Feeling like a goddess – Antipodes Divine Face Oil

I have to admit, as much as I like the „Channel your inner goddess“-spirit, I find it hard to establish in my everyday life.

Somewhere between the continuous lack of sleep, changing diapers and the fact that I spend most of my day dressed in a two piece that would easily pass as blue pyjama (but isn’t nearly as comfortable of course), I lost my inner deity.
Antipodes Divine Face Oil
Now there are several ways to reconnect with your spiritual self, and I by no means want to touch them here on this blog. 
They are important, personal and full of deep meaning.
But as we are on a beauty blog, let´s focus on the superficial things like Antipodes Divine Face Oil.

I have stated several times before that my evening skincare routine is the perfect way to unwind after a long and hectic day. The scents, the textures, the fact that I am on my own, in a bathroom, door closed… Pure bliss!
One of my recent additions are a bunch of Antipodes products that will make their appearance on this blog now after some serious testing.
What Antipodes claims:
Give a lift to tired, stressed and sun-damaged skin with this nutrient rich face oil that helps deliver the antioxidants and nourishment essential for fresh, healthy skin. Superior collagen-boosting action of avocado oil helps reduce the appearance of lines, age spots and scars. Perfect as an essential daily nutrient treatment for skin.
Scientifically shown to stimulate Type I collagen production in human fibroblast skin cells by up to 51%.
Suitable for most skin conditions, especially dry and combination.

One bottle contains 30 ml and retails for 29 € here.
I have been using it every other night for three months straight and still have more than half of it left, so I estimate it will last you around four months if used once daily.

The packaging is the typical Antipodes one, featuring a dark glass bottle and a pipette. While this may be a little inconvenient for traveling, I really love the pipette and the laboratory feeling I get when using it.
Skincare is science!

Two drops of this, three drops of that… Mixing the perfect potion.

The oil looks just like you would expect and oil to look and smells like nuts.
Not unpleasant, just unexpected (don’t all skincare products smell like roses somehow?)

Important things first: It doesn’t leave an oily film on my skin.
I usually apply it around 8 pm and it has sunk in completely until bedtime, and in case you don’t apply it right before you lay down your pillows should be safe, too.

Favorable ingredients:
– Avocado Oil: Hydrating, rich in antioxidants, unsaturated fats and vitamins
– Macadamia Nut Oil: Lipid replenishing
– Jojoba Oil: Rich in antioxydants, lipid replenishing
– Rosehip Oil: Reduces scars, soothing
– Tocopherol: Vitamin E, antioxidant

(Unfavorable) Other Ingredients:
– Preservatives
– Essential Oil Fragrances (jasmin, sweet orange rind)

The preservatives are all safe for use in organic skincare, and the essential oil fragrances shouldn’t bother you if your skin isn’t overly sensitive, so I relabeled it from „Unfavorable“ to „Other“.
You have to see for yourself if they cause irritation on your skin.

Does it live up to its claims?
In most parts.
It is nutrient-rich and provides you with a lot of antioxidants, it is suitable for dry and combination skin, and I would even go that far and recommend it even for oily skinned girls.

The one thing that slightly annoys me is the claim of „up to 51% stimulation of Typ 1 Collagen production“. I don’t call BS on it, don’t get me wrong, but it refers to in vitro experiments that can’t easily be transferred to living skin. Apart from that, the key words are „up to“. That means it is 51% maximum or less.
Or translated: It may improve Collagen production significantly in your skin. Or not.

Will I rebuy?
I love the effect it has on my skin and I feel it is well worth it´s money. Of course there are other oils out there I want to try, but this one has owned a place in my cabinet for the time to come.

Who do I recommend it to?

Anyone concerned about aging and its prevention. 
Mostly organic ingredients, great for all skintypes and jam packed with nutrients.
What´s not to love?
Have you tried anything from Antipodes before?
And when have you last connected with your inner goddess?

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  • Hmmm that last time I connected with my inner goddess? Good question! I'm definitely trying to take some time out every day for myself even if it's just five minutes of mediating quietly. Just to keep the head sane! Never tried Antipodes but this does sound lovely!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Sounds lovely! I really like the way you review your products. To the point and thorough.

  • Oh great anti aging product.

    I love this as it contains diff. oil


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  • This sounds like a lovely facial oil and I hear mostly, if not, all good things about Antipodes. I keep my evening skincare routine very basic but I might try re-introducing a facil oil over summer 🙂 x

    Brenda BusyBee

  • I've never seen this face oil, bu your review is so good and thorough. I'll defo have a go with it :))

    Lu | http://www.balgarka.co.uk

  • I just came across your blog 🙂 i'm quite a fan of this brand, but have yet to try this serum. Looks like it's on my wishlist. x

  • Don't know much about serums! This one sounds like a good product!

