A few months ago, when I received a press release about Vanderohe No.1 nourishing face serum, I was in the midst of what can only be called “face oil fatigue”. Even though they are my favourite products to test and use in my routine, the amount of brands who have a face oil in their line up has dramatically increased of late making it harder to sort through the marketing hype and find oils that are genuinely unique.
I have to confess that it is the backstory of Vanderohe, rather than the ingredients list or packaging that first caught my attention. Founded by Olivia Thorpe, Olivia switched writing about beauty for blending her own oils, when she started to consider cosmetic ingredients whilst pregnant. Much the same as my own story, Olivia started to swap all her previous synthetic favourites for natural and organic ingredients. Olivia also struggled with acne in her teens as well as late onset allergies and sensitive skin.
Olivia launched her brand with just one product, the Vanderohe No.1 nourishing face serum. I have to say launching a skincare brand in such a saturated market is incredibly brave, launching with just one product is even braver and requires a brand owner to truly believe in their own formula. It turns out that taking this leap has paid off, as the Vanderohe serum is now multi-award winning; including a spot in last years Beauty Shortlist awards, which are highly coveted! One of the points of difference to other serums, is that the ingredients are all sourced from their native country of origin, thus making them more potent. Quality does absolutely matter when it comes to plant oils, although I also think that the way the oils are blended also requires a good amount of skill.
The Vanderohe No.1 face serum boasts eleven, high quality, organic or wild crafted ingredients. It is less than some of the other serums on the market such as Vintner’s Daughter, but personally I feel that less ingredients can be a positive thing for many of us with sensitive skin as there is less chance of a reaction.
Apricot Kernel oil – Cold pressed, organic and sourced from Pakistan. This oil is has calming and anti-inflammatory properties on the skin.
Grapeseed oil – Cold pressed, organic and sourced from South Africa. Grapeseed is a light oil, suitable for all skin types and full of fatty acids and polyphenols.
Rosehip seed oil – Cold pressed, organic and sourced from Chile. Rosehip is one of my favourite oils, for it’s ability to help with scarring and redness.
The rest of the oils included in the blend are essential oils of cedarwood, Rose Geranium, lavender, Rose Otto, Frankincense, Roman chamomile, Neroli and Myrrh. The essential oil blend is very pleasant, soothing and not too heavy. In comparison to Vintner’s Daughter, it is less highly scented. I know many people found the Vintener’s scent too strong, so I suggest trying Vanderohe as an alternative. The closest oil I have tried to Vanderohe, is the La Belle Lune Organic skin serum (See my review here), although each formula stands on their own two feet and I very much dislike the term dupe, I also often get asked to recommend similar products, especially as the brand has a luxury price point as in the case of Vanderohe. I recommend both highly.
The Vanderohe No.1 nourishing face serum, is a beautiful oil, not heavy or greasy on the skin, it absorbs easily and softens, calms and nourishes the skin. If you like a simple routine, No.1 nourishing face serum can be used by itself, preferably on damp skin after cleansing. If you prefer a longer routine, Vanderohe No.1 works well with water based serums and creams. I found 2-4 drops the ideal amount to use, at night I like to use four drops pressed or massaged in to the skin and during the day I like to add a couple of drops to my moisturiser.
Vanderohe is priced at £88 for a generous 30 ml bottle. Whilst there is no doubt it is a luxury price point, when you look at other similar oils on the market, quality does indeed come at a price, especially with the soaring costs of raw materials. I can’t let this review go by without mentioning the beautiful Vanderohe branding. The box and labels are all exquisite, in a competitive market I think these extra details really matter and whilst it doesn’t affect the performance of the product, I think the packaging reflects the thought and care that has gone in to the formulation. Find the range, including a trial size bottle for those of you who like to try before committing to a full size at Vanderohe.com.