Curiosity Gap review: Vanderohe No.1 duo

British skincare brand Vanderohe first came to my attention in 2017, when Olivia Thorpe launched her first skincare baby, No.1 Nourishing Face Serum into the world (since then she grew both her family – she now has three children – and her brand). After using the first bottle of that beautiful blend of plants that was gifted to me, I bought a second one and still hold the serum in high esteem. In actual fact I think that it is better than the cult Vintner’s Daughter Face serum (from both the effect on the skin, as well as the price point, as far as my own personal experience with both is concerned). Last year Olivia had another skincare baby, No.1 Purifying Cleansing Oil, and earlier this year No. 1 Exfoliating Powder humbly stepped into the beauty spotlight. Question is, how do they compare in terms of efficacy to the face serum and do they compliment each other, as part of the daily skincare routine?

‘For me someone receiving the freshest product is more important, than getting more sales’

Vanderohe No.1 Purifying Cleansing Oil, 100ml, £72

A delicate blend of high-grade organic & cold-pressed oils, Olivia also enriched the formula with 100% pure, organic essential oils that together gently deep-cleanse your skin, whilst keeping it smooth & soft. Steam-distilled essential oils will lovingly cleanse the skin, while nourishing & nurturing it with organic Safflower, Sweet Almond, Lavender, Rose Geranium, Eucalyptus, Neroli and Peppermint essential Oils (if you have sensitive skin, please remember to do a patch test first!).

Olivia tries to source  the ingredients for her products from the countries where each plant has optimal condition for growth in order to ensure that the her products carry maximum goodness for the skin. Another element of the formulas is that each ingredient possesses not only skin-benefitting qualities, but mood-enhancing properties too – something that I am sure won’t go unnoticed when you start using the products.

‘We choose oils whose farming helps to build soil fertility, minimise damage to the environment, respect animal welfare and avoid all chemical additives’ Olivia Thorpe

This cleansing oil is gentle to use and has the perfect ‘sloppiness’, allowing your fingers to easily glide over the contours of your face and neck. It also partners perfectly with Gua Sha, enhancing the effect of the regular facial massage, by boosting circulation, oxygenation & natural detoxing processes within your skin.

With a subtle flower scent, this cleansing oil gently removes dirt and make-up from the skin, allowing skincare to work more effectively ( pair it with Vanderohe Exfoliation Powder a couple times a week, helping speed up skin’s renewal process even further).

I find that using it in the evening, particularly after a hectic day, turns the closing of the day into a little ‘pleasure’ ritual, when not just your skin, but your senses benefit from uplifting sense of calm. Just pump two to three squirts of the oil into the palm of your warm hand, take a couple of deep breaths, getting to know the scent and massage with the upward motion from your neck upwards (you can extend it into your decollate area, if you feel that it might benefit from the cleansing, if you wore an open shirt of top while working or just being in the polluted city).

While you should be careful to avoid the oil getting into your eyes, if does remove eye make-up effectively – just make sure you do it with your eyes closed .) Rinse thoroughly with warm water – I find that using a muslin cloth or an organic cotton one only enhances the cleansing – and enjoy the comforting sensation of the skin being cocooned, rather than stretched. Definite thumbs up on the overall effect of this product as part of the daily skincare routine!

INCI: Carthamus tinctorius seed (Safflower) oil, prunus amygdalus dulcis seed (Sweet Almond) oil, lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) oil, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), pelargonium graveolens roseum leaf (Rose Geranium) oil, eucalyptus globulus leaf (Eucalyptus) oil, citrus aurantium flower (Neroli) oil, mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil. *All certified organic.

Contains natural components of essential oils: d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalol.

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Keep out of direct sunlight. Store below 30°C. Avoid direct contact with eyes. If pregnant, consult a doctor before use. Recycle packaging. Contains nut oils. 100% natural and vegan. Never tested on animals.

Vanderohe No.1 Exfoliating Powder, 30g, £24

I prefer facial scrubs that have already been mixed for individual use, so exfoliating powders (or masks) make me think of sink or shower cleaning (not that it doesn’t happen after using some scrubs!), as well as dish and brush washing. Not something that I am particularly keen on at the end of the day, but like with everything in life, there are always exceptions to the rule.

‘Our micro-granule formulation is packed with skin nutrition, helping to deep-cleanse pores, promote circulation and boost the skin cell renewal process’ Olivia Thorpe.

Gentle, yet effective, this blend of plant powders helps to exfoliate the skin, getting read of impurities, improve circulation & boost skin cell renewal process. Something that becomes a more pressing necessity as we age and our bodies’ renewal processes naturally slow down.

Moringa Leaf Powder, rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, helps to sooth the inflammatory process and prevent free radical damage caused by environmental pollutants that lend like invisible alines on our skin every day. And Adzuki Beans (a popular ingredient in Asian desserts) contain a natural foaming agent saponin, that helps absorb excess oil – a godsend for those with oily skin or teen skin going through hormonal changes.

Remember my words about potential messy mixing with bowls and brushes? Well, in this instance just apply a couple of pumps of Vanderohe Cleansing Oil to the palm of your hand and tap a small amount of the Exfoliating Powder into the oil. Mix to desired consistency with a finger or two and massage lightly into your skin, avoiding the delicate eye area. If you have some excess, then treat your hands to some scrubbing action as well, before washing them and your face thoroughly with warm water or damp face cloth. Increased clarity and radiance if not guaranteed, can definitely be expected after a single use – do it regularly and your complexion will become clearer and more even. A gentle exfoliant for all types of skin, which does a much better job than rough scrubs that feel like they take layers off your face that you didn’t necessarily feel like shedding.

INCI: Butyrospermum parkii (Shea Kernel) powder, Moringa oleifera (Moringa Leaf) powder, Phaseolus angularis (Adzuki Bean) powder, Salvia Hispanica (Chia Seed) powder. *All sourced from small farms and cultivated under ethical, fair-trade and sustainable methods, ensuring that the plants have been grown in a pure environment, free from pesticides and herbicides. Contains natural components of essential oils: d-Limonene, Geraniol, Linalol.

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‘Whenever I order something online it comes looking like its been thrown in the box without any thought (with a few notable exceptions though!)’ Olivia Thorpe

Every Vanderohe product and every package that she sends to customers is personal to Olivia and you can both see and feel it when you receive them. Each carefully and thoughtfully packaged, with a personal, hand-written card enclosed – something that feels particularly special, when a lot of brands, whether niche or luxury, offer disappointing level of attitude when it comes to customer care. Something that I think in actual facts helps you to distinguish between brands and align your loyalty to those that appreciate your custom, as opposed to being another blip on their data sheets.

‘If I can create the same feeling of love through the products, I am happy’ Olivia Thorpe

Olivia is also the time of brand founder who values and appreciates the relationship she builds with both retailers AND consumers. After all it is not insignificant when retailer nurtures the brand, helping build awareness, and consumers spread word about products that work (or don’t work for them) and do it with integrity. Another important aspect of building her brand and business is to support a charity and Olivia chose ‘Marine Savers’, which regularly gives her updates on where the money that she donates goes. I don’t know when Olivia finds the time to sleep, while balancing her family and business needs and demands, yet she is certainly a brand founder that deserves the spotlight for the right combination of reasons.

To find out more about Vanderohe, including more product insights and details about the artists with which Olivia collaborates, choosing them for exquisitely detailed original artwork that graces the packaging, as well as information leaflets included with each product. Click here

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