Product Review: Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

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Have I complained about this unusually cold and snowy winter yet? I’m sure I have. In any case, it’s the kind of weather that really puts skincare products to the test. One product that hasn’t let me down in this recurring polar vortex chill is Aesop’s Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream, a “daily moisturizing cream for normal to dry or stressed skin.”

I apply Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream in the evening, after washing my face and pressing a few drops of Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil into my skin. I concentrate on dabbing the cream onto areas that always need a little extra moisture (between my eyes, the tip of my nose), as well as any other areas that might be feeling drier than usual. If it’s been a particularly cold and windy day, I apply a very thin layer of cream all over my face, on top of the facial oil. This combination, used nightly all winter, has kept my face amazingly free of flaking or redness.

This cream is packaged in a glass jar—not ideal, since you have to handle it a bit carefully, but I always apply my nighttime skincare with freshly washed hands anyway. (The bigger problem, for clumsy me, is not dropping the jar on the floor.) It has a light lavender scent and a pleasingly creamy (not greasy) consistency, and it’s packed with skin-healthy ingredients:

Water, Hazel Seed Oil, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Sweet Almond Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Evening Primrose Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavender Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract, Wheat Germ Oil, Disodium EDTA, Sage)Oil, Sodium Citrate, Linalool, d-Limonene.

Even when the dry, freezing weather gives way to spring, I’ll still be using this cream in conjunction with the Fabulous Face Oil. It’s just an effective, customizable duo that works for me.

Have any particular skincare products really won your devotion this winter?

Product source: I purchased this product at an Aesop boutique.


Baby, It’s Cold Outside: 5 More Beauty Products for Winter Weather


About a year ago, I wrote a post titled “5 on 5: Beauty Products for Winter Weather.” Sure, I was complaining, but this year has been much worse, thanks to record-low temperatures and I-don’t-even-know-how-many-inches of snowfall, over and over again.

When you know that you’ll be standing up to your ankles in slush for a half-hour while waiting for the bus, or when you run out to make a quick trip to the post office and you come back looking like Omar Sharif in “Dr. Zhivago,” every little bit of comfort helps. Here are five more products that I use and recommend…

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Product Review: Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream with Sunscreen

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We’re nowhere near the end of summer, but I just ran out of both my facial sunblocks, Pratima Neem Rose Face Sunscreen and Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF40. (Apparently I’ve been practicing good sun protection!) When I went to purchase a new bottle of one or the other, however, I realized that both products were sold out.

What to do?

Fortunately, I found  a few sample packets of Aesop Sage & Zinc Hydrating Cream in my drawer. This seemed like the moment to give them a try.

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Product Review: Aesop Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser

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I recently wrote about my new-found liking for Aesop’s skincare, particularly its Fabulous Face Oil. One of the many nice things about Aesop is the company’s sample policy: I’ve received several thoughtfully recommended samples of other products every time I’ve made a purchase. I’ve recently been trying out Aesop’s Purifying Facial Cream Cleanser, and once again, I’m impressed.

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Product Review: Aesop Fabulous Face Oil

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I’ve always been curious about Aesop’s skincare, but it wasn’t until this Australian company opened numerous free-standing boutiques in New York in 2011 and 2012 that I acted on my curiosity and ended up trying a few products.

A helpful sales associate at one Aesop location asked me a few questions about my skin and gave me some tiny sample packets of Fabulous Face Oil to try. I’m so glad she did.

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