Aesop Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream

Over Christmas break my family and I had a staycation at a resort near the beach — a beautiful colonial hotel with a villa and private lap pool. The toiletries the hotel provided for us were all Aesop — their classic shampoo, geranium leaf body wash, orange rind concentrate balm, etc. The products were beautifully scented and blended in magically with the lush, earthy surroundings. Using each product was a luxurious, sensual experience.

And hence I was motivated to try out more Aesop products. I picked up a 60mL jar of the Camellia Nut Facial Hydrating Cream from the store at Ngee Ann City in Singapore, for S$63 (it retails here in the UK for £33).

The sales associate recommended this to me after I’d explained my skin issues — dryness, sensitivity, occasional breakouts. I have to say the service I received in-store was first-class. The sales associate was extremely polite and helpful, she explained each product patiently and in detail, and tested a few out on my hands to let me decide which one I wanted. My moisturiser was then placed in a linen dustbag and sprayed with perfume before being handed to me. I was given a generous amount of samples despite only purchasing this one item, and even personally escorted out of the store.


I’m a total sucker for packaging, and this comes in a beautiful minimalistic jar (like all Aesop products).


It’s a lightweight and gentle moisturiser with a pleasing scent — I’d say the strongest notes are camomile and lavender. Many people are against fragrance in skincare products, but this doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin at all — it gently hydrates, mattifies and softens my skin. (“Parfum” isn’t an ingredient in the list, the scent comes from all the oils, but I’m not sure if that counts as fragrance.) I love using this — it doesn’t feel oily at all, just soft and soothing — and I apply this every morning under my makeup. It’s got lots of beautiful ingredients like aloe leaf, camellia seed oil, macadamia oil, rosewood and cocoa seed butter. However, I need a stronger moisturiser at night for my dry skin and am still on the hunt for one.

Needless to say, I love this product and look forward to trying more from Aesop.