Ace that expensive looking skin—for cheap

They’re hip, they’re super Instagrammable...and they’re notoriously expensive. We know you secretly love Aesop’s apothecary packaging, but since their products make our wallets bleed, we’ve rounded up these skincare brands with the same hip packaging that can help you ace that expensive looking skin—for cheap. 

Fundamental Sensitive Soothing Serum

What: This local skincare brand is quickly gaining followers thanks to its bestselling Sensitive Soothing Serum. With key ingredients including Glycerin, Bio Mimic Lipid and Chamomile extract, this serum is said to help reduce irritation, fortify your skin, and deliver the ultimate hydration. The result? A perfectly soft and smooth complexion. The serum has a light finish, suitable for combination, oily, sensitive and blemish-prone skin.
Price: B490
Alternative for: Aesop Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum
Available at 4/F, CentralWorld, 999/9 Rama 1 Rd. Open daily 10am-10pm 


Gla Nurturing Hair Shampoo

What: At first glance, the Body Shop-style packaging makes this look like yet another imported brand, but Gla is actually a local brand which offers products made from Asian herbs and natural essential oils. One of their best selling items is the mild, yet rich and creamy nurturing shampoo, infused with olive oil and anti-oxidant-rich turmeric that gently cleanses and instantly enriches dry, under-nourished hair—hello smooth and silky strands! 
Price: B435
Alternative for: Aesop Nurturing Shampoo
Available at Skinlab, M/F, Siam Discovery, Rama 1 Rd., 094-883-8349. Open daily 10am-10pm 


Klairs Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish

What: The packaging looks like Aesop meets Kiehl’s, while this Korean brand promises environmentally-friendly practices in addition to gentle-on-the-skin products—no colorants, no alcohol, no parabens and no artificial fragrances. One of their highlights is the Gentle Black Sugar Facial Polish, which helps to remove dead skin cells and blackheads, as well as adding a glossy, smoothing complexion to your skin. 
Price: B800
Alternative for: Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste
Available at Aland, 2/F, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., 02-251-9750. Open daily 10am-10pm 


Origins Refreshing Eye Cream to Brighten and Depuff

What: Another long standing natural beauty expert, Origins offers a wide range of organic skincare products for all skin types. To revive your tired skin after a late night or a long flight, their Refreshing Eye Cream helps to brighten and reduce dark circles. Say goodbye to panda eyes with natural brighteners like coffee beans, Ginseng, and Magnolia extract providing hydrated, refreshed and radiant under-eyes.
Price: B1,300
Alternative for: Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream
Available at 1/F, Siam Paragon, Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-7763. Open daily 10am-10pm 


Kiehl’s Richly Hydrating Scented Hand Cream

What: A top contender to Aesop’s apothecary-style beauty brand, Kiehl’s high-end skincare products utilize natural ingredients inspired by their apothecary roots such as avocado oil, Amazonian white clay, evening primrose oil and Beech tree extract, all of which have great skin benefits. Priced at under B1,000, this rich, velvety hand cream made with vitamin E and shea butter will leave your hands feeling hydrated and silky smooth. Available in lavender, grapefruit and coriander fragrance. 
Price: B750
Alternative for: Aesop Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm
Available at 1/F, Siam Center, Rama 1 Rd., 02-658-1089. Open daily 10am-10pm 


Thann Oriental Essence Aromatherapy Shower Gel

What: This internationally renowned Thai beauty brand is best known for its aromatherapy-focused spa products, like essential oils, candles and diffusers, but has also expanded to include organic skincare products like face masks, eye serums, hand creams and lip balms. One of their best-selling products is this shower gel made with rice bran oil, kaffir lime and lemongrass essential oils that will help refresh and moisturize your skin. 
Price: B650
Alternative for: Aesop Geranium Body Cleanser
Available at 3/F, Gaysorn Village, 999 Phloen Chit Rd., 02-656-1399. Open daily 10am-10pm