If you manage to get to an Aesop store (so far a bunch of them have popped up in places like Melbourne, Paris, New York, and Kyoto) do not expect your typical cosmetics shopping experience.

The Aesop approach to manufacturing is actually kind of mind-boggling. Every product, including skin, body, hair care, and perfumes, is carefully thought out, researched and put together by scientists and experts. Even their stores are meticulously designed and laid out, often reinterpreting old architecture. In fact, their first ever store was originally an underground carpark. Visit one and you'll be attended by a consultant, rather than a salesperson, who might recommend products like the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm expertly crafted using divine-smelling botanicals.