In My Makeup Kit: Aesop

The new brand on my radar? Aesop. I can’t believe that I hadn’t discovered them before, given that they are Australian, quirky, utilize the best of the natural world with modern science (I wish more of life could be like that), AND their packaging comes complete with quotes from Serge Gainsbourg, Miles Davis, Winston Churchill and Carl Jung. What’s not to love?

Regular readers of MM know that I don’t often blog about skincare – not because I don’t like it but for me it has to be high performance, worth the price and make the skin look amazing, letting me focus on what I love most – makeup. It’s a pretty big call for most skincare, therefore it doesn’t make it into my kit and I keep on with my good old trusted and true Kiehl’s and Crealine. However of late this is changing, and I’ve found a few new things I like – which goes to show there’s always something new and fabulous around the corner!

So back to Aesop. I have been using the Perfect Facial Moisturiser, the Fabulous Facial Oil, and the B & Tea Balancing toner, and I love them all. The Perfect Facial Moisturiser isn’t greasy, which I like, and has Vitamin C in a base of hydrating oils including jojoba, rosehip and shea butter. It’s the perfect base for makeup so I use it in the morning.

The B & Tea toner is quite a departure for me as I haven’t used toners for years since a product who shall remain nameless was left on a cotton ball when I was fourteen and stripped my antique dresser BONE WHITE, which made me rather wonder what on God’s good green earth it was doing to my sensitive teenage skin. So it was with some trepidation I gave it a go, and found it to be refreshingly pore cleansing without being painful. I don’t use this one every day, just when I feel like I need it if my skin gets a bit congested (when I *ahem* haven’t been following my skincare regime as assiduously as I should). It is alcohol free, with Provitamin B5 and antioxidant Green Tea, and Sodium Gluconate to assist with cell turnover.

And the Fabulous Facial Oil? Well this guy is also wonderful as a base for makeup as it moisturizes the skin’s surface without being too greasy. It contains juniper berry, ylang ylang and jasmine petals to hydrate and detoxify patchy skin, but leaving the skin matte. It’s a favourite of one of my favourite makeup artists, Lucia Pieroni, so I couldn’t resist giving it a whirl. I also love their distinctive brown glass apothecary style packaging – it looks so chic in your bathroom!

Aesop was launched in Melbourne in 1987 by Dennis Paphitis, with the idea of using plant based ingredients with effective man-made ones. As wellness and the interest in natural products combined with anti-aging science has grown, Aesop has shown itself to be a brand with both intellect and personality. The company’s reference points are life itself – “how we should be living, eating, exercising and caring for ourselves” says Dennis. An unusually broad remit for a skincare brand but one you can see in their newsletters and marketing where they focus on films, music, the arts and wonderful quotes.

They have recently opened their second store in Paris at Rue St Honoré, in addition to the many stores they have all over the world, from Switzerland to London and Hong Kong. Indeed, arguably the world’s coolest shop, Colette, (and my favourite Parisian department store, Bon Marche!) stocks their products.

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PS Have just given Aesop an A+ for including a recommendation on their website for The Magnificent Ambersons, Orson Welles darkly genius movie about an American family, and one of my favourite movies of all time. Love LOVE this brand! Brains and beauty, my favourite.

11 Replies to “In My Makeup Kit: Aesop”

  1. DAM YOU! Im all intrigued now and must get these!! I was in Australia in April and was blown away by their skincare ranges. I should have really stocked my suitcase sky high with stuff but the ol’ budget wouldnt allow for it *sigh* – id love if some of them came to these shores : ( must look into these more… thanks for the heads up .x.

  2. DAM YOU! Im all intrigued now and must get these!! I was in Australia in April and was blown away by their skincare ranges. I should have really stocked my suitcase sky high with stuff but the ol’ budget wouldnt allow for it *sigh* – id love if some of them came to these shores : ( must look into these more… thanks for the heads up .x.

    1. Yeah, Australia really does have it goin’ on with their organic/eco skincare ranges. Lots of interesting stuff coming out. There is a limit to how much product one suitcase can hold though…

  3. I absolutely LOVE Aesop. I have extremely sensitive skin so when I find something I can use, I tell EVERYONE!! Aesop totally changed my skin. I use the Fabulous Face Cleanser, Primrose Moisturiser (in summer) and Camelia Nut Moisturiser (in winter). The most amazing product is the Damascan Rose Facial Treatment Oil, this is an AMAZING product. Great for winter and when your skin needs a little pick-me-up!! The Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Serum is also AMAZING!! You will love these products, give them a try. Go and talk to the friendly staff at one of their stores, and explain what you need for your skin, they will give you samples to try which is an excellent way to try their products before buying. I LOVE this brand!! ** Suzanne Santos also started Aesop, she is a really beautiful lady so I had to put this in!

    1. Wow, lots of other stuff from Aesop I’ll have to try! I have met Suzanne and she is a wonderful and inspirational woman. She is quite humble though and prefers to stay out of the press. I’m so glad other people love Aesop as much as I do. Also good to know it’s great for sensitive skin, thank you.

      1. It is true that she is very humble, I never knew she started Aesop, her son is an old friend of mine. They never spoke about it. I did notice how her bathroom was full of Aesop products, everything you could imagine! It was amazing! Then it clicked! I really love the brand, you have to be careful though… you can easily get addicted!! x

        1. That’s amazing! But yes an uber-addictive brand. I’m hooked, as are lots of other people who are emailing me after this post.

    1. I really like this toner, but I haven’t tried it on a breakout yet (luckily I haven’t had any lately!) It has witch hazel in it though, which is very soothing on the skin.

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