Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream - review


One day I imagine I'll be able to wake up and tell you that I'm not exhausted, that the kids haven't been up again during the night and that I'm not running on empty.

That day is not today. Unfortunately all it takes is two wake-ups from my daughter at midnight and one am and that's it for me: I can't sleep for the rest of the night. It's always amazed me how easily some people can go back to sleep after settling a child. I'm just not wired that way. Wish I was.

Moving on. 

You may remember that I bought this cream along with a bundle of other Antipodes products when Priceline had one of those huge skincare sales.

I can't remember if I bought the products last year or the year before, but this is my last item from that purchase and it's been lovely to give the brand a really good go.

While I don't mind this product, I don't like it as much as the Antipodes Avocado Pear Night Cream (reviewed here) so I wouldn't buy it again and I've also found it to be a little too heavy for daytime so I've been using mine at night. More on that below.

Antipodes claims/product details:

  • This lightweight face moisturiser provides deep nourishment and hydration
  • Beneficial to all skin types, dry and oily alike
  • Leaves complexions looking revitalised, with enhanced youthful luminosity and clarity
  • Refreshes, boosts hydration levels and locks in moisture
  • Antioxidant-rich formula protects skin
  • Improves elasticity and firmness
  • Antibacterial ingredients minimise the frequency and severity of breakouts
  • Reduces signs of premature ageing
  • Certified organic and natural 
  • RRP $53 AUD for 60ml, but do shop around


This is a nice product but it's not perfect so I wouldn't buy it again.

It's a thick, rich cream with a sweet, mandarin/vanilla scent. I like the texture in theory and the product feels soothing and cooling when applied.

While it spreads and applies well, for me it's one of those creams that acts more like a barrier cream than it does a really good hydrator. I just find that when I apply it, my dry skin still feels a little dry underneath and I don't think it absorbs as well as the Avocado Pear cream does (linked above).

Sure it nourishes my face a bit, but it doesn't penetrate and keep my dry skin feeling comfortable like my other day creams do, which is why I've opted to use it overnight.

As an overnight cream it works well. What I do is apply my normal skincare after my shower, and then four hours later I'll apply this before bed. Given the thick texture, it works well to seal-in my other products and help keep my dry skin comfortable until morning. So essentially I'm using it more as a barrier cream than I am a standard moisturiser, and that's how it works best for me personally.

On the claims: no I wouldn't call it lightweight (I can definitely feel it on my skin) and no I don't think it provides deep nourishment or hydration (it's too thick to penetrate properly); yes I do think it leaves the skin looking a bit fresher; yes I do think it has a protective element; and no I don't think it improves elasticity or firmness. 

I also don't think it's done anything for my breakouts, although I have dry skin so I tend not to get too many of those anyway.

Overall there are things to like about this product but it's not right for me and I don't think it's the best cream Antipodes has on offer. There's also the issue that I wanted a day cream but this isn't suitable for the day spot (at least for me), so I would definitely test it before purchase because it may be too heavy for you too.

Ok but not perfect.

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