Amazing Face Cleanser (By Aesop) review

Amazing by Name, Amazing by Nature: A Review of Aesop’s ‘Amazing Face Cleanser’

"The exfoliating effect of Citric Acid was visible, my skin was glowing, it was like I had just walked out of a spa treatment."
Updated: June 21, 2023

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Let’s talk about the one skincare product we can’t ignore – a trusty face cleanser. I know, the options are seemingly endless, and it feels like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack. I’ve been there too, navigating this labyrinth of beauty products, but I’ve found something that’s truly worth sharing!

Let me introduce you to the Amazing Face Cleanser by Aesop, a product that has been gracing my skincare routine over the past couple of weeks. I’m going to share my personal journey with this cleanser, the effects I’ve noticed, and my deep dive into the labyrinth of ingredients that make up this beauty potion.

You know, I’ve been on a never-ending quest for that perfect cleanser that maintains my skin’s natural harmony while ruthlessly evicting all the grime and pollutants. Almost like a chivalrous knight. I feel like I’ve finally found it!

And no, this isn’t a paid endorsement or a nifty promotional trick. This review is nothing but my own experiences and opinions – pure, unadulterated, and 100% Tina-approved! Buckle up, we’re diving in!

Spilling the Tea about the Amazing Face Cleanser

Aesop’s Amazing Face Cleanser is like your skin’s daily spa appointment. It aims to purify your skin, restoring its radiance without disrupting its natural balance. It’s perfect for your face and neck, leaving them feeling oh-so-refreshed.

And to my fellow animal advocates, rejoice! Aesop is a cruelty-free brand! The 100ml bottle lasts a good two months with regular use.

While it works a charm on oily, combination, or open-pored skin and is a godsend in warm, humid climates, if your skin leans more toward the sensitive side, I’d recommend a patch test.

I’ve been a fan of Aesop’s skincare offerings for quite some time now. Their products have a certain je ne sais quoi that leaves me coming back for more.

What makes this cleanser truly stand out though? The ingredients, my friend! Hang tight as we dissect the key players in this skincare gem a little later.

Hands-On: Does The Amazing Face Cleanser Work?

We’ve all been there, opening a new product with bated breath, wondering, will this be the game-changer for my skin? I’ve had my fair share of let-downs with face cleansers in the past, some leaving me too dry, others making my T-zone oilier than a NYC pizza slice. So, when the Amazing Face Cleanser came across my desk, I felt that familiar tingling of hope and skepticism. But, spoiler alert: this product was ready to defy my expectations.

It was a sunny Tuesday morning when I opened the lid for the first time. A dollop the size of a quarter found its way onto my palm. Not too much, not too little – just right for my face and neck. I lathered it into my skin and the first thing that hit me was that delectable scent of Ylang Ylang and Mandarin. I felt like I was on a tropical vacation, palm trees and all. Who knew washing your face could be so invigorating?

Now, I know you’re probably wondering, “Sure Tina, it smells nice, but did it do the job?” Here’s where things get exciting. In the first week itself, I could see a difference in the way my skin felt – refreshed, balanced, and cleaner than ever before. The citrusy notes of mandarin were not just there to provide a sensory delight; they were quietly working away at cleansing my skin and tightening my pores. Meanwhile, the Ylang Ylang was lending a hand at balancing my oil production.

A couple of weeks in, my stubborn blackheads decided it was time to pack up and leave. A delightful result that I had not anticipated but gladly welcomed! The exfoliating effect of Citric Acid was visible, my skin was glowing, it was like I had just walked out of a spa treatment. The Amazing Face Cleanser had managed to do what many others had failed to – cleanse thoroughly without stripping away my skin’s natural moisture.

I remember this one evening when I came back home after a long day, my skin screaming under layers of makeup and pollution. As I massaged the Amazing Face Cleanser into my skin, it was like a deep exhale, letting go of the day’s stress, grime, and environmental pollutants. After washing it off, I looked in the mirror expecting to see my tired, dull skin. Instead, I was greeted by my own reflection with a fresh, rejuvenated complexion, almost like I had hit the refresh button on my skin.

However, I’d be lying if I said the journey was entirely rainbows and sunshine. The product’s texture took me a little while to get used to. The low-foaming gel didn’t lather as much as I was accustomed to with other cleansers. Initially, it made me wonder if it was cleansing thoroughly, but the proof lay in the results: smooth, clear skin that felt thoroughly clean without the typical tightness or dryness.

In the end, the Amazing Face Cleanser surprised me. The balance of hydration and deep cleansing it offered was truly impressive. And while it had its minor hiccups, they didn’t overshadow the multitude of skin benefits I reaped. So, is this cleanser perfect? Well, nothing is, but this one is surely doing a great job trying to be.

