I love everything about Aesop EXCEPT the price. I was in Melbourne last year when I first encountered the brand. We were staying at an AirBnb in Collingwood and Getrude St was our favorite go-to place. We had dinner nearly every evening at Ladro and we explored the shops when we were out on our walk. At this time I was looking for organic products as the organic obsession was slowly getting hold of me and I walked into this shop. I walked in and the shop assistant promptly came to help me out.

One thing I love about Aesop, aside from their shop design, is that because they know their prices are a bit on the steep side, they do not put any pressure on you to buy right away. Instead, they give you advice and give samples for you to try. If you happen to like it and get convinced enough to buy, then at least you did not have to waste your money on a product you already shelled out a lot of money for only to turn out to be allergic to or unsuitable for your skin.

I got a number of samples from the shop and even though I tried them and liked them. I was not convinced enough to buy. Surely, there must be cheaper alternatives out there, I said.

“Suave Australian beauty brand Aesop has some of the most cutting-edge stores around, including its simple but seductive wood-lined Fitzroy boutique at 242 Gertrude Street (+61 (0)3 9419 8356), designed by local architect Clare Cousins and Aesop director Dennis Paphitis. Aesop was so inspired by the streetscape’s eclectic mix of characters, shops and great bread, pizza and wine purveyors, it even named one of its glam skincare kits Gertrude Street.” Inside Melbourne #5

I ended buying the entire skincare line of Sukin while I was in Australia because they fit into my checklist of being organic, paraben-free, pro-environment, and a big PLUS, inexpensive. In the photo below is what remains of my Sukin collection. I have already finished my bottles of body wash and facial recovery serum. My facial cleanser was confiscated at the Bangkok airport because it was in a 125ml bottle, even though it passed through the Olbia, Stockholm, and Oslo airports! Not in the photo are my body lotion, rosehip oil, eye serum, hydrating mist toner and hand and nail cream. I arrived in Manila without a facial cleanser and had to use a Pond’s facial cleanser that I just got off a 7-11 store in the dead of the night.

It was for this reason that I had to get a new facial cleanser. I was fairly satisfied with my Sukin Facial Cleanser and I could get it from Amazon for less than 10 Euros, which is great, BUT this time, I wanted to try Aesop. I am now not restricted in budget since I now have a job of my own. Now that I am older, I have come to a point where I can afford to buy things like these for myself and feel that I actually deserve it. Now I put a priority on my face and body more than ever. I do not have to think twice about prices.

So I got myself an Aesop Purifying Facial Cleanser and even got an Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner. I have not been using a toner for years and generally have not been having any troubles with my skin despite not using one, but times and skins change!

Aesop Purifying Cream Cleanser

Water-soluble, non-foaming cream cleanser enhanced with White Clay for normal to dry skin and ideal for frequent travelers. Gently and effortlessly removes makeup and particles. This lightweight cream thoroughly cleanses the skin leaving it comforted and imbued with mild botanicals.

Massage over damp skin and rinse away with tepid water, or remove using a damp cloth. Follow with your preferred Aesop toner and hydration.

Water, Glyceryl Sterate SE, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Ceteareth-20, Glycerin, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose), Kaolin, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Linalool, d-Limonene.

There are other cleansers in the Aesop line but I like having it in tube form because it is easier to carry around when traveling. I have had my Sukin pumps spilling all over my essentials bag and I did not like that. There are also the Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil and Fabulous Facial Cleanser but they came in bottles.

Aesop Bitter Orange Astringent Toner

This astringent toner completes the process of facial cleansing and results in a smooth matte finish.

After cleansing, generously douse a clean cotton pad and wipe over the face from forehead to neck. Follow by hydrating skin with your preferred Aesop product.

Water, Alcohol Denat., Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Polysorbate 80, Glycerin, Camella Sinensis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Augustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Disodium EDTA, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Achillea Millefolium Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Laurus Nobilis Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Linalool, d-Limonene.

Some users in the review sites I read did not like this product because it contains alcohol and it dries their skin. For someone who actually uses hydrogen peroxide to combat emerging pimples on my face, I like the alcohol in this product. I think it’s what makes the matte finish. It actually preps my face for my serum and moisturizer that I put on after. I also like orange so I like how it smells.

I have been using these products morning and evening on my skin now and I am very happy with them. I like the simple packaging, the natural fragrance, and the results. I think I might actually stick to these.

I read reviews online before buying any product just to get to know a little bit more about what I am planning to buy so I hope this helps in any way. I go to this site for other consumer reviews. And I found this blog with a review of two face products I mentioned.

In a nutshell, if you are looking for organic, paraben-free, environment-conscious products and have the budget, go for Aesop. It’s really as great as they say it is. I like that they come in glass bottles or metal tubes instead of plastic. If you are budget-conscious, go for Sukin. It works too, for so much less! Also, their slogan of “skincare that doesn’t cost the earth” might actually be true.