Aesop Remove Eye Makeup Remover

Aesop Remove Eye Makeup Remover

What They Have to Say

Gentle oil-based eye makeup remover for most skin types.
Grape Seed oil assists makeup to dissolve easily – even the most stubborn or waterproof – while Blue Chamomile soothes and calms the particularly sensitive area around the eyes.

Aēsop®

EWG Rating

EWG Rating

pH – Unknown

Ingredients

Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil

Concerns
  1. Contamination Concerns

About Remove Eye Makeup Remover

We take back what we said about the Tea Tree Facial Exfoliant, THIS is Aesop’s cleanest product, and one that we love at the Clean Beauty Compendium.

Aesop’s Remove is a gentle oil-based eye makeup remover, and is their simplest formula with only three ingredients! Instead of opting for the more drying but lash-friendly castor oil, the base of this eye makeup remover is grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oil is very light and has a very low comedogenic score. And for an added bonus… it mimics your skin’s natural sebum so it will trick your skin into thinking it is secreting the right amount of oil, reducing your skin’s oil output! That sounds like a win-win to us.

A look inside Aesop Remove - photo by makeupandbeauty.com

 

How it looks - Photo by makeupandbeauty.com

How it looks – Photo by makeupandbeauty.com

It also contains Blue (or German) Chamomile which contains azulene (the compound that makes it blue). Azulene is a powerful anti-inflammatory which makes it ideal for calming sensitive skin. The downside with this ingredient as part of an eye makeup remover is the strong smell. Remove may be a product you want to avoid if you have sensitive eyes.

The third ingredient is vitamin E. Vitamin E can be great for skin and lash health, but without knowing if the vitamin E Aesop uses is non-GMO, we have no idea if this has a high risk of clogging your pores. So far, none of us have had this experience, but everyone’s skin is a rebel and it does what it wants.

If Remove sounds like exactly what you want from an eye makeup remover, then you will get 2 fluid ounces (60 mL) for your hard-earned $23.00, which equals about $11.50 per ounce or $0.38 per milliliter. This is a decent price compared to similar products on the market.

A look inside Aesop Remove - photo by makeupandbeauty.com

Something important to note: If you have lash extensions, this may be something you put off purchasing. Remove is an oil-based eye makeup remover, and it will not only remove your eyeshadow, but also your extensions.

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

Aesop Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

What They Have to Say

A dry mix of crushed botanicals to buff and scrub combination or normal skin. When mixed with an Aesop cleanser (gel or cream-based), this powder of ground Tea Tree leaves, crushed nut shells and purified clay sloughs away tired surface cells to effect immaculately cleansed and polished skin.

Aēsop®

About Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant

Aesop’s Tea Tree Leaf Facial Exfoliant is without a doubt Aesop’s cleanest product. It is an anhydrous powder exfoliant of ground Tea Tree leaf and walnut shell powder with Illite, aloe leaf powder, and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate.

Tea Tree has become a very popular additive to all personal care products over the last two years, but it has been used for centuries all over the world! It is most used in products for oily, acne-prone skin and itchy, irritated scalps. While it works amazingly for those two applications, Tea Tree has a host of other benefits – including as a natural anti-fungal treatment – and is very safe for sensitive skin. Walnut shell powder on the other hand is a fantastic exfoliant, but definitely not friendly to sensitive skin. Even the finest ground walnut shell powder will have a few larger chunks in it than can irritate sensitive skin.

Aesop Tea Tree Facial Exfoliant - Photo from beautylab.nl

Aesop Tea Tree Facial Exfoliant – Photo from beautylab.nl

 

Aloe leaf powder is another ingredient with thousands of years of use and many proven benefits. Here it is primarily used for its soothing properties. Illite clay is one of the more harsh clays used in skincare and is more suited for oily skin types that need deeper detoxification, and it should not be used with sensitive skin. Aesop also adds a coconut-derived powdered surfactant (sodium lauryl sulfoacetate) to this to help enhance slip across the skin and improve cleansing.

They recommend using this exfoliant twice a week, but here at tCBC we’ve found that once a week does a great job and minimizes your chances of sensitizing your skin… which never ends well.

All-in-all, you get 1.1 ounces (about 32 ml) for $40.00, which equals about $36.36 an ounce or $1.25 per milliliter. A bit of a hefty price tag considering none of the ingredients are made using a special process, and this is a simple product to make.

EWG Rating

EWG Rating

pH – Unknown

Ingredients

Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Powder, Juglans Regia (Walnut) Shell Powder, Illite, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract

Concerns
  1. Multiple additive exposures
Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream

What They Have to Say

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

Aēsop®

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

Ingredients

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

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

Aesop Fabulous Face Oil

What They Have to Say

Nine carefully selected botanicals deliver exceptional hydrating and fortifying benefits to detoxify, smooth and balance normal or patchy skin, with a non-greasy finish. Suited to all seasons, cities and skin types.

