Antipodes Cult Classics – a review
I’ve been trying out these 4 products from the Antipodes line up over the past few months and am writing to share my opinion on these:
Antipodes Worship Serum
Antipodes Hosanna Serum
Antipodes Joyous Serum
Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream
Firstly, Antipodes hails from New Zealand and is an all natural but scientifically backed skincare range (tick for nature, tick for serious skincare science)! These are 2 important factors I look for in any skincare now today. They must be as natural or sourced from natural ingredients and must be able to back up their claims with proven testing.
I have thoroughly enjoyed these 4 products, but my absolute favorite is the Manuka Honey Skin Brightening Eye Cream.
But working backwards – lets start with the water serums – the Worship and Hosanna:
(picture left is Worship and right Hosanna)
TEXTURE: Both are similar consistency – they are water serums, so they are a big plus for those who congest easily (as I do) and they absorb very easily.
SCENT: The scent is natural concoction of spicy, berry, vanilla accents which enables you to connect with nature and if you use it first thing in the morning gives a fresh positive zing to the start of the day. As I have dry skin I used both of these in the morning to help boost moisture (Hosanna) and the antioxidant boost (Worship).
THE SCIENCE: Hosanna hydrates and having been scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 72%. And Worship to provide natural antioxidant boosts to keep free radicals at bay, being scientifically shown to inhibit oxidative stress in-vitro by up to 90%.
THE FEELING: When I applied these they absorbed very easily, but because they are water based these have worked better for me in warmer climate and seasons (rather than winter, as I require heavier serum during these months). I also felt a slight tightening effect – I’m not sure if this is the effect intended in terms of stimulating collagen or just the effect of a water serum (as I haven’t previously used a purely water serum before). For this reason I feel these cannot be used by themselves but should be followed with a moisturiser. However what I did do was to decant a mix of this in a little travel spray and spritz this in the day – this works a wonder!
Antipodes Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum:
This is a little magical product. Its such a light oil based serum I have found that I have been able to use this (though not everynight) and not congest!
TEXTURE: feels like a luxurious but very light oil.
THE SCENT: is a gorgeous raspberry seed oil scent with hints of other berries (it has goji, blackcurrant) and a touch of floral (hibiscus) – I love this scent, and it is the perfect scent for the evening – just when you need to take the day off and really relax into a deep sleep. It’s not a sickly sweet scent but you can smell the fruit. It has a golden smell to it (you’ll have to try it to know what I mean!).
THE SCIENCE: The raspberry smell aint in there for no reason. Anitpodes has done their research and found that the Himalayan goji berry boasts up to 19 amino acids to help optimise your skin’s appearance. Red raspberry seed oil is rich in essential oils which help to promote elastin production.
THE FEELING: as mentioned it is light almost transparent. I only use one small drop and pat it over my face and another drop over the neck and decolette. It really helps to calm the skin, seriously plump it keep it hydrated and soft to touch. This really has been a joy to use and I highly recommend this.
Antipodes Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream
This was my hero product from the Antipodes range (along with the Joyous serum). It also comes in a surprisingly generous 30ml jar compared to most other eye creams which come in half the size.
TEXTURE: light smooth cream for the eyes. Not oily but sufficient to hydrate the area.
THE SCENT: smells exactly like manuka honey, which dissipates quickly. So if you find manuka honey a strong scent – do not worry, it absorbs in nicely and scent does not linger.
THE SCIENCE: Manuka honey was utilised to help fight inflammation and hydrate. It also contains vitamin A and E which are vital to anti-aging and moisturisation.
THE FEELING: it feels light and delicate, and absorbs easily but sufficiently dense to moisturise the eyes without the congestion which is why I really love this eye cream. Normally creams have a tendency to build up oiliness causing little pimples or milia around the area for me, but this one has not caused any problems and works effectively to hydrate the eye area without sensitivity.
This product was so good, my mum has taken mine to use – so I bought her one too!
Overall I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the Antipodes range – my absolute faves are the Manuka eye cream coming 1st for me, followed very closely by the Joyous serum. These are definitely 2 products I will invest in again in my skincare repertoire!
Have you used any Antipodes products yet? I’m really keen to try out more, so look for my next update in the near future 🙂 In the meantime you can discover their full range here.
THank you and have a great one!
All images shot on my iPhone 6 Plus