I always get a warm, fuzzy feeling when I buy not only an Australian product, but one that has been hand made. Enter Pollen Botanicals, a small-batch company located in the beautiful spa town of Daylesford, Victoria and headed by Joanne McCombe who is a holistic day spa therapist.
Pollen Botanicals are best known for their Honey & Sugar Exfoliator, and as tempted as I was to follow the herd, this time I was in the market for a serum and I wanted a simple, affordable option. Their anti-ageing Super Seed Serum answered the call, and when I saw that rosehip seed oil was at the top of the ingredient list, I was sold.
Rosehip Seed Oil is an old favourite of mine because of its hydrating and anti-ageing properties and its ability to reduce the appearance of scars and wrinkles. I used rosehip seed oil every day for a good two years, and I can credit it to reducing hyper-pigmentation and the scar left behind by a mole which I had removed on my cheek.
Aside from rosehip seed oil, there are only 7 other ingredients in the serum, which was really refreshing to see. When I was studying skincare formulation we were always told that you didn’t need a list of ingredients as long as your arm to make a good product. One particular ingredient which caught my eye was Chia CO2 extract which, from my research, has the highest concentration of vegetarian omega-3 linolenic acid (an essential fatty acid). If you have dry or mature skin, essential fatty acids are your best friend. They help your skin retain moisture and they are a natural building block of healthy cells.
This serum is housed in an amber glass bottle, to maintain the integrity of the oils, and it comes with a glass pipette which ensures that you never use too much (I find that pumps can sometimes dispense too much product). It has a very gentle, natural scent and it’s bright orange in colour.
I have been using the Super Seed Serum for almost 8 weeks now, morning and night. After cleansing and toning I massage 4 drops onto damp skin (damp from the toner that is) and follow with a moisturiser. I have noticed my face feeling softer, plumper, more hydrated and the fine lines around my eyes are less visible. Dry patches are under control and the redness on my cheeks is less visible too.
Despite being an oil based serum, it does not leave my face feeling like an oil slick because most of the major ingredients are fast absorbing oils. I also like to mix it with tinted moisturiser if I want a bit more glow or add a drop to natural foundations to help with blending and application.
What I love about this serum is that it works but it doesn’t make a big fuss about it. It’s a modest, quiet achiever that sits under the AUD$40 mark which is impressive for a hand-made serum with these ingredients. I think it rivals some others that I’ve tried from higher end natural brands, which just goes to show that you don’t need a huge list of ingredients and a big marketing campaign to make an effective product. I think I will need to try their Honey & Sugar Exfoliator after all.
This product is 100% certified organic, cruelty free, vegan, nut free and gluten free. It is currently only available at Nourished Life as the Pollen Botanicals website is under construction.
Do you have a favourite Australian made skincare product?
Next week: A foundation with skincare benefits.