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|Vintner's Daughter active botanical serum|
If you are interested in green beauty for any length of time, you have most likely heard of Vintner's Daughter serum. I have heard of it too - the first thing that pigued my curiosity was the price of it (at nearly two hundred euros I would have to sell a kidney to get it for god’s sake!) So when the opportunity came to get it in a green beauty swap, I jumped in with both feet, as any other hungry blogger would, and I salivated with anticipation (and stalked my postman like a hawk, mind you!) for a week. The fact that the original owner of it wasn't happy with it didn't do much to deter me, I was so eager to get my paws on it! Side note - I got this from CleanShelf from Instagram, and I highly recommend her as a swapping buddy! She is great.
So anyways, let’s get back to the oil. I got it when it was about 90% full, and I jumped for joy, because who wouldn't?
Let’s see what the description says?
Active Botanical Serum is a 100% active face oil, strategically formulated to have the multi-correctional activity and penetration of a super-powered serum. Made from the world’s most nutrient rich botanicals and essential oils, it is a skincare game changer that restores skin’s balance, texture and natural radiance.
It is made in the unique way, which explains the price point. (extraction from their website)
What about me and my experience with it?
Well, my enthusiasm faded pretty soon, as upon first application I noticed it reacting with my dermatitis patch in a bad way. It went bright red, and to me it is a clear indicator it wasn't suitable for my uber sensitive skin. Nonetheless I tried again and again for a few days aftewards, and the results were the same, my dermatitis patch was irritated and very red. So I did stop using it on that little area, but continued to use it on the whole face. I have to say I wasn't overly impressed with the results, it didn't do anything amazing apart from moisturising my face, and it even didn't do a good job at that I must add, my skin definitely needed more hydration than this. And it was summer when I was using it, when my skin is good and on the normal (rather than dry) side. From what I remember it also sat on my skin if applied on its own, and definitely needed extra product and care to work it into my skin. As you guys know, I always test a product for four to six weeks before giving my two cents on it, and this was no exception - I tried to make it work for six weeks, but I was less and less impressed each day, and finally understood why CleanShelf wanted to swap it - it is just not working for her. Or me. Or three other ladies I passed it on - more on it later.
The final straw that broke camel's back came in the form of small bumps that were appearing on my forehead and fast spreading onto the rest of my face. A quick search revealed it must be an allergy to one or more active ingredient(s) and this is where Vintner’s Daughter and I parted ways. A serum that is not doing it’s job, reacting to dermatitis patch and giving you bumps and skin texture? No thank you!
Do I appreciate all the hard work and the lenghty process of making it the company does? You bet I do! All these people who are making all these natural and amazing products for all of us are my heroes. Do I think this is amazing product? Nope. This product seems to have mixed reviews, people either love and swear by it or hate it. I hate to throw around the word hate, and it takes a lot for me to dislike a product, but I must admit I am not a fan of this product at all. For me it created more problems than it solved, so it wasn't worth keepeing and persevering. The fact that it was passed down to me and and three other ladies who got it from me also didn't like it (their words were stronger than this, but let’s leave it at that) proves it is not only me imagining things. Truth to be told I don't like publishing negative reviews as I don't like trashing products or brands, but at the same time I have to let people know what didn't work for me too. I can't be the girl who likes everything, that is just not possible. This experience proved to me that expensive products don't always equal better products and you don't have to drop a wad of cash to acquire a good product - in fact I got much better results with Pai rosehip oil, which costs like nine times less!
So all in all, this product didn't work out for me, and even if it did, I could never recommend it to people purely for the cost reason - I am sorry but I could never recommend any green beauty item that costs 200 bucks. It is not how I roll, and I stress that great green beauty items can be found at all price points. This serum might be aimed for luxury lovers, who will get nothing less but luxury, but I am not one of those people. In fact the very first product I stumbled upon when I was transitioning (years and years ago) was The Organic Pharmacy Carrot Butter Cleanser that cost 50€, and I remember closing the page immediately and thinking to myself “If that's what the green beauty costs, then it is thanks but no thanks!” Eight years later I still haven't tried it. I might be missing on a great product, I don't know, but I simply wouldn't pay over fifty for a face cleanser. Products like these do nothing to dispel a myth that green beauty is utterly expensive. And we should know that isn't the case. I rest my case.