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Containing potent doses of fatty acids, this rich cream hydrates and nourishes normal, dry and stressed skin.


About Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

This is one of Aesop’s more reasonably priced products. Their Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream contains few added-fragrance ingredients and focuses more on skin-benefiting ingredients, such as rosemary, lavender, and sage.

Rosemary, lavender, and sage are all soothing to the skin as well as the senses. Rosemary is astringent and balancing; lavender is toning, anti-aging, soothing, and just all around a kickass ingredient to have in skincare; and sage is on the same playing field as lavender and both help to balance emotions (great at the end of an especially stressful day).

This is an oil based facial hydrating cream that contains: Hazel Seed, Sweet Almond, Macadamia Seed, Evening Primrose, Wheat Germ, and Rosehip Oils. All of these oils, with the exception of Wheat Germ, score low on the comedogenic score.

If you know that wheat germ oil causes your skin to break out, this facial hydrating cream is best avoided.

The Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream is definitely geared towards you out there with dry to very dry skin as many of the oils have a good Omega fatty acid profile. This also makes a winter face cream for those with normal skin during the summer that becomes dry in the winter.

As far as bang for your buck goes, you get 2 fluid ounces (60 mL) for $49.00, which equals about $24.50 an ounce or $0.81 per milliliter. Compared to some of the other Aesop products we’ve featured on the site… this cream seems like a steal. But not if you are sensitive to added fragrances.

EWG Rating

EWG Rating

pH – Unknown


Water (Aqua), Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, PEG-20 Stearate, Rosa Canina Fruit Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Disodium EDTA, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Sodium Citrate, Linalool, d-Limonene

  1. Multiple Additive Exposures
  2. Contamination Concerns
  3. Irritation (skin, eyes, lungs)
  4. Allergies/Immunotoxicity
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