It’s a year of firsts for Aesop’s annual Gift Kits, one of the brand’s most sought after collection this time of the year: featuring four gift kits packed with bestselling skin and body care products, which include a special inaugural home-based gift kit, all wrapped up in thematic packaging that complement the products within, with alluring sleeve designs by renowned Dutch couturier Iris van Herpen.
The Aesop Atlas of Attraction Gift Kits pay homage to the different journeys we embark upon at year’s end, when we are granted the gift of time to connect with others and to explore our inner impulses and attractions. Inspired by the shifting contours in aerial views of rivers and landscapes, van Herpen explores the attraction’s map, using organic lines as the representation of our unfolding path, and circular forms that symbolise the cycle of returning to that which inspires us.
Packaged in reusable amenity cases made of water resistant and washable materials in a refreshing tan palette, each kit is wrapped in an elegant sleeve featuring a customised van Herpen couture pattern, precise, laser-cut technique used in many of her garments – handpicked by the designer from her extensive archive of designs to evoke the narrative of each individual kit.
A Curious Connection features a compatible couple of two body care favourites that pays homage to the magnetic pull of connection, from the galactic to the cellular. Represented by van Herpen’s design of an evocative graphic to guide the eye and mind to points of connection, it contains the aromatic Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser for an invigorating yet gentle cleanse, and the citrus-based Rind Concentrate Body Balm to hydrate dry skin, leaving it supple, softened, and revived from neck to toe.
The trio of skin care regimen in the Orbit of Intention gift kit acknowledges the capacity to transform our frame of mind from the analytical to the creative. A kaleidoscopic graphic suggestive of the brain’s ability to shift and change portrays nurturing rituals within: the skin-polishing Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, the intensely replenishing Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque, and the Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol for refreshing hydration on demand.
The Contours of Discovery is a quartet of bathroom staples, inspired by humankind’s abiding appetite for exploration honouring a belief that new landscapes refresh the spirit in some way, leaving us transformed and replenished. As van Herpen’s art of a rippling graphic presents an illusion of movement and exploration metaphorically, physically the beloved products get the job done: the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, paired with the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Geranium Leaf Body Scrub.
Lastly, for the first time, The Familiar Horizon honours universal rhythms of migration, speaking to homeward journeys and animals who navigate by sun, stars and biological compass, through a trio of home essentials. The fragrant Post-Poo Drops and the Istros Aromatique Room Spray to combat the malodorous and enliven interior spaces, alongside a basin staple: the refreshing and alcohol-free Mouthwash for impeccable oral hygiene – all wrapped in a sinuous graphic that evokes the swirling aerial formation of a starling flock.
The complete Aesop ‘Atlas of Attraction’ Gift Kits 2018/2019 is now available at all Aesop signature stores – including the recently opened Penang outlet at Gurney Plaza, select stockists and counters in department stores around the globe, and online.