In Conversation with Suzanne Santos of Aesop Skincare: The New Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum


Rich in antioxidants, the new Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum makes for an effective treatment to protect and fortify the skin against your common environmental pollutants. The new heart of their fan-favourite Parsley Seed collection, this moisture boosting serum is suitable for all skin types and is an ideal solution for those living in urban environments and warm climates like ours. Grape Seed, green tea, parsley seed extracts, and vitamin E marry together to create an imperceptible yet effective barrier on the skin that effortlessly defends for a healthier, radiant complexion. 



Our first impressions of the new Intense serum is its unique texture and feel. Its rich and bodied but blends and spreads onto the skin with utmost ease. Ideal for our hot and humid climate, it doesn’t cling on to the skin very long and seeps in within seconds of application. Mimicking the effects of a protective veil on the skin “its able to put an invisible and very flexible veil-like surface over the skin so that you don’t lose moisture as you can traditionally do” explains Suzanne Santos, chief customer officer of Aesop Skincare.

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“What you are going to feel is this really quite sensuous viscosity to the product. When you may have felt like you’ve applied too much, don’t worry as it all will completely disappear into the skin. This new technology has allowed us to add protection through antioxidants through the parsley seed perspective.”


An updated version of the classic Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Serum, the Intense in its name is an homage to the prolific updates to the formula. “It’s a magnificent product. It’s just an intense experience that favours your skin. We would inadequately be describing this serum if we didn’t add that word.” With their own internal team even asking for the product prior to its launch—that’s when you know the serum is a true winner.



When asked what products from Aesop would play best with the new Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum, Suzanne recommonds the Parsley Seed cleanser, Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque and the Lucent Facial Concentrate. “I would definitely go with the primrose mask. It’s got a lovely geranium scent, and it couldn’t comfort you more. Tactile like all Aesop products, you can cleanse quickly, put it on, sit down, watch Netflix—it really is a absolute saviour if you just want to cleanse and do something great to the skin.” 

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Combining the Vitamin C magic of the Lucent, the pair becomes a powerful duo that’s rich and abundant in antioxidants. “Lucent and Parsley Seed together are the sisters that you want in your bathroom. They behave like sister. One has a viscosity that is almost wet but evaporates immediately places that protective veil and it’s a great combination to start your day with.”


Lastly, addressing the modern day skin woes of maskne, Suzanne assures us that the Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum is definitely an ideal solution.  “When you think about where the irritation is formed underneath the mask and you think about the skin sweating or the products layed atop, it can get very dense—the Intense serum will be able to exacerbate it. The use of the parsley seed is really optimum for this time.” 

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However, her concluding comment regarding maskne is a statement that even we’re guilty of. “We are all lazy cleansers” says Suzanne. “The importance of cleansing is operative! I know we treat it with disdain and spend the least amount on it, but just a five second addition to cleansing will make the biggest of difference to the skin. “Letting the cleanser do its job is a good beginning for a problem like the constant use of the mask.”


The Aesop shopping experience is always best done in stores and we’re so glad that we’re now allowed back to shop our favourite Aesop essentials. For more information on the new Aesop Parsley Seed Anti-Oxidant Intense Serum, click here.