Cult Aussie Beauty Brand Aesop Launches Facial Treatments in Los Angeles

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Just let the holiday stress go.

Aesop, the Melbourne-born beauty lifestyle brand that’s been quietly covering the earth with tastefully appointed parsley-seed- and geranium-smelling stores, is offering its first facial services in the U.S., in Los Angeles.

The flagship at Culver City’s new Platform retail development begins offering 35-minute Express Facial treatments on Friday.

The facials are performed in a cozy room in the back of the industrial-chic store. After a brief getting-to-know-you chat, during which your aesthetician will ask you all kinds of questions about your recent travel patterns, cleansing and moisturizing routine, you’ll recline on a plush bed, get cocooned in a soft blanket, and tilt your head back to gaze up at a James Turrell-like skylight and leafy palms.

The treatment may be a scant 35 minutes long, but it’s ample time to let go of a clenched jaw and shrugged shoulders, especially after a gentle slough with rosemary leaf exfoliating paste and an application of sage hydrating cream with a soft circular brush. You may doze off for a few seconds, but the gentle tap-tapping of your face with massaging fingertips will keep you grounded in the now.

It’s the perfect lunchtime facial ($70), that feels as good as treating yourself to a green juice, which you can do next door at Juice Served Here.


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Aesop was established in 1987 with a vision of combining plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and selling them in stores around the world (no two are alike). The brand, which also is available at department stores, is known for it's no-frills, amber glass bottles, for the common-sense approach of general manager/minimalist style guru Suzanne Santos, and for an artfully curated approach to life (check out the city guides on the brand's website and you'll know what I mean). 

Aesop Platform, 8850 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232,, (310) 256-2606.