The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Travel & Indulgence - SHARON FOWLER

‘‘THE fin­gers of your thoughts are mould­ing your face cease­lessly.’’ This is the ceil­ing motto as you re­cline on a plush treat­ment bed for a fa­cial at Ae­sop’s Padding­ton store in Sydney’s east. Un­like rou­tine skin treat­ments, ther­a­pist Sab­rina Kafka (pic­tured) Gi­rard uses Ae­sop for­mu­la­tions in con­junc­tion with botan­i­cals in their pure form (pow­der, oil or essence), each care­fully se­lected for a client’s skin be­fore be­ing blended by hand. Vi­brant blue chamomile oil, car­rot oil and frank­in­cense are aligned in brown-glass vials like an apothecary’s show­case. The treat­ment room is a calm­ing haven be­neath busy Ox­ford Street and clients are wel­come to take tea and a shower be­fore ly­ing down (and pos­si­bly drift­ing off). Fa­cials from $120. More: (02) 9358 3382; ae­sop.com.

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