As I’ve mentioned in my Cruelty Free Cosmetics post, Aesop is one of my favourite skincare brands of all time. Established in 1987, they have since aimed to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality, using only ingredients of proven safety and efficacy. Each of their stores are uniquely designed by collaborating with a plethora of designers, always reflecting local particularities.
Their Amazing Face Cleanser has become my go to daily cleanser.The brand describes the product as a low-foaming gel cleanser for combination to oily skin, which will thoroughly cleanse and balance the skin, while absorbing excess sebum. It is also recommended for use in warmer months and for those residing in humid or polluted environments.
I’ve been using it for the better part of a semester and though I adore the look of the packaging (I just think utilitarian design is so lovely, don’t you?), I must admit it’s screw cap isn’t the most practical. It doesn’t hinder my experience with the product in any way, but I dislike that this type of dispenser can be a bit wasteful.
The cleanser delivers all that is promised, providing a gentle, yet effective cleansing of grime and oil (though it will not remove makeup alone). It soothes, smoothes and softens my skin, leaving behind a luminous complexion. It has a very fresh and citrusy scent, and a light texture which will not irritate sensitive skin. The product does not claim to contain pore-diminishing properties, so the fact that it hasn’t substantially diminished my enlarged pores isn’t really a drawback.
As for the B & Tea Balancing Toner, it is described by the brand as a gentle everyday toner, suited for all skin types. It is named after the inclusion of Provitamin B5 (a form of Panthenol, which helps in hydrating and smoothing the skin) and green tea extract, both of which work as antioxidants to balance skin and refine pores. The product seems to last forever – I’ve been using it (though not very assiduously) for the past six or seven months and my 200ml bottle is still halfway through.
It feels very watery and refreshing on the skin, and helps remove whatever grime didn’t get washed off by the cleanser. As it is alcohol-free, it feels very gentle and is suited for more sensitive skin. Both the cleanser and the toner will not leave the skin feeling tight after application, being ideal for everyday use.
Though the only two products I actually purchased were the cleanser and toner, Aesop is very generous with their samples and provided me with samples of other three products: the Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque, the Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum and the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste.
The Chamomile Masque is an astringent masque which can be applied either on single blemishes or on troubled skin. It is a deeply cleansing clay-based formulation which extracts impurities, absorbs excess oil, purifies and calms the skin. The brand recommends that the masque be applied twice a week, though a single application a week seems sufficient for me. It has a very fine and smooth texture and sits comfortably on the skin. I find my skin much soothed, refined and refreshed after application, especially coupled with lighter moisturizers such as Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel (another favourite of mine. Its review can be found here) or the serum reviewed below.
The Lightweight Facial Hydrating Serum is a daily facial moisturizer ideal for combination, oily or sensitive skin. Like the Amazing face Cleanser, it is recommended for those who live in warmer climates and humid or polluted environments. It goes on aqueous, as most serums do, but stays tacky for an instant before drying down completely matte. The Sales Associate who recommended the product to me said this was due to the gel-like texture of Aloe Vera. It provides the skin with a lightweight and fresh hydration whilst helping contain excessive oiliness.
And as for the final product tested, the Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste is also an excellent product. Fine Quartz particles and Lactic Acid offer both a physical and chemical exfoliation, which despite being very effective and deep cleansing, does not aggravate the skin. It is a mild product which provides a polished, purified and softened look and feel to the skin. It also contains Lavender and Rosemary oils, which help boost circulation and contain anti-acne, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, thus helping rejuvenate, detoxify and tone the skin. The only drawback I can think of is that I really dislike its earthy scent.
I have yet to try an Aesop product that doesn’t deliver on what is promised. If you are unsure whether the products will suit you and your skin type, do visit one of their beautifully designed stores and ask a consultant for samples! Their products are a bit on the pricier scale, but I found them to be worthy investments, and I hope you will as well.