Skincare Review and Verdict: Aesop

The storefront. Quite minimal, which I love.

Almost two weeks ago I talked about my trip to the Garosu-gil area and the mini shopping spree I had there. I did the most damage at Aesop’s cozy and contemporary flagship store; I came out with more than I bargained for (and tons of samples), and now that I’ve used a few I can finally reveal my verdicts.


Now, I’ve already reviewed the Geranium Leaf Cleanser and Rind Concentrate body balm here; the odor of the balm was too citrusy for my tastes, but I liked the cleanser so much that I had to get more of it. I was also in the market for a good body scrub, and after testing a few I walked out with the Geranium Leaf Body Scrub. I first tried it after a post-gym session in the dry sauna, and I really loved it. It has more than enough scrubbing particles for me to feel that my body is getting scrubbed, and my skin always feels so nice afterwards.

As a replacement for the Rind Concentrate body balm, I went with the Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm: with the word “intensive” in the name, I was hoping that it might replace my beloved Intensive Treatment Moisturizer in terms of moisturizing my feet and elbows. Well, it doesn’t: it’s not substantial enough for that, and those dry parts end up just as dry an hour later. However, it’s a great overall balm for the body, and with its lighter and more pleasant odor it’s a nice alternative to my Creme de Corps duo.

One of the samples I got was that of the Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm: not only does it smell nice, but it’s also lightweight and moisture-rich, which makes for a nice warm-weather alternative to the heavier Ultimate Hand Salve. I actually ended up going back and getting a tube later (I’m so terrible).

Last, but not least, was the B & Tea Hydrating Toner: its combination of green tea, sodium gluconate, and panthenol is touted (by Aesop) to be good for even sensitive skin types. Knowing how tempermental my skin can be, I took the chance and tried it, paying extra attention to the drier skin along my cheekbones. I liked the feel of it, and when paired with my nourishing oil it made for the perfect lightweight coverage for my face.

Over the years I had heard a bit about Aesop through various beauty blogs and magazines, but I never thought I’d be in the position to ever invest in some of the products: I’m a creature of habit, so I’m not usually apt to switch up my skincare routines unless I absolutely need to. The Skincare Guru™ hadn’t even heard of the brand until I told her a few weeks ago (“I know of the fables. That’s it.”). But now that I’ve finally had the chance to try Aesop, I think I’m liking the results so far. After all these years, Kiehl’s and Elemis might finally have to share me.

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