What do concrete-clad restaurant loos and at-home trying-to-impress-your-guests loos have in common? A bottle of Aesop hand wash of course. (Ok, it's probably the duo, with the hand cream too.) Such makes anyone think that the person who put it there is an arbiter of good taste. So stick this, the new body wash, in your shower pronto. The smell is one of holidays, and the feel is one of soft and clean, nourished skin.
You'll struggle to find a beauty editor, or any editor, actually, who doesn’t go weak at the knees for Augustinus Bader (the brand, not the man, though the two are one and the same.) It was the £205 cream centered around stem cell technology that made us all reevaluate the much-chuntered line “skincare needn’t cost the earth”. Ok how about hand cream? One that uses the same patented technology to target age spots, redness and hyperpigmentation. Good job it’s only, er, £40 then.
Just when you think the last Hourglass palette sufficed, the new one stirs you. The brand has become a byword for glow. For luminous-looking, expensive skin. The kind that looks as though it's been the benefactor of a considered skincare routine during lockdown. A taupe, pink and champagne coloured strobe powder, to brush atop cheekbones and down the centre of your nose.