Established in Melbourne in 1987, Aesop has earned its place on the bathroom shelves of those in the know. The brand – which manages to be both effective and aesthetically pleasing – sells a range of skin, hair and body care products made from plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients. But with so many cult items in their (unfailingly stylish) boutiques, it can be hard to know which products to splurge on.
Thankfully, duty free stores such as The Shilla Duty Free in Seoul offer a well-curated edit of the brand’s bestselling items at tax free prices. So, if you’re short on luggage space, just leave room for these four standout items – we promise you won’t regret it.
Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner
Full of anti-oxidants, this toner is suitable for all skin types, including dry and sensitive. This gentle formula soothes, balances and evens the appearance of the skin without leaving that squeaky-clean ‘tight’ feeling. After cleansing, pat half a teaspoon of the toner onto skin and follow with your preferred moisturiser.
Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum
We’re going to be saying the word ‘hydrating’ a lot in this post, and that is because it’s the quickest route to younger-looking skin. A make-up artist once told me that the biggest mistake women make is using powder foundations; powdery, desiccated is what we associate with age. Youthful skin is dewy, plump, and yes, hydrated. This aloe vera-based serum is ideal for normal to combination and sensitive skin.
Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream
This moisturiser contains potent doses of fatty acids, so it hydrates and nourishes normal to dry and stressed skin. We love the soothing smell of lavender, and the rich creamy texture makes this a treat to apply. Side note: the brown glass containers which have become synonymous with the brand aren’t just pretty, they prevent the ingredients inside from deteriorating under UV exposure so fewer preservatives are needed.
Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Speaking of ageing, hands are often the first part of the body to give the game away. So why not treat your hardworking hands to this rich, readily absorbed balm which moisturises your skin and cuticles. It has that lovely botanical smell, which won’t cloy, and it doesn’t leave you too greasy to use your phone either.
Lastly, as frequent travellers, we particularly enjoy the Aesop City Guides found here.