Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser

This past year my acne has been a little out of control. I wash my face twice a day, so it likely has to do with diet (I have the biggest sweet tooth). But whatever the cause, I’m on a personal mission to lock it down, so my recent beauty buys have all been skincare-related. If I can’t kick my sugar habit, I can at least battle this acne on the home front, right?

I think I’ll do a roundup of my all-time favorite cleansers in the near future, but currently I’m obsessed with the Aesop Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser. I’ve got combination skin—oily nose, normal to dry skin on the rest of my face—so the fine folks at the Aesop Fillmore location recommended the Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser.

This is a gel product that cleanses and gently exfoliates to leave skin smooth and silky. Instead of applying it directly to the face, the instructions on the bottle dictate that you lather it in your hands first. I don’t notice a difference either way, but the Aesop employee I spoke with demonstrated for me, and obviously she knew what she was talking about. Despite the fact that I’m not a big fan of the potent licorice fragrance, no other cleanser leaves my face feeling this smooth.

I generally use this cleanser during morning showers, but occasionally I remove my face makeup with it in the evening. It definitely gets the job done. I always make sure to follow it up with a toner (I don’t usually use moisturizer in the evening, but parts of my face have been noticeably dry and flaky lately, so this may change). Ultimately, I think it’s a good daily cleanser that makes skin feel fresh, hydrated, and smooth through gentle exfoliation. It’s on the pricier end—$43 for a 3.4 fl oz bottle—so I use it every few days to make it last. I’ve also tried the Aesop Fabulous Facial Cleanser, which leaves my face equally smooth, and it also works best for combination skin. Aesop products seem to be of top-notch quality, and I’m excited to try out haircare samples I got on my last trip to their store.

Do you have a favorite Aesop product? Let me know in the comments!

This is not a sponsored post. All opinions are, as always, my own.