Beautiful Aesop

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.

Sans Ceuticals

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.