Allow me to explain why this serum is special. As the name suggests, Aesop’s Lucent Facial Concentrate is a hydrating, brightening vitamin C serum with a botanical ingredient story that you would expect from an Aesop product. Key extracts in the formula include rose petals (which are also responsible for the light floral scent), red algae, and frankincense. However, there are also tried-and-true ingredients, such as glycerin, niacinamide, and sodium ascorbyl phosphate (a form of vitamin C). The texture hits somewhere between a serum and a face oil, which I personally love since it feels really nourishing on the skin. At $125 for a hefty 2-ounce bottle (for reference, a 1-ounce bottle of SkinCeuticals CE Ferulic goes for $182), it’s obviously not cheap — but a surprisingly solid value when you consider comparable luxury serums.