A while ago Priceline had a 40% off all skincare sale on and based on a friend’s recommendation, I picked this Antipodes mini set to try out their products. Best thing was it had only cost me $12! It is a limited edition set but there seemed to be a lot of stock when I was there last (a week ago?) and they are still selling these minis at Priceline. Antipodes is a New Zealand brand but I believe they are available world wide at any good department store. Their main selling point seems to be that they use organic products and that their products have been scientifically tested. Even though they did get an independent test done with fibroblast cells, I honestly would take ‘scientifically tested’ with a grain of salt. I mean applying the product to live cells and applying it to your face is very different.
But anyway, this isn’t a scientific blog! It’s a beauty/lifestyle blog, so on to more interesting things!
Because I received two products in the set, I’ll break this post up into two sections – one for the face oil and the other for the Vanilla day cream.
Divine Face Oil
Avocado Oil and Rosehip (10ml)
Basically… It’s a face oil with avocado oil and rosehip oil to reduce the appearance of lines, age spots and scars that is suitable for most skin types. It comes with a dropper (as does most face oils) for ease of dispensing.
The Good Stuff… The texture is just right – not too runny and not too thick. I find that the Midnight recovery concentrate from Kiehl’s to be too runny and rosehip oils to be too thick. It also smells amazing! I don’t even know how they manage to make it smell like this but it has a floral scent that isn’t too overpowering combined with a nuttier fragrance. Once applied the scent is very soothing but you don’t notice it for long. It doesn’t take long for the oil to absorb and it won’t make a mess when sunscreen and makeup are layered over it. It leaves my face feeling moisturised but not oily and really does help to keep my oiliness at bay! (I know, who would’ve thought? Add face oil to combat face oil!)
Issues: I really have no complaints about this product! I can’t even think of one to include here. Maybe a gripe about the price? It’s $30 for a 30ml bottle (at full retail price) so it’s not exactly going to break the bank and sales come by pretty often. I don’t even think this is an issue!
Persea gratissma (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) oil, buxus chinensis (jojoba) oil, rosa canina (rosehip) oil, tocopherol (Vitamin E), essential oil fragrances of ylang ylang, sandalwood and jasmine: benzyl benzoate, benzyl salicylate, citronellol, d-limonenet, farnesol, geraniol, isoeugenol, linalool. *Last eight items are components of essential oils.
I rate it: 5/5
Repurchase? Yes! Once I’ve finished with the sample size I’ll be sure to repurchase the face oil!
Hydrating Day Cream (15ml)
Basically… It’s a day cream so it’s consistency is relatively thin. It is to be applied after the face oil for additional hydration.
The Good Stuff… This thing smells amazing, smells of vanilla but not it isn’t artifically sweet and has a hint of honey in it as well. It applies well and the scent does linger longer than the face oil’s scent but who doesn’t want to smell like vanilla and honey?! It is a very moisturising product and if you have dry skin, this will be right up your alley.
Issues: I wanted to love this so much but unfortunately I didn’t end up loving this as much as I love the face oil. It was too thick for me and I felt that it was more suited as a night cream. Due to its thickness, it took a while to absorb and I would go around with a heavy feeling on my face for a good half hour before everything went back to normal. I’m not the only one who has experienced this, Paris B of My Women Stuff has reported a similar finding with the Vanilla Pod day cream.
Ingredients: Aqua (water), butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, squalane (vegetable) extract, leptospermum scoparium mel (Active 20+ manuka) honey, persea gratissima (avocado) oil, macadamia ternifolia (macadamia nut) oil, cetearyl olivate, sorbitan olivate, lecithin (vegetable) extract, vitis vinifera (Vinanza Grape grapeseed) extract, macropiper excelsum (kawakawa leaf) extract, gluconolactone, sodium benzoate, calcium gluconate, fragrances of vanilla and mandarin: coumarin, d-limonene, linalool, citral, geraniol. * last five items are components of essential oils.
I rate it: 3/5
Repurchase? Sadly not, but if you have dry skin do check it out! It’ll probably be more beneficial for you.
In a Nutshell:
Antipodes is a promising brand and I’d be really interested in checking out the other products offered by this brand!