It’s the question on everyone’s lips atm: is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum worth $185?
I know, I know, worth is subjective. You may not hesitate to splurge 1K on a designer bag while your BFF thinks you’re crazy. That’s cool. Your money. Your call.
Same with skincare.
I’m all for splurging on luxury skincare products if you can afford them BUT only if they contain actives that really work and give you the most beautiful skin ever. Otherwise, you may pay $5 but you still got ripped off.
So, is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum really the “facial oil to end all facial oils” (that’s how In The Gloss called it) or is it all hype?
Let’s see what’s inside:
Grape Seed Oil
Grape seed oil is derived from the seeds of grape. It’s much thinner and less greasy than most oils, which is why it makes a great base for natural beauty products.
Grape seed oil is loaded with antioxidants. They’re called procyanidis and help neutralise the free radicals that cause wrinkles, dark spots and sagging.
There’s also some research that shows that grape seed oil provides some protection against UVB rays (P.S. This doesn’t mean it’s a substitute for sunscreen!).
Hazelnut oil isn’t an oil you see often in skincare. That’s a shame because it’s loaded with oleic acid (it contains a whooping 85%!), a super moisturising substance.
Oleic acid makes even dry skin soft and smooth for hours. Plus, it helps other ingredients penetrate your skin, so they work better and faster, too.
You know what they say, “an avocado a day keeps the doctor away.” Wait, what?! That’s apple? Oh well, I’ll keep eating my fair share of avos cos they taste better. 🙂
In a nutshell, it makes your skin soft and smooth and keeps wrinkles away.
Rosehip oil is my fave oil for skin. It’s derived from the hips of roses, i.e. the radish-like balls roses leave behind after they blossoms.
Rosehip oil has a whooping 64-87% linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is a super moisturizing fatty acid. It works by strengthening your skin’s protective barrier so that moisture stays into your skin and moisturises it.
Talking about linoleic acid, do you know that those who suffer from acne have less of it in their skin? Study show that if you add it back in, you can make mini pimples disappear.
There’s more. Rosehip oil is a natural source of vitamin A, the only thing that can really reduce wrinkles. Vitamin A fights wrinkles on three fronts: it boosts collagen production, destroys free radicals and speeds up the skin’s natural exfoliating process. All things that make it look younger.
If you’ve ready this far, you’re probably think that Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is indeed worth the hype. Not so fast.
A few essential oils sneaked their way inside and they could cause some serious trouble to your skin. Usually, these citrus essential oils are just sprinkled in to make the product smell good.
But in Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, bergamot oil is the third ingredient. The brand says that bergamot, together with the other citrus offender, lemon oil, can fade away dark spots. Science doesn’t agree. I couldn’t find any studies supporting this claim.
What we know, instead, is that citrus oils are irritating for the skin. Even if they don’t give you a rash, they can inflame the deeper layer of the skin, a process that eventually leads to wrinkles.
I know it sucks. I love the smell of anything citrus. And if there’s only a drop of lemon or bergamot essential oil, I’d still go ahead and use it. But this serum has way, way too much.
P.S. While we’re on the subject, lavender oil can be irritating too. I know it’s not a citrus oil but I had to mention it.
Is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum Worth The Hype?
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum has a lot going for it. It’s loaded with nourishing oils that moisturise your skin and keeps wrinkles away too.
But the high concentration of bergamot oil is a dealbreaker for me. It can give you an irritation and won’t even fade your dark spots. What the heck is it here for?!
Have you tried Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum? Share your experience in the comments below.
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