17 September 2015

Beauty | Organic Beauty Week with Antipodes*

Organic skincare and beauty products are something that have never really been massively on my radar; whilst I'm aware they exist it's unlikely I'll go out of my way to purchase an organic beauty product and I think this is something that needs to change.

Recently, the mother of a close friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer and since then my friend has completely overhauled her beauty regime to include only organic products with everything from hair care to deodorant which I find truly admirable and actually, quite eye-opening. The skin is our largest organ and yet we (I'm using the royal 'we' here) often slather it in products with no thought for the ingredients in the products which are being directly absorbed into our bodies.

I'd never heard of Organic Beauty Week until I was contacted to see if I'd like to try some Antipodes products in honour of Organic Beauty Week. Antipodes is one of my favourite brands as you know (you can read my review of their Aura Manuka Honey Mask* here) and with organic beauty already very much on my mind I wanted to share some products that you may find to be a useful way of incorporating organic beauty into your daily routine.

Organic beauty week runs from 14th September to 20th September and this year the focus is on clarity - knowing what is in your products, even those with the organic label.

Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum*

With the changing weather, constant air conditioning in the office and working just a stones throw from one of the most polluted places in London my skin has been looking a bit lacklustre of late. I typically use rosehip oil which I love but this serum is an absolute game changer.

Until now I'd never found a serum that worked for me as I found they always fell into two distinct camps: so watery they had no impact at all or so thick it was like smoothing wallpaper paste across my cleansed face. This serum strikes the perfect balance between the two as the product is neither thick nor watery despite being packed full of mineral water.

After cleansing, I apply a few drops of the serum to the tips of my fingers, warm on my hands and apply to my face in alternate patting and massaging motions. At the moment I'm using it every day but in the next few weeks I will try to go down to every other day and ultimately once or twice a week.

My skin instantly feels more hydrated and I do feel like it looks smoother and plumper, I was running late earlier in the week and had to travel to work with no makeup on and everybody commented on how fresh and glowing my skin looked that morning, so much so my colleague rushed to Selfridges in search of this serum on her lunch break!

The box states that this serum won a Harpers Bazaar beauty award and I can see why as it packs a serious punch - I thoroughly recommend trying it.

Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum is available from various online retailers from approximately £25.99 for 30ml.

Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream*

I often shun a day cream finding that even those that claim to be light and quick to sink into the skin fail to do so and there is nothing worse in the morning when you're in a rush to get your makeup on and get out of the door to hopefully make it onto a slightly less packed train than standing fanning your face with a magazine or pressing it into a clean muslin cloth to desperately try and speed up the process - FYI, neither of those work.

Before I even applied this to my skin the first thing I noticed was the scent: vanilla pod, one of my favourite scents. The cream itself is relatively thick in texture which made me nervous at first but when applied to the face it is incredibly light and not remotely oily which I found surprising when I saw one of the key ingredients was avocado oil. Just when I thought I couldn't love avocado any more, I now think I want to bathe in it!

Despite being a light day cream, studies have shown that this cream has been proven to stimulate the production of collagen in human skin cells by up to 59% and the avocado oil helps to target fine lines so alongside the serum it's no wonder my skin is looking better than ever and since hitting 25 I want all the help I can get with potential lines!

I apply this cream every morning before I start my makeup routine and it in no way slows me down, in fact it feels like a morning treat and I don't feel as guilty about the damage the air conditioning and London pollution are doing to my skin if I'm being so kind to it before I go out and when I get home!

Antipodes Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream is available for various online retailers from approximately £26.99.

I already love Antipodes and if anything, I am now more determined than ever to just own ALL of the products but more than that, they prove that you can get products that are natural and organic and effective.

I am definitely interested in trying more organic skincare and taking more care of what skincare I use - do you have any organic recommendations for me?

Vicky x

EDIT: Apologies for the delay in getting this post up, I've spent the last week without broadband at home and trying to set anything live on blogger on an iPhone is impossible - do any of you have any mobile blogger app recommendations?


  1. Thank you for sharing the love of Antipodes for Organic Week Vicky. We love your post and beautiful images. #lovethearoha

    1. Thank *you* for creating such beautiful products! X

  2. I haven't tried anything from Antipodes but I've heard such great things about their products so I'd love to try some in the future x

    Becky @ The Little Blog of Beauty

  3. Very nice products. I will use it and also recommend to my friends. Thanks for sharing.
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