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Our Green Beauty Ethos

What makes New Zealand’s Scientific Green Beauty™ brand tick? At Antipodes®, we’re passionate about green beauty, creating award-winning, plant-powered skincare from pollution-free, results-driven natural ingredients. With each of our eco friendly beauty products, innovative science discoveries unite with nature to inject your beauty ritual with some of the cleanest ingredients on Earth. 

Our green beauty ethos revolves around five simple ideals. 

  • Love nature
  • Scientific validation
  • Certifications
  • Clean
  • Sustainability

#1 Love Nature 

Vinanza Grape

Thanks to our innovative ingredient discoveries, you can lift the lid of any Antipodes® product to Connect with Nature™ in New Zealand. Our ingredients include: 

Antioxidant-rich Vinanza® Grape 

A powerful antioxidant extract from Marlborough sauvignon blanc grape seeds, which have double the levels of polyphenolic antioxidants of any other grape in the world. Sustainably sourced from an award-winning, pollution-free vineyard, the Vinanza® range includes revolutionary Vinanza® Grape seeds, used in concentrated serums such as Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum. 

Nutrient-rich Avocado Oil 

This nurturing oil helps to hydrate, condition, and nourish the skin thanks to potent levels of natural antioxidants. Sourced from New Zealand’s sun-drenched North Island and cold-pressed to preserve key nutrients, this green beauty staple contains Vitamins A, B1, B2 and D as well as Omegas 3 and 9. 

Thanks to high levels of plant compounds phytosterols, avocado oil has a role to play in rejuvenating weary and stressed skin, and in helping reduce inflammation. It’s the ideal ingredient in sensitive skin products such as Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser & Makeup Remover. 

Vitamin C-rich Kiwi Seed Oil 

Sourced from kiwifruit grown free from chemicals in sustainable New Zealand orchards, kiwi seed oil is high in antioxidants and omegas. These have powerful anti-aging effects.  A rich source of Vitamin C and E, and high in Omega 3 fatty acids, it’s the main ingredient in our Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream. One sells every sixty seconds thanks to this wonder-cream’s ability to help soften the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, a true green beauty must-have.

Antioxidant-rich & Antibacterial Manuka Honey 

Found only in New Zealand, bioactive manuka honey is renowned for its health-giving benefits and its ability to promote a healthy visage. We use only premium manuka honey, produced sustainably by bees who harvest the nectar of the wild manuka plant (part of the tea tree family) in remote parts of New Zealand – so there’s no impact to the environment. 

With antibacterial properties, manuka honey is a must in green skincare products. It helps to address the appearance of skin blemishes – making it a key ingredient in our products. In fact, it’s the second ingredient on the label of our Aura Manuka Honey Mask.  

Manuka honey also works as a humectant, drawing vital moisture into the skin and hydrating, moisturizing, nourishing, rejuvenating and restoring its natural glow. Baptise H2O Ultra-Hydrating Water Gel harnesses manuka honey, with clinical results showing this weightless water gel decreases skin dryness by up to 52%**. 

#3 Scientific Validation 

Antipodes serum

Science & innovation meet Nature’s purest beauty at Antipodes® green skincare. We are pioneers in the scientific validation of natural skincare. Our unique difference is our focus on efficacy, proven by science. Each formulation takes up to 18 months of R&D.  

We measure our green beauty products’ ability to retain moisture, increase hydration, protect skin from pollutants, and support healthier-looking skin.  End formulations are tested on human fibroblast skin cells in an independent laboratory. We also undertake clinical trials to test for best anti-aging & sun-care performance, and dermatological testing of our sensitive skincare. That robust scientific validation is why you can trust products such as Apostle Skin-Brightening Serum – a dermatologically approved serum for sensitive skin. 

#4 Certifications 

Antipodes certifications

Our green skincare range is audited annually by the world’s most respected international bodies, who measure them against rigorous international standards. Proof that our Scientific Green Beauty™ brand meets the strict criteria for vegan, vegetarian, and organic status is proudly displayed on our packaging.  

Of our 11 certified organic products, such as Rejoice Light Facial Day Cream, 70-100% of the ingredients are certified by BioGro New Zealand. This is the Pacific’s largest and best-known certifier of organic produce and products.  

All but one of our green skincare and eco friendly beauty products is certified vegetarian, and 28 are certified vegan. They are certified by the Vegetarian Society UK (also known as VegSoc), the oldest and most respected vegetarian organization in the world. You’ll find this logo on the label of our latest innovation, Culture Probiotic Night Recovery Water Cream. 

#5 Clean 

Antipodes - clean beauty

We are passionate about cruelty free products, which is why our eco friendly beauty products, including eco friendly makeup products, are free from animal testing, 100% natural origin, and free from toxic ingredients. That means no parabens, sulphates, phthalates, or other toxic nasties. 

#6 Sustainability

Antipodes Sustainable Environmentally friendly skincare is important to us. Our apothecary-style glass jars, sleek aluminium tubes, and high-quality cardboard packaging are all recyclable and printed with 100% eco-ink from vegetables. Working with local partners where possible, we partner with growers who use sustainable practices. These include extraction processes using pure water, and organic and biodiverse farming methods. Our green skincare products are made in New Zealand, reducing our carbon footprint. It’s environmentally friendly skincare that delivers genuine results for skin. 

Going green doesn’t need to come at a cost to your complexion. Eco friendly beauty products shouldn’t skimp on efficacy. By choosing Scientific Green Beauty™, you’re sharing our green beauty ethos – and giving yourself the gift of healthier looking skin. 


**Dermatest Australia: clinical study of 10 women, ages 38-58, 2019. 

*Trinity Bioactives: Independent Blind Study In-Vitro Scientific Investigation into the Effects of Antipodes® Products on the Production of Type I Collagen in Human Skin Fibroblast Cells in Culture, Concentrations Between 0.02 and 0.20 mg/ml (2009) 



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