Antipodes Skincare Review – Joyous Night Replenish Serum & Grapeseed Butter Cleanser

More skincare? Yes please! Unfortunately after my little breakout I have been scrambling to find a new routine to fix it. So while it looks like I’ve been burning through skincare, I have been testing them behind the scenes.

I also have very reactive skin, so I can tell the next day if something won’t work for me. For whatever reason my pores get so congested around my chin and mouth. I tend to give it a week, to make it’s the new skincare I’m testing and if it is, then it’s off to the skincare graveyard!

Antipodes skincare review. Joyous Night Replenish Serum & Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. Gone Swatching xo

This week I have a couple of products from Antipodes, a skincare brand from New Zealand. A lot of their skincare is infused with Vinanza Grape, which is chock full of anti-oxidants, and they boast a ton of scientific studies behind their ingredients.

Joyous – Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum


Antipodes skincare review. Joyous Night Replenish Serum ingredients. Gone Swatching xo

This has a base of blackcurrent oil, as well as the essential oil of blackcurrent and it’s not a scent I enjoy at all. In fact it’s so overpowering for me, it actually smells like a chemical fragrance. It doesn’t dissipate either, so even after washing my hands, if I sniff them I still get whiffs of it.

I used it on my face maybe once or twice before I couldn’t handle the scent anymore. Those times it didn’t sink in completely, so it left me feeling a little greasy. I don’t think it broke me out though, so if I could tolerate the smell, I’d try it again.

Antipodes skincare review. Joyous Night Replenish Serum. Gone Swatching xo

Grapeseed Butter Cleanser


Antipodes skincare review. Grapeseed Butter Cleanser Ingredients. Gone Swatching xo

I’m surprised I don’t hate the scent in this. The blue chamomile flower overpowers the lavender and evening primose oil. Fortunately it’s light enough to only be noticeable if I inhale deeply. I love the texture of this. It applies as a thick balm and as you rub it in, it thins out to an oil. I’m a big fan of oil cleansing and this is no exception.

I use this every night, as opposed to mornings because it adds about 5-10 minutes to my routine. After massaging this in over my face, I slowly add water and keep massaging to emulsify the oils. I can’t remove this with water alone, so I use a face cloth to finish the job.

I definitely think it’s a worthy step to my routine. I love the extra cleansing after a day of wearing makeup!

Antipodes skincare review. Grapeseed Butter Cleanser texture. Gone Swatching xo

Final Word

Unless you’re sensitive to scents like I am, I would disregard my experience with the Joyous serum. I wasn’t able to give it a fair chance so who’s to say it wouldn’t work wonders on my face. If there’s a store near you that has testers, I’d suggest trying it for yourself before you commit to a full size.

While I didn’t have much luck with the serum, I really do enjoy the butter cleanser. I love the feeling of clean skin, without it being stripped or feeling tight. This accomplishes that and leaves it feeling softer than when I began. The hibiscus bloom is meant to provide a gentle exfoliation and it is completely undetectable. If physical exfoliation is something that irritates your skin, then it could be a good choice for you.

Antipodes natural skincare review. Joyous Night Replenish Serum & Grapeseed Butter Cleanser. Green Beauty Blogger Gone Swatching xo


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