[Skincare] : ANTIPODES Joyous Serum & Avocado Pear Night Cream

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Antipodes is one of the skincare brand that I have been wanting to try for so long. It is a New-Zealand brand that carries organic skincare products. I have been hearing and reading about Antipodes for so many times and heard a lot of good things about it. I also love their packaging and as you know I'm a sucker for nice packaging so that's also one of the reason why I wanted to buy Antipodes products :) 

Their products are "green" natural products and their packaging are recyclable too ! How cool is that? Everything is so earth-friendly. The ingredients are even vegetarian-approved! According to their website, their ingredients are selected from bioactive extracts from sustainable cultivated native plants and they also avoid synthetic preservatives. In short, Antipodes products contain NO parabens, SLS, petrochemicals, mineral oil, artificial color/fragrances. They also implement "No Animal Testing" (fab facts!).

As they are not easily available here in Indonesia, I had to made some purchase order from Australia. After being confused on what to try out first I finally decided to try the Antipodes Anti-Ageing Minis package which consists of : 

- Joyous Protein Rich Night Replenish Serum
- Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

The products in this set are meant for "night" routine. There's also a similar package for "morning" routine but it was out of stock at that time so I only ordered this Night version instead.

Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum
A silky night serum that helps revive dry, damaged skin.
It contains Himalayan goji berry, raspberry seed oil, and hibiscus bloom. 
Protein-rich Himalayan goji berry and South Pacific hibiscus bloom freshen your complexion. Hydrating raspberry seed oil blends with New Zealand blackcurrant, a rich source of essential fatty acids to help strengthen weary skin. Berry fragrances impart pure joy.
Review :
The serum is best-suited for normal to ultra-dry skin. My skin is normal-combination and I was at first hesitant to try this set because my skin is more oily than dry, but I thought this serum would be good for me because after all I need some early anti-ageing in my 30s, right? 

The ingredients sounds very promising and sounds very exotic with that Himalayan goji berry and South Pacific hibiscus bloom and New Zealand blackcurrant. BUT since it contains no artificial fragrance so it smells a bit unpleasant to me. But some people said that it smells nice or it smells like berries, but everyone is different. To my nose it smells rather "earthy", like a mushroom or some sort. But to my husband it smells like raw egg (;p) and he does not like it when I put this on (LOL).

The texture of this serum is a bit on the thicker side, it's probably a little bit too "nourishing" for my rather oily skin, and it left a little bit of residue on my hands. And because I don't have dry skin so it  felt a little bit oily on my face too, but after I put on the night cream afterwards it doesn't seem to be oily anymore. But it surely feels very nourishing and calming at the same time. I can imagine that those with dry skin would enjoy putting on this nourishing serum on their skin.

Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream 
Nourish your skin each night with this high-performance, award-winning cream containing selected premium plant oils and antioxidants.
Containing Nutrient-rich avocado oil, Antioxidant Vinanza Grape, and Manuka Honey Active 20+.  
The New Zealand manuka active 20+ honey can draw moisture to your skin, whilst healing Calendula helps bring a truly ageless visage. The revolutionary Vinanza grape is a potent antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds that helps neutralize the effectcs of free radical damage that can lead to premature ageing. 

This night cream is also best-suited to normal, mature, and dry skin condition. It is used as a night cream right after you use the Joyous serum above. Unlike the Joyous serum above which is a tad bit oily for my skin, this Avocado Pear night cream doesn't feel thick or "heavy" on my skin. The texture is like a lotion and it glides on smoothly to my skin. I always use this after I put on the Joyous serum above and it cancels out the oiliness of the Joyous serum. 

I also like the smell of this night cream. This one smells like sweet grape and it helps fade away the "earthy/mushroom-y" smell of the Joyouy serum too ;)

I felt like it really calms my skin down and it's quite relaxing putting this on before I sleep. I like the texture, the formula, the scent, the pharmacy packaging, everything!

Overall, I think both products are really nice although it would best suited for dry to ultra dry skin condition. If I have to choose, I'll probably would buy the Avocado Pear night cream again but not the Joyous serum because it's a little bit too "heavy" for my combi-oily skin. I still would love to try their other serums though.. Up on my list is the Antipodes Apostle serum and their Aura Manuka Honey Mask :)

How about you? Have you tried any Antipodes products? 
Which ones do you like?

Hugs & Kissies,

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