Cruelty-Free Brand of the Month: Antipodes

It all started with a face mask. Over Autumn, I noticed the same product popping up in blog posts, over and over again: the Aura Manuka Honey Mask by Antipodes. I was curious for two reasons. One, because I’d never heard of Antipodes before. And two, because the Aura mask is supposed to be very good at calming down spots. After reading a few more reviews, all positive, I finally caved, and thus my love affair with Antipodes began.
Some Facts About Antipodes
They are approved by the UK Vegetarian Society, which means that every product is suitable for vegetarians and those who are opposed to the testing of beauty products on animals.

All their products are free from animal ingredients resulting from slaughter, and in fact the only animal by-product they use is honey.

They avoid synthetic preservatives, and all their packaging is recyclable.

(For more, head to the Antipodes website and have a browse.)

Products I’ve Tried
Aura Manuka Honey Mask, £20.67
So, the mask. I did dedicate an entire post to it, but here are the basics. It’s not your traditional mask that sets, which took me some getting used to at first, but you soon get past that. It feels like putting a thicker layer of moisturiser on, really, if your moisturiser smelt like vanilla and mandarin (it’s really quite delicious). I’ve noticed that my spots always calm down after I’ve used the Aura mask and it also seems to calm any dry patches. 

Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip, £17.99 full-size, or £12.99 as half of the Moisture Boost Minis set
Face oil has been my best friend this winter, so I was very excited to try this out. The Divine Face Oil is a dream to apply and while it may take a little while to sink in, it leaves skin ridiculously soft and plumped up, almost. It contains sweet orange and jasmine, too, although I think the fragrance is mostly something more earthy  the avocado, perhaps?

Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream, £25.19 full-size, or £12.99 as half of the Moisture Boost Minis set
This is described as being ‘light’, which may be a little misleading in that the cream actually feels quite rich (although it does absorb quickly). It’s a lovely, no-fuss product that hydrates skin without leaving it greasy, and it contains the same spot-busting manuka honey as the mask.

A Wishlist
Organic Grapeseed Butter Cleanser, £22.49
I love my evening cleanser to be really thick, so this immediately screamed out at me. It contains lots of oils, which again is a massive plus, and I bet the grapeseed smells amazing, too.

Skin Brightening Finishing Powder, £25.19
When it comes to powder, the more finely-milled the better in my opinion, so this would be ideal. It brightens the skin, has a matte finish, and is fragrance-free, and the fact it’s translucent means you don’t have to worry about the shade match.

Have you tried anything from Antipodes before? Does anything catch your eye? Let me know in the comments!