16 June 2014

ANTIPODES AURA MANUKA HONEY MASK & REINCARNATION PURE FACIAL EXFOLIATOR


Antipodes is an organic, all-natural brand from New Zealand that has intrigued me for a while. Their Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a favourite amongst bloggers. When I came across Plume, a Belgian webshop that stocks Antipodes products, I just had to place an order and see for myself. I also got the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator. Together they make an excellent combination in my skincare routine.


The Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a multi-purpose face mask that purifies and hydrates skin. As the name suggests, this mask contains manuka honey. This natural ingredient is full of antibacterial qualities. New Zealanders have been using it for years. The honey soothes blemishes and cleanses, while avocado oil, vitamin E and grape extract are effective at moisturizing the skin. I always apply the mask with a flat foundation brush and try to achieve a thick, even layer. The product has a creamy colour, but dries transparent. It smells like vanilla pod and mandarin, although I haven’t personally noticed the mandarin. Nonetheless, the fragrance is sweet and so relaxing. After using the Aura Manuka Honey Mask, my skin feels more plump, calm and intensely hydrated. I definitely feel a difference. I think it is great for a pamper evening or as a treatment before a special occasion. Keep in mind that this mask won’t give noticeable long-term results, but it lives up to the hype for having your own ‘spa moment’ at home.


As much as I was looking forward to trying the Aura Manuka Honey Mask, it’s this gem that stole my heart. Plume kindly gifted me the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator after there were some problems with the delivery. I was a bit wary about mechanical scrubs before as they’re usually too harsh on my skin, but the Reincarnation exfoliant is very gentle. It contains small jojoba beads and doesn’t feel scratchy at all. Antipodes added essential oils like carrot seed extract and calendula oil to soothe and heal skin. This scrub is full of ingredients that will make skin look fresh and revitalized. Its fruity aroma is exactly why I prefer using this in the morning – well, that and because it wakes me up. I massage the product into my skin for a few minutes, add a few drops of water in the process, then I carefully remove the residue with (luke)warm water and a muslin cloth. The result is clear and nourished looking skin. Using this at least once a week has also reduced redness of acne scars on my chin (thumbs up for that!). I always follow with toner and moisturizer or I use it before the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. After two months the Reincarnation exfoliator is now my favourite step in my skincare routine, which is quite the statement because I used to stay far away from facial scrubs.

These two goodies are great when used on their own, but combined they work wonders on my complexion. I am so glad my first experience with Antipodes products has been such a good one. I can see myself repurchasing both the Aura Manuka Honey Mask and the Reincarnation Pure Facial Exfoliator, and even trying more from their skincare range. Thanks again to Plume for the excellent customer service. I would highly recommend them if you're looking to try Antipodes or other natural skincare brands.

9 comments:

  1. ooh ik wist niet dat ze ook op een belgische webshop te krijgen waren, ik ben verliefd op het aura manuka honey mask, echt super fijn ding!

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    1. Jap! Heb het ook via-via gezien, heerlijk dat het merk zo wat makkelijker verkrijgbaar is :)

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  2. I was just responding to your comment on my blog regarding the Antipodes products, so I went to your blog and what a coincidence to find you've also posted this review! ARGH, isn't the honey mask amazing? It actually does smell like citrusy vanilla to me though, but I'm definitely interested in trying the exfoliator now! I might actually need to get on that soon because Antipodes is on sale at my stockist right now so I MIGHT GO A LITTLE CRAZY :D

    Vanessa | Citron and Guavaberry ʘ‿ʘ

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    1. I'm crazy about the exfoliator! It's made such a difference and my skin hasn't had a bad reaction to it, not once. 100% worth trying! Hope you'll have a great time shopping at that sale you were talking about ;)

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  3. Wauw zelfs je littekens en rode plekjes verdwenen, dat klinkt als een top product. Ik had er eerlijk gezegd nog niet van gehoord.

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    1. Echt gek wat 'n verschil die scrub maakt (en zeker al omdat m'n huid zo gevoelig is). Antipodes is niet het goedkoopste merk maar zeker het proberen waard!

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  4. Ik kende dit merk nog niet maar het lijkt wel alsof ze fijne producten hebben.

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  5. I've heard awesome thinks about this mask before! And you seem to confirm all those raving reviews :-)

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    1. Yes :D I'm so glad I'm using this mask & exfoliator now, they're both awesome

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