Aesop is one of those brands I love to love. The whole experience, from visiting their store to using their products is really special. Their branding and philosophy is really beautiful – and I’m a big fan of the botanical ingredients they use.
Last week I stopped by their Cross Street store in London to replenish my topshelf. Whenever I step into one of their stores I like to pretend when I buy a house my bathroom will look just like Aesop. It’s that good.
Aesop is incredibly gentle on the skin, smells devine and caters to differ skin types and climates. These are a few of my favourites, old and new.
Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream – not only does it smell of the most delicious citris, it’s both lightweight and super hydrating. I have dry/combination skin and use this daily. I swap in the Camellia Nut Hydrating Cream if my skin is going through a dry patch.
Control Blemish Cream – thankfully I barely get any blemishes, but I still like to have this product on hand. It’s a miracle gel – use it on the first signs of a pimple and it will be gone by morning.
Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste – this one is new for me. I used to use the Tee Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant, but London’s water and climate is much harsher than home, so I like this gentle exfoliant for daily use after I remove my makeup.
Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque - I’ve used this masque on and off for years and I still love it. It somehow manages to be gentle and extremely cleansing, all at the same time. Perfect for summertime when you need to draw all of those impurities out.
After pondering aloud about my skincare needs, I think I may have found what I’m looking for. I was introduced to Sans Ceuticals by Giselle at My Chameleon because a: I was looking for something new, and b: the brand is New Zealand-based (my homeland). After being out of the country for more than two years, I do miss Kiwi products and brands. Call it country pride.
Sans Ceuticals is all about creating products that are free and pure, while still being as active as their chemical-based competitors. And the packing is downright beautiful. I’ve tested the Body Oil, and can safely say it’s deliciously silky and not the least bit sticky. Definitely worth a whirl.
I’ve been following the same skincare routine for the past four years, and I figured it’s high time I gave another brand a whirl. Beauty is not my forte, and I’m not exactly the best at branching out. Fortunately for me, the Cellnique moisturiser I decided on did the trick. With a name like cellular repair emulsion, you can’t go wrong really. But as I come towards the end of the baby blue tub, the search is on once again. Of course, recommendations are more than welcome.
My skincare routine is pretty simple; cleanse, moisturise and a bit of eye cream. I don’t wear mascara (unless I’m going out) so removing my makeup usually requires very little effort. I used to be a fan of face-masks, but lately that routine has fallen by the wayside. I’ve been using Aesop for a few years, ever since I was introduced to it at the WORLD Beauty Store where I occasionally worked during Uni. Although it was the pretty packaging that drew me in, it only took me a few squirts of the hand balm to become completely addicted. I’m not going to lie, I do love seeing all the amber bottles lined up in my bathroom, that’s not what keeps me going back. The Violet Leaf Hair Balm is easily at the top of my list. My hair is fine, blonde and has a mind of it’s own, and this magic balm has worked miracles on many an occasion. It’s not greasy like a serum, but just as powerful. The Mandarin Facial Hydrating Cream is equally as amazing. The citrus smell is delicious, and it’s both hydrating and lightweight, making it perfect year round. The range does cost more than anything you’ll pick up at the supermarket, but it’s not too extreme either. And Aesop’s philosophy is just as beautiful as their branding; it’s the real deal.