The term ”cult beauty” gets thrown around a lot, so, when we use it here at Who What Wear, we do so with consideration. However, if there’s one brand that has undoubtedly reached cult status, it’s Aēsop; the Australian luxury skin-, hair-, and body-care emporium, whose products have gone on to become essentials in just about every cool girl’s bathroom cabinet.
Aēsop was born in 1987, when its founder, hairdresser Dennis Paphitis, started blending essential oils into hair products. He started with just four products and, thanks to their heavenly scents and rich, nourishing effects, demand grew amongst is clientele for his homemade formulations. Fast-forward to 2020 and the brand is one of the most prominent players in the global skincare market, boasting almost 100 products in its aesthetically pleasing line-up.
Indeed, we’d be amiss not to note Aēsop’s iconic packaging. The brand shuns some of the marketing techniques widely embraced by other beauty conglomerates, opting instead for quiet, uniform packaging that doesn’t date. Preferring to focus the product inside, its brown bottles and squeezable tubes have barely changed in years. Why, we dare say, mess with perfection? Rest assured, however; Aēsop is so much more than its chic looks.
“We celebrate science and understand that you need a blend of well-chosen man-made ingredients with exceptional botanical ingredients to make remarkable products,” enlightens Suzanne Santos, Aēsop’s chief customer officer, who has been with the brand for, well, as long has it has existed.
Although she says “we don’t call ourselves natural,” what Aēsop can call itself is 100% vegan and cruelty-free; factors more and more of us are concerned with when we buy beauty.
Today, a bottle of Aēsop’s Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum sold every nine minutes, and a hand wash and hand balm duo a staple in any design-led bathroom or kitchen. Scroll below to shop them, as well as some of our other Aēsop hand, skin, hair, body and bathroom essentials.