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31 Mar 2013

Saving Face

Note to self: never be without a face oil again. And specifically the one featured below.

Aesop has been getting a lot of positive coverage on blogs and whenever a brand gets a round of raves I tend to adopt a cynical hat. Intense coverage often smacks of PR samples and I always think that if you are sent something to review it's really hard to slag it off. It's a slightly unfair stance to take but I have to admit that it's always my first thought.

At the same time Aesop was featured by bloggers I viewed as credible sources and there was just something about this brand that I thought must be good.  I generally love brands that blend science and nature - the best of both worlds - so I bought two products from them - the Parsley Seed mask and the Fabulous Face Oil.

Now the mask is very nice, smooths out skin texture nicely and is a great weekly addition to the routine but I wouldn't say it was outstandingly unique. The Fabulous Face Oil however, probably is.

This stuff, applied nightly, has been a God send. My dehydrated skin has been massaged with 3-5 drops of oil at night and then put to bed. When woken in the morning everything feels soft, nourished and evenly textured with no greasy residue sitting on top. It also works excellently to calm irritated or intensely dry skin - I  apply this on my neck as I tend to get eczema in a specific area and that patch now feels smooth.

Other things that might be useful to know:

* You can put this on in the morning - either on it's own or mixed into a cream. Unlike some oils its absorbed quickly and so won't interfere too much with your makeup - just leave it 5 minutes to sink in.
* The packaging is both a blessing and a curse. Whilst the brown glass stops the product degrading from exposure to UV rays it's not ideal for travelling nor tiled floors...I am constantly terrified of dropping it.
* It costs just under £40 but the stopper prevents you from wasting product and I reckon this will last a minimum of 6-9 months.

So yes, it's very very lovely! And now I want more Aesop - oops!

To balance the argument out a bit though the reaction I have had to this one probably mirrors how I felt about The Sanctuary's oil (well priced and from Boots) and also Sarah Chapman's (more expensive from Space NK). There is just something comforting about an intense treatment that keeps your skin balanced in either very hot or very cold weather. So it's a big thumbs up to facial oils - irrespective of where they come from! :)

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil can be bought from Selfridges for £39 - Link! or Barney's if you are based in the USA/elsewhere - Link!

Have you ever tried this?

What's your "treatment" skin product that you rely on to make the signs of a busy day disappear?


  1. You know what it is, it's the packaging. It looks so serious, very clinical which always leads me to believe a product is good. I'm so easily swayed! haha!

    Happy Easter, hope you'r having a lovely weekend :)

    Amelia xxx

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    1. I think you are right! A clinical packaging always convinces me to purchase - Kiehls/Sacha Juan are good examples too :) Happy Easter to you too!

  2. Laura, try the 'Una Brennan' Superfacialist range from boots, I'm so impressed with the Neroli Face oil , Facial scrub and night cream, all reasonably priced and natural ingredients. I'm usually a dermalogica kind of gal but this has all changed that....

  3. I've never tried an oil on my face before, so I think I'll check one out (The Sanctury rather than Aesop's). Handy review! x


  4. I want to try it. I have dry to very dry skin and this should be awesome. xxx

  5. I haven't used face oils in a while because my derm told me to avoid them (I know oils don't automatically lead to acne, but I'm following his advice for now). I'm currently using glycolic acid and a retinol derivative to help my skin... But I'm very excited for my latest purchase to arrive - a jade facial roller for daily lymphatic massage. I remember reading in a mag that Kate Moss uses one... And I really believe in facial massage & facial exercise to maintain youthfulness. Have you ever tried a jade roller? It seems like a simple step to add to my nightly routine :-)
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  6. i want everything you mention :)

  7. Ooh, first I've heard of this, looks really good. I love using facial oils, I'm using Estee Lauder's Advanced night repair at the mo, but one for the daytime appeals to me x

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  8. Oh! I had actually never thought about mixing my facial oils with my daily moisturiser! I usually use mine at night, but with my very dry skin, this might be a savior!

    -Elodie x


  9. I've been considering buying from Aesop for a while now, and I really value your opinion so I think a purchase will be made!


  10. I have never tried oil before, only baby oil as eye make up remover, but I am considering it with your review and others!
    Happy Easter from Spain!!

  11. My HG oil is Nude's Pro Genius oil. It just balances my skin out without being too greasy, calms, nourishes, and softens it. You can slather it on, or just add a drop to your moisturiser and all is right in the world. Downer is is that is is expensive : ( But my skin thanks me for it.

  12. I just use sweet almond oil. It's so cheap, easily accessible and works like a dream to soften the skin. I use it as a shaving oil, to remove make up, as a hair oil and on eczema. It doesn't smell luxurious and is slightly thicker than most facial oils but it works brilliantly!

  13. Ok I think I need this. I just used up the last drop of my Caudalie SOS Quenching Serum and I desperately need something to replace it! Maybe an oil is just what my chappy skin needs!


