‘‘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.