By Chere Di Boscio
Confession: I have always had a ‘thing’ for Aesop skincare, ever since I was given a freebie skin cream at a launch party in Paris. I adored the minimalistic glass bottles; the refreshing, light scents of the products, and the philosophy behind the range, which includes the notion of harnessing the power of nature to enhance our beauty and cure what ails our skin.
So when I was given the opportunity to try and test the brand’s new Parsley Seed range, I couldn’t refuse.
I was invited to the Marylebone branch of their London shop to learn how to use the products correctly, which was a good thing, because as I learned, to my surprise – I had been doing everything wrong.
Normally, to remove makeup I apply some creamy cleanser to a cotton pad, rub it around my face a few times, then wipe clean with a damp face cloth, before dabbing some toner on a cotton round and dragging that across my skin to remove all traces of the cleanser, then moisturizing.
Bad, bad, bad, says Isabelle, my consultant at Aesop.
She explained that I need to ditch those cotton rounds for two reasons: one, they are wasteful and bad for the planet. Two, they contain bleach and chemicals which can irritate sensitive skin. Instead, she suggested applying the product with a totally natural resource: my fingertips. This, she explained, would warm the oil and allow it to work deep in the pores.
After examining my skin, she decided it was the ‘dehydrated’ rather than ‘flaky’ kind of dry, and recommended the Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil. Comprised mainly of avocado, sweet almond, Macadamia nut, lavender and of course, anti-oxidising parsley seed oil, the product was a bit runny and messy, but had a pleasantly herbal scent. I let it sit on my skin for a bit, then took a warmed, damp linen cloth and massaged it off. The amount of makeup that came clean was incredible (note to self: ease up on the foundation!).
After patting my skin dry, the second step was toner. Again, normally I would apply this with a cotton round, but Isabelle told me to simply splash it all over my face and pat dry. I did just that, but this technique used a lot more of the product than I normally would, which is a pretty scary prospect considering this is £70 a bottle. I also didn’t feel as sure that it was removing any last traces of cleanser and makeup. That being said, some will appreciate the fact that this is an alcohol-free based product, and it’s quite gentle: it smelled lightly of lavender and didn’t sting or leave my skin feeling tight at all.
The final step was the facial hydrating cream, which my skin greedily soaked up like a sponge. My face felt instantly soothed and hydrated, and there was zero sticky residue. I absolutely love this product – it’s rich and gentle, and contains some ingredients like Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopherol and Sodium Lactate that may sound scary, but these are just a stabilised form of Vitamin C, Vitamin E and fermented sugar – all of which help protect the skin from free radicals.
In fact, sodium lactate is a superior moisturizer, increasing the moisture content of skin by up to 84%. When compared to other commonly used moisturizers, it’s water holding capacity is second only to Sodium Hyaluronate (Hyaluronic Acid). Its name may sound chemical, but it’s actually safe enough to eat.
That’s one thing I learned from Aesop: don’t fear the longer ingredient names on the packaging; just get to know which synthesised ingredients are helpful and which ones are harmful (try an app like Think Dirty to learn more).
Overall, I was highly impressed by the Parsley Seed range that I tested, but there’s also a serum, eye cream, masque and other products to try. Like all Aesop products, they were designed using natural ingredients to suit all skin types, both male and female, and are sold with unisex, minimalist, recyclable packaging.
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