Aman Skincare

For a beauty encounter of a holistic kind, draw your palms together in your heart space for Aman Skincare – a new skincare and body line from luxury travel group Aman

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

Aman is renowned for impeccably designed resorts all over the world, so it’s perhaps surprising that the luxury hotel group hasn’t made a foray into a spa collection before. Now, though, you can enjoy a little Aman magic at home thanks to the launch of new holistic range Aman Skincare – while upping your bathroom shelfie ante with the sake bottle-inspired designs by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma

Recently renowned for the cliff-like V&A Dundee museum building in Scotland, Kengo’s intention with this beauty brief was to capture the essence of Aman in physical form. The curves of the handsomely shaped bottles fit beautifully in the hand and it’s a sensorial experience – from the smoothness of touch to the appearance of the natural wood grain – and, of course, the sublime scents and star performance of the unisex products inside.

Categorised into three skincare ‘pathways’ – Grounding, Nourishing and Purifying – the sustainable collection takes its cue from nature and ancient wellness traditions, with ingredients influenced by the various Aman resort destinations.

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Aman Skincare features 30 all-natural products for the face, body and bath, with evocative names such as ‘Jade Mask Concentrate’ and ‘Sacred Heart Balm’, the latter a mood-boosting, antioxidant-rich balm combining hydrating murumuru seed, shea and cupuaçu butters with uplifting tuberose, frangipani and vanilla oils. It’s all extremely transportative – and with prices starting at £40, nicely aspirational too. 
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Add:Wise

Stylish scented stocking fillers never fail. We're hoping to find a few of these in ours this Christmas...

BY AMY BRADFORD

Stockholm design brand Add:Wise was launched by architect Cecilia Falk after she found she was losing her passion for creating just 'another luxurious interior'. Now she produces notebooks, jewellery and beautifully packaged food and skincare, all made using sustainable materials and methods, with part of her profits being channelled into worthwhile causes. Our favourites from the line are the delicately scented orange-blossom bath products (including a pure shea butter infused with fragrance and a heavenly bath oil), and the bath salts containing real dried flowers (the lavender is super-relaxing). An understated geometric design on the unfussy packaging gives this range an air of pure Scandinavian goodness and we all need some of that in our lives...
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ABOVE: 'Orange Blossom' shea butter, SEK 140
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Orange Blossom' soap, SEK 90

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Natural', 'Rose and Cornflower', and 'Lavender' bath salts, SEK 185 each

Neom Organics

If you're having a hectic day or just fancy a little energy boost, Neom Organics' therapeutic essential oils are just what you need to reboot your mood. Check out these little beauties for peace of mind on the go...

BY AMY BRADFORD

We can never say no to a chic mini travel product – or to an affordable dose of luxury. So Neom Organics’ new natural ‘Essential Wellbeing’ range pleases us greatly. There are four kits to choose from – one to banish stress, one to help you sleep, one to boost energy and one to bestow happiness – including products such as bath and shower oils, pillow mists and roll-on scents for pulse points. All feature London brand Neom’s bespoke, highly concentrated essential oil blends to maximize wellbeing benefits. The ‘Perfect Night’s Sleep’ pillow mist from the ‘Scent to Sleep’ kit really lives up to its name. 
On the design front, Neom's pretty packaging uses soft painterly bursts of mood-enhancing colours as an illustrative counterpoint to the label's classic typography. Hmm, we think we'll have one of each please...
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'Essential Wellbeing Kit', £20 each

MUJI skincare

Simple, functional but oh so smart, Japanese high-street brand MUJI's new skincare range ticks all our design boxes

BY AMY BRADFORD

You’ve raved over their functional furniture and kitchenware, been saved on innumerable trips abroad by their mini travel bottles for bath products, and snapped up Naoto Fukasawa’s cult waterproof CD player for your shower. Now, meet your new MUJI obsession: its first skincare range. Like everything else in the Japanese utility store, it’s unfussy and functional, with simple amber and white packaging and natural formulas. The latter are water based, but it’s not just any old water – the brand has striven to find ‘the best pure water in the world’, and discovered it deep in the caves of Kamaishi in north-eastern Japan. It’s extremely gentle on the skin, thanks to its alkaline pH of 8.8 – similar to human tears. Turning Japanese? We really think so...
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'High Moisture All In One Essence', £11.95 for 100gm; 'Sensitive Skin All In One Essence', £7.95 for 100gm; 'Moisturising Milk - Moisture', £7.95 for 200ml
ABOVE RIGHT FROM LEFT: 'Moist Essence Lotion', £14.95 for 200ml; 'Light Toning Water', £4.95 for 200ml

ABOVE FROM TOP: 'High Moisturising Cream', £11.95 for 45gm; 'Moisturising Cream', £9.95 for 50gm

Muji skincare, from £7.95 for a cream cleanser. Available now in store exclusively at Selfridges and in selected Muji stores from September

Grown Alchemist

Grown Alchemist is at the forefront of the botanical beauty revolution. Think new-generation skincare that's organic, natural yet eco-chic

BY AMY BRADFORD

New Australian label Grown Alchemist is one of a burgeoning number of beauty brands that fuses organic botanical ingredients with cutting-edge cosmetic science. Its founders, brothers Keston and Jeremy Muijs, spent over a decade researching their formulas prior to launch. Inspired by the experience of a friend who suffered an adverse reaction to skincare while undergoing cancer treatment, they became convinced that the synthetic ingredients in many products do more harm than good – and instead set about finding plant-based actives that are compatible with human biology. Their collection includes everything from a detox serum with natural peptides and antioxidants to a gentle facial cleanser delicately scented with geranium leaf, bergamot and rose-bud. The dark amber bottles aren’t just a style thing either: unlike most plastic packaging, they are made from a hardened PET material that doesn’t leach harmful substances into liquids and creams. Looks like the natural beauty revolution just upped its game...
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ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Handwash: Sweet Orange, Cedarwood and Sage' from £21 for 300ml; 'Balancing Toner: Rose Otto, Ginseng & Chamomile' £19 for 200ml; 'Regenerating Night Cream: Neuro-Peptide & Violet Leaf Extract' £66 for 60ml
ABOVE RIGHT FROM LEFT: 'Gentle Gel Cleanser: Geranium Leaf, Bergamot & Rose-Bud' £26 for 200ml; 'Detox Serum Antioxidant +3' £29 for 30ml

ABOVE FROM LEFT: 'Hydra-Repair Day Cream: Camellia & Geranium Blossom' £24 for 65ml; 'Hand Cream: Vanilla & Orange Peel' £14 for 65ml; 'Deep CLeansing Facial Masque: Wheatgerm, Ginkgo & Cranberry' £19 for 75ml; 'Intensive Body Cream: Rosa Damascena, Acai & Pomegranate' £18 for 120ml