This past weekend Connor and I visit Chicago and I was able to see and experience some things I've been wanting to for awhile. One of those being getting my hands on some Aesop products. Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987 by a hairdresser, Dennis Paphitis. I'll be honest what initially drew me to the brand was A. Chelsea from ChelseaWears on Youtube (because she's life) and B. the very aesthetically pleasing packaging (because I'm a sucker for clean lines and black and white). BUT after learning more about the brand I think it is safe to say that I am hooked.
The brands objective, in simplest terms, is to produce skin, hair and body care all from the finest ingredients. Which brings me to what has now grabbed my full attention, and my credit card information. They do this without testing on animals or using any animal derived ingredients. Yes. Not only that, but non of their products contain colorants, parabens, mineral oils, silicones or pearilising agents. So basically they are doing pretty much everything right when it comes to running a company in my opinion.
To start off, with what I foresee as a very necessary addiction, I chose a few things that would help with my skins current situation. Red, sensitive, combination to oily and acne prone. Literally everything bad that can happen to your face. To cleanse I chose the Amazing Face Cleanser which has citrus-based botanicals that help with removing daily grime from the face. This also helps with controlling excess oil. It has a gel consistency, and the fragrance is very earthy and calming with mandarin rind, ylang ylang and lavander. Retails at $47 for 6.8 oz. To mix with that on days when I choose to exfoliate I picked up the Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant. This contains ground up pieces of tea tree leaves, crushed nut shells and purified clay that you can mix together with whichever cleanser you use. Tea tree helps with combating acne and the abrasive texture of the crushed nuts helps with removing dead surface cells. Retails at $40 for 1.1 oz. And lastly, I had to pick up a mask. I struggled with this a bit because I honestly wanted all of them, but I finally decided on the Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque. This clay-based mask contains chamomile, tea tree leaf and evening primrose all which help with absorbing excess oil, calming the skin and extracting impurities. It's recommended to use twice weekly, applied in a thin layer and left on for ten to fifteen minutes. Retails at $50 for 2 oz.
My honest initial thoughts on everything is that I am so STOKED and thankful that I have found a brand that pretty much is everything I am looking for. Simple and cruelty free with a artisanal touch. Although my bank account will not be happy, I definitely see my self picking up on some more products in the future.
I've only had these bad boys for a couple days now so I don't feel confident in giving you all my full review just quite yet, but I am working on a before and after post with what I'm going through with my skin currently. I know I am not the only person who hit their twenties and now all the sudden is dealing with insane skin problems. So, because of this I know that going over what is working for me, and what isn't, is important. Until next time!