When you get to a certain age (mid… OK late 30s in my case) your old face wash and moisturiser combo just doesn’t cut it any more. The skin around my eyes, in particular, is getting rather wrinkly, so I am keen to find something natural that will help. Natural beauty superstore Love Lula* recently had an offer on Antipodes skincare, where you got their Grace Cleanser free when you bought two other products from their line.
As I was on the look out for a new cleanser anyway, and the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream gets great reviews, I thought I’d give them a whirl. I chose the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator for my third product, as again, it has rave reviews. Do they live to the hype?
Antipodes Organic Skincare Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser
This cleanser is lovely to use. It smells pretty good, and is really creamy. You just massage it into dry skin and then wash off. However I find that it leaves a bit of a film on the skin, thanks to the moisturising ingredients. This is something I’ve found with every other cream or balm cleanser, so I use a muslin square soaked in warm water, to polish the cleanser off. I then use a cotton wool pad soaked in micellar water to remove every last trace. I really rate Madera Micellar Water, which came in my Love Lula Beauty Box a few months ago. The double cleansing has down really helped my skin – it’s noticeably clearer and more even. You can buy Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser from Love Lula for £24.99*.
Antipodes Organic Skincare Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream
I had high hopes for this eye cream, but I have to admit, I haven’t noticed any difference yet. It feels lovely on the skin, and I am also using it around my lips. It’s nice and moisturising without feeling too heavy, but I can’t see much of a difference in my lines or dark shadows. I will carry on using it though as it’s nice to use and certainly isn’t having an adverse effect. A word of warning though – it really stings if you accidentally get it in your eye! You can buy Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream from Love Lula for £24.99*.
EDIT: It’s now August and I’v been using this eye cream every night and I can say with confidence that my underage shadows have improved, which is a win for me! I think I’ve got about another three months’ worth of eye cream left in the pot too, as you only need to use a tiny amount.
Antipodes Organic Skincare Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator
I think you need to break the rules with this one – my sister used it when she came to stay and said she didn’t think it worked very well. This is because she followed the directions: the packaging says to massage this exfoliator over damp skin. But I find it’s much more effective if you apply it to dry skin, then rinse off. It’s more of a polish than an exfoliator in my opinion, and has very fine particles, making it good for more sensitive skin. Again it’s really pleasant to use and smells orangey, and I think it will last quite a long time. I may try mixing it with something a bit more grainy to get a better scrub, but I do like using it as it is, on dry skin. You can buy Antipodes Reincarnation Facial Exfoliator from Love Lula for £20.99*.
Antipodes Organic Skincare’s Eco Credentials
Antipodes are a certified organic, carbon zero certified business with recyclable or biodegradable packaging. All products are officially approved for vegetarians, and are not tested on animals. The products don’t contain:
• Genetically modified or engineered (GM or GE) ingredients
• Synthetic fillers or silicon derived ingredients
• Artificial colours or artificial fragrances
• Sodium Lauryl Sulphates
• Mineral oils
• Animal ingredients (except honey and beeswax from living bees)
• Parabens; ethyl-, methyl-, propyl-, butyl-
The products aren’t cheap but because they are such high quality, they last a long time. I’ll happily carry on using all of these products and would try others too.
Have you tried this brand before? What do you think of it?