Antipodes mini brand focus - review of Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip, the Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream and the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
August 18, 2014
A few weeks ago Priceline were having 40% off skincare and I decided to use that as an opportunity to try out some Antipodes products. Antipodes is a brand that I have been wanting to try for ages, it is a New Zealand organic brand and it has only recently been introduced in Priceline. It's not the cheapest brand in the world, which is why I was waiting for a sale to pick some products up.
Priceline don't stock the whole range, so there were a few products (like the cleansing butter) that I had on my wish list that I wasn't able to pick up and, being day 2 of the sale, there were a few products that I wanted that were sold out (like the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Care).
I ended up getting the Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip, the Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream and the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream.
Now, one thing that I think is very important to touch on is that the way you are reading the word Antipodes is 99% guaranteed to be pronounced incorrectly. It is pronounced an-tip-uh-deez, and whenever I'm about to say it out loud, I need to think "how you normally pronounce it is wrong! It's the other way!".
One thing worth noting about this brand is that I really like the packaging. I has a nice quality to it with the jars being made out of glass and the tube being made out of metal. The green design of the labels also emphasise that this is a green and natural range. The directions for use are also written in an almost poetic way. For example, the Rejoice moisturisers "daily ritual" instructions are: delicately apply to your face, neck and cleavage at sunrise or whenever your skin needs hydration during the hours of sunlight.
There are four serums/oils in the Antipodes range, but I picked up the Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip because I love using rosehip oil as a night treatment, so this could easily slip into my night routine (also because the other serums were seriously pricy and I really didn't NEED anymore skincare at the moment). I am actually really enjoying using this oil. It is similar to a basic rosehip oil but it feels a little more hydrating and it has a nice herbal (almost minty) scent to it. It makes my skin feel super plump without making me feel greasy. This retails for $28.99 but on sale I bought mine for around $17.
Since the Vanilla Bean day cream had sold out, I decided to pick up the Rejoice High Facial Day Cream. I am IN LOVE with this day cream. It comes in a sleek metal tube which is a nice change from all of the pots and pumps I have all over my sink (really, you should see my bathroom these days, it is out. of. control!). What I love most is that it feels thick but smooth, luxurious, and deliciously hydrating, yet it doesn't feel heavy or greasy during the day. This is probably one of the only thick day creams that my oily combo skin can handle, but I have been really enjoying using it. My only mini criticism is that the scent isn't my favourite. This has a faint almond scent which isn't bad, but it isn't the best. If this had a fresher scent or a more vanilla scent then this would be heaven. This retails for $48.99 for 60ml - it's not cheap, but it is really lovely to use. I recommend keeping your eyes peeled for a sale (I bought this for closer to $30).
Lastly is the Kiwi Seek Oil Eye Cream. I have heaps of eye creams on the go at the moment, but this was the last one left on the shelf so I thought it must be great... also the box claims that it is shown to increase collagen production by up to 82%. This was probably my least favourite of the three products, it's not that its bad... it's just not as good as the other products. This is a nice light eye cream but what I didn't like about it (it's a bit of a pet peeve with a lot of eye creams) is that it is too thin. This means that when I blend it in (and I only use a tiny amount) I end up rubbing it into my cheeks and down my face because it spreads too easily . I much prefer a thick gel/cream that only requires a small amount of blending to work it into the under eye area and allows me to apply a thick layer at night. I haven't noticed any amazing effects (yet) but I have only been using it as a day eye cream as it is very light weight. This retails for $44.99 (I got it for around $27) but it contains a VERY generous 30ml, which will last aaages since a little goes a very long way.
So that's it! That is my first adventure into Antipodes. I am loving the brand as a whole so far and would love to hear any suggestions on what product to pick up next!