Ahh, Aesop. Where have you been all my life? Oh, right here all along? Figures.
I don't know why it has taken me so long to try an Aesop product, being that it is one of Australia's most iconic skincare brands. I have walked past their stands in David Jones multiple times and swooned over the product designs and the lovely smells wafting around the place, yet I've never really stepped up and actually made a purchase.
When I 'stopped by' in the city not too long ago (stopped by, specifically planned to bankrupt myself, same thing) I took a moment to browse their stand, my mind set on trying the Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque that everyone and their mothers had been raving about for years. However, while talking to the lovely girl at the counter and briefly explaining to her my skincare situation, she urged me to instead try the Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque instead, insisting that this would be suited better to my skin type (oily/combination, not prone to dryness).
This clarifying clay mask aims at de-congesting and adding freshness to the skin whilst the inclusion of Vitamin E aids in maintaining hydration, leaving the skin soft and supple without a hint of the tightness or dryness that accompanies a lot of clarifying masks. It's aimed at Normal and Oily/Combination skin and works wonders for my skin type, but I definitely would not recommend it to anyone who suffers from dry skin as I do believe this might be a little too stripping.
I am really quite impressed with this mask, I can honestly see a huge difference after I wash it off, which by the way is so simple and quick, unlike the Origins Clear Improvement mask which, while effective, it's a pain in the ass to remove. It dries quickly - I probably only keep this mask on for around twenty minutes while I get myself ready for bed, and the girl at the counter said she would just pop it on for ten minutes in the morning while she ate her breakfast! It also smells amazing, that real Aesop smell that is just...fresh, and natural. I can see a considerable difference in my pores, especially on my nose where they are prone to congestion, and my skin looks a lot clearer and smoother after use.
I'd love to try some more Aesop products, and I will try the Parsley Seed Cleansing Mask next, if only because I love the packaging more than is probably healthy. I mean, it's just so photogenic, right? Is that weird? Probably.
What Aesop products have you tried? Any recommendations?