Have you ever noticed that sometimes the universe is really good at reminding you to take your own advice? Here’s my recent proof: I just got a big dose of “told you so” from myself, via this post on the common ways we sabotage our skin. Guess what? I was guilty. I knew all those rules, and yet somehow I still thought I could overexfoliate and use acne products too harsh from my skin to beat it into submission — even though my complexion was giving me so many signs that it was overly dry and irritated. (See numbers 3, 4, and 8 on my list. Nice going, Aleigh.)
Happily, I was offered a chance to try a new facial serum*, and it came at the perfect time — just as I was remembering all over again why I fell in love with facial oils and serums in the first place. They are so healing, and literally all skin types can benefit from the right one.
Read on for my review of Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter!
When you’re married to a sommelier (like me!), you get used to hearing about how amazing wine is — from its fascinating history to viticulture and aging practices to, yes, enjoying a glass on occasion. But the thing is, grapes and even wine make for some pretty potent skin care as well! Grape seed oil is fantastic for your skin. It’s lightweight but luxurious, and supremely gentle: so much so that I used it as a moisturizer for my daughter when she was an infant.
What I tried: Active Botanical Serum from Vintner’s Daughter, $185
First impressions: I’m all about products that stimulate the senses, and this serum is a rich, deep color, with a scent that reminds me of a mix between fresh-cut hay (has to be the alfalfa I spotted on the ingredients list!) and a delightfully musky fragrance, which I’m guessing is Frankincense.
But really, the ingredients list on this product is insane: 22 botanicals and essential oils in a 100% active facial oil. I love this sentence from the product description on the Vintner’s Daughter site: “Each ingredient is chosen not only for its individual capabilities, but also how it works in synergy with other ingredients.” It promises to restore skin’s balance, texture, and natural radiance. Yes, please. Sign me up.
Surprises: OK, so yes, that $185 price tag might be a little daunting. But the bottle is a very generous 30 mL (in a dark violet Miron glass that works like a natural filter, only allowing beneficial sunlight in), and as with most serums, a little goes a long way. I’ve been using mine daily for more than a week and can’t tell a difference in the amount of product in the bottle.
Bonus: Vintner’s Daughter recommends the push/press technique for application. I typically pat on a serum, or massage into my skin in gentle, circular motions — this push/press method promises to help your serum penetrate deeper into your skin. I can’t speak to whether this gets the serum deeper into my skin, but I can verify that just seconds after I push/press in the serum, my skin feels smooth, and there’s no greasy residue, so that suggest it sinks straight in instead of lingering on the surface. (And ahhhh, it feels so good.)
(Top image via Vintner’s Daughter)