September 2 2014

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Aesop’s Holiday Bird Call


This time of year, the term “holiday kit” gets thrown around with gusto. For easier gifting purposes, best-selling lipsticks, lip glosses, mascaras, smoky-eye palettes, et al. are shrunken down and dressed up with festive, typically limited-edition packaging—all of which is well and good; who doesn’t love more beauty for your buck? If you’re picky about your products like us, though, it’s rare to find kits that are perfectly customized to your personal preferences, which is why we typically like to build our own beauty boxes—or put the job in the hands of a brand we trust, like Aesop. Next month, the Australian apothecary range will launch An Aesop Aviary, six different sets of well-curated skin and hair favorites inside individual cases each bearing a gorgeous illustration of a rare or endangered bird. “The significance of birds lies in what they symbolize: freedom from constraints of all kinds, including rigid ideas of beauty,” the brand maintains, which means these aren’t your average product pairings. While Quill, with its Pied Raven drawing, is a parsley-seed lover’s dream, boasting the antioxidant-rich line’s facial cleanser, toner, cleansing masque, and serum, and the Tahiti Sandpiper-fronted Flight contains a highly efficacious hand and body care assortment in the form of Aesop’s Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, Rind Concentrate Body Balm, and Resurrection Rinse-Free Hand Wash, options like Soar feature boy bathroom essentials—its Coriander Seed Body Cleanser, Classic Shampoo, and Moroccan Neroli Post-Shave Lotion, specifically—encased by the teal-hued etching of the Hawaiian Kioea. Talk about a no-brainer for the hard-to-shop-for man in your life.

An Aesop Aviary, from $60, available beginning November 15 at

Photo: Courtesy of Aesop

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