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HOT: Aesop, Shop GL35 Adelaide St, Queens Plaza, Brisbane

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Deep in the archives for both BNE: HOT OR NOT and MEL: HOT OR NOT you will find reviews and promotions for the skincare brand Aesop, here as our founder Jetsetting Joyce has located nirvana with this range of skin, hair and body products.

Following our recent promotion of the Aesop range, we were kindly invited to visit the Adelaide Street store to sample the fine goods and friendly service that Aesop has to offer.

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Now I’m one of the most uneducated girls I know when it comes to skin and body products and if it weren’t for my good friend and beauty therapist Princess, I’d still be committing the ultimate skin care sin of washing my face with everyday body soap and moisturizing with sorbolene cream!  So when I step into stores that ooze sophistication when it comes to skin care, I’m always a little unnerved and intimidated that they’ll treat me with contempt.  Not the case with Aesop.

The store manager Alison was very accommodating to my naïve ways when it comes to looking after my skin.  She took the time to ask me about my normal cleansing routine (without judging me) and didn’t show any glimpses of going the hard sell.  As I described my lifestyle at a high level and what’s important to me as far as maintaining healthy skin goes, she gradually lined up a range of products that we could play with.

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I should mention at this point that the Aesop store is uniquely set out as one long large work bench, with a couple of industrial sized sinks and funky taps where the staff can perform hand treatments for customers to sample the products.  In the middle of the work bench is a perfect display of the product range and promotional packages – whoever does their marketing is a clever little so and so.

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I felt very spoilt and pampered as Alison went through the range of products, from face cleansers and exfoliants, to toners, serums and moisturizers.  I was running out of patches of skin to test them on, but it didn’t matter.  The aroma of the products was instantly relaxing and not overbearing in any way.  The fresh scent of citrus and indefinable (to my uncultured nose) herb and plant extracts was divine and I couldn’t wait to take a stash home and pamper myself some more.

Lucky for me, I was fresh out of facial cleanser and moisturizer so Alison didn’t have to try too hard to make a sale.  For myself, I walked away with the fabulous face cleanser (200ml, $47), the camellia nut facial hydrating cream (60ml, $43) and the rind aromatique body balm (120ml, $33).  I purchased the Rosetti gift pack ($95) for my Mum consisting of the resurrection aromatique hand wash and hand balm, the rejuvenate aromatique body balm, rosehip seed lip cream and coriander seed soap slab citrus body balm.  Personally I think we’re both glowing!

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Knowing I was only a couple of weeks from walking down the aisle, Alison was kind enough to also throw in samples of parsley seed exfoliant and anti-oxidant serum plus several packs of deliciously gooey vitamin C infused gel face mask.

Since its inception in 1987, the Aesop philosophy maintains that every product is made with the same attention to detail that they believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration the needs of the consumer’s skin, the elements of their environment, and the constraints on their time.  They advocate the use of their products as part of a balanced lifestyle and this is evident through their marketing, store management and of course their delicious products.

(All photographs thanks to Aesop and Michael Warnock)

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  1. I have a friend who swears by Aesop products, she won’t use anything else.
    .-= Massage In Sydney´s last blog ..Sen Thai Massage and Spa =-.

    Posted by Massage In Sydney | April 25, 2010, 11:50 am

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