Aesop opened its first counter here in Dubai at Bloomingdales, and I ventured over to check out a few of their products a couple weeks ago. The overall design and layout of the counter is what instantly drew me in. It had a chic, minimal, holistic spa-like vibe to it that I found very alluring, not to mention the scent of earthy goodness that surrounds the space. With a huge marble sink smack dab in the middle of their space, customers are instantly able to sample the products.
I walked away with several things in tow (ranging from shampoos, to facial oils and toners, to body balms) and was keen to see if this botanical brand would do me any good. Mind you, I'm incredibly loyal to the products I've been using for years now, so getting me to try something new is quite a fete.
It is important to note that the "Aesop product range is not exclusively organic or natural; rather, their products are formulated using a combination of high-quality botanical and synthetic ingredients. However, they explicitly claim that none of their products contain colourants, mineral oils, silicones, parabens or pearlising agents."
To mark the commencement of our Aesop diary, Waqas (the husband) and I started off by using a number of their shampoos over the past few weeks which were gentle on the scalp just as promised. They lathered well, washed out easily, and left our heads feeling very fresh and clean. The soft plant-like smell is to be expected given the list of ingredients in the formulas. However one thing to note is that the shampoos need to be accompanied with a conditioner in order to help soften the hair, as alone they won't quite cut it. It'll just make brushing your hair out a lot easier.
The only con to the shampoos were the scents. My nostrils were left longing for more. I was hoping for something a little more profound and pleasant which would last for at least a couple days, but that's probably because I'm typically used to generic branded shampoos which tend to be highly perfumed. Perhaps I'll acclimatize having recently switched over to gentler, more natural products.
Next I tried the toners, which are absolutely phenomenal. They truly do what they promise to. I used the B & Tea Balancing Toner, which is a gentle, alcohol-free blend enhanced with Provitamin B5 and fortifying anti-oxidants. Together they help to refine pores, as well as balance and prepare skin for hydration. Yes and yes.
The Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner is great too, especially on days your skin tends to be drier and more sensitive. I typically tend to have hearts in the eyes as soon as I read the words "anti-oxidants" on any product. So this is definitely something we're recommending on Let's Face It.
It's only recently that I've come to realize the importance of a good toner, and how it's that not-so-secret ingredient to brighter, even, and balanced skin. Toning is the perfect essential bridge between cleansing and moisturizing, and often times I'd question its legitimacy in the grander scheme of skincare, only to learn that its role is truly irreplaceable.
The 3rd product in the lineup is a pretty darn good one too, but happens to have the weirdest texture - The B Triple C Balancing Gel. It's a lightly hydrating treatment that delivers intense anti-oxidant protection and potent doses of Vitamins B and C to balance, soothe and soften skin. There're those magic words again.
The thing I noticed about applying this gel on a daily basis, in the morning, after washing my face, was that it absorbed right into my skin and truly left it brighter. The product started to work almost instantly and within 2-3 days, I ACTUALLY noticed results!
The only con to this product is the texture.... it kind of wigged me out to touch it, and doesn't always go on easy, but once it seeps in, you can really see it work. Your face is left with a healthy glow, and shines in all the right places. Don't forget to apply an SPF after. Always, always apply sunscreen.
We're onto the hands. My notoriously dry paws find it very, very hard to stay moisturized. I carry the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm everywhere I go. The balm is a blend "of fragrant botanicals and skin-softening emollients that delivers rich hydration to labour-wearied hands and cuticles." If you're looking for instant cuticle cure, this baby is it.
I'll be updating this diary in the coming weeks with more favorites from Aesop. For now, these are what I have been using religiously, and they're proving to be winners!