I have been wanting to try Aesop skincare for years, but have just never got around to it. So when my awesome mom got me their Persistent Collector Skincare Kit for Christmas, I was a very happy chappy indeed. This kit has 4 different skincare products inside including a cleanser, toner, mask and moisturiser, plus a bonus face cloth. Everything you need really for a rather lovely skincare regimen. I have been using all 4 products since Christmas and here are my thoughts about each…
Aesop Fabulous Face Cleanser
I have been using the Purity cleanser by Philosophy for a couple of years and while I do love it, I was keen to switch things up and try something new. The main difference between this and the Philosophy cleanser is the Aesop one is non-foaming with more of a gel like consistency, which I found odd at first, but got used to pretty quickly. This cleanser is incredibly gentle, cleans really thoroughly and leaves my dry skin feeling soft and hydrated without that horrible tight feeling afterwards. It also smells absolutely d-i-v-i-n-e, containing botanical actives from bergamot, chamomile and rosemary. The only negative is that you have to buy a separate pump for the bottle which is a bit annoying, but other than that, I really like it.
Aesop B & Tea Toner
I’ve never really been one to use a toner because in all honesty, I didn’t really know what they were for! So after some research, the general consensus was that a good toner helps to neutralize your pH levels, reduce pores and adds an additional layer of protection against the elements — all things I am totally on board with! This toner is formulated without alcohol (massive plus in my book) and contains anti-oxidant ingredients along with soothing aloe vera juice. I have been using a tiny amount on a cotton pad on my face and neck after cleansing and my skin has been feeling noticeably refreshed afterwards. This skincare step has integrated nicely into my routine.
Aesop Blue Chamomile Facial Hydrating Masque
Next up is Aesop’s hydrating mask offering, which is the first of it’s kind for the brand, oddly enough. This has to be my favourite product out of the four — it’s just such a damn good mask for parched, dehydrated skin in need of a boost and I have noticed an almost immediate difference in the plumpness of my skin after using this. Who doesn’t love instant gratification, right? It’s also super lightweight and sinks into your skin pretty quickly, which is something I personally prefer when it comes to face masks. It’s recommended that you use it twice a week for 30 minutes then either wipe your face with a damn cloth or use the toner on a cotton pad. I have been doing the latter and it’s been working a treat.
Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream
Now I gotta be honest and say I haven’t yet been using this moisturiser often, simply because it’s summer and I much prefer a lighter, gel moisturiser in this energy-sucking heat. I definitely feel this would be a much better product for the winter/drier months though, as this cream is on the richer side. The few times I have used it, I have noticed it has quickly absorbed, leaving the skin feeling soft and smooth. This will definitely be a winter staple.
So there you have it, my first foray into the world of Aesop skincare. A positive experience, overall!
Because Aesop products in general are on the pricier side and contain a lot of plant based ingredients, I would always suggest you visit an Aesop store or counter before purchasing and ask to try some samples first as I have found they are always pretty liberal with giving them out!