Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste

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Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste by Aesop


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Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste is designed to remove impurities and revitalise the skin. This perfectly balanced facial exfoliating paste is boosted with soothing botanicals, including Rosehip and Rosemary Leaf extracts.


The fine quartz particles in Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste, combined with lactic acid, exfoliate gently and thoroughly to leave skin feeling clean and refreshed.

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nice - 14-01-2019 by

I’ve been using this exfoliator for a few years now & absolutely adore it. I use it before I wash my face in the morning to prep my skin for my face wash/mask. The quartz feels as though it’s giving my skin a proper good scrub without stripping or irritating it. My skin is left feeling radiant & spots are kept at bay! I love the packaging too! I’m tempted to try the Malin + Goetz one, but fear I will miss this one too much.

Rare allergic reaction - 29-11-2018 by

I’m very rarely allergic but broke out in a severe rash from something in this. I’m a regular user of many Aesop products and nothing else has caused it. I had to see a doctor who prescribed antihistamine tablets.

I got Aesop’s loose exfoliating grains instead which works without problems.

Good - 23-11-2018 by

One of the best exfoliant's that I've ever tried! My skin was so smooth after and cleared up in the following days. I would definitely recommend it!

Best exfoliant ever - 13-11-2018 by

I love this product, it's one of my absolute favourites! I have problematic, oily + red skin and I find this works perfectly for me twice a week, followed by a face mask. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and rejuvenated. Compared to the more unnatural scrubs out there, this one is super gentle and doesn't leave your skin feeling weirdly tight or stripped. You also don't need to use a lot as the scrub goes a long way. I love it, highly recommend giving it a shot!

Too gritty for me - 05-11-2018 by

I was surprised to find out how gritty this was! Too rough for me and the smell was not pleasant at all, and i usually like the herbaceous Aesop scent! Might be better off using this on the body.

The smell is overbearing - 29-10-2018 by

I purchased this as I had not exfoliated for some time and was looking for a product that was suitable for my sensitive skin. I liked the soft feeling of my face after use. However, the smell is not only odd, it is absolutely putrid. I am not sure how I am going to be able to finish this product whilst dry reaching at every application.

Very effective exfoliator - bit too harsh for my face - 22-10-2018 by

I love Aesop, so to be honest I was a little surprised by they didn't quite nail it with this product. I use it on my body because its very effective and has quite a strange smell. I love aromatherapy and almost all essential oils but there's something quite odd about this smell, probably the lactic acid? Anyway. I definitely use mine on the body as its very effective and probably too harsh for my face (I have rosacea so have to exfoliate carefully) but I would love it if Aesop could improve the scent a little please! x

Delivers! - 17-10-2018 by

A great exfoliator, does the job very well. Can be a little rough, so probably ideal for use a couple of times a week.

Not for sensitive skin - 01-10-2018 by

I love a lot of the aesop hand wash and hand care products as they work well for sensitive skin, however this exfoliant didn't work for me. It was much too harsh for my face. I use it as a body exfoliator and it's good for that

Not for my skin - 26-09-2018 by

I really want to love the whole Aesop range, but I can't. I dream of having my bathroom stocked with their little glass jars and quality products, but my dream isn't going to come true. I used this exfoliant as it was recommended to me knowing I had rosacea and sensitive skin (not by Adorebeauty). For me, this exfoliant felt rough and not at all gentle in that sense and I didn't like the smell of it at all. The positives of this product are that yes, it did exfoliate, and it left my skin feeling soft and not stripped and dry or tight, even though my cheeks were a little sore from the exfoliant.
I would recommend this product to someone who doesn't have rosacea or sensitive skin, and who doesn't mind the smell. It's just not for me.

Supple and smooth - 07-09-2018 by

Received a sample with my recent order. I have combination skin but need extra hydration during the winter months. I normally use Skinstitute Gylocolic Scrub ( which is very good ) but with this Aesop Exfoliant Paste left my skin quite soft and nourished. I really think this would be the one to use during the cold, dry season.

Great product - 04-09-2018 by

I love this exfoliator. It's quite harsh so I only use it twice a week but it leaves my skin feeling so soft and clean.

