Ever since I started using skincare religiously, I have always been so curious about a brand named Aesop. It’s not so highly raved but one of my favorite Indonesian skincare gurus, Deszell loves the products so I was keen to try it. Since it’s an Australian brand and it was quite pricey to buy in the UK I asked my boyfriend to pick some of its products for me. I began my research and they do have some great products. But due to money constraint, for a starter I limit my choices to three products. Two of them are serums and the other is a clay mask. After using it for more than 3 months I can now write a review of one of the products. So, here’s the Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum review.
Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, water, PEG-80 almond glycerides, PEG-150 distearate, sorbitol, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, lavender oil, panthenol, disodium EDTA, citric acid, sodium citrate, grape seed extract, linalool, green tea leaf extract, dihydroxyacetic acid, osmenis multioxalis extract, parsley seed oil, d-limonene.
There are two ingredients that you should watch out for as based on CosDNA analysis they are comedogenic (the underlined ones). But since these ingredients are not the main ingredients, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
Meanwhile, the main ingredients, the parsley seed oil is a great anti-oxidant. In addition, it also provides antibacterial and antifungal protection. Which makes it suitable for those with acne-prone skin to use daily.
What it claims to do
This product claims to provide moisture for dry, combination, and sensitive skin type. It also claims to be the alternative of cream moisturizer or oil-based hydrator. In other words, you can use it as a moisturizer and be done with your routine. As the name imply, this product also an antioxidant that can protect us from free radicals and to avoid skin cell damage. Basically, to help you to slow down the aging process.
How I use it
This product is actually my first antioxidant skincare product. I initially didn’t want to start using antioxidant until I reach 25 but after reading a lot of articles, I found that antioxidant offers a lot more benefit than just for anti-aging.
Despite its claim to be the alternative of cream moisturizer, I use is as its name imply, as a serum. I use it at night after I cleanse my face, exfoliate, toner, and essence. Usually, I use 3-5 pumps of the product and it’s sufficient to use all over my face, neck, and decolletage. I apply it by rubbing it gently on my palms first and then lightly dab it all over my face.
What it did to my skin
One thing that threw me off at first was how thick it’s consistency compared to other serums I had used before. It’s almost like a gel and if I rub it too hard it turn into an almost foamy consistency. Do you know what I’m saying? It’s also quite sticky. But after awhile, I get accustomed to it and began to fully love the product. Since it also works pretty well with the moisturizer I use on top of it.
Despite the thick consistency, it gets absorbed well and rather fast into my skin. After several months of using, I can feel that my skin gets healthier and more supple. I also get a boost of hydration every time I use this. It doesn’t make my face greasy and I love a matte-looking face.
I also notice that this product does help with the acne problem. Every time I get hormonal acne and I apply this serum at night, I can see that the redness reduced in the morning. And for that, I love this serum. I can’t say much in the anti-aging department since I have yet to show any sign of aging (knock on woods) but let’s see if it helps to slow down the process in the future.
How much and where to get it
Well, now the sad part, the price of this product is on the expensive side. But it’s quite easy to find. My boyfriend got me this for AUD 75 in its official store in Australia, so if you live in Australia simply go to its store or order through Adore Beauty. For my Indonesian friends, the product is available to purchase on Benscrub for IDR 899.000 or other online stores with varied prices.
I love this serum! It’s safe to say that this is my holy grail serum at the moment because not only it contains antioxidant but it also helps me with acne problems. I haven’t mentioned this above, but I also adore its packaging. It’s minimalist yet so elegant with an apothecary vibes on it.
Despite the bank-breaking price, I’d love to purchase this product because it holds a place in my permanent skincare arsenal. Each bottle contains 100ml of the products anyway, so to think of it, it’s not that expensive. I’ve been using it for 6 months and the bottle is still 1/4 full.
If you want to buy this product as an investment, I’d say go ahead. I think it’s logical to invest on serum. So yes, 5 stars for Aesop Parsley Seed Antioxidant Serum.
What is your holy grail serum? Share yours in the comment section below so I can try it out 🙂