Aesop Body Care: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm

O.k. remember this scene from Love Actually?

It reminds me of my experience at an Aesop flagship store in Singapore last year...

... body products covered in Berlin A-Z Guide paper bag, then into an Aesop muslin drawstring bag, which was then sprayed with one of the Aesop perfume of choice, with some samples and product catalog thrown in. Holly twigs, sadly, not included.

Ah.. Aesop. I've had bad luck with Aesop skin care line thus far and I probably won't dabble into it again since they are replete of aromatic essential oils, but I am absolutely addicted to their body care; the formulas couldn't be simpler, full of natural oils and occlusives and the scents are divine. If only Aveda can do this.

Both Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm and Rejuvenate Intensive Body balm actually have identical formula:

Water, Glycerin, Sweet Almond Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Coconut Oil, ...

The ingredients after this are relatively insignificant since the next one of the list is an aromatic essential oil for the body balm, which should only comprised up to 1% of the whole formulation (unless this list is written not according to relative percentage of ingredients).

The fragrances are slightly different, the body balm is a bit warmer with the addition of sandalwood and vanilla, the hand balm is sweeter and zingy-er. Both are winner and as I said, addictive!

Both hand and body balm are not balm, per se, but rather more of a lotion's consistency; in fact, they are both available in 17 fl oz pump-glass bottles. They are readily absorbed and leave the skin moisturized with matte finish, thanks to the stearic acid, which can go on rather whitish and requires a lot of rubbing. But isn't that which feels so satisfying, rubbing cream onto the skin?

I even love the old-fashioned metal tubes that they came in -- these pictures were taken when they were still not used. Now, I understand the whole allure of Aesop. The brand really fits the niche of "all natural" and the modern, minimalist aesthetic, down right to the shop's design. Lastly, I heard there are rumors that they are branching to my side of the pond.. hmm..

THM: Worth the splurge.

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