Marimekko and Aesop, Melbourne-based creator of 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, consisting 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 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, and at Aesop signature stores in Australia, Asia, the USA and Europe.

Photos: Marimekko, Frida Ramstedt, and Brigade Noir