I was dating a guy last year who smelled really strongly of Aesop. He was a barista who made me a flat white everyday. Once I had a broken bike and I was taking it up the street and I ran into him on his break, and he tried to fix it. He got grease all over his hands but he did not succeed. The effort was there.

My parents were in Sydney for the weekend and my mum wanted to go to Aesop in the Strand. My dad noticed that the bottles were on display right up to the ceiling and he said "that’s not very practical to have them up there, no one can reach them. I think it’s just to look good."


Aesop (citrus), flat white, bike grease.


Niki Isabel