How I Used The Amazing Face Cleanser

The moment I held the Amazing Face Cleanser in my hands, it was love at first touch. The sleek packaging, the subtle sheen, the sturdy bottle – it was an entire sensory experience before I even unscrewed the cap. It felt every bit as luxurious as my favorite designer handbag and had me excited to introduce it to my bathroom counter. To me, skincare is more than just a routine – it’s a ritual of self-love and self-care, and this product certainly fit the bill.

I could already envision gifting this to my best friend on her birthday or surprising my mom with it on our next Sunday brunch. The sheer quality and thoughtfulness of the packaging whispered ‘luxury’, making it a perfect special occasion gift.

Now, let’s get to the crux of it – the actual application of the Amazing Face Cleanser. The first time I massaged it into my skin, it felt like a serene, zen-like experience. The cleanser felt feather-light against my skin, its texture being as soothing as the gentle lullaby of a mother to her child. I used a cherry-sized amount, perfect to work up a gentle lather to cleanse my face and neck without being too overpowering.

Over time, I started to experiment with the quantity, playing Goldilocks until I found the ‘just right’ amount for my skin. It turned out, a bit less than I initially used worked even better for my skin type, but I can see how some people might prefer a little more.

As a skincare enthusiast who has tried more products than I can count on my fingers and toes, I can confidently say that the Amazing Face Cleanser has earned its place in my routine. It slots right in after my makeup removal and before my toning step, providing the perfect cleansing action without disrupting the balance of my skin.

The reason behind this ideal fit is the formulation – it’s gentle enough to not strip the skin of its natural oils but effective enough to remove any impurities, excess oil, or residual makeup. This combination is what makes it not just a product, but a harmonious symphony of ingredients working together to create an enchanting skincare melody that your skin will love to dance to.


Ingredients, the heart, and soul of any skincare product. They’re the ones working behind the scenes, turning promise into reality. Let’s decode the ingredients in the Amazing Face Cleanser:

  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: First off, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, a surfactant frequently used in skincare products for its cleansing and foaming properties. Now, this might ring some alarm bells for some, as it can be a little too efficient at its job, stripping away natural oils and potentially causing irritation for those with sensitive skin. My skin didn’t react adversely, but everyone’s skin is unique and if you have a sensitive skin type, you might want to do a patch test before diving in headfirst.
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil: Next, we have Tea Tree Leaf Oil, a superstar ingredient known for its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. If you’ve ever battled acne, you and tea tree oil have probably crossed paths. In my case, I’ve found it to be a skin savior, helping me to manage and reduce my acne flare-ups. This ingredient adds value to the cleanser by providing a deep, thorough cleanse that goes beyond just removing dirt and grime.
  • Ylang Ylang Oil: Now, this is an ingredient that doesn’t get enough applause. Ylang Ylang oil is quite a multitasker. Not only does it help balance oil production, making it an excellent ingredient for those battling oily skin or combination skin, but it also has a distinctive, exotic aroma. This means it also functions as a natural fragrance in the formula. Every time I use this cleanser, the light floral scent makes me feel like I’m in my own mini spa session.
  • Citric Acid: Let’s talk about Citric Acid, an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) derived from citrus fruits. It’s here to provide a mild exfoliating effect, sloughing away the top layer of dead skin cells, revealing a brighter, fresher complexion. I credit this ingredient for that glowing, post-cleanse look that I absolutely adore.
  • Methylchloroisothiazolinone and Methylisothiazolinone: These are two preservatives used to extend the product’s shelf-life and prevent the growth of bacteria and fungi in the cleanser. Although they’re generally safe for use, there have been concerns about their potential to cause skin irritation or allergies, especially for those with sensitive skin. Although I personally didn’t experience any negative reactions, I felt it was important to mention for those with particularly sensitive skin.

Aesop has certainly impressed me with this intricate balance of ingredients, each with a unique role contributing to the performance and experience of using the Amazing Face Cleanser.

Final Verdict

I’ve navigated the world of face cleansers like a seasoned sailor navigating choppy seas. And I must admit, the Amazing Face Cleanser holds its ground amidst the high tides.

If you were to ask me, “Tina, would you recommend this?” My answer would be a resounding “YES!”

I’d give it an 8.5 out of 10, taking into account the results, formulation, brand reputation, and the overall experience of using it. While it hasn’t usurped the throne from my tried-and-true cleanser, that’s more of a personal preference.

What I love most about my job is sharing these finds with all of you. Here’s to hoping that this review helps you navigate the beauty aisles with a little more insight and confidence. After all, in the world of skincare, knowledge is power, and I hope I’ve managed to pass on a bit of mine to you today!

You can buy the Amazing Face Cleanser on Aesop’s website and from other authorized retailers.

Until next time, keep glowing, my friends!

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