In partnership with Aesop.
The holiday season is perhaps the most home-centric time of the year. This year, each of Aesop’s gift kits is an ode to the brand’s most treasured homes across the globe, from Sydney to Los Angeles. The design of the stores and the sensory touchstones of their surrounding neighborhoods are a show of symbiosis—one that acknowledges the potential of human connection, cooperation, and togetherness. As many return home this season, it’s an opportunity to reflect on how we’re all shaped by our settings; how we interpret the character and textures of the places we call home and how they continue to mold us.
Thus is the Poetry of Place, Aesop’s curated holiday gift kits shaped by the brand’s singular philosophy of design. Each set captures the alchemy between where and what to create a multisensory self-care journey that allows customers to experience the brand in its various cultural settings, sharing the beauty of the routines and customs that define each unique space. Read on to learn why these kits are essential holiday gifts this year—no matter where you call home.
This four-piece set makes it easy to carry the spirit of self-care into your everyday. Congruous’ sandy, Mojave casing is inspired by the warm design of Aesop’s Downtown LA storefront, whose tubular walls are found replicated in the outer casing of this kit. Paying homage to a city of so many moving pictures, people, and manual trades, the Downtown LA store is an apt anchor for the most comprehensive of Aesop’s new seasonal gift kits, comprising formulations for the shower and basin.
Each element of the set works to cleanse, buff, and hydrate, transforming the shower or bath into a more embracing ritual. Within, your giftee will find the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash and Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, as well as the twice-weekly Geranium Leaf Body Scrub, and Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, which share an aromatic profile that is green and infused with citrus—providing a boost in the morning and much-needed catharsis in the evening.
The stone facades of Aesop’s Sydney location were key reference points for the outer casing of Igneous, a gift kit of Geranium Leaf formulations to cleanse and nourish. The large slabs referenced in the design of the kit play host in real life to the ebb and flow of visitors to the store, solidifying communal ties by facilitating moments of sink-side joy and connection. Inside, your giftee will unwrap the Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser and Body Balm. The cleanser is a gently lathering gel that lightly buffs away dead skin and buildup to leave skin feeling refreshed. Post-shower, the balm uses a blend of shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut leaf and bergamot rind to supply a generous dose of hydration and leave behind a lingering, fresh aroma.
In Hong Kong, Aesop’s storefront is a place of quietude among the city’s clamor—this made it an apt source of inspiration for this skincare-centric set. This trio comes equipped with formulations from Aesop’s Parsley Seed range, designed to support the skin in urban environments. For any type of city dweller, this antioxidant-rich set can help giftee look forward to their evening skincare routine, from the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser to the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner and the lightweight, fortifying Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Facial Serum.
From Aesop’s Sounds Hannam store in Seoul to the contents of the Industrious gift kit runs a theme of craftsmanship and ardour. Each element of this kit caters to hardworking and work-shy hands alike, including the deeply cleansing Resurrection Aromatique Hand Wash, the compact Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash and a tube of the softening, citrus-scented Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm.