I have one word for you – Aesop. Aesop is my holy grail of all things skincare. From cleansers and toners, through to body balms and scalp treatments, I’ve fallen head-over-heels. I stumbled upon Aesop when they were my ‘neighbours’ during my time as Counter Manager for some LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey) brands. It was something like my third week into the job and I was all “very-loyal” (as you do!) and was trying and wearing only LVMH products in order to really get in touch with them…and then, Iwen came along. This bright, bubbly, enthusiastic, ball of fire who was Counter Manager at Aesop in Myer, Brisbane City. Iwen was a god-send to work next to and we quickly became buddies. I noticed from afar that whe was never pushy and always honest with her clients. She had crowds of people every day waiting just to see her. I knew she had to be good, good enough for some to wait around most of their precious lunch break just to get some time with her. One day she subtly asked me what products I was using – my first thought was **danger**danger** because I adored them from afar and knew that I could easily become hooked. I had also been through just about every other department store brand over the years – like the majority I’m sure – and was convinced that my skin was just ‘problem skin’ and I was reduced to swapping brands every 6 months to get the best out of everything. She very gently offered me a few samples to try – Purifying Facial Cleanser, Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste and Parsley Seed Serum. That night, I tried all three… and that’s when I fell in love with my cleanser. Now, to be honest, I didn’t particularly enjoy the fragrance of the cleanser and exfoliant paste – it was rather overpowering. But I did LOVE the feeling on my skin however, so refreshing and (as stupid as it sounds) really clean! I was tired of using a cleanser that either sucked out too much moisture with is Sodium Lareth/Lauryl Sulphate varieties or it was left feeling greasy. yukkk…nothing like Aesop!
I started a new paragraph here because O-M-G.. Parsley Seed Serum is the ‘ish! It has a slightly thicker consistency for a serum and takes a minute to absorb… but yowzer! One thing I know about ageing is that if the skin is hydrated (or even oily for that matter) it will have less wrinkles and fine lines. This is super-dooper-trooper hydrating and packs an anti-oxidant punch – also muy importante for beautiful skin. The other thing I love about it is that I can take it right up underneath the eye area and its still gentle enough. One thing I dont have in my skincare regime is an eye treatment. I am, of course, drooling over the Aesop one which is outside the budget right now soooo my Parsely Seed Serum can do the trick for the moment. When I am thirty (not too far from now) I will look into an eye cream/serum because it will be time for my skin to ‘change’ again and I will need it! It is true that your skin changes every decade so make sure you read about issues that could be affecting you in your age group and address them promptly.
The other products I use daily in order are:
- Fabulous Face Cleanser– I changed from the Purifying one purely because I didn’t enjoy the scent and for that reason alone. Fabulous Face Cleanser is a gel-like low foaming cleanser that is heavenly! Clean skin in an instant with a fantastic fresh finish (and a lovely soft clean smell!). My skin is always well prepped ready to face the day or the night!
- B & Tea Toner – This is a non-alcoholic toner which does wonder to regulate and ph-balance the skin – gorgeous!
- Parsley Seed Serum – I think y’all got me on this one (if not, go back and read above!!) =)
One other divine product is the B Triple C. It is one of the more ex-y items but so very worth it! It soothes and balances the skin and almost all problems are rectified with the addition of this little baby, full of vitamins. You can mix it with a serum to mill it down a little as the consistency is like honey…mmm. I can’t live without it now – especially in the Queensland humidity! I probably use it once a week or every 10 days so it lasts for months on end. I do (depending on how fussy my skin is) use the Oil Free Hydrating Serum from time to time, which is great for a mattifying effect whilst still gaining optimum hydration. Also, if a blemish attacks me in the middle of the night, I use Control which is their ‘BAM – and the blemish is gone’ equivilent. If it is a blind blemish, whack it with some Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque as a spot treatment – amazing!
So Aesop really came through with the goods. I now use only Aesop skincare products and have converted a few (hundred! lol) people to use or at least try the brand. They are so worthy! Truly every staff member I have encountered at Aesop, in both Melbourne and Brisbane stores, has really known their stuff. They don’t beat around the bush – and best of all, they have basins at each location so you can try any item you desire directly on the skin and see the instant results. Since we only get one ‘skin’, we need to be looking after it people! I’m not proclaiming it will work for everyone, but you should definitely all give it a try. I only use Aesop products in the studio because they have something to suit everyone and they leave you feeling so amazing every time. I won’t put anything on my clients that I myself do not adore! Because their products are derived from botanicals, they are nice and gentle on the skin yet do the job they intend to. Some are a little more active on the skin than others which can cause breakouts – I find that I can use everything except the Parsely Seed Cleansing Oil – we just simply can’t be friends! So please make sure you speak to and get a sample of a few things before you buy, it really is the beauty of this brand. After all this, my skin usually plays nice and I rarely have an issue and if I do, I know how to control it. Thanks Aesop for making the scary world of skincare so much more enjoyable!!
And that’s the story of how I fell in love with my cleanser…!