Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment Review

July 9, 2012

I am completely obsessed with 2 things at the moment – natural products and anything made of Rose. So when I spotted the Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment it was like a match made-in-heaven for me. I have tons of skincare products to go through, but it only took me a split second to decide I had to have this one..right now! Especially since the cold weather in Australia is taking a toll on my skin.


Aesop is a well known natural brand in Australia. I would say it has the same cult status as Jurlique, but with a less commercial branding. I really like the display of their concept store which looks like a science lab to me, and I love their low key but thoughtful packaging. All of their products are housed in a tinted brown glass bottle which helps to preserve the freshness of their plant-based ingredients.

Aesop signature store in Melbourne Australia

aesop_store_fr_rue_saint_honoreAesop signature store at Rue Saint Honore in Paris

The Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment is packed with good oils including Rosa Damascena oil, Neroli oil and Violet leaf oil. These ingredients are infused with vitamin A, E and C, and are excellent for skin that is in need of intense hydration. The selling point for me is the Damascan Rose. Anyone who is into aromatherapy would know that Damascan Roses are the world’s most premium roses, and they are known for their healing properties for skin. The direction of use is as follows:

Massage five drops onto clean skin, twice weekly.

I use it differently:

My home has heaters on 24/7 and it is drying my skin out badly, so I use this treatment oil every night but with only 2 drops per application. The way I use it is that I spray my palm with La Roche-Posay Eau Thermale (any thermal spring water would do). Then I add 2 drops of the oil, and warm it up between my palms. The mist acts like an “activator” so it instantly emulsifies the oil, and turns it into an elixir-like texture which feels much lighter than the original texture. While it is still warm, I pat it onto my face and my neck. The oil is absorbed into my skin immediately without leaving any residue. My skin feels nourished, softer, and soothed because of the lovely rose scent.  I then put on a light moisturizer (or you can skip if the skin is not overly dry) and go to bed. The next morning I wake up with supple, moisturized and ultra radiant skin. I also noticed my makeup goes on beautifully.

If your skin is so dry that a regular moisturizer just doesn’t seem to help, you might want to give this a try! I am a firm believer in that good oils do wonders to the skin regardless of your skin type. I would have never thought about putting oils onto my skin, until I learnt how smart our skin actually is! Our skin responds to any external changes – for oily skin the more oil you try to take away the more oil your skin will produce as a natural defense. On the contrary, if you have very dry skin and you constantly put on layers of ultra rich creams, you are tricking the skin to think that it’s producing too much oil. As a result it will produce less oil. It was probably one of the most useful lessons I have learnt about skin, and over the years I treated my skin with the above in mind, and consequently my skin looks the best when it is in a state of fine balance between oil and water.

I bought the Aesop Damascan Rose Facial Treatment in Australia for $75. It is also available online here in the US, and Aesop has concept stores across the world.

Have you tried Aesop? If you have, please let me know your favorite products from the brand 🙂



{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Lili July 10, 2012 at 8:08 am
annie July 10, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I like your idea for not too over moisturising but yet enough 🙂 It’s similar to how Korean skincare gave the tips to mix ampoule with your favourite essence or foundation (n__n)

I think this is an effective moisturiser for summer in an air-conditioned room 🙂


Reika July 10, 2012 at 2:21 pm

Thanks annie! That’s interesting to hear about mixing ampoule with foundations. I shall do more research into it as they all have gorgeous and glowing skin 🙂


Annie October 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I have tried some brands w ampoule and i love Ohui The First Advanced Ampoule and SU:M37 Losec Ampoule. They moisture and soften the skin without greasing it like many heavy cream. I am sure you will love them (n__n)


Rola July 10, 2012 at 4:52 pm

I still haven’t tried this brand yet. I am a big fan of facial oils and a regular user. I might give this one a try…By the way, their store design is amazing!


Cindy July 11, 2012 at 2:55 am

Hi Reika,

I love Aesop! I’ve been using their B Triple C Balancing Gel for a while now. Essentially, it’s a potent blend of antioxidants consisting of 1 past Vit B & 3 parts Vit C.

It helps to balance out the oily parts while nourishing the drier parts of your face. I love it! Without using it, my skin looks dull. Constant application yields a very fresh looking complexion & helps to minimise the onset of pimples as well.


Cindy July 11, 2012 at 5:46 am

I tried this today at Myer because I’ve been feeling that my skin is really dry but I have to say that the scent is too much for me. It sucks because it really does work and my skin feels so smooth 🙁


Reika July 14, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Oh no too bad it’s too strong for you…I personally love the rosy scent! 😛


Petrina July 11, 2012 at 10:42 am

Great review! I’ve actually used this a long time ago ( more than 10 years!!) and remember liking it, but as my skin was younger then I didn’t really need it and couldn’t justify the cost ( though it was way cheaper then). I haven’t used Aesop in years but have fab memories of the vanilla & something body lotion ( jar) , hand cream and the dry super fine powder exfoliater that is used with the fabulous face wash.


Sophia July 15, 2012 at 6:00 am

I love to use facial treatment oils too, your way of emulsifying them to make for a lighter texture is brilliant. Even though the weather here in Sg is humid, and my skin isnt particularly dry, I do like to keep my skin super hydrated… mmm something to look into when I pass by my Aesop store!


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