Aesop’s new gift sets are truly stellar

AESOP GIFT KITS 2015-2016 PERSUES WITH OPEN TIN CI’m not sure whether it’s a sign of my exceptionally good taste or that I simply don’t get out enough, but few things excite me quite as much as news of a new Aesop gift kit. Delightful to behold, they’re always beautifully thought out and presented and the offerings in the run up to this Christmas are no different. Themed around six constellations, each of the Gift Kits features a selection of Aesop essentials.

aesop cabinetPerseus, for example, features their Fabulous Face Cleanser, Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion and one of my all time favourite Aesop products – the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser. But it’s not just the products that I love about these gift sets; the tins they come in are superb too, mainly because they’re genuinely useful. I have several in my bathroom cabinet, stuffed full of pills, potions and assorted grooming essentials. You know how cats love cardboard boxes? Well, I love Aesop tins. The contents are bloody good, too, mind.

The Perseus Gift Kit is available from November from aesop.com priced £60. 

Aesop Deodorant – smells like a winner to me.

500968646_product_1The other day I happened to mention on Twitter that I was wearing Aesop’s Deodorant and a follower asked whether I’d blogged about it, presumably because he wanted a few more details. I hadn’t but, since I like to please, I thought I’d better. So…

I absolutely love this product. It contains no less than eleven essentials oils (including lavender, vetiver and clove) that have been chosen, not just for their great smell, but for their ability to deter micobial activity too. Helpfully, it also contains zinc ricinoleate – a naturally occurring fatty acid that’s a pretty effective odour neautralizer.

The big question, of course, given that this is a ‘natural’ deodorant, is: does it work?  Well, actually it does, yes. Ok, so if you’re traipsing around town all day in scorching weather or are preparing for a stressful meeting and oozing ’emotional sweat’ (that stuff that’s really pungent) you might want to opt for an antiperspirant but if you’re working from home, kicking back of a weekend or just want to smell good in bed this deo is perfect. Recommended.

 

For more info go to aesop.com

Aesop discover a new intensity with their Marrakech fragrance

photo-4It doesn’t launch until September but since I’m getting old (and may well have forgotten I had a sneak preview of it by then) I thought I might as well give you the heads up on the brand new Aesop fragrance, Marrakech Intense, right now. Created by French perfumer Barnabé Fillion –  a man who’s collaborated with the likes of Le Labo and who was the nose behind Paul Smith’s rather underrated Portrait For Men fragrance, it’s a rather clever “reinterpretation” of Aesop’s existing Marrakech fragrance.

photo-2Fillion (pictured) was brought in to give it a bit more oomph, reassembling it in the same way a musical track might be remixed in order to breathe new life into it and give it new meaning. Thus, Marrakech Intense is muskier and sexier than its predecessor and Fillion has fiddled with the top and middle of the fragrance, too, adding neroli, bergamot, rose and jasmine.

The distinctive clove, cardamon and sandalwood of the original is still there, but the Frenchman has added complexity and depth to Marrakech –  making it much more nuanced –  and in doing so he’s taken it from being a quirky apothecary scent and pushed it in the direction of a boutique fragrance with bags of character. Impressive.

Aesop Marrakech Intense will be available from September as a 50ml eau de toilette and a 10ml parfum roll-on. 

It’s all in the edit: Mr Porter launches dedicated area for male grooming

Grooming at MRPORTER.COMIt was the worst kept secret in the industry: that Mr Porter was going to start selling grooming products alongside its fashion brands. And finally the day has come.

With Mr Porter, of course, it’s all in the edit and they’ve managed to bring together a range of brands that embrace both traditional, gentlemanly reliability and uber-cool modernity. Amongst the usual suspects (Baxter of California and Malin + Goetz  amongst them) are some of my personal favourites like Aesop, Czech & Speake (I’ve been wearing their No88 fragrance since the Eightes), Le Labo and Santa Maria Novella.

The latter is a truly inspired choice. A fantastic Italian brand that’s nearly 800 years old it’s been difficult to track down in the UK, and if you’ve ever been to their shop in Florence you’ll know how difficult it is not to blow a small fortune on it.

It doesn’t appear to be available to buy just yet (I’m told it’ll be online from November) but is the one to look out for – especially for the candles, shaving products and amazing soaps –  so make a note in your dairy.

When in Boston….

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Having recently spent five days of a two week holiday in the US in the wonderful city of Boston, it seemed only natural that for that portion of my stay I should have packed this appropriately named urban travel kit from Aesop.

From now on, the wonderful smell of its Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and citrus Rind Concentrate Body Cleanser will remind me of the amazing roof top apartment we rented in the city’s up-and-coming South End district.

The great thing about this set (apart from the fact that everything comes in a handy little case) is that the the sizes are absolutely perfect – so perfect that after my stay I was left with virtually nothing to lug back home. Beyond how wonderful everything  smells, like all Aesop products, the kit looks super-cool too. Which is just as well because, with temperatures in the high 80s, the weather that week was anything but.

For more info go to www.aesop.com

Kicking up a stink – Aesop A.P.C Post-Poo Drops

APC Post-Poo DropsI’m very sensitive to a micro trend me. And the word on the street (not to mention in the bathroom) is that A.P.C Post Poo-drops are big. A product that emerged through a collaboration between trendy fashion label A.P.C and uber-cool skincare brand Aesop they’re an absolute must-have in the office of one of my friends, where everyone seems to have a bottle and, one presumes, particularly obnoxious bowel movements.

If you’re unfamiliar with the product it’s essentially a posh way of masking any unwanted smells after you’ve visited the toilet. A Swedish friend of mine used to do this by striking a match, which worked a treat, but I must say I was reluctant to adopt the technique in case I accidentally blew up my bathroom in the process (I love baked beans).

These drops are much safer and, thanks to a delightful combo of citrus oils, smell much better too. To use you simply administer three drops to the toilet bowl post-fush. Surely the ultimate gift for the person who has everything, except fragrant plops.