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  • Susan Dollparts

    I really want to try some of their stuff! Love the design haha.

    dresses-and-travels //@susandollparts

  • Anyone concerned about aging and prevention? Sign me up! I have a few face oil and serums to finish but I'll definitely look into this once my arsenal is about done. Great review, Linda!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • Swati Sharma

    nicely reviewed dear….


  • Thank you. Do you use face oils?

  • Any favorites so far? I am always in the market to try new ones.

  • They have some great products. What is your major skin concern?

  • I love organic products that deliver!

  • You don't know much about serums? Shocking! They are the rocket science of skincare, very important in a routine. At least in my opinion.

  • Welcome Ashley, nice to meet you. What are your favorite Antipodes products so far? I have some other stuff on rotation and have to say there are some real gems.

  • Oh well, I tried to do Yoga the other day, but my daughter didn't want to go to sleep, so she was running around, trying to climb on me. "Feeling the pose" wasn't an option, i am afraid.
    I sometimes feel like the only place I can be on my own for three minutes is the bathroom.

  • I trust your words! I did not know though, it is true!

  • Thanks Melissa. It is like writing an essay for work, just with a different topic.

  • Which oil is your favorite to use? I love the reshape oil, as it helps with hyper pigmentation.

  • I have some other stuff from Antipodes and have to say, some of the products are real gems. And even the ones I am not head over heels in love with still are decent and well-performing, but maybe suited for another skin type.

  • Thank you. Let me know how it works for you. Are you dry, dehydrated, sensitive or oily?

  • So I´ll teach you about serums and you teach me about dressing properly, deal?

  • You are the best! Thank you and deal!!

  • I love Rodial Stemcell Super-food Facial Oil and Josie Maran Argan Oil, both are great for my dry skin. Josie Maran Argan oil recently helped with dry, flaky skin close to my hair line so I always have a bottle of it, regardless I use it everyday or not.

  • I have heard great things about the Josie Maran Argan Oil, but don't know if I can get it here in Germany. Must check that out.

  • Maireem Maneje

    This sounds like a fantastic product 😀


  • Dressed With Soul

    Nein, leider habe ich dieses offenbar wirklich wunderbare Öl bisher noch nicht probiert, werde aber sofort nachdem ich meinen Kommentar hier geschrieben habe, schauen, wo ich es bekomme 🙂 Was ich mache, wenn ich den Kontakt zu meiner inneren Göttin verloren habe? Mein Rezept ist vor allem Zeit für mich selbst und dazu gehört z. B. auch ein schönes Bad …


  • LOL. My little girl still comes into the bathroom with me, even when her dad is home to take care of her! I tried to do at-home pilates but like that, she kept climbing on me or crawling between my legs 🙂

  • Carly

    Excellent review! It drives me crazy when companies use phrase like "up to"…..it's so deceiving
    Dresses & Denim

  • It sounds fantastic!

    I'm having issues with my skin drying out due to a poor moisturizer that doesn't do its job, and I'm desperate to re-hydrate and replenish it. I'm not sure where Antipodes is sold in the US but I'll definitely take a look!


  • ahh great!

  • Hey, I'm glad to hear you get along well with this! I actually bought a little duo with this oil at some point last year, but I find the scent so overwhelming that I didn't want to risk putting it on my face (I didn't have a bad reaction, but I was afraid I would). I might have got a dud, because it just smelled bad! Otherwise I can see this one working well, since it's quite a thick oil that provides a nice barrier for the skin.

  • Stacey Louise

    I haven't tried this before but it sounds amazing!

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  • I've just tried a sample of their avocado pear night cream actually. I highly recommend it!

  • valeriesdays

    Antipodes sounds great : I've never heard about this brand but your post has convinced me ! xox http://valeriesdays.blogspot.fr/

  • Jamie RS

    great review! this product sounds amazing! i would like to try it 🙂

    xx Jamie| Love Peace and Shimmer


  • i've actually never used oil as a skincare but this looks great! and anything to help prevent aging is a plus eh 😉


  • I have only ever tried one face oil and that was by The Body Shop, I was hugely impressed though! You're right about their claims, that pesky 'up to' line can be frustrating haha… although other than that, it sounds impressive!

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

  • What skin type is it suited for?

  • Yes, I don't understand why they have to do such big claims. The product is great even without that.

  • Thanks for stopping by.

  • Oh ja, ein entspannendes Bad ist wirklich toll. Benutzt Du Badeöle/ -salze oder so etwas? Ich habe eine Probiergröße der Himalayan Detox Salts hier stehen, die ich unbedingt mal ausprobieren möchte.

  • And it works like one, too. Do you use facial oils?

  • Ohh this sounds amazing. I love facial oils, so nice for massage and added hydration.

    Erin | Erin and Katherine Talk Beauty

  • love oils especially for hair but sometimes face. i would love to try this thanks

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  • Ahh. I need this. I also like to try the advanced night repair of Estee Lauder.

