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Frank & Oak is now open on Level 2 - the Eaton Centre location only features women's fashions.
Birk's has closed on Level 3. Aesop will be opening in its place. I believe it will be their third standalone store in Toronto, and the first one here to be in a mall.

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If their hand soaps sell, it's purely due to marketing, because the ingredients are totally banal and common in cheap soaps.
I'm not aware of any cheap soaps that contain, among other things, petitgrain oil and bergamot rind. But your point is well taken - I'm not sure it cleans hands any better, or is any better for the skin, than less expensive hand soaps (with the caveat that some cheap soaps one can buy at the grocery or drug store are, in fact, not great). But that's true of many luxury products. The scent, the feel -- it's a sensory thing, not to mention the appeal of the brand. How it cleans one's hands is largely beside the point.
 

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I'm not aware of any cheap soaps that contain, among other things, petitgrain oil and bergamot rind. But your point is well taken - I'm not sure it cleans hands any better, or is any better for the skin, than less expensive hand soaps (with the caveat that some cheap soaps one can buy at the grocery or drug store are, in fact, not great). But that's true of many luxury products. The scent, the feel -- it's a sensory thing, not to mention the appeal of the brand. How it cleans one's hands is largely beside the point.
I can't speak about Aesop's hand soap, but their body wash - while pricey - is quite good. A tiny bit goes a long way and the large bottle can easily last 6 months to a year, depending on your usage. If you're buying a bottle of Olay, Dove or other drugstore brand body washes once or twice a month, it ends up the same cost-wise. Their skin care line is quite good too. Their pricing seems to be more affordable in Australia in comparison to elsewhere in the world.
 

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I'm not aware of any cheap soaps that contain, among other things, petitgrain oil and bergamot rind. But your point is well taken - I'm not sure it cleans hands any better, or is any better for the skin, than less expensive hand soaps (with the caveat that some cheap soaps one can buy at the grocery or drug store are, in fact, not great). But that's true of many luxury products. The scent, the feel -- it's a sensory thing, not to mention the appeal of the brand. How it cleans one's hands is largely beside the point.
I'm sure it does smell good and does the job well - I was mostly thinking about the sodium lauryl sulfate, magnesium nitrate, methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone - the standard combination of detergents and preservatives that are absent in better brands and whose safety is dubious.