[ REVIEW ] AESOP CONCORD KIT REVIEW

Hi Sunshines! If you’ve been reading my blog for a while or know me personally, you’d know that I’m a big fan of Aesop; An Australian brand established in 1987 that researches and develops products in their own lab focusing on “efficacy and sensory pleasure in mind”.

While not all of their products have worked for me personally, the majority does and it does it extremely well. If I wasn’t a blogger continuously testing out products, 90% of my skincare would probably be from Aesop. Though on the pricier side, if it works for my skin, I’ll stick to it and don’t mind spending the extra cash; instead of faffing around looking for cheaper products that end up not working and wasting that money. Also, I’m a complete sucker for their aesthetically pleasing company branding.

 

Every year during the holiday season, Aesop launches several kits surrounding a theme for the new year that contain several different “best-selling/popular” products. Their 2017/18 theme is “The Enigmatic Mind” that “explore noted social psychology experiments from the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.”

I’ve recently not purchased much from the brand because well… I can’t spend money on their products and on new brands and products I want to try. So, for Christmas, my partner got me one of their new kits that contains a few of their products. I was pretty surprised that he did remember the brand I love, though he had no clue what he got (now that, wasn’t a surprise).

 

The Concord Kit product set up is inspired by the Robber’s Cave Experiment, a social experiment from the 1950s where a group of boys were placed inside a group/team with several challenges and see the type of harmony or intergroup conflict they create. Essentially this Concord kit brings the Aesop products together to achieve top to bottom body care harmony.


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 Aesop Concord Kit

» SIZE /  PRICE : 

US$ 70 at Nordstrom / GB£ 45 at Aesop Online Store and Selfridges / HK$ 470 at Aesop Stores
 

» Products included

A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Coco-Betaine, Cocamide MIPA, Sea Salt (Maris sal), Phenoxyethanol, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Ethylhexylglycerin, Magnesium Nitrate, Citric Acid, Elettaria Cardamomum Seed Oil, Piper Nigrum (Black Pepper) Fruit Oil, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Magnesium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Citronellol.

Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Stearic Acid, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cedrus Atlantica (Cedarwood) Bark Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Tocopherol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Citrate, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, d-Limonene, Linalool. Contains nut derivatives. 

Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 20, Alcohol Denat, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Disodium EDTA, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, d-Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol.


 

»  Pricing and packaging

Aesop isn’t a cheap brand and you definitely do pay for their branding. You could easily get a hand lotion, body wash and facial spray for a lot cheaper in the drugstore. However, let’s take this aside for a minute and talk about whether the products are worth it a bit later in the post in relation to their pricing.

The set comes with all full-sized products that you can buy individually. Though, if you buy the set you will save US$ 7, GB£ 6, or HK$ 78 and get a black sturdy box. I really like the box that it comes with, although there isn’t a handle on it and the box closes with a zipper; but it feels sturdy, is not too large nor too small and has a fabric type material on the outside (no idea what the material is called). The brand name is printed on the inside so you really can’t tell that it’s from Aesop thus I find that it makes for a great box to store anything you want around the house or bring it to travel with you. 

 

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»  Product 1 :: A Rose By Any Other Name Body Cleanser, 200 ml

US $ 25  / GB £ 17  / HK $ 175
 

"An aromatic formulation that cleanses gently yet thoroughly, enhanced with hydrating Rose Petal oil and other skin-softening botanical extracts." Aesop Website as per 1 feb 18


This is by far the best rose fragranced body wash I’ve smelled and has a slight spicy kick to it. Is it my favourite fragrance? No, I prefer a slightly sweeter scent but it does smell as if you’re walking into to garden full of roses. It has a colourless almost gel-like texture but isn’t at all thick or too watery and foams up nicely. I do feel the oils in this body wash but it washes away quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft (not super soft, but definitely more than the average body wash).

 

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Repurchase?

No. I don’t splurge on items like this and I do go through body washes very quickly. If I did one day decide to splurge on this body wash, I wouldn’t purchase the 200 ml one, but maybe I’ll pick up the larger 500 ml size  or try a different type of body wash from them.

