The first thing you notice approaching the Aesop display in Oliver Spencer (962 Queen St. W.) is the scent floating in the air—fresh, natural, intriguing, lovely. The second thing you notice is the unique packaging of the body care line, arrayed across a heavy wooden table. The scents derive from plant-based formulas that combine natural ingredients with anti-oxidants to create products your skin will love. The packaging is created with just as much care. Bottles and tubes bear quotes from Aldous Huxley, Sigmund Freud, Leonard Cohen and more, and the line’s unisex nature is echoed with design that would look good in anyone’s bathroom.
Founded in 1987 in Melbourne, Australia, Aesop is now an international brand, carried by the likes of Opening Ceremony in NYC. The products are finally available in Canada, at Oliver Spencer in Toronto, Want in Montreal, and Holt Renfrew in Vancouver. When asked why they chose Oliver Spencer to carry the brand, Giovanni Lepori (Aesop President USA and General Manager, Americas) merely gestures around the beautiful menswear boutique, emphasizing how well the aesthetics and philosophies of the two brands complement each other.
Aesop’s full body care line will be available at the store. Cleansers, shampoos, deodorants, lip care, moisturizers, aftershave, and more, all in incredible scents like geranium leaf, wild lime, ginger flight, and tuberose. The best thing about the scents is that they occur naturally due to the ingredients in the formulas, so they are never overpowering and always unique, not perfume-y. Stop by Oliver Spencer and stock up today.
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~ Haley Cullingham