Whether I’ve tried them or not, I’ve usually at least heard of a natural or organic brand. But AEOS was completely new to me. And why ‘AEOS’? It stands for Active Energised Organic Skincare.
Active for the active properties of the ingredients used, be they plant extracts, essential oils, enzymes, etc.
Energised for the way the products support the user’s overall wellbeing (the ‘greater good’ in AEOS’ words).
Organic for obvious reasons (although AEOS also source ingredients produced bio-dynamically).
And Skincare. Because I suppose sometimes you have to call a spade a spade.
Their promotional material talks about a 3-phase system – renewal, rebalance, replenish. The products in the range sit within this system, which makes for a relatively simple way to navigate their offering. Cleansers and exfoliants sit in the renewal section, toners and hydrating mists in the rebalance section, and serums and moisturisers in the replenish section. And there are two pathways through the system – the swift ‘time saver’ sequence and the optimal ‘skin booster’ sequence.
That much I understood.
However, they also talk about spagyric tinctures, colour significance and ancient alchemical principles in their philosophy and this rather defeated me. I could just be a bit tired. But I read it more than once and it ‘ain’t going in. If you fancy trying for yourself you can find out more by clicking on the links.
So what of the products I tried? First up the Dew Facial Wash. You might know that I’m not a habitual user of face washes. But I really liked this one. It wasn’t at all drying. Not one bit. And even when I used it for a couple of days straight, it didn’t cause the usual slight dullness that I usually get in skin tone. Now AEOS recommend putting a few drops of the facial wash in a bowl of warm water, soaking a wash cloth in it and then laying it over the face for a few moments. And repeating up to 3 times. I tried this once and, I must confess, I found it to be a total faff. Rather nice as a ritual but not for the morning routine. However, just one pump used as a conventional face wash was absolutely lovely and considering how wedded I am to my oils and muslins, that’s saying something. It contains coconut, lemon and honey oils and it really did live up to its hydrating claims.
The Energising Conditioner really was great. It’s the ‘toner’ part of the sequence but much more than a toner. Texture wise it was hard to decide whether it was a fluid or a gel. It’s a very fluidy gel or maybe a slightly gel-like fluid. Well that’s cleared things up for you, I’m sure. You apply a couple of pumps to slightly damp skin after cleansing. It smells really great and I’m convinced it added another layer of hydration, while feeling cooling and refreshing.
Would I use them again. Definitely. But here’s the stinger. When I investigated the brand further on their website I discovered that they really aren’t cheap. £40 for a face wash, and £55 for just 30ml of the energising conditioner. That could be something to do with the crystal essences on both ingredients lists (including opal, amethyst, emerald and quartz…I think this is where the spagyric tinctures come in but I could be wrong). I really loved the effects of the Energising Conditioner in particular, but I might have to be earning slightly more before it becomes a core part of my routine. As an occasional indulgent treat…? Absolutely.
AEOS Skincare is available from their website. And the usual note – AEOS, please will you list all the ingredients for each product on your website and not just the key actives? It’s really great for customers to see this and it also saves me from developing carpal tunnel syndrome when copying them off the packaging.
Dew Facial Wash (apologies – these weren’t on the packaging and the only information from the website is as follows) Spelt Oil, Honey, Lemon Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Orange Extract. Colour: Blue -100% natural and plant derived blue extracted from gardenias. Crystal Essences: Opal, Amethyst, Charoite, Turquoise, Emerald, Quartz, Chrysoprase.
Energising Conditioner: Rosa Damascena flower water, water, Rosa centifolia (rose) extract, Glycerin, Rose Flower Oil, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) distillate, Triticum spelta (spelt) germ extract, Gluconolactate, Arginine, Soritan Laurate, Salvia officinalis (sage) extract, Betula alba (birch) bark extract, Xanthan gum, Glyceryl cocate, Hypericum perforatum (St John’s Wort) Extract, Gardenia florida extract, Sodium benzoate, Opal essence, Amethyst essence, Charoite essence, Turquoise essence, Emerald essence, Quartz essence, Chrysoprase essence, Geraniol, Eugenol, Citronellol.
Disclosure: AEOS were kind enough to send me samples of the products trialled for this review. However, in keeping with my own policy, I’m writing about them here because I like them and would happily recommend them to others.