Who doesn’t long for the ONE perfect product? A cream, mascara or a hair treatment that makes all thoughts of alternatives completely gratuitous.
Because they give you the exactly the kind of feeling you want your skin to have, the fullest eyelashes and the most brilliant hair. Frankly, I’ve rarely seen that kind of product love. And, it’s also fun to discover new things and always change it up.
But, a few weeks ago I held this little bottle with the pretty inscription Vintner’s Daughter – Active Botanical Serum in my hands. It was love at first sight, visually anyways.
But, don’t prematurely judge what’s on the inside based on the outside.
Contained within, in this case, is a facial oil. Not just any oil, but THE oil of oils. At the time that it made its way into my bathroom, I already had a number of products in use (a product match in the category of facial oil had yet to be discovered) and, at first, I place the Vintner’s Daughter bottle in the bathroom cabinet. Night after night, I eyed it carefully.
Then, one morning after seeing myself in the mirror – from the look of it I was tired with pale and stressed skin, due to the cold – I finally tried it out.
I massaged a few drops of the precious oil in slow circular movements, gently slapping my face, neck and décolleté and felt that this could be the beginning of a long, intimate friendship.
The smell? A mix of herbal garden and apothecary cabinet, which had a calming effect and a natural and simultaneously clean smell. Not too sweet, not too tart, pleasantly understated.
The feeling? Supple, silky and fresh. As soon as my skin came into contact with the elixir, it became slightly warm and flushed, giving me the feeling of its immediate effect. My skin absorbs the oil like a sponge does with water. When I put it on in the evening, the next morning I still always have the feeling that my skin is rich and well cared for.
To achieve this effect, 22 ingredients carefully selected by brand founder April Gargiulo are included in the exquisite oil. From hazelnut oil, which improves the elasticity of the skin, to lavender, which works against inflammation, to nourishing avocado oil, everything that your heart, or better, your skin, desires is in there. Whether the oil really minimizes wrinkling, I couldn’t say. It might even produce more laugh lines, because I am so happy about my brighter, firmer skin, since I discovered Vintner’s Daughter.
The fact is that the facial oil and I go well together. The lofty price might scare you off at first, but even a tiny amount of oil is very economical. I dose it out carefully and am happy in the morning, evenings, and even sometimes in between as soon as I see it. I want to take it everywhere, to show it to everyone, but to share it with no one. If that’s not the description of the perfect (product) relationship, I don’t know what is.
Originally from Hamburg, Julia Alfert moved to Berlin from Paris in 2010. After completing her studies in Art History and trying out different jobs, her path led her to Harper’s Bazaar, where she worked as Fashion & Beauty Assistant until mid 2015. While she’s harboured a love for all things beauty-related for as long as she can remember, her discovery of the written word is recent. When Julia isn’t busy trying out different creams, oils, and sprays she writes and styles for an assortment of magazines and websites.