Aesop in Seoul
I don’t even know why it took me a year to blog about Aēsop. I do have a bad habit of forgetting certain things and currently, I was missing Seoul so much that I decided to scroll through my archives and then the idea of blogging about my experience with Aēsop in Seoul had struck me like a lightning bolt. Maybe the longing I feel in my heart wasn’t so bad after all.
I don’t really have any idea how many Aēsop shops there are in Seoul but I did encounter two of them in my three-day stay there. The first branch that I encountered was in Samcheong-dong. Before going to Seoul, I did know that there was an Aēsop shop in Garosu-gil but I didn’t know there is one in Samcheong-dong so just imagine how surprised (and ecstatic) I was when I stumbled upon this particular branch. We were just randomly walking and window shopping in Samcheong-dong with absolutely no plan on where were going so I was really really happy when I came upon this shop.
Note: I did talk about Aēsop in my Seoul pt. 1 blog post (click here) but I just really want to elaborate further on my experience in this post.
I seriously loved the whole ambiance of the place. I really regretted letting my shy self dominate me again so I only got to take a few photos /sighs/ but I promise when I do get to go back to Seoul, I’m gonna be taking lots of photos and hopefully buy the products that I really wanna try.
I actually didn’t bought anything that was much bigger than 100 mL because I was scared all my stuff wouldn’t fit on my luggage anymore but seriously, next time!
The second branch that I managed to go to is the one in Garosu-gil which is also the one I originally plan to visit and buy the famous Aēsop hand balms that i’ve been eyeing for ages.
Their customer service really is A+. When I first entered the shop, there was only one shop attendant and he was already attending to a customer. It wasn’t really a big deal though haha so I just browsed through the whole shop. When I finally got to pick the stuff I was gonna buy, the shop attendant gave me tea when I was waiting for my turn to pay as if to apologize that he wasn’t able to help me with anything since he was already helping another customer. I have never been offered tea at a shop before so I was really impressed.
I really suck at giving directions lmao but just basically walk along the main street of Garosu-gil where there’s a bunch of trees lining the street and you’ll be able to spot Aēsop easily!
Okay so for the things that I got, I basically just got two hand creams and one pimple spot treatment.
Superb minimalist packaging from Aēsop as usual.
Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
The texture of the hand balm isn’t too light or too thick which I like. It’s also slightly yellow in color and just like in its name, its very fragrant which I think is one of Aēsop’s distinguishing features when it comes to their products. I’m not really a big fan of hand creams and to be quite honest, I rarely use hand creams but whenever I do feel like using one, I do reach for the Aēsop ones more compared to the other hand creams I own.
Scent: Citrus, woody & herbaceous.
Main ingredients: Mandarin Rind, Rosemary Leaf & Cedar Atlas.
Aesop’s Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm
Just like the resurrection aromatique one, the texture of this hand balm isn’t too think or too light, slightly yellow in color and very aromatic. I don’t really notice any difference with the effect of this one from the resurrection one but they do both soften my skin.
Scent: Woody, earthy & smoky.
Main ingredients: Bergamot Rind, Vetiver Root & Petitgrain.
I actually bought this product on a whim plus I was also suffering from a pimple breakout during that time. It has a very lightweight gel texture and also has a particular scent which, since I really do suck at describing scent (LOL), is kind of minty with a little dash of fruity (?).
I actually didn’t like this product though. It didn’t really do anything on my pimples.
Works with normal, sensitive and blemish-prone skin too.
Main ingredients: Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate & Salicylic Acid.