REVIEW: Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream and Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

I need to admit, I was very excited to try Antipodes products. 
The brand won Best Natural Range in the Natural Health Awards 2012 and is becoming extremely popular in UK. I am not surprised- from my experience I can honestly say that their creams are truly amazing. I am also trying out the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator and I will be writing a separate review this week.
Antipodes offer a range of certified organic & natural skincare products containing exotic New Zealand plant extracts and premium avocado oil. Antipodes skin and body care products are not tested on animals and don't contain any harsh ingredients.
Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream 60ml* £32.99 link

INFO:Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream with 100% pure avocado oil, manuka honey, marigold flower and sandalwood. Natural Health Best Buy 2011 award winner.There's no better way to resurrect your skin than with the deeply nourishing properties of pure 100% avocado pear oil, containing antioxidants and packed with Vitamins E, A, B1, B2, C and D for superior restorative qualities. Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream also features calendula; oil from the petals of the marigold flower which is highly regarded throughout history for its healing and repairing properties. Manuka honey serves to soothe and moisten your skin and the warm and mystical aroma of sandalwood both purifies and uplifts your skin. Directions for use: Apply Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream at sunset by caressing into your face, neck and cleavage. For a super-restorative effect, use Antipodes Divine Face Oil first.

MY OPINION: This night cream is a very rich formula, quite thick and very creamy. It has an instant soothing effect on my skin. I have got normal/combination skin with some dry areas and when I put this cream on at night time (focusing on dry areas), I wake up with lovely looking skin in the morning.

 If your skin is very oily, I am afraid this cream would be to rich for you. But if like me, you have got normal or dry skin, it would be a perfect deeply nourishing night time cream for you, especially for a/w.
It soothes dry areas and locks all the moisture in. It takes about 20 minutes for it to be fully absorbed.
I like the smell (it includes my favourite ingredient-calendula), it is quite strong, but very pleasant.
I also like the packaging- a thick brown glass jar with a simple black plastic lid.

Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream 60ml* £26.99 link

INFO:Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream with 100% pure avocado oil, macadamia nut, manuka honey and kawakawa. A light but intensive hydrating cream that feels beautifully fresh and alive on your face. Notes of vanilla and citrus marry to form a fragrance that is exotically fresh.
Containing 100% pure avocado pear oil with Vitamins A, B, C, E as well as chlorophyll and Omegas 3, 6 and 9 - all excellent antioxidants - this incredibly moisturising and nourishing Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream will see you through each and every day with radiance. African karite butter glides the creamy texture of Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream on to your skin, and keeps it supple and protected. Plus it's easily absorbed by the skin for maximum hydration thanks to an extract from Spanish olives, squalane; a unique moisturising agent with a high affinity to your skin's own oils.
Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream also includes manuka honey to soothe and nourish skin, and an antioxidant-rich extract from the leaf of the native New Zealand plant kawakawa.
Directions for use:Apply Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream at sunrise by gently massaging across your face, neck and cleavage.

MY OPINION: The Vanilla pod cream is much lighter than Avocado pear night cream. It feels just as creamy, but it is a lighter formula and when I massage it into my face it absorbs quickly. 
Again, I don't think it would be suitable for very oily skin, but it works great on dry, normal/ combination skin.
Surprisingly  it doesn't have a strong vanilla scent :) At first I thought that it had a citrusy scent, but it doesn't :) haha  I was still smelling my citrusy face wash and toner! The cream smells of vanilla and Manuka honey. It is lovely! I use it on clean and toned skin underneath my tinted moisturiser and it works well as a base. I don't use primers at the moment. Unfortunately it doesn't come with SPF, so you will need additional protection, but it is an amazing product.
This hydrating cream leaves my skin feeling smooth and nourished, it is full of amazing natural ingredients and antioxidants. I really wish it came with SPF, it would be 100% perfect. Other than that, I love it! If you are looking for a deeply moisturising day cream, I think you should try Antipodes.

You can buy Antipodes products from Feelunique.

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