review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

aesop facial purifying exfoliant paste

Aesop is an Australian production that has been around for nearly three decades. It boasts high-grade, potent ingredients that are both safe and effective.

I’ve walked past many an Aesop boutique and liberally used some of their hand balms from the tester bottles. I have combination skin that handles exfoliation well but with winter approaching, and the recent disposal of my microbead cleansers, I thought I might do something different with my skin without drying it out. A trip to Myer ensued and here we are.


PRICE $51 
FORMULATION Creamy paste with fine grit
PACKAGING Tin tube with plastic flip-top cap


When I made the purchase, the store consultant created a profile for me on their system and gave me a number of product samples suited to my skin – face wash, hand balm and day moisturiser. This I liked! Also, the tube was presented in a small raw cotton bag which I thought was cute. I see myself using the bag to sort and carry some of my cosmetries the next time I travel.

Call me crazy but I like the metal tube because you can squeeze it from the top end and keep moving down. To me this means less product is likely to be wasted. Also, the tube reminds me of the old Colgate toothpaste we used before they moved on to the modern, squeezy plastic ones.

aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

The paste is creamy white with tiny grains of quartz which form the mechanical component of the exfoliant. The lactic acid provides the chemical exfoliant.
I have used AHA (alpha-hydroxy acids = glycolic, lactic, citric, malic or tartaric acids) and BHA (beta-hydroxy acid = salicylic acid) based exfoliants before. Having said that, the AHA cleansers I have used have been glycolic acid based. I’ve been curious about lactic acid based skin care, and am particularly lusting after the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping oil at the moment.

The product has an earthy balmy scent mingled with lavender. I don’t like the smell of lavender so I hesitated but it isn’t strong enough to be off-putting.

Directions suggest half a teaspoonful of the paste should be worked onto damp skin with minimal pressure and allowed to sit on the face for a moment to allow the lactic acid to do its job. Rinse off with warm water and, voilà, smooth, soft skin is yours.

As the paste is water soluble, I found that minimal dampness on the skin makes for a better result. Otherwise, it just seems to wash away if my skin is too moistened. Those with sensitive skin might want to stick with the instructions. It is intended to be used twice weekly.

I find this exfoliant does a good job. I did not encounter any tingling or sensitivity when I using it. The crystals are not abrasive and the paste is not drying nor does it leave an oily film or residue. My skin does feel clean, smooth, soft and refreshed. And I don’t get those pesky crystal grains along my hairline unlike with some other polishes. It hasn’t broken me out or caused redness or any other irritation to the skin (mind you, my skin isn’t sensitive). The cleanse was deeper than when using a regular face wash, though not as deep as with the Mia 2. It is gentle yet effective.

My only qualm with the product is that it lacks that wow factor I was anticipating. As the price-tag will attest, Aesop is high-end. I don’t know about you but when I shell out $51 for a tube of face polish, expectations are high. I want more. I don’t want the same effect I can get from a $6.99 pharmacy version.

I’ll happily use the rest of the tube (and squeeze out every last bit) but I don’t think I will repurchase because I can’t justify the price tag.

aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

Have you used Aesop products before?
How do you rate them?


review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

3 thoughts on “review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

  1. I enjoy reading your reviews, you go into such great depth n you keep it honest…the price is ridiculous for the fact that there are heaps of other drugstore brands that can literally do the same lol, i do love the packaging tho. Have a great week hun x

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    1. Aww thanks Francess, it’s great to have your company here on mGm. You may have noticed, I have been a long time lurker of your blog ☺️ You’re one stylish lady. One of your posts may even have made me buy some nude heels . . . .

      You’re right about the price for this one, it can be a deal breaker when there are so many cheaper equivalent options. I’m still to compare and discover for myself but I think I know how that will go . . .
      Thanks for taking the time to comment. Have a great rest of the week too xx

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