  14. I have been hearing so many good things about this brand and I really need to check it out. I have never considered using face oils, but it might be time to give it a good.



  15. I'm a big fan of Aesop but for some reason this slipped beneath my radar. I love MV Organic's Pure Jojoba Oil for giving my skin a bit of tlc - it's never fails to soothe angry skin x Becky


  16. Ooh I've never tried a face oil before, I'm a bit wary about trying new products on my face as my skin is pretty sensitive but this sounds great for hydrating the skin!
    Holly xo


  17. I have the moisturising serum which I really like. Light and non irritating. Obsessed with oils so I now need to try this!

  18. That sounds like a great product. My go-to beauty treatment that takes away signs of stress is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair serum. Works a treat when my skin is in distress and dehydrated and patchy and reactive.

  19. Hello! If you get a chance, try the Super Active Overnight Oil by Pure at M&S. No nasties in it and I've been loving it....it's made my skin look/feel amazing! And it's under a tenner a bottle.


  20. I've never tried a face oil before, but I'm tempted after this review!!

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  21. I really want to try some Aesop products. Currently loving a Kiehls one :)

  22. I've never tried a face oil before or an Aesop product, but this definitely looks appealing!


  23. Never tries any of there products before and unfortunately probably wont due to my sensitive skin!


  24. I have resisted oils for a long time but have fallen in love with the Josie Maran Argan Oil. It is great for my sensitive dry skin.

    Great blog post as always!


  25. I would love to give face oils a try but cant stand the feeling of oil on my face :/


  26. I use argan oil or marula oil religiously, but this one definitely sounds intriguing to me as you say it doesn't feel greasy after it absorbs. AND it helped the eczema on the neck... that's also huge. I'll be looking out for this one!


  27. laura i love aesop products in general but if you want to try something even better please try trilogy rosehip oil! it is a miracle in a bottle...

  28. I was delighted to read your post and have yet to try any Aesop products.
    Added to my wish list :)


  29. The only face oil i've ever tried was a balance me one i got in a glossy box and it was horrible!

  30. Oil sounds more reliable and harmless than creams and other stuff. This product looks amazing!!

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  31. Personally, I love face oils, but I just feel like this one doesn't do much! I love my Kahina Argan Oil though. (:

  32. Love this blog. This is beautiful.

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  33. Great in depth review! I am obsessed with Elizabeth Arden Advanced Night Repair Serum - something about these oils feels so fancy!
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  34. Looks a lot like a Skinceuticals brand of phloretin that I use..

  35. Hi Laura, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  36. Aesop's Parsley Seed cleansing oil is a beautiful product, a few drops and every trace of mascara (even your hardcore waterproof varieties) melts away without being drying. Also I use any brand of organic rosehip oil in the same way you use this one. Its cheap and goes a long way and can be bought pretty much anywhere in any country. I am currently using Sukin which doesn't interfere with makeup much either given 5 minutes (although a mineral powder makeup user may report differently). Thanks for sharing Laura, your blog is fab :-) X

  37. Aesop's face oil is a great product. It removes everything and leaves skin super hyrdrated. Another great option is Dr. Alkaitis Nourishing face Oil. It is PHENOMENAL!!! Reasonably priced and fully organic. Can be used to doa scalp treatment, face treatment, or body oil. It literally leaves your skin feeling super nourished. has transformed my skin! LOVE!!!

    xo- Jamie {Makeuplifelove.com}

  38. I have just started using Trilogy's Rose Hip Oil. So far so good, but still early days :)

  39. hmm i would think that an oil wouldn't be good to put on your face, but this sounds cool

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  40. as a sufferer of oily skin, i tend to avoid facial oils with the fear that my face will just look greasy and overall, not that pretty! however this review has changed me mind! it sounds amazing and perfect for what i'm looking for in a product - smoother and hydrated skin. i think i'm going to have to treat myself to this, regardless of the (annnoyingly) high price! X


  41. You must try their camellia nut face cream, it's worked wonders for me. I also swear by their shampoos and conditioners. I use the volumizing shampoo and the nurturing conditioner. Prior to using this brand I had to wash my hair everyday. But as it's quite natural based, my hair doesn't get oily anymore or weighed down and I can now get away with 3 days without washing. The condition of my hair has improved significantly. Whilst I don't love every product I've tried from them, these are the few key ones I keep finding myself repurchasing. x

  42. I tried a sample of this and I didn't like the smell!

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  44. Omg you’re so cute!!
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  45. Nude treatment oil is amazing. Have been using it for 6 months and my skin looks so fresh and clear in the morning. Check out my blog www.uniquebyneha.co.uk

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  48. As far as I know Pure Argan Oil contains a strong percentage of vitamin E in its core. What do we know about vitamin E? We should remember our parents telling us that vitamin E helps with eyesight, and I think it's also save your skin as well as your face from any kind of unwanted problem.