I wrote earlier this week about the Murad skincare that I'm using for my daytime routine at the moment, and today I turn the spotlight onto Antipodes, a range I've been using for a few months now and one that makes up part of my evening routine. I was first introduced to Antipodes at an event for Nutribeauty last year, a website specialising in natural and organic skincare. I hadn't heard of the line before so it was a treat to be introduced to it personally by their (hilarious) PR. Since that day, where I was given one product to try, I've added three more to my arsenal and they've become some of my most favourite products to use.
The first item is the Saviour Skin Balm*, packaged in a beautiful embossed tin. The tin holds an enormous 75g of the product, a multi-purpose balm that can be used on lips, dry skin, sunburnt skin, as an ointment for babies, cuticles, a face moisturiser if your skin is super dry...just a real all-rounder. It's yellow in colour and applies really nicely to the skin; not greasy or oily but feels so nourishing and soothing. It smells divine; herbal and floral and very natural.
The tin is quite large and heavy though, so it might not be suitable to carry around in your handbag (unless, like me, you tend to carry essentially a Santa sack of stuff with you) but this is a fantastically useful product that I use on an almost daily basis.
The next product was bought almost immediately after the press event, having played with it there and then dreamt obsessively about it ever since. It's the Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream and I've been using this as my day eye cream. Again, I love the packaging; a cute, sturdy little glass jar with a tightly fitting lid. The cream is lightweight, almost like a gel, and absorbs immediately leaving soft, hydrated skin around the eye.
The cream is packed with natural ingredients - kiwi (obviously), avocado oil, Vitamin C, carrot seed oil and aloe vera gel - to make up a powerful, soothing cream that won't interfere with sensitive skin and it leaves my eye area hydrated, smooth and de-puffed. Love.
Next up is the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I bought this almost entirely because I love anything made with honey; it smells good enough to eat. It's a thick, cream consistency and the instructions recommend using it twice a day, for 15 minutes at a time, and then removing with warm water and a cloth. I don't use it every day, not really even once a week. I just like to use this every now and then when my skin is feeling a little sore and weather-beaten, and I leave it on for about 20 minutes.
Despite being a creamy, hydrating mask, I don't find it works against my oily skin. I just find it incredibly soothing and calming for my skin, and leaves it feeling softer than a freshly washed kitten dressed in a cashmere onesie**. Again, as with the other items, you get a lot of product for your money although perhaps if you used this twice a day as recommended it would run out in about 6 weeks (which still isn't bad, I think).
I've saved my favourite until last. This I am utterly OBSESSED with. So obsessed that my new favourite time of day is when I've removed my make up and I can get into bed and go through my little ritual of applying this cream (lightly), then my eye cream (Alpha-H Eye & Lip Treatment Cream btw), my hand cream (Clarins) and my cuticle oil (Essie) and then tucking myself in for a (preferred) 10 hour snooze. I know. How rock and roll of me. Anyway, the Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream is just heaven in a jar. It smells like avocadoes mixed with herbs and flowers in a meadow tended to by the servants of angels, drenched in evening sunlight and watered by the rivers of Babylon. Too much? It's not enough, let me tell you.
It's very thick in consistency, and looks almost waxy. As such, I use the teeniest amount (the above light swatch is plenty for my whole face and neck) and it just feels so good on the skin. It sinks in nicely and when I wake up my skin is soft, glowing and thoroughly nourished. It banished a small patch of dry skin around my nose in just one night, and hasn't congested my skin in anyway. I just can't get enough of this, the first night cream I've ever used, having previously been scared off them in fear of them sending my oily skin into Nightmare City on a one-way ticket.
I cannot recommend the Antipodes line enough, particularly if you have sensitive skin or really enjoy natural skincare products. Next on my list are the Deliverance Hand Cream, the Hallelujah Cleanser and the Hosanna Serum.
*PR sample. Other three items bought with my own money.
** Don't pretend you wouldn't die of cuteness if such a thing existed.