Aēsop®

About Fabulous Face Oil

Inside Aesop's Fabulous Face Oil - Photo from Lolassecretbeautyblog.com

Inside Aesop’s Fabulous Face Oil – Photo from Lolassecretbeautyblog.com

Aēsop’s Fabulous Face Oil boasts nine oils, including: Macadamia Nut, Hazel Seed, Almond, Camellia Seed, Wheat Germ, and Evening Primrose Oils. It also contains Juniper, Jasmine, and Ylang Ylang botanical oils. Juniper oil is well known as an astringent, detoxifier, and irritant soother (great for easily irritated, congested skin). Jasmine oil can have a firming effect on skin and is used in aromatherapy as an aphrodisiac. Ylang Ylang oil can contribute to glowing skin and has a very uplifting scent that is great for combating stress.

Their site states that this oil is great for all skin types in all seasons in all cities. Truthfully, this oil is BEST suited for normal skin prone to dry patches that may have some mild congestion due to pollution. If your skin is highly prone to breakouts, here are the comedogenic scores (0 [low] – 5 [high]) for the oils in this facial oil:

Camellia Seed – 1

Hazel Seed – 1

Sweet Almond – 2

Evening Primrose – 2

Macadamia Nut – 2-3

Wheat Germ – 5

In total, you get 0.9 fluid ounces (25 mL) for $57.00, which equals about $2.28 per milliliter.

Aēsop has mastered the aesthetic portion of making products! But, if you don’t need Aēsop’s gorgeously simple amber, tan, and black bottles in your life, there are other facial oils with no potentially irritating added fragrance ingredients that keep your skin healthy and hydrated for less.

EWG Rating

EWG Rating

pH – Unknown

Ingredients

Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Camellia Japonica Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazel) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil, Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol, Farnesol, Benzyl Salicylate, Geraniol, Benzyl Alcohol

Concerns
  1. Multiple additive exposures
  2. Irritation (skin, eyes, lungs)
  3. Allergies/Immunotoxicity
Glossier Clear Lip Gloss

Glossier Clear Lip Gloss

About Glossier Clear Lip Gloss

This lip gloss is thick, yet deceptively comfortable to wear… as long as you apply a thin layer. It contains conditioning vitamin E in the form of tocopheryl acetate (more susceptible to contamination than traditional tocopherol).

As emollients, it uses hydrogenated polyisobutene (extremely common in potted lip balms) and jojoba oil. Glossier refers to this blend of emollients as Gloss – Lock Technology.

There is a very subtle fragrance to it that will only be irritating to the most sensitive skin and/or nose.

In total, you get .14 fluid ounces/4.2 ml of lip gloss for $14.00 (about $3.33/ml).

This clear lip gloss is surprisingly enjoyable… mostly because I am not a lip gloss person (AT ALL)! And it leaves a perfect healthy pink flush after all of the gloss has worn off… hours later. Thanks to Glossier, I am a partial convert.

Alex's Review

EWG Rating

EWG Rating
Ingredients

Hydrogenated Polyisobutene, Octyldodecanol, Polybutene, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance, Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 6 (CI 15850)

Concerns

First and foremost. I am sad to say that the fragrance is not natural or phthalate-free. Personal preference prevails here.

If you are cool with artificial fragrance, then your only two concerns would be:

  1. Allergic Reactions
  2. Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)

A quick side note for if you have very sensitive, or very acne-prone skin:
This lip gloss is very thick and could cause some breakouts around your mouth as it spreads during eating.

Glossier Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter

Glossier Haloscope Dew Effect Highlighter

About Glossier Haloscope Highlighter

Glossier Haloscope dew effect highlighter comes in three colors: Moonstone, Quartz, and Topaz––all of which are flattering on most skin tones. As the names suggest all three shades contain their corresponding gem stones in their ingredients. As with other Glossier products, a little also goes a long way.

This highlighter is a dewy balm, rather than a glittery spotlight, that leaves your skin looking radiant and hydrated with a little bit of a wet look. Your skin will look like you’ve been drinking all of your water and getting 8 hours of sleep every night. It wears extremely well throughout the day and does not disappear either.

For those with oily skin, hakuna matata! It doesn’t overly enhance the look of pores or look like an oil-slick just happened across your cheeks.

Glossier Haloscope dew effect highlighter retails for $22.00 USD, and you get 0.19 ounces/5.5 grams (which comes out to $4.55 per gram).

Overall EWG Rating

Moonstone

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

Quartz

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

Topaz

EWG Skin Deep Database - 2

Ingredients
Moonstone––Coming Soon
Quartz––
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Quartz, Sodium Hyaluronate,Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Carmine (CI 75470)

Topaz––
Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Beeswax, Mica, Silica, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Topaz, Tocopheryl Acetate, Nylon-12, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tin Oxide, Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891)

Concerns with this Product:

  1. Irritation (eyes, skin, & lungs)
  2. Bioaccumulation
  3. Contamination concerns