Ever since I finished Tub #2 of my fave Origins Make A Difference Plus+ day moisturiser, I’d been on the lookout for something new to try. Yes, I could quite easily go back to it (and I plan to!) but trying new things is part of the fun, in case I stumble across a new fave. One new item I dabbled with is this, from my favourite natural/organic skincare brand.
The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream was gifted to me and came in handy just as I ran out of my day moisturiser. So far, most of the products I’ve used from the brand has sat well with me and my skin so I was curious to see if this cream would.
As the name implies, the cream has a lovely scent of vanilla. It isn’t the sweet gourmand scent of vanilla cream, if you are starting to cringe at this point. I know, because I’d cringe too. In fact, I was a little worried when I opened the tub, wondering if my nose would be assaulted by the sweet smell of vanilla dessert. Fortunately, it wasn’t.
This cream smells of fresh vanilla, which if you’ve smelled it, isn’t as cloyingly sweet as when found in a dessert. It smells of fresh vanilla mixed with the slightly musky scent of manuka honey and is very pleasant. However, I also realised that it did not quite sit well for me as a day cream.
The texture of the cream is fairly thick, and with its hydrating properties as claimed, I’d peg this as being more suited for someone with dry skin, or someone who lives in a dry climate. If you live in a cool or cold, dry climate, you will appreciate this for use in the day.
It is fairly thick, but easy to apply and absorbs quite well into the skin. However, in our humid weather, I found that even on my dryish skin, it had a tendency to feel heavy on my skin in the day. This made it feel a little uncomfortable, especially when I have sunscreen and makeup sitting on top; so I set it aside after a few days of experimentation. It just wasn’t cutting it as a day cream.
However, one day, when I’d ran out of my night cream instead, I decided to give this a go. Nevermind that it says day cream on the label, I figured that a face cream was a face cream. Since it did not contain SPF, I could use it for night and I did.
And I love it! 😀
For use at night, the heavier texture sits longer on my skin before being absorbed, but I’m fine with that. It does not leave an oily residue, nor does it feel heavy and uncomfortable. I apply this over serums and face oils and it plays well with everything, and after a while, absorbs into my skin so the oily, heavy feeling goes away.
As it promises, it hydrates my skin and keeps it feeling comfortable all night, in an air-conditioned room, and my skin likes it. I don’t have to use a lot each time, as I found that just a little, spread between my palms and then applied to my skin, was quite sufficient. The picture above shows a tub after almost a month’s use, once a day, and I’m not going very far with it, which is great of course 😀
To be fair to it, it doesn’t do much more than keep my skin feeling comfortably moisturised so if you have a specific concern e.g. whitening, anti-aging etc, then this won’t be for you. But as a basic face cream, I like it 🙂
In a nutshell
The Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream is a nice, basic face moisturiser that does hydrate skin as promised and keep it hydrated for long hours. The cream texture does feel a little heavy and uncomfortable when used in the day time in a hot, humid climate unless you have very dry skin so I’d suggest that anyone in a hot, humid climate try this for night, as I do. It keeps my skin happy and comfortable and smells lovely of fresh vanilla blended with musky manuka honey, a scent I find comforting. I personally find that a little product goes a long way so I’m happy with this, even if I don’t use it in the day, as intended.
Pros: A good basic hydrating moisturiser, Once absorbed leaves no oily or sticky residue on skin, Keeps my skin feeling comfortable and hydrated through the night, Comforting scent
Cons: A little pricey, Takes a while to absorb, The texture is too heavy in a hot and humid climate
Who will like this: Anyone who wants a basic hydrating face cream that is organic and contains natural ingredients
Here is the ingredient list of the Vanilla Pod Hydrating Face Cream so you can see if they sit well with you.
I think this product is lovely and I’m glad I took a chance with it despite not liking it the first time around. It goes to show you that it is always worth experimenting, within reason, because you never know when you might find a product you and your skin likes! 😀
If you find the price a little daunting, I thought I’d let you know that Antipodes has 2 mini sets of skincare available for sale for a limited period, one of which contains this Vanilla Pod Hydrating Face Cream, if you’d like to try it at a smaller price tag. Locally, they retail at about RM79 each at TNS Skinlab and I can attest to them being especially great for travel.
Have you tried this Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream and did it work for you? Do you like vanilla scented stuff?
I’m glad I gave this a shot as a night cream because it didn’t go to waste, and it worked. Antipodes does have a night cream I plan to try once I’m done. I’m being good and trying to use up stuff instead of just “sampling” all the time 😀 As for vanilla scents, it depends. I hate the strong, sweet, dessert-type vanilla scents, but I like light fresh scents, as you would get from scraping a fresh vanilla pod. If you’ve never tried it, I highly recommend it! Smells so lovely! 😀