Behind every gift kit from Aesop’s ‘Of Muse and Myth’ collection this year, is a celebration towards the five different ancient Muses of Greek mythology, goddesses of the arts – all of whom has been honoured time and time again since antiquity as inspirations in culture, literature and the arts.
Housed in reusable tan amenity cases, each kit is wrapped in a vibrant sleeve featuring New York-based artist Giovanni Garcia-Fenech’s original illustrations of the iconic Muses of music, dance, history, comedy, and epic poetry, alongside their associated symbols. Inspired by early modernism and the ancient Greek ceramic-painting style, his playful figures bring delight to the eyes and smiles to lips, mirroring the mischievous side of mythological gods.
“The proclaimer, glorifier and celebrator of history, great deeds and accomplishments”, the Muse of history Clio documents history’s ability to satisfy our innate curiosity and to educate, enthral, and empower.
Aesop celebrates this Greek muse with The Chronicler, consisting of a skin care trio that purify, balance and replenish: the skin-polishing Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, the clarifying Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque, and the hydrating Fabulous Face Oil.
The Humourist, on the other hand, pays homage to the playful Muse of comedy, Thalia, whose name means “flourishing”, for the praises in her songs flourish through time. As a remark on the power and potency of a smile in navigating the ups and downs of daily life, the Aesop gift kit holds a refreshing pairing of two body care favourites that is bound to do just that.
The Humourist includes: the aromatic Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser for an invigorating yet gentle cleanse; and the citrus-infused Rind Concentrate Body Balm to hydrate dry skin, leaving it softened, cooled and revived from neck to toe.
Known as the “giver of delight” with her role in entertaining the gods on Mount Olympus, the Muse of music, Euterpe represents the all-encompassing pleasure we derive from the universal language of music and song.
Suitable for recipients who love to host guests in the comfort of their homes, The Melodist has a trio of home and bathroom staples to make their gatherings that much more inviting. This gift kit consists of: the fragrant Post-Poo Drops to combat malodour; the Olous Aromatique Room Spray to scent interior spaces with reviving aroma; and the Body Cleansing Soap Slab in a convenient new size.
Calliope is the Muse that presides over eloquence and epic poetry, thanks to the ecstatic harmony of her voice. For her, Aesop dedicates The Orator to this Muse of epic poetry, for her talent for eloquence of thought, words of wisdom, and poignant storytelling.
The kit comprises a trio of anti-oxidant rich Parsley Seed skin care products: the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser, the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner, and the much sought-after Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum – all of which offer lightweight fortification ideal for urban dwellers.
Lastly, The Reveller is inspired by the Muse of dance, Terpsichore, and her gifts of grace, delight and rhythm. (She is mother of the deadly Sirens that are known to lure sailors to their deaths with their enchanting voices; so imagine how much more poignant in song and dance Terpsichore is!)
The Reveller gift kit holds a quartet of hand and body care fundamentals, such as: the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Balm; the much-loved for their skin-softening properties and fresh, citrus and woody aroma; alongside the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Rind Concentrate Body Balm to leave skin thoroughly refreshed, superbly hydrated, and beautifully scented.
The complete Aesop ‘Of Muse and Myth’ gift kits 2019 collection is now available at all Aesop signature stores, select stockists and counters in department stores around the globe