My hopes were high when Aman announced it was launching a line of skincare – as anyone who knows its hotels and design aesthetic will understand. I have been to several of its spas – including the latest, largest one outside Shanghai – and had seen the beauty range as a work in progress, but the final results have exceeded my expectations.
It started with the bottles and jars. Designed by architect Kengo Kuma, their shapes are inspired by Japanese ceramics and hewn from recyclable glass – yet they resemble petrified wood or a new kind of marble. These sinuous vessels hold a collection of 30 products, referencing the brand’s 30th anniversary, which are divided into three pathways – Grounding, Purifying and Nourishing – and all draw on the locations of Aman hotels.
The Grounding range reflects the mountains and deserts and is recommended to alleviate stress and anxiety, with signature products including the silver-infused Desert Dew Face Mist (£75 for 100ml), with rose and sandalwood, and a rich Smoked Body Butter (£85 for 94g) featuring amber and honey. The Purifying products, meanwhile, are inspired by the sea and are designed to be reenergising, such as the Active Marine Mask (£75 for 29g) and the delightfully invigorating, vitamin C-rich Palo Santo Salve (£85 for 95g).
But it’s the Nourishing products that are my favourite. I couldn’t resist the Golden Body Serum (£65 for 50g); I’m not sure whether its scent is due to the gold, argan oil or boswellia extract that it has in it, but it has the aura of something once carried by the three Kings. The texture is delightful too: it feels hydrating but not at all oily. My next purchases include the Silk Cocoon Face Cream (£140 for 46g), a jasmine- and rose-scented night cream, and the Coconut Milk Bath (£85 for 160g) for some spa-style indulgence at home.