Marimekko launches beauty products.

Marimekko and Aesop, Melbourne-based creator of superlative products for the skin, hair and body, launch a collaboration inspired by the rituals of Scandinavian bathing culture. The result is Aesop-Marimekko Sauna Duet, consiting of a refreshing body scrub and body balm containing richly aromatic essential oils of fir needle, sage leaf and pine needle, and purifying ingredients to help detoxify the skin. The Duet merging Marimekko’s Finnish roots and reference to Finnish nature with Aesop’s expertise in both plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients of the highest quality and proven efficacy celebrates the healthy, balanced life that both brands are active advocates of.

The Aesop-Marimekko Sauna Body Scrub utilizes fine-milled pumice and bamboo stem extract to effect gentle mechanical exfoliation that cleanses the skin and leaves it polished and supple, whereas the Sauna Body Balm includes vitamins E, F, D and provitamin A, and botanical extracts selected for their moisturising and softening properties. The products are packaged in recyclable plastic jars and presented in a dedicated cotton bag featuring Marimekko’s ‘Vellamo’ print. The pattern, an interpretation of moving water inspired by the Finnish national epic Kalevala, was designed for Marimekko by Maija Louekari.

The Aesop-Marimekko Sauna Duet will be available from end April 2013 at Marimekko stores, online at www.aesop.com, and at Aesop signature stores in Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe.