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Monday, 13 January 2014

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream Review

This isn't going to be the best opening to a post I've ever written but I think I'll share what my skin has been going through. Winter has been destroying my skin - stripping it completely dry in patches & causing the rest to bubble with acne under the skin. It's horrifically gross. Really, truly gross.
I finally got the 'Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream from Antipodes' & it seems to be helping a little, so I'm going to give you a full review.

This moisturiser is quite rich; it's a hydrating moisturiser & it is fully of essential oils & things like that, if it wasn't rich you'd be worried.
But the thing that I love about this is that, despite the richness it is light enough that it absorbs well.
Generally speaking my skin doesn't love rich moisturisers, my skin is naturally dehydrated, extreme combination (it's the M.E. it started off normal...) & so rich moisturisers just sit on top of the skin & end up balling up into a fatty grossness (yes I am saying gross a lot, no it is not excessive, you don't know my skin). This however absorbs quickly & it feels much lighter on the skin than you would expect - it feels almost like a thick serum.
One thing I was worried about with this moisturiser is that - with Vanilla Pod in the name - it would end up smelling of that sickly sweet, artificial vanilla scent that you get in scented body sprays & tween-age skincare products. There is actually very little vanilla present in the scent, this has a great 'Origins' type scent - that herby, almost cologne-y-ness.
There are a few downsides to this product - this is too rich for some bits of my skin & does break me out on those parts of my face. I do have to mix this with a lighter moisturiser some days, even over the bits of my skin that are drier. This is definitely a product that would work better on older/drier skin - my skin is just too oily still for it to be right 90% of the time.
To sum up:

Good Points

  • Smells really nice
  • Very moisturising
  • Feels light on the skin
  • Vegan
  • Contains Manuka Honey which is an antibacterial (reducing spots)
  • 70% of the ingredients are natural

Bad Points

  • The moisturiser isn't cheap, it's £26.99
  • It's not very easy to find, I got mine from Feel Unique
  • It is too rich for me but that's not really a bad point, it just is a negative for me

Would I buy it again?

I would definitely think about doing it - I don't think I will ever need anything this rich during the warmer months...


I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with dry skin or skin that is being battered by the horrible winter weather.

Aqua (water), Butyrosperum parkii (shea butter), Squalane (vegetable), Leptospermum scoparium mel (manuka honey), Persea gratissima (avocado oil), Macadamia ternifolia (macadamia oil), Rosa canina (rosehip oil), Glyceryl stearate, Ceteareth-20, Ceteareth-12, Cetearyl alcohol, Cetyl palmitate (natural source), Lecithin (vegetable), Tocopherol (vitamin e), Macropiper excelsum (kawakawa leaf), Vanilla planifolia (vanilla oil), Citrus nobilis (mandarin oil), Citrus grandis (grapefruit seed extract), Iodopropynyl butylcarbarmate, Phenoxyethanol

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