One of the perks of living in DC is that I can easily visit my sister in NYC (and a perk of my sister living in NYC is that we can always spend hours on end just beauty shopping on the busy streets of New York). On my most recent visit, my sister and I visited the Union Square location of Aesop. An Australian brand with several stores in the US, Aesop features skincare and haircare products that use both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. This interview with Aesop brand manager says it all - Aesop balances its ingredients for maximum effectiveness, the brand does no advertising but relies on its’ stores designs, and a certain type of lifestyle is encouraged alongside the basics of skincare.
The physical space of each of the New York stores is a work of art where you can comfortably discover and experiment with products. When I was brainstorming the best way I would describe my shopping experience with Aesop, I immediately thought of an ultra modern apothecary. With rows of minimalist, almost medicine-like products lining the sculpted walls, Aesop delivers the ability to shop comfortably in a simply beautiful space.
The customer service was also outstanding - my sister and I had the ability to try on products, and ask plenty of questions. And when we could not decide on what we wanted to purchase, the representatives was more than generous with the Aesop samples. Some of the best Aesop sellers include their delicate but highly effective hand creams and natural derived Fabulous Face Cleanser.
I did however end up picking out one tiny product that has been somehow missing from my skincare collection. The Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is a Vitamin E-rich, lightweight cream that is formulated to soothe and hydrate lips. Formulated without silicone or parafin, the Aesop Rosehip Seed Lip Cream is meant to soften and act as a lip treatment. Keep in mind that this Lip Cream is not meant to be a gloss or balm - I think of it more as a healing treatment because the actual product absorbs into the lips within minutes of application and creates a protective barrier that can be slightly felt as a balm. I’ve been applying the Rosehip Seed Cream in the morning and evening and have noticed my lips being less dry and much softer. The Lip Cream tube tends to dispense more product than needed, but I appreciate the hygienic and discrete packaging.
The one downside of Aesop products (which can also be its virtue depending on who you ask) are the fragrant ingredients. While Aesop does not use synthetic fragrance, the products contain various natural oils, such as lavender and citrus, that may be irritating to those with sensitive skin. Since using the Rosehip Seed Cream, I’ve had no reactions or issues, but I recommend going in store and sampling the Aesop products first.
The whole Aesop aesthetic is refreshing, just as Aesop products are.
Stay Pretty, Miranda M.