2 Jul 2022 By May Ng

Progress and provenance: a delicate balancing act

Skin care requires constant and dedicated learning, both from its users and its purveyors. Being attentive—and responsive—to one’s skin, in addition to upholding a regimen of cleansing, toning and moisturising, is essential to maintaining its health. So too is ensuring that any formulation applied to the skin be of fine quality. Aesop develops its products with great care, drawing on the latest scientific advances and abiding by rigorous testing standards.

Working from a dedicated laboratory in Melbourne, Aesop’s scientists constitute the beating heart of the company’s operations—their role, to explore ingredients and blends that address a wide array of skin care needs, with no needless components. This process of development is informed by the insights gained through a dialogue with customers, facilitated by the dedication and curiosity of Aesop’s in-store consultants.

As a Certified B Corporation®, whose products appear on PETA’s vegan and cruelty-free lists and are Leaping Bunny-approved, Aesop routinely reviews every part of the process—from product development to packaging—to ensure it adheres to high standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability.

Sustainability is another key consideration, and innovative formulations such as Sublime Replenishing Night Masque reflect Aesop’s and Natura &Co’s ‘Commitment to Life’ Sustainability Vision 2030. Created to offer sustained hydration while embracing the principles of circularity, the formulation is as conscientious as it is beneficial. More generally, all new and reformulated products must meet targets in line with Aesop’s goal to reduce its environmental footprint, including increased biodegradability and higher renewable content.

This commitment to innovation, however, is always balanced against three decades of acquired wisdom and a keen appreciation for skin feel, tactility and the joy of self care. It is this symbiosis that lends Aesop its unique character, one that fuses rationality with the comforting touch of the human hand. Instead of highlighting the potency of individual ‘miracle ingredients’, Aesop has always insisted on harmonising ingredients and applying them with care, in a process that pays close attention to detail at every stage. This approach is the hidden ingredient—one that allows Aesop to make great strides in delivering formulations that support the skin’s optimal health.

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