It’s great meeting the founders of beauty brands – it’s like catching a quick glimpse inside someone’s wardrobe. I found Elizabeth Barbalich – gorgeously stylish with a big mane of dark curly hair – to be a delight. Armed with a science background she discussed ingredients in detail and the challenges of being carbon neutral and relatively new (around four years old) company.
Here is a small collection of wonderful things I learnt about Antipodes Skincare:
* There’s an overarching aim to share and promote the exotic local ingredients and plants (some of which are exclusive to New Zealand) with excellent skin benefits. 80% of the ingredients are locally sourced. Favourites are: vinanza grape (very high in antioxidants) and kiwiseed oil (has good antibacterial properties).
** Harakeke is one of the oldest plants in NZ – used in Antipodes Skincare for its soothing and hydrating properties, a bit like aloe vera. More fascinating facts about Harakeke here.
*** The Nirvana Body Wash (picture above) has the most exhilarating smell – of blackcurrant, spearmint and cardamon. Worth getting up for in the morning! Plus a dose of avocado and macadamia nut oils to soften the skin.
*** Six of the products stimulate type 1 and type 3 collagen. This is the protein the holds skin together. Over time it diminishes and breaks down resulting in loose and less bouncy skin. Check out the night cream, eye cream and hydrating serum all of which contain avocado oil – the hero ingredient.
**** The new Saviour Balm (pictured above) – in a cute tin reminiscent of vintage years – is a great ‘rescue’ product to heal broken or wounded skin.
******The Grapeseed Butter Cleanser is a make-up removing champion. Massage into skin and eyes and remove with a damp muslin cloth or cotton wool.
*****Ten out of the 20 ingredients used in Antipodes Skincare are organic.
******The carbon neutral status is a challenge. Air freight and air travel are the biggest hurdles. The aim is to reduce the company’s carbon emissions by 5-10% each year.
****** A make-up collection launch is on the horizon with a small collection of lipsticks and foundation (loose powder form).
******* The brand is found in eight countries and 220 stores in NZ. Here you can find it online as well as Harrods. From September it will be in Selfridges too.
Try and let me know what you think!