Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment
I knew what Aesop was long before I wandered into an official Aesop shop. Every eco-conscious, high-end, or fancy shop, restaurant or home I walked into had a beautiful brown glass bottle of handwash in the bathroom (or toilet, as they say in Australia) by Aesop, so I had a constant yet subtle exposure to the brand. In the Fitzroy district, on Gertrude Street by Smith Street, I set foot in my first Aesop shop and spent nearly an hour discussing every product with an impressively knowledgeable shopgirl. We talked bizarre ingredients, I had various products massaged into my hand, and was informed of things I have never heard of before. The whole shop was covered in perfect brown glass bottles and smelled of an apothecary for queens. They carried everything from skincare to shampoo to something called “Post-Poo Drops.” Yes, you read that right. For the record, they are botanical drops that you add to the toilet bowl after certain “occurrences” have happened.
Due to product overwhelm, I tried to focus on the line meant for combination skin – the Parsley Seed line! I originally sought after the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum but quickly fell in love with the Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Treatment, which is kind of a concentrated booster with a fancy glass dropper application. The treatment includes, obviously, parsley seed, as well as blue chamomile (soothing and calming), and blackcurrant seed (antioxidant, full of vitamin C and anthocyanins). While I am obsessed with the concept of Aesop, I am not happy with the brand as a whole. They still use some questionable ingredients, such as propolyne glycol (a crude oil derivative) and sodium laurel sulfate (a harsh detergent used in dish soap), but some products stand alone in pure quality, such as the Parsley Seed treatment. This would be a great anti-aging serum to add at night or as an antioxidant shield to wear under your sunscreen during the day. It dissolves right into the skin and smells subtly herbal.
Good news, American shoppers! Aesop is expanding to US locations and currently have shop locations in NY and San Francisco!