Moisturiser, Memories, and Melbourne

Aesop Body Balm - click image for details
Aesop Body Balm – click image for details

I adore exquisite smells, the scent of lemon essential oil, the aroma of coffee roasting, the perfume from flowering rose bushes, the spicy hit from freshly squeezed ginger and pineapple juice, the greenness of basil leaves and newly mown grass, and the minty mist of toothpaste, yes toothpaste.

At the end of last year I was given some Liberty ‘money’ by a dear friend – a gold coin representing a certain amount of pounds sterling. It’s an innovative twist on the gift voucher. Already I was feeling special. Cue time for a guilt-free luxury treat from Liberty, probably, the most gorgeous store in London.

The choice du jour? Aesop Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm which I’m also indulgently using as a hand cream. It smells delicious. The fragance of tangerine rind, vanilla, and sandalwood transports me back to a time driving through the Italian countryside bursting with orange groves, on the way to another friend’s wedding reception.

Talking of toothpaste, the balm comes in those old school metallic tubes.

And Aesop the company is based in Melbourne (which is in the top five of my favourite most liveable cities). This is what it says on the about page, on their classically clean site:

“Aesop values all human endeavours undertaken with intellectual rigour, vision, and a nod to the whimsical. We make every product with the same attention to detail that we believe should be applied to life at large, taking into consideration the climate and environment in which you live and work.”

“We advocate the use of our products as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, a moderate intake of red wine, and a regular dose of stimulating literature.”

(Me nodding furiously, yes, yes, stimulating literature.)

With all the memories of international travel, a company that champions my values, and just feeling royally pampered, this is a treat that does more than moisturise my skin.

Hurrah for gift vouchers.

What treat or gift has led you down memory lane?

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