Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Aesop Skincare: First Impressions


Skincare fanatics have likely seen Aesop mentioned on many blogs in years past but the hype seems to have subsided recently. After peeking in longingly many times into the University Place and West Broadway free standing stores, I finally allowed myself a more in depth look into the tiny, but welcoming, West Broadway location.

Aesop stores all have an old world apothecary charm. I like to imagine this is what a potions shop in Diagon Alley would look like. I walked in during early evening on Sunday so I had a chance to ask the only sales assistant many questions and get a product demo on my hand. She thoughtfully pulled various samples for my combination-oily, acne-prone skin and provided me with beautifully designed pamphlets with more information. Even the paper bag that held all my goodies serves as a little travel guide to San Francisco. I assume they have various prints that showcase cities from around the world. The aesthetics of the brand are right up my alley, smart and simple with a healthy dose of modern luxury.


The following are my first impressions on the samples I had an opportunity to try.

Fabulous Face Cleanser: This is an olive based face wash that caters to sensitive, combination or dry skin. This would make a nice morning cleanser because it is very gentle and lathers very little. It contains soothing aloe and anti-oxidant green tea. The 3.4 oz bottle of this retails for $31 and the 6.8 oz size is $47, making it quite a splurge cleanser. The chances of me purchasing this in the full size is very slim because it's honestly quite pricey for a cleanser I'm not in love with.

B & Tea Balancing Toner: I can't really say much about this toner because I would need to use this quite a bit before noticing any results. I like that it is alcohol free so there is no irritation. Provitamin B5 (not sure what the difference between a provitamin and a vitamin is) and anti-oxidant green tea are the namesakes for this product. This toner retails for $33 for 3.4 oz or $55 for 6.8 oz. I'm usually very simple with my toners and would rather spend the extra money on serums and targeted treatments so I don't see myself purchasing this product.

Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum: Moving on to the more exciting products.... This is an aloe based serum that has a thick texture. If you were to blindfold me, I would have thought this was a face oil rather than a serum. When first applied to the skin, my face felt awfully sticky but gently patting the product in helped with absorption. After a few minutes, the serum fully sunk into my skin and my face felt very moisturized but not overly so. This serum can be used as a moisturizer for those with combination oily skin. I could imagine myself using this as a twice-weekly treatment in place of my normal moisturizer. A 3.4 oz bottle retails for $67 which is actually not too expensive considering many high end serums are the same price for much less product.

Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque: Last but not least, this was the product I was most excited to try. I originally had asked to try the popular Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque but the sales assistant recommended me the Chamomile Concentrate instead since I am struggling with some pesky pimples at the moment. This clay mask with tea tree leaf and evening primrose is very light and easy to spread on the skin. It imparts a cooling sensation but nothing minty or drying. While I didn't love the herbal scents of any of the previous three samples, I actually found the scent of this product to be very familiar and calming. A little goes a long way so a very thin layer is enough. This mask dries to be very tight and after about 10 minutes, you'll know it's time to rinse off. A few splashes of warm water and my skin was clean and refreshed. I really enjoyed this sample and am considering purchasing the full 2.4 oz tub for $50 once I finish all my other cleansing masks.

My visit to Aesop was a lovely experience and I cannot wait to find an excuse to revisit the West Broadway location. I had a really pleasant time talking to the girl who was helping me and I now wish I had asked for her name. Have you tried Aesop products before? What do you think of their skincare?

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