Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-oxidant serum review

Thursday, 14 January 2016

Aesop is one of those brands that I have always been curious about. Every time I pass an Aesop store, I can't help but stop outside and take a deep breath because the air smells so pure and cleansing. Last year I was lucky enough to choose an Aesop product of my choice from Adore Beauty, an Australian owned stockist of over 120 brands including: SKII, BECCA, Anastasia Beverly Hills, Dermalogica and more. They also have a nice range of ethical/organic brands too. I also need to mention that shipping within Australia is FREE and you receive 2 free samples with a spend over $50!

I knew I wanted to try out a serum but was having a hard time choosing one, so the wonderful staff at Adore Beauty pointed me towards two choices for my dry, acne prone skin: the parsley seed anti-oxidant serum or the oil free facial hydrating serum. I ended up choosing the parsley seed serum which is formulated for dry, sensitive skin.

Brand story
"Aesop was established in Melbourne in 1987. Our objective has always been to formulate skin, hair and body care products of the finest quality; we investigate widely to source plant-based and laboratory-made ingredients, and use only those with a proven record of safety and efficacy. In each of our unique stores, informed consultants are pleased to introduce our range and to guide your selections. Alongside our commercial activities, we explore and support the arts as an avenue through which to inspire, learn and communicate. We are headquartered in Melbourne, and have offices and stores in many parts of the world, including New York, London, Paris, Tokyo and Hong Kong."- Aesop 

The parsley seed serum is an anti-oxidant rich, daily-use hydrating serum moisturiser for dry, combination and sensitive skin types. It is enhanced with efficacious grape and parsley seed extracts, panthenol (vitamin B5), aloe vera and chamomile to moisturise and soothe the skin.

Ingredients: 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.

The ingredient analysis from CosDNA show that PEG-150 has a comedogenic rating of 2/5 and benzyl alcohol is red flagged for safety over long-term use. Benzyl alcohol is the 6th ingredient, so I don't think the amount is enough to be harmful. Lastly, seeing as the product is named after the parsley seed, it's a little strange to see that parsley seed oil is the second last ingredient! 

The packaging is minimalist and absolutely beautiful. The brown glass bottle is weighty and precious featuring a simple black and cream label and a dropper style applicator. The only fault with this particular product is that the neck of the bottle is slightly too narrow. This combined with the thickness of the serum, tends to lead to spillage down the sides of bottle when the dropper is moved in and out of the bottle as you see above. 

After cleansing with philosophy's purity cleanser, I apply my COSRX blackhead power liquid to treat my pores and then apply the serum to hydrate. I apply a squirt (around 5-10 drops) of serum into the palms of my hands and massage it into my skin in an upwards motion. The serum is translucent and gloriously thick, just how I like it! Unlike other heavy serums, it is not sticky at all and absorbs into my skin surprisingly quickly- I'm talking under 1 minute. 

I was expecting an intense level of moisture, but once my skin has dried completely, it feels a little tight on my forehead and I can see that the surface of my skin looks slightly 'stretched'. Oddly it does not make much difference when I apply a second helping of serum. Aesop recommends using a facial oil or hydrating cream alongside this serum if your skin is very dry and I definitely agree. I like to apply this serum last though, as it locks in the moisture from the previous products and provides a really smooth and non-tacky surface for my makeup.

The scent is so delicious and if there was a perfume that smelt like this, I would buy it! It smells most strongly of lavender essential oil (which is my favourite EO scent), with a little bit of a citrus kick which is very refreshing. 

After 2 months of daily use, I can say that my skin likes this product. It has not broken me out and my skin looks more even and less red than before! It is a real treat to apply and breathe in the scent every day. As the product dries leaving my skin with a smooth and taught surface, it is perfect to apply last in my skincare routine, before makeup. 

I think this serum is suitable for all skin types, even oily ones considering how quickly it absorbs and the 'finish' it leaves on my skin. If you have dry skin, you will need to apply additional products as I mentioned before. 

Would I repurchase this product? Yes (once I start working a real job hehe). 

Aussies can get the Aesop parsley seed serum from Adore Beauty for $69. I have used 1/3 of the bottle in 2 months, using morning and night, thus it is likely to last around 6 months.

Do you have an Aesop store in your country? Have you ever tried anything from Aesop before?

*This product was gifted for review, all opinions are 100% honest. 

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