Review: Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Facial Toner

This is my first Aesop product ever. I wanted to get a few things from them when I tested it at the store, but I can’t remember why I didn’t get them. These smell delicious, like aromatherapy in a bottle. So when I saw this at 50% off, I grabbed it immediately. That was a while back, and I only started using this a month ago. Thought I’d tell you about it before delaying it for another year šŸ˜›


I wanted a toner without alcohol and this fits the bill. I didn’t know what to expect, but anything anti oxidant sounds good. There is quite a strong floral lavender scent to it, so if you’re not a fan of lavender, then you might not like it. I love it! It calms and balances the skin, evening the skin tone at the same time. I use this after cleansing but instead of using a facial cotton, I just splash a little on my palm and then pat it onto my skin. There is slight stickiness to it initially, but after a while, it absorbs into the skin. I find that even after it is absorbed, there is still a slight tackiness which I don’t mind, since I follow with serum and moisturizer.




Applying toner for me, is like a bridging step from cleansing to treatment. It preps my skin for what’s to come. This one, I find, does calm my skin because I find that my skin is less red after I’ve been using this. There is no other change in my skincare routine. If you’re not a believer in using toner, then I suppose this won’t grab your attention. I won’t tell you this product is going to make you go wow because it doesn’t. Basically, I enjoy the scent and it’s a habit of me to use a toner, so it’s a bonus my skin feels calmer šŸ™‚


Aesop toner


I want to try something else from Aesop so do you have anything else to recommend? I mean, it’s a really safe option to try a toner because there won’t be miracles and if a brand can get a toner wrong, then it’s pretty much hopeless. I’ve read that the rest of the Parsley Seed line is pretty good. Should I try the cleanser next?


xoxo Lily



Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Water (Aqua), Polysorbate 80, Sodium Lactate, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Phenoxyethanol, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Ormenis Multicaulis Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Oil, Methylisothiazolinone, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Linalool, d-Limonene


  • OMG this brand. On the college road trip we discovered Portland had an Aesop store! They loaded us up with samples and everything is SO GOOD. I kick myself for not picking products, but I wanted to try first before committing. Ive heard really good things about the Parsley Seed Deep Cleanser and that’s on my list whenever I can find a store again!

    • Lily

      I should try their cleanser next! That is after I’m done with what I have. Shouldn’t be hard šŸ™‚

  • I always go for very gentle toners (like the Avene one), this one sounds great as well! I haven’t really tried anything from the brand yet but I’ve been reading so much about the Parsley Seed line, I’m probably going to start with the mask. šŸ˜‰

    • Lily

      Do let me know how the mask works for you. Yet to explore much from the brand myself!

  • Hey Lily, I love Aesop, but I haven’t tried this yet! I am slowly warming up to toners again, but I really can’t say they make much of a difference in general. I really love the oil from the parsley seed line. You should give that a go next šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I need to get a sample of the oil one day. One thing about oil is that I sometimes break out from it. So, must sample before purchasing the full sized item!

  • Stumbled onto Aesop a long time ago when they were much smaller and indie, but found the creams too thick for my teenage skin. Now slowly beginning to take interest in them again, but for now just their exfoliating handwash and handcream.

    • Lily

      I never really got into hand creams until I used the one by Clarins. I should try the one from Aesop one day!

  • I agree, toners are fairly innocuous for trialling something! I like alcohol-free toners, too. I feel like they help to prep skin before I apply all the heavy duty stuff.

    • Lily

      I didn’t used to mind having alcohol in toners but now, I look for something without alcohol for sure! Must be the age thing. LOL!

  • Jaa

    I use toner every morning and evening myself. Not really sure if it does anything but I sure feel better when I use it (maybe it’s all in the head? haha). I am using the Chanel Le Blanc lotion right now and it sounds very similar to this one, with a bit of stickiness that is. šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I didn’t think toner did much, but I do feel the difference when I’m NOT using toner. I guess it’s really individual preference, and age can be a factor too

  • Liz

    I have a sample of the Parsley Seed Mask or something like that – should dig out and try! I think the brand focuses on being gentle to the skin. I’ve used their spot treatment that felt healing and calming although it didn’t eradicate spots fast enough for me. šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      Many people seem to talk about their Parsley Seed line. Tempted to try their cleanser next.

  • Can’t live w/o toner. I think its one of the most important steps. I still use a stronger version from Biore to completely cleanse skin of all oil and dirt, even after cleansing. This product looks very soothing šŸ™‚

    • Lily

      I haven’t tried a toner from Biore before, but I love their makeup removers!