The brand I’m discussing today visually kind of matches the weather we’re having (cool and grey) and its products remind me of one brand that disappeared from retail. It was sad that a high-performance botanical brand like Jurlique, for example, had to leave the local market. I believe in the gentle power of botanical ingredients and back then Jurlique was one of the few skincare brands that didn’t break me out. The Benefit boutique in Greenbelt 5 now stands in its stead. I do understand when people would rather not pay more than Php1000 or even Php500 for a simple tube of facial scrub unless you’ve got temperamental facial terrain on you. The accumulative cost upon daily use is staggering when you commit to a high end cosmetic product. Every now and then however, there are brands that make you think twice in spite of their hefty price tag and which upon first use ultimately become tattooed on your mind. One of these brands for me is yet another luxury botanical brand called Aesop, which I first encountered in Takashimaya Mall along Orchard Road, Singapore with my friend Noelle.
The way Aesop as a brand is visually conceptualized blew me away. Think of a minimalist, no-nonsense, classy and modern apothecary sort, and I think this neutral design scheme also widens their appeal. Both men and women are visually invited to partake of world-class skincare. The brand does a lot of formulations with parsley, rosehip, pomegranate, and rosemary, just to name a few of a whole slew of botanicals they include. I half expected a bloke in a white lab coat to come out with a mortar and pestle and prescription pad. Certain products almost looked medicinal in their bottles…nothing too pink, dainty or flowery on any side of the Aesop “lab” (just the way mom would like it, actually). I nearly walked out only with sample sachets from the salesperson in hand due to the staggering prices (think SGD$40-55 for medium bottles of good facial stuff). I then noticed the Rosehip Seed Lip Cream which was tiny enough (the size of a Terramycin Triple antibiotic tube) to feel barely affordable for me at SGD$21 (Php700). Upon sampling, this turned out to be fan-bloody-tastic even with the tiniest amount. This was recommended via Twitter when I asked my friend, Charlotte.
- Rosa Canina Fruit Oil– An excellent source of Oleic, Linoleic and Linolenic acids. Renowned for its skin regenerative properties.
- Tocopherol– The active constituent is Vitamin E, which primarily acts as an anti-oxidant.
- Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil– Complete steam-distilled essential oil, hydrates and balances skin.
The cream is an off-white yellowish type and it very QUICKLY absorbs into the lips colorless. It provides hydration WITHOUT shine and is not at all oily or greasy. It has the same hydrating effectiveness as Elizabeth Arden 8-hour Cream but leaves the opposite finish, non-glossy, matte hydration. Some of you would prefer that texture beneath your favorite lipstick. It’s also suitable as a moisturizer around the mouth not just on the lips. I tried it on my mother because I had left my moisturizer in another bag. There is somewhat of an herbal scent and the herbal taste can be a bit distracting at first but it shouldn’t make you gag, at least I don’t think so, and it goes away very quickly once the cream disappears into your lips. Read more to get the full post and a few more opinions on some Aesop samples I tried.