At work, I collaborate closely with one individual in particular – let’s call her my Work Spouse (WS). WS is an adorable person with a really switched-on mind, big shiny brown eyes, lots of compassion, endless hugs to dole out, and lashes to die for. She is also a loyal partner and darling friend, and it is thanks to her that I own a tube of Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm. 



Here’s what the website says this hand balm is all about:

A rich, readily absorbed moisturising balm for labour-wearied hands and cuticles.

This sublime, highly sought-after product contains a careful blend of fragrant botanicals and skin-softening emollients that deliver rich hydration to hands and cuticles. It is formulated for frequent use.  Apply to clean hands as often as desired, paying close attention to cuticles. Also suitable for all-over body use.
Here’s a look at the ingredient list:
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, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Tocopherol, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit ) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Disodium EDTA, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Beta-Carotene, d-Limonene, Linalool
Just eyeballing that list tells you that this hand balm is chock-full of natural oils and extracts, which I find very much in line with Aesop’s entire brand philosophy.
The balm squeezes out an opaque light yellow, creamy in texture but not greasy, sticky, or slick. A little more than a pea-sized amount is all I need to evenly, lightly coat both my hands. I absolutely love the way this stuff smells – fresh, soothing, botanical, and oh-so-calming. I am particularly keen on the delicate mandarin orange, lavender, and sweet almond scents as they mingle (mmhmmmm)!
This balm also absorbs quickly and leaves no residue behind, and works really well to hydrate and smoothen hands and soften cuticles. Because it is light, I don’t have qualms about using it often. I’ve also used it on my knees and elbows, and it works great on those areas too.
A 75ml tube of Resurrection Aromatique retails for S$ 37.00, and mine sits snugly at the bottom of my everyday handbag. Its size makes it perfect for traveling with (darn 100ml restrictions!), and it’s perfect for keeping hands and elbows moisturised on long flights where you’re trapped in dry air conditions for hours. However, if you’re a really huge fan and not a travelbug, you can get the not-very-travel-friendly-but-budget-wise 500ml tub (!!) for S$ 135.00.

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