in my own home but feel such anxiety. The cycle has just been: answering work emails, Zoom/Skype/Whatsapp meetings, watering my plants, reading scary media headlines; repeat. But relaxing scents help to calm me down. Rozu, the latest one by Aesop is an EDP that smells like a walk through a romantic, deciduous forest. Inspired by French modernist designer Charlotte Perriand, it is a bouquet of rose, incense, woodiness… 🥀 🌲 I spritz this on my skin, and keep my Shoyeido Kyoto Horikawa incense burning for some Zen-ness. Rozu will be in Aesop Singapore stores, when they re-open; or get it online from April 20. In the meantime, you might want to bust out your fave scented candles or perfumes to soothe the soul too. Stay at home and practice social distancing so we can all get through this, stronger.
These are made for the artist, the sophisticate, the stylish, the intellectual, the beautiful. Inspired by the Greek Gods, Aesop’s Holiday Kits are perfect microcosms of skincare goodness. Pampering packages of the brand’s signature products that are best gifted to family and deserving close friends. Because we are skincare addicts, our top pick is The Chronicler (S$185) featuring a skin clarifying set of Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, Primrose Facial Cleansing Mask, and Fabulous Face Oil. A close second is the skin-brightening The Orator (S$240) with Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, Antioxidant Facial Toner, and Serum. For a smoother body and hands, go for The Reveller (S$160) Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm; and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser as well as Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Available at Aesop boutiques.
Aesop’s new face cream is made to calm the skin while keeping its moisture levels balanced. The formula has an intriguing moniker – Seeking Silence Facial Hydrator – and is blended with antioxidants and humectants. The two star ingredients are a green micro-algae, the dunaliella salina extract; and an extract from the bulbs of narcissus tazetta. Both soothe irritation and reduce redness. While ginger root extract and bisabolol calm skin sensitivity. The humectants saccharide isomerate and aqualabel are also added to maintain the skin’s barrier function. To be used morning and evening on clean skin, this emulsion is ideal for those who prefer a fuss-free routine. It is also lightweight enough to be worn under makeup on a hot and humid day. It gained extra points for leaving a cooling sensation on the skin. S$80 for 60ml, available at Aesop Singapore stores 30 Sept 2019.
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