Antipodes Divine Face Oil, Avocado and Rosehip Oil - review

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As you may remember, I bought a bunch of Antipodes products a while ago and I've got a few in rotation now, this being one of them.

It's a good oil. It's not brilliant and I have used others I prefer, but I do like it and it's reasonably priced at less than $30 AUD - particularly if you can find it on special and pay under $20.


One of the things I like about Antipodes is that it's readily available at various different outlets. In Australia we can buy it from places including Priceline, Adore Beauty and Myer, but you can also find it internationally from retailers like BeautyBay.

There's a lot to be said for products that you can find easily, especially when they're from sustainable, organic and reasonably priced brands like this one. I also like supporting brands from our neighbours in New Zealand, just as I like supporting homegrown ones.


Antipodes claims/product details:
  • A nutrient-rich face oil for fresh, healthy skin
  • The superior collagen-boosting action of avocado oil helps reduce the appearance of lines, age spots and scars
  • Capture rosehip’s high levels of vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids, plus its known ability to help reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles
  • Scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen in human skin fibroblast cells by up to 51%
  • Give a lift to tired, stressed and sun-damaged skin with this nutrient-rich, certified organic oil
  • Pure plant fragrance: jasmine and sweet orange
  • Suitable for most skin conditions, especially dry and combination
  • Note: this product contains a derivative of aspirin, and should be avoided by people with aspirin allergies
  • To use: apply in gentle upward strokes to your face and neck; pay loving attention to blemishes, lines, sun damage and scars 
  • RRP $28.99 AUD for 30ml, but do shop around


I like the dropper style bottle and I personally do like glass packaging: I know some people don't because it's heavier (so not good for travel) and you could also drop it and break it - which absolutely makes sense - but I do like the weight and feel of glass, I must say.

Or perhaps I shouldn't say that because, knowing me, I'll drop and break it within a day of writing that!


Verdict

As mentioned above, this is a nice facial oil and I do like it - it's just not the best facial oil I've ever used in this price range. 

At the moment my favourite budget facial oil is Natural Instinct's Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil (reviewed here), which I find a little lighter on the skin than this one and also thinner in texture. But honestly they're both good and I don't think you can go wrong with either.

It's a yellow/green coloured oil with quite a strong scent, and I can definitely smell the jasmine/orange mentioned in the product description. It's not a bad scent but I don't love it and I find it a little strong and...fuzzy?... for my personal tastes. 

Hopefully the word 'fuzzy' makes sense to at least one person!

It spreads and applies well, but I do find that I need to use a good dose of this to cover my whole face, neck and dec (about one third of the length of the dropper). This is partly because my skin is dry so it inhales product and I almost always need to use more than those with normal or oily skin, but I do find myself applying more of this than some other oils because it's a little thicker.

I apply this in the evening after my serum. To start with I was applying it overnight after my night cream (also from Antipodes, review coming soon) but I decided that it wasn't penetrating through the night cream - even though I apply one about four hours after the other - so I decided to lay this down first and I believe that's working better for me.

I've been using it for a couple of months now and I feel that it's helped keep my dry skin hydrated and also helped stave off any dry, red patches that I usually get in winter. Indeed, it's been the first winter for a while that my skin hasn't been flaking off occasionally, so I'm putting that down to a combination of good skincare that's working for me and also the fact that I'm not pregnant (pregnancy sucks the life from my skin).

On the claims: yes it helps nourish and promote healthy-looking skin; no I haven't noticed any change to things like lines/wrinkles, age spots or scars; yes it helps my skin look less dry, stressed and tired (at least temporarily), but then, most oils do; and no I don't believe it's done anything in terms of collagen production - certainly not that I've noticed.

Overall I think this is a good, basic facial oil that's reasonably priced and I do recommend it. It doesn't perform somersaults and I do prefer the Natural Instincts oil linked above - as well as an oil from Goodness I tried recently, reviewed here - but there's nothing wrong with this one and it all comes down to personal preference. 

Decent.


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