GREAT FOR ALL - 30-07-2018 by

I have combination skin and it’s great for fighting blackheads and grime I the t-zone area. I usually use a mask straight afterwards to get the best benefit

Excellent general scrub - 13-07-2018 by

Such a good product - does what it says on the tin. Gentle enough to use a few times a week. I have oily skin that gets a bit dry in places during winter - this has never left me with that super dry, tight feeling some scrubs do. Received as a little sample in the Aesop store and purchased it within the week. Perfect if you're looking for a general use scrub :)

Best gentle facial exfoliant ever. - 10-07-2018 by

I am forever re purchasing this product it is so gentle and makes you feel fresh as a daisy after you use. My only wish is they made a larger tube as its so wonderful to use regularly. I have converted so many girlfriends to this product.

Absolute essential - 07-07-2018 by

I have combination skin with blemishes on my cheeks and forehead. I love using this mask a couple of times a week. It completely changes my skin into gorgeous, smooth and blemish free! Everyone in my family has tried it and it works so well on all their skin types, so i would really recommend this for everyone!

Love it - 04-07-2018 by

 I love the fine yet gentle exfoliation beads and it makes my skin so soft.


I have combination, acne-prone and sensitive skin so it is very hard to find products that don't break me out and irritate my skin. I started to use this after I received a sample and I fell in love with it. I use it once or twice a week depending on how i'm feeling and my skin has never looked better! I wake up with my face feeling so soft and smooth. It's quite gentle but very effective and it does not dry my face out at all. I absolutely love Aesop products and have never come across a product that I don't like.They are awesome products that give you excellent results! I will definitely keep repurchasing!

Awesome - 01-06-2018 by

This is so genlte but effective and the lactic acid is a seriously amazing addition to the formula!

Very gentle - 18-05-2018 by

I use to be worried about using exfoliators as I have quick sensitive skin however found this product to be super gentle and does the job.

Very exfoliating - be gentle! - 12-05-2018 by

This facial exfoliant does its job WELL - so well that I would recommend you applying the least amount of pressure possible to avoid potentially irritating your skin with the quartz particles. When I'm after a deep exfoliation, I very gently massage it all over my face and then leave on for 5 mins as it has lactic acid in it.

Effective scrub - 10-05-2018 by

I love the Aesop range, the scent is relieves a lot of stress. This scrub is effective, but it is slightly abrasive. Still very decent before a clay mask.

Amazing! - 29-04-2018 by

I've been using this exfoliant for almost a year and I can't imagine using anything else. I'm prone to dry skin, especially in winter and this has been perfect to remove dry, dead skin. I also have very sensitive skin and I've never had any reactions from the Aesop range.

Excellent Product - 05-04-2018 by

I have very sensitive skin and am very pleased with this product. It leaves my face and neck soft and feeling very clean. Will definitely purchase again.

Wonderful Quartz instead of plastic beads - 02-11-2017 by

Gentle and does a great job. Goes a long way so I end up using it on my shoulders and arms in the shower.

Perfect Exfoliant - 11-10-2017 by

This is the best exfoliant I’ve come across by far. The fine granulas aren’t harsh and my skin is left feeling so soft.

So happy to have found this - 21-07-2017 by

Great exfoliant that doesn't upset me skin. Leaves my skin so soft and fresh. would buy again

Great Product - 01-10-2014 by

It is a great exfoliator. Gentle but effective. I would purchase it again.

Gentle but very effective - 25-07-2014 by

I had heard good things about Aesop Purifying Facial Exfoliant Paste and it didn't disappoint, the quartz really gives a good exfoliation without drying out my skin.
My skin feels so soft and looks bright and clear after using this product.
I'm not a huge fan of the scent and I felt the price was a little steep but you need a minimal amount of product so the tube will last awhile.
I will purchase again and would recommend for anyone with drier or sensitive skin who still wants a really effective scrub!

- 24-01-2009 by

Great exfoliator that helps to keep my skin clear and smooth. Really not very keen on the smell, it is quite strong, but will buy again as I love how my skin feels and looks after I use it. Now a staple in my bathroom.

- 17-10-2008 by

A fantastic manual exfoliant. It's a little tube, but a little goes a long way and it will last me ages. The scent isn't for everyone, but I like it and the quartz in the product is lovely!

- 18-07-2008 by

I am a big fan of this stuff. It's not my favorite ever scrub, but it comes close. I love the fine yet gentle exfoliation beads and it makes my skin so soft.

- 10-07-2008 by

Rinses cleanly without any residue and leaves skin clean but not stripped and very soft. The strong rosemary scent is not for everyone, and the quartz exfoliants feel sort of hard and gritty but it is a gentle and very effective product.

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