Thursday, August 15, 2013

Juliet and Apostle

My experience with Antipodes has been good. Bearing in mind that not all natural skincare is good skincare, I like the New Zealand brand's organic approach to skincare science and their very green aesthetic. Each product draws on various plant and fruit extracts for their beneficial properties. The brand ethos is reminiscent of Aesop, but more whimsical and with more emphasis on organic ingredients. I've used a hefty amount of both of these products and it's high time I posted about how good they are.



The Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser is one of my favourite cleansers- I daresay it IS my favourite cleanser. I haven't strayed very far from the gel cleanser path because it works for my skin, but this is pleasantly gentle and doesn't foam. The surfectants that cause cleansers to foam are notorious for stripping the skin of its natural protective oil barrier, which encourages bacteria to breed and breakouts to occur. The Juliet produces a small amount of froth, but nothing like that of Biore, Nivea, Dove and Clean & Clear gel cleansers. Unlike most gel cleansers I've used, this is a brown liquid that smells like green apple upon the first whiff, but after a second the cardamom's bite comes through but you get used to it and eventually it's undetectable. 'New Zealand kiwi superfruit' and 'vibrant hibiscus flower' exfoliate, naturally antibacterial manuka honey kills acne-causing bacteria and 'antioxidant-packed Vinanza Grape' reduces and balances oil production. It cleanses the skin without stripping it and lately I've noticed my skin tone is more even, which can only be attributed to the products I've been using.

The Apostle Skin-Brightening and Tone-Correcting Serum is a good serum to use on its own or in conjunction with another product as I have. The serum is a fruity-smelling reddish brown liquid with a glass pipette. The description of this one is far more fluffy; 'Waiwera mineral-blessed water' helps restore moisture, 'antioxidant-rich Vinanza Performance Plus' address melanin production (which causes discoloration), 'Vinanza Oxifend defends skin cells from oxidative stress which causes redness' and kiwifruit's exfoliating enzymes renews cell turnover. I did use it on its own and liked the way my skin drank it up, but didn't notice any immediate results. Now I use it with rosehip oil and the mixture is helping to combat the discoloration from acne scarring. Compared to when I used La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo on its own, the hyperpigmentation from hormonal acne is going away much quicker. My skin has a tendency to pigment easily and earlier this year the scars from hormonal cheek acne took over three months to fade (it took a combination of Effaclar Duo and Lush Grease Lightning) but when two scars surfaced last month, I began using half a pipette of Apostle serum with three or four drops of Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil every night, following up with Effaclar Duo, and the discolouration is almost gone. 

I'm convinced that these products have helped my skin to reach the blemish-free state it's in now and can definitely see myself repurchasing. Preferably when Myer or David Jones has a sale. Antipodes is sold at most Myer stores and selected David Jones. I bought the Juliet cleanser for $33 RRP and the Apostle serum for $45 on sale, normally $59 RRP. 

6 comments:

  1. It's great to hear your thoughts on these! I've never tried Antipodes but I really want to! Apostle sounds great, I hear Essie raving about it too. I have quite horrible acne scarring and have been using a bunch of products to help, but I don't yet have a serum in that category. I might have to look into it!

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    1. Antipodes is great! I like my serums but they're not absolutely necessary tbh!

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  2. I love Juliet too, she's a beaut. She goes off too quickly though, I'd still use her if she came in a half-size bottle. ):

    I kind of love that you've described Antipodes as a whimsical Aesop.

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    1. 6 months, right? I've been using it every night so hopefully it won't go off before I can finish the bottle!
      And thankyou?

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  3. These products sound lovely and they have been on my wishlist for a while, especially the serum! I'm also interested in the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. Have you tried that?
    xx
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    1. I haven't tried the Aura Manuka Honey mask! I'm using the Aesop Parsley Seed Cleansing Masque atm but I might try that next! I deliberated for ages but I'm so glad I finally bit the bullet and tried Antipodes!

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