Aesop's Newest Launch Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift
Australia-born skin-care brand Aesop doesn’t launch new products very often. The incredibly chic line of body, skin, and hair products is well-edited and strategically curated based on common concerns and gorgeous scents, and the packaging is as minimal and sophisticated as the stores you buy the products in. Point is, you won’t find Aesop launching something just because every other brand is, which can be quite refreshing in today’s saturated beauty market. But the brand is, in fact, bringing a new product to the table, the Redemption Body Scrub—and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
The scented body scrub, which gets its gentle grit from a mix of pumice and bamboo stem and comes in a soft, gray tube, in my opinion, makes a great holiday gift, especially for a man on your list, be it your dad, husband, coworker, or brother. Like all Aesop products, this scrub is unisex, but when the brand gave us a sneak peek of the product (I’ve been testing it for the past week), the first thing that popped into my head was, “This would make a great beauty gift idea!” Not only is it sophisticated and practical (meaning it won’t get stuffed under the bed or buried under the bathroom sink), but it’s also luxurious. (And I can’t imagine most dudes splurging on a $35 scrub on their own.)
In addition to the particles of pumice and bamboo stem, the body scrub also contains pine- and fir-needle oils, giving it a clean, earthy, slightly smoky scent that smells quite masculine without being expected or cheesy (think worn leather boots and a crisp winter breeze versus frat boys and Chubbies). But these evergreen ingredients don’t just give the scrub it’s sexy eau. “Aside from the exfoliation benefits, Redemption Body Scrub also contains a gentle cleanser and essential oils—fir and pine needles, sage, cedar, clove, and rosemary—known for their mild disinfecting and deodorizing properties,” says Kate Forbes, Aesop’s general manager of products and research and development. So not only is it transforming your shower into a fancy forest and softening your dry patches, but it’s also washing away dirt and bacteria at the same time.
Watch the power that scent can have on people:
The other reason I think it makes an ideal gift? Buy it for your significant other, and you can reap the skin-smoothing benefits. The scrub is strong enough to render thick, dry skin smooth, but it’s gentle enough that it won’t bee too scratchy for softer, thinner, more delicate skin. “Careful laboratory tests and in-use trials allowed us to determine the optimal ratio of each [exfoliating] component to slough away tired cells without damaging the skin,” says Forbes. In fact, my skin actually felt softer after lathering up with the stuff, and my sad, dry elbows looked less like elephant skin and more like that of a young, healthy human. Plus, there’s the fact that the bottle looks much chicer than most other products your S.O. probably stashes in the shower.
I know you’re probably rolling your eyes and thinking, “It’s not even Halloween yet. Take a chill pill Allure!” But wouldn’t it feel good to get one, maybe even two, people crossed off your gift list before the holiday season officially starts and your weekends get booked up with holiday parties, “The Nutcracker” rehearsals, hockey practice, or the in-laws? As that old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm, or in this case, gets to enjoy less stress and a few more glasses of hot buttered rum.