The Mother of All Masks | Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque

Aesop Parsley Seed Mask Review

I am amused at the fact that this product generates so much curiosity among people, and even after countless reviews on it, there is place for more! This has to be the most requested review on my blog, and I wonder what new I have to say about this which has not already been said! Anyways, I have been using it for the past month and more, regularly ever week and sometimes twice, and its time I professed my affection for it!

One of the most talked about face masks in the blogosphere, this has met all my expectations and left me amazed with clear, glowing and perfectly balanced skin. I had been in pursuit of this for over a year, and when I finally got my hands on it (on discount.. score!) I couldn’t be happier! Face masks have been a part of my skincare regime for a couple of years now and have tried a few like, Lush Mask of Magnanimity, REN Glycolactic Radiance Renewal, Kiehl’s Rare Earth among others before Aesop came along. I am very pleased with the results and can proudly say that this is a keeper!

The Packaging: It comes in what seems an opaque, aluminium tube which is a very chic, creamy in color, no frills packaging. This in fact helps keep the contents protected from sunlight and degrading and allows for fewer preservatives to be used.

The Masque: The contents are actually quite thin compared to other clay masks like the Lush one, and very “clay” in color, light brown with a hint of pink. The consistency allows for using very little product and it spreads easily on the skin. It dries to a nearly whitish cast, and kind of exposes all the pores on the face, like on the nose, chin, forehead etc. It doesn’t make for a very pleasant sight, but gives a certain satisfaction that it has done its job! Its more of a cleansing and purifying mask rather than hydrating, and it does what it claims really well.

The Ingredients: Ingredients list reads primarily of,

  1. Kaolin Clay : Enhances blood circulation, reduces excess sebum production and eliminates oils and toxins from the skin.
  2. Evening Primrose Oil : Beneficial for healing eczema, such as sensitivity, itching and redness
  3. Parsley Seed Oil : Its very rich in anti-oxidants, contains luteolin, a flavonoid that fights against free radicals and acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Its also an antimicrobial and antiseptic

The After-Effect: I have combination skin, with a mildly oily T-zone and normal to dry cheeks and chin. I use this mask on Sundays and Wednesdays (schedule!) and find for the past month I have had no breakouts whatsoever including those which would normally appear during hormonal changes. After the mask dries up I wash it using cold tap water, dry my face and spritz either pure rosewater or thermal spring water to neutralize tap water impurities. After that evaporates I use a normal moisturiser. I skip applying a serum on those nights.

This is now a staple in my already concise skin care routine and I attribute a general betterment of my skin to this product. I cannot recommend this enough to you, irrespective of what your skin type is. Its a pricey product and may not be every body’s mask of choice, but if you fancy a good (no.. great!) “face masque” you better start saving for this one! 😀

There are a number of online options to get Aesop, I got mine from CultBeauty.

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  10. anu

    I have been curious about the entire brand for a while, but could not buy it because of the price and it is not available in the states. but if it helps with oily-combo skin it might be worth the trouble.

    • Divya

      I think it is available in the US.. you can check on their website! This is one of their more popular products I think.. Everyone raves about how good it is.. and I can say that myself too now!

  11. Vanessa {Citron and Guavaberry)

    I’ve had this mask for months now, but it just kinda…disappeared into my stash because though I like it, I’ve found masks I’ve loved since then (like First Aid Beauty). Though, this review is really making me want to slap this on again 😀
    I adore Aesop’s packaging though!

    • Divya

      I got this after two years of constantly reading about this and getting only thumbs up for it! I am so happy I got this.. its perfect for my skin type! :-)

  12. Faiza

    A good review Divya..when you review any product kindly mention the price and amount of product you get!

    • Divya

      Hi Faiza, I provide links to the product where you can purchase it, and the focus of the review is on things that is not mentioned on the box! :-)

  13. Derma Juvenate

    It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d definitely donate to this
    excellent blog! I suppose for now i’ll settle for book-marking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to new updates and will talk about this blog with
    my Facebook group. Talk soon!

  14. sylirael

    Wish we had this brand here! I see lots of interesting things pop up from them… :-) You’ve reminded me to get back into masks, actually… I’ve got a couple of Freeman ones to finish up!

    • Divya

      Masks are good, but I am not the kind who would urge people to do what I do.. One can have one’s own way of treating and caring for one’s skin! 😀

    • Divya

      You are welcome! I am not sure its all natural and organic but It definitely is one of the best I have used! You are a better person to let us know exactly how good it is :-)

  15. Smita Roy

    Oh so wanted an indian blogger to review it…m sorry fr sounding a bit racist here but the intention was to check its impact on indian skin type…great review as usual Divya :)

  16. Alex

    Lots of beauty bloggers love this mask. I think I might have to try it soon even just for the packaging. It’s so simple and looks almost like medicine. Is it weird that appeals to me? lol

  17. beautyorsomethingcg

    Hey great post and great product! I finished my tube about 7 months ago and when I went back to the aēsop store, they told me that the chamomile concentrate anti-blemish masque was a step up in terms of drawing out impurities (I have a blog post on it). They also told me that the step up from the chamomile masque is the evening primrose masque. Anyways, thought you might be interested.

  18. beautyorsomethingcg

    Ok, I love that masque, but after finishing about 7 months ago I bought the anti-blemish chamomile concentrate masque (I have a blog post on it) and the aēsop people told me that was a step up in terms of blemish fighting and “drawing” of impurities. That one is great too. There’s also another step up from that called the evening primrose masque that I’ve been dying to try. Anyway, great post and great product!

    • Divya

      I am going to check out your post! I have heard of the Chamomile one.. but haven’t given it a go! I am still obsessed with this.. so will wait for it to stop working for me to jump on another! 😛

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