AUGUST 27, 2020

Skin for a treat

BY BELLE RODOLFO
IMAGES COURTESY OF AESOP

How does one gift thy self? Let Aesop count the ways.

We suppose that we can all agree that there is, at least, one mutual source of solace for all of us in these digital days: online shopping. Without the paranoia, effort, and entire production of leaving the house, all it takes is one click to get that dopamine kick in your brain’s reward center. 

The excitement of getting that order has been shipped notification truly satisfies our “present from me to me (or a friend!)” urges.  Level up that literal personal gifting experience by splurging, er, investing in the easiest and also a most lowkey and luxurious form of self-care: skincare.

Luckily, you don’t even have to go through the arduous process of actually selecting what goes into your gift box: Aesop now offers beautifully and thoughtfully put-together gift sets. 

The sets, collectively titled “Of Muse and Myth,” are made to please the senses. A curated assemblage covers your self-care necessities from head-to-toe care, to anti-pollution, or even multi-masking and more are all encased in reusable tan amenity cases.

The kits are also wrapped with vibrant sleeves that feature the work of New York-based artist Giovanni Garcia-Fenech’s original illustrations of the iconic Muses of music, dance, history, comedy, and epic poetry.

Inspired by early modernism and the ancient Greek ceramic-painting style, Garcia-Fenech’s renditions of the art style are playful, modern, and bring out the cheekier side of the mythological gods that inspired the collection. 

So how does one gift, and how to start now? Let us count the ways an Aesop gift set will fulfill your every gifting mood. 

When You Have a Ton of Skincare — and Still Want More 

There’s no such thing as too much new product for the skincare devotee, and the Aesop gift set The Chronicler is just for you. Open a slot in your lineup, because this trio of purifying, balancing, and replenishing products fit in just about any regimen perfectly.

The Chronicler Gift Set, P6100

In this set you can find the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, for sloughing dullness away; Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, for when you want a quick detox sans a real facial; and the Fabulous Face Oil, which hydrates without the greasy feel. 

For Restocking Your Shower Amenities 

The next time you stock up on bath products, make it a little extra. Not like you’ll be having guests over anytime soon (you shouldn’t), but treat yourself to great bathing environment.

The Melodist gift set, P3900

The Melodist gift set has all a tastefully fragranced bathroom needs, including Post-Poo Drops (necessity tbh), Olous Aromatique Room Spray, and the Body Cleansing Soap Slap in a new 100g size. 

The Melodist gift set, P3900

For Outside Days 

There are only two kinds of days spent in 2020: indoors and outdoors. For the days when you need to step out, especially when you live in the city, arm yourself with extra anti-pollution care and anti-oxidant boost of Aesop’s The Orator skincare set.

The Orator gift set, P8200

In the included amenity case you can find the anti-oxidant rich Parsley Seed Skin Care, which offers lightweight protection against outside aggressors such as dirt, heat, irritants, the like. The regimen includes a Facial Cleanser, Toner, and a potent Anti-Oxidant Serum. 

The Orator gift set, P8200

For a Full Head-to-Toe Pampering

Said indoor-only days still also include weekends, and on weekends, we pamper ourselves. 

Your favorite spa might be closed and your go-to masseuse might be unavailable but who’s to say you can’t still give yourself that break you deserve? The gift set The Reveller is your best friend if you work hard (from home) on the weekdays and hold your weekends sacred.

The Reveller gift set, P5400

The complete collection contains the crowd favorite Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm, and the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser plus the Rind Concentrate Body Balm. Inspired the Muse of dance, Terpsichore, this gift collection is set to bestow you with the Muse’s gifts of grace, delight, and rhythm — it’s leave you fresh, hydrated, and perfectly fragranced. 

When You Want to Share the Self-Care 

We all have that hardworking friend who can’t seem to cut themselves some slack. Send some love in the form of skincare ayuda their way with The Humourist gift set.

Inspired by the playful Muse of comedy Thalia, this chic set that contains a body set in an invigorating formula is a thoughtful way to send good vibes to your friend.

Its contents include the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser which is energizing and gentle, and the citrus-infused Rind Concentrate Body Balm which hydrates, cools, and revives dry skin and comes in a bright fragrance. 

The Humourist gift set, P2650

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