  • I think fear has kept me away from anything referred to as a face oil. What is your skin like in terms of dryness/oiliness?

  • i love face oils kind of obsessed this one sounds pretty good as well

  • Oh, a disappointing moisturizer? Bad luck there. The Antipodes products really saved my skin when it was getting dry and patchy after one too many red eye flights this year.

  • It is such a pleasure to use.

  • Sounds like your has gone off. The smell isn't the typical light or floral skincare scent, but it smells like oil you´d use for cooking, nothing bad there. What was the other product in the duo?

  • I have some products here on rotation, and while some (like the above mentioned) really work great for me, there are others that are just okay, so I guess it depends on the product and the skin condition you have.

  • It really is.

  • Antipodes is quite big in Europe, despite being a New Zealand based brand. They are well known for their Manuka Honey Face mask called Aura.

  • I think it is worth a shot. Do you use facial oils in your routine?

  • Absolutely. And oils are great for a relaxing massage.

  • Which facial oil from TBS exactly? I am always on the hunt for new recommendations.

  • Absolutely. Do you do a real facial massage step in your routine?

  • Which oils do you use on your hair?

  • I reviewed that one a while back. They work great used together.

  • My skin used to be really oily and acne prone, and it still is in summer. In winter, it is more combination these days. Due to my own oiliness i used to shy away from oils, too, but if you use the right ones, they really can help balancing out the skin.
    What is your skin type?

  • Any recommendations for me?

  • Between combination and oily. I've heard that some oils are really good, so I'll try to keep a more open mind!

  • So we have pretty much the same skin type. Avocado oil is really good, and rosehip too if you are prone to acne scars.

  • Occasionally! If I have time in the evenings when cleansing then I'll take some time to do it – I find it really relaxing as well 🙂

  • Yeah my bottle had an almost a sour-smelling jasmine scent. Gah!

    The other item was the Vanilla Pod day cream which I used as a night cream as it's rather rich. I liked it but wouldn't purchase it full-size because it's in a jar.

  • Ah, yes, I tried this one on the back of my hand, but I figured it was too rich for my skin.

  • Will you share your massage routine on the blog some day? I´d love to read it!

  • im currently using Pai Rosechip oil and Its very good .
    Im seeing so much noticable difference in like one month
    the brand is natural too so u should totally try it 🙂

  • Glamoury armory

    Hi lovely, great review, I have heard about this brand before, I am so curios to try this face oil, I am currently using the keihls one so good.

    Glamoury Armory Blog

  • I started using facial oils maybe 3 years ago. Someone should have told me sooner! It totally changed my skincare game! I'm currently using the Pai Rosehip oil, which looks great so far.
    This interests me too because it contains rosehip as well. Something to keep in mind the next time I look for an oil. 🙂

  • Vitamin E overnight serum-in-oil 🙂

    Gabrielle x

  • Everyone is raving about Pai, I really have to go out and get some of their stuff.

  • Haven't tried the Kiehls one yet, but I heard some pretty good things about it. What oil does it contain?

  • Ah, the Pai one is on my list, too, but I jumped on the opportunity to get these products first when I was in New Zealand.

  • Ah, I use the spritz from this line and really like it.

  • Dressed With Soul

    Also ich verwende gerne natürliche, ätherische Öle, mein Favorit ist Rosmarin 🙂 Und eine Klientin hat mir einmal eingefärbte Badesalze geschenkt und ich finde es seitdem von Zeit sehr spaßig und vor allem inspirierend, je nach Lust und Laune z. B. ein blaues oder pinkes Bad zu nehmen. Euch noch ein schönes Wochenende!

  • Da kommt dann gleich noch die Farbe- zur Aromatherapie, ausgezeichnet.

  • Absolutely!! 🙂

  • Cant wait!

  • It's tailored for mature skins, they state all skin types , but particularly dry skin.

  • So I have to try it first, my skin is far from dry.

  • Yea, I would recommend that. Mine is more combination to oily and I love it. However, you should make sure it wont cause any excess oil.

  • I love this one, but the Joyful Serum is a little too much for my skin, even though it is marketed as serum.

  • I think Caudalie are pretty good with their serums. I used their polyphenol and found they were best for a more oily to combo skin type. Juice Beauty too, have a good skincare range for blemish/oily skin.

  • Caudalie is on my brands-to-try list, too. So much skincare, so little time! At the moment I have some The Body Shop products on trial.

  • Argan oil is my favorite , just pure without any silicons. Also Japanese camellia oil

  • Doesn't the smell of Argan Oil bother you? It is quite intense.

  • yeah it smells weird but I got used to it, after using it for some time I even started to like it

  • Maybe just keeping on using it is the secret.

  • Antipodes Scientific Organic B

    Thanks for sharing the love of Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil & Rosehip. Great post. #lovethearoha