With many Aesop products, if stored incorrectly, the smell can faint easily or just go off, so if you’re thinking about purchasing this one, I would keep that in mind (should, for example, a window be inside your bathroom with direct sunlight coming through).

 

»  Product 2 :: Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm, 75 ml

Individual Price:  US $ 27  / GB £ 19  / HK $ 200

 
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"A blend of fragrant botanicals and skin-softening emollients that delivers rich hydration to labour-wearied hands and cuticles." Aesop Website as per 1 feb 18


This hand balm has a rich creamy texture that isn’t too thick, with a faint yellow colour; and is easily absorbed into the skin without leaving it feeling greasy. I don’t really ever buy hand lotions because they tend to be really sticky for a long time making it uncomfortable for me to do anything with my hands so I’ll wipe the lotion away shortly after that. This hand balm however, doesn’t leave me with that feeling and dispensing the product is easy to do, but I do have to reapply regularly (especially during the colder days) to keep my hands hydrated. The balm has a distinct mandarin scent to it, which is a nice added touch though I don’t love it nor hate it.

I like the packaging, but it is often too big for me to carry when I’m going out (I try to avoid leaving the house with a bag and if I do, I’ll bring a very small handbag just enough to fit my phone and wallet). I guess if you’re used to carrying a regular sized handbag that could fit a bit more this wouldn’t be an issue.


Repurchase?

No, at least not for myself. I normally don’t buy hand lotions (just regular body lotion works fine if I really need it), so spending this much on a hand lotion just doesn’t make sense to me. Is it nice to have? Sure, but it’s so extra and I would rather splurge on something else.

 

 
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»  Product 3 :: Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, 60 ml

 US $ 25  / GB £ 15  / HK $ 173 

"A refreshing, Rose Petal-infused misting hydrator to refresh and revive skin and senses in the home, office or at altitude."  - Aesop Website as per 1 feb 18

A facial spray is always nice to have around the house, work, travelling or just generally when you’re out and about. I’m never too picky when it comes to hydrating facial sprays and don’t really notice too much between them; besides fragrance and how fine the mist is dispensed.

This facial spray has a decent mist, not the finest but it doesn’t leave me with droplets of water on my face either. It does have that rose scent to it, which again, I don’t hate nor love. Quick warning, it tastes horrible (yes, I'm clumsy enough to get it in my mouth) and it does have denatured alcohol in it. This was quite surprising and I immediately noticed it as my skin felt slightly tightened after it dried on my face. So, it really just acts as a quick pick me up than something that will give your skin hydration. Because of this, I wouldn’t recommend it for those with very dry skin in the winter months, perhaps in the summer months or for those with oilier skin types would like this more.   


Repurchase?

Yes. Despite that this facial mist slightly tightens my face and really doesn’t hydrate my skin at all, more just refreshes; this spray tones down a powdered make up look so much better than MAC fix + does, which was the biggest shocker to me.

Many of us know that the fix + does a good job at toning down powder, but for me at times, the powder was still noticeable in certain areas. For certain looks that I go for, I can powder one part of my face heavily and others not at all; so, you can clearly see that difference between powder and skin. Fix + helps it slightly, but I’ve always still noticed that separation between skin and powder. However, with the Aesop Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol, that separation is completely gone. It’s a smooth transition between powder and skin; and this spray makes the entire face look refreshed with makeup on.

This spray in relation to size and price is by a few bucks more expensive than the fix +, but so much more worth it to me.

 


»  OVERALL THOUGHTS

Despite the fact that I wouldn’t purchase two out of the three products once they finish (mainly because I’m not willing to spend money on these products for myself), I do like this set. It’s something I would never buy for myself, but it is a really nice gift to receive plus I discovered my new favourite facial spray for after makeup application.

I would buy this set as a present for others though, it’s not too expensive nor too cheap. I think it makes for an excellent luxurious gift that I wouldn’t mind spending on for my friends or family if they were to have birthdays, for example.

Have you tried this set or anything from Aesop? I do have a few absolute must haves from them, which I might write a post about because I know they are quite pricey; and buying something with a heavier price tag that doesn't work out for you can be quite frustrating. 

 

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