Review: Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant
Digging through my box of natural products and looking for an exfoliant, I found this cute little brown glass bottle. Housed in an old school medicinal looking mini glass bottle is Aesop’s precious dry blend of crushed aloe vera powder, walnut shell powder and dried tea tree leaf.
Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant is an interesting dry blend of ground botanticals designed to be mixed with your regular facial cleanser. It is literally made with just 6 all-natural ingredients: Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Powder, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Illite, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Powder and Vittis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract.
The only 2 ingredients not self-explanatory are Illite – which is a natural clay mineral, and Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate – not to be confused with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. The latter is a cheap synthetically produced chemical compound commonly added as a foaming agent in personal and home care products; whereas the former also functions as a foaming agent but is a natural ingredient derived from coconut and palm oil.
The crushed and powdered walnut shells and clay particles does a great job in deep-cleaning the skin. Anti-bacterial properties of tea tree and skin soothing properties of aloe vera helps to bring back the natural balance minus the gunk buildup on our skin. One thing to expect is the deliberate make up of different-sized powdered particles.
How to use: Pour a 20cent size amount of dry powder in the palm of your hands. Add 2-3 pumps of your daily cleanser and rub both palms together for a rough mix up. I used Aesop’s Parsley Seed Facial Gel Cleanser.
It doesn’t matter how much or little cleanser you use. Do according to your preference of scrubbing consistency. A couple of minutes into the scrub, you may find the cleanser starts to dry up and flakes of the powdered particles begin to clump up from removing of oil and dirt, you can either add a little water or more cleanser and continue scrubbing. When you are finished, rinse off. The scrub bits washes off quickly and easily. Recommended to use twice a week or as required for thorough exfoliation. Suitable for oily, combination and normal skin.
Useful Tip: This is probably not the easiest scrub to use because the grounded loose particles are stored in a wide open bottle. When you first peel off the rubber cap from a new bottle, be careful and do it slowly. Not like me. I popped it open without much thought and…Poof! I was sprayed in the face by a powder bomb. This only happened on the first opening.
After rinse off, my skin feels ultra-smooth and buffed. My complexion sports a clean sheen on its surface. It’s like when you buff your nails. The surface of the skin goes from dull looking to having a smooth shiny appearance that lasts to the next day as well. This scrub has a dry earthly and smoky scent with strong hints of tea tree.
A 30ml bottle cost $51 and should last 3-5 months with weekly usage. Available at all Aesop stores islandwide.