Aesop Skincare is a brand that I have had on my radar for what seems like forever but never made the splurge. The main problem has always been that where I live does not feature a walk in counter or let alone store, I like to have a feel and dare I say it sniff of anything I plan on purchasing before deciding to part with the cash. Luckily London has a few stand alone stores, all of which are beautiful and have a cool almost New York loft vibe, despite the brand being Australian in origin.
I can't say I know all that much about Aesop other than they use a lot of plant based ingredients within their formulations. They are one of a handful brands that rely on both nature and science to deliver the best results possible. I plan on reading up more on the brand but I always find the best way to get acquainted with any brand is to try a few products. Any excuse to treat myself huh?
The one product I knew I would not be leaving London without is the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque (£27) - this is a clay based product that aims to deeply cleanse without stripping the skin. This is aimed at dry and sensitised skin - neither of which are a major concern of mine. I could have picked a mask more suited to be oily skin needs but I rather like that this aims to be gentle. In my mind this is a step up from a cleanser and will be ideal to use to rid any signs of city pollution and general grime? I have tried this once so far and have to say I am impressed - it is cooling, doesn't zap all the moisture out of skin yet leaves the complexion feeling and looking refreshed. I will of course update in a few weeks with a full review once I have given this a good run.
I have somewhat ditched lipstick in favour of lip liner which has resulted in my lips becoming a little dried out. For the longest while I have been on the look out for a lip balm that contains a high SPF factor, preferably zinc based. Admittedly it is very seldom that I will pay more than £5 for a lip balm but Aesop Protective Lip Balm (£13) was worth every penny of the £13. It is a fairly thick, almost matte lip balm that instantly hydrates and protects the lips without the need for a slippery texture. I like to apply it before lining and filling my lips with a lip liner, by doing so I lock in a little extra moisture and of course protect my lips from UVA/UVB rays thanks to the SPF30. Not the cheapest lip balm you will ever purchase but one of the better ones.
To know me is to know I am obsessed with Rosehip Oil, oddly this is one ingredient you will seldom find in lip care products - a shame given how restorative it is. When I noticed that Aesop offer Rosehip Seed Oil Lip Cream (£10), I am but said "Shut up and take my money!". Once you get over the fact this is a lip cream rather than a balm, it is all smooth sailing. It quickly and effectively nourishes and hydrates the lips, leaving them feeling and looking plumper instantly. Admittedly not a must have but great if you want to ward off signs of premature ageing around the lip area a little longer!
I think my next purchases will be Aesop from the Parsley Seed collection, if you have any recommendations I am all ears.