I recently wrote a post about 7 Skincare Products You Need to Add to Your Daily Routine, in which I listed 7 products that have helped me to achieve a healthy, confident complexion. Well, I’m excited to say that I’m adding a new product to that list: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is a multi-correctional infusion of 22 of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals and essential oils. As you may or may not know, facial oils can be hit or miss. Those that miss the mark typically still contain beneficial ingredients, however, these products are often formulated in such a way that the beneficial ingredients cannot even penetrate your skin. Thus, you’re left with a face full of oil without any results.
On the other hand, there are many products that have surpassed this formulation issue and provide ingredients that can do wonders for your skin. Many of these facial oils have powerful antioxidants, skin-calming polyphenols, and moisturizing fatty acids. With all of the amazing benefits of various facial oils, it’s hard to pick just one! Turns out Vintner’s Daughter has solved this problem with their Active Botanical Serum. Reap the benefits of 22 unique botanicals and essential oils all in one serum!
The powerful antioxidant properties of grape seed oil and fatty acid-rich hazelnut oil make up the key foundation oils of this serum. It promises to restore the skin’s balance, texture, and natural radiance. So does this serum live up to its promise? Keep reading to find out!
How Fine Winemaking and Skincare Relate
It’s not often that you hear fine winemaking as the inspiration for a skincare product’s formulation. But that’s the story behind Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. Growing up on her parent’s vineyard, April Gargiulo, Vintner’s Daughter founder, used her background in farming and agriculture to create a serum unlike any other on the market.
The process used to formulate Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum was inspired by a winemaking technique called maceration. If you aren’t familiar with maceration, just picture a giant barrel of grapes with people repeatedly stomping the grapes in order to use their juices for wine. This is a very ancient practice, which today has been replaced by machines.
While Vintner’s Daughter certainly doesn’t emulate the exact maceration process, they do use a method called enfleurage to formulate the Active Botanical Serum. This technique dates back to the 19th century when it was first popularized in France. It works on the basic chemistry principle of “like dissolves like” by using carrier oils to dissolve the botanical oils. This infuses the Active Botanical Serum with natural aromas as well as active nutrients from the botanicals, such as vitamins and minerals.
What makes a skincare serum truly exceptional is not only using the best ingredients but the best combination of ingredients. Combining ingredients that work for and not against each other is called synergy. For example, the cypress and frankincense found in Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum.
On their own, both cypress and frankincense can stimulate blood flow underneath the skin. When they are combined, however, circulation is enhanced, bringing fresh, oxygenated blood to the skin’s surface. Together, the pair work to restore and renew skin cells.
With 22 different botanicals used to formulate Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum, this post might get quite long if I tried to elaborate on each one. To save you the time, I’ll give you highlights on the two most concentrated oils in this serum: grape seed and hazelnut.
Studies have found grape seed oil to be highly effective as an antioxidant and free radical scavenger (Industrial Crops and Products). Grape seed oil has many other dermatologic uses, including providing protection against UVB radiation, promoting wound healing, reducing vascular engorgement, and inhibiting Streptococcus bacteria. (Dermatologic Surgery, 2005)
The benefits of hazelnut oil stem from its composition of 85 percent oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid which is the same primary component of olive oil. (J. Am. Chem. Soc.) Oleic acid is often used as an emollient as it is excellent at moisturizing the skin due to its similarity to human sebum.
Both grapeseed oil and hazelnut oil have a small particle size, which allows them to penetrate deeply into the skin. Increased absorption correlates to the ingredients remaining in the layers of your skin longer, thus enhancing their benefits.
So is Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum worth the hype?
If you’re already a fan of using facial oils in your skincare routine, I’d recommend Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum. The technique used to formulate this serum preserves the beneficial nutrients of each ingredient, all of which contribute to restoring a bright, even complexion.
Ingredients in Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Var Bergamia (Bergamot) Peel Oil, Persea Americana (Avocado) Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Marigold), Rose Damascena (Rose) Absolute, Daucus Carota (Carrot) Seed Oil, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Rosa Rubignosa (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel, Lavadula X Intermedia (Lavender) Flower, Medicago Sativa (Alfalfa) Leaf, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Leaf, Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion) Leaf, Boswellia Carteri (Frankincense) Oil, Citrus Auratium Var Amara (Neroli) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Fruit, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Oil, Cupressus Sempervirens (Cypress) Leaf Oil, Jasminum Grandiflorum (Jasmine) Flower, Calophyllum Tacamahaca (Tamanu) Oil