APRIL 19, 2020
Meet the Maker: Antipodes Skincare
Antipodes Skincare is the essence of pure and pristine New Zealand nature. Founded by Elizabeth Barbalich who noticed a gap in the natural skincare market ten years ago and dedicated herself to create a unique brand that is based on eco conscious values. She combined her love of both science + nature to develop the Antipodes range. Offering a variety of organic, high performing nutrient-rich skincare and makeup to benefit the health and wellbeing of your skin. Elizabeth shares more about her Antipodes journey below.
How did Antipodes come to be?
Raising a family I developed a passion for a natural lifestyle and my husband Zoran developed a real interest in natural health. We cared for the whole family’s health with healthy food, raw juices and supplements. Even with three kids under four years old I felt the best I ever had. The interest broadened to natural cleaning products for a non-toxic household, and eventually skincare. I trawled the world’s natural skincare offerings to find a product hydrating enough for my own dry skin. Failing, I decided to make my own. I couldn’t find any natural skincare that performed as well, or felt as good on my skin, as the conventional brands I was using. I saw a need in the market for a cool avant garde, niche brand that elevated natural skincare to the next level.
How does New Zealand influence your creations?
Our brand is inextricably linked to New Zealand nature. We use over 80% local New Zealand ingredients to make our award-winning products – ingredients like Manuka honey, Mamaku black fern and Harakeke flax. These ingredients contain remarkable bioactives that are key to the scientifically validated effectiveness of Antipodes. Nature also influences our packaging – you’ll see our signature wallpaper pattern on our biodegradable cardboard boxes, which draws its inspiration from the lush New Zealand forest.
What was the first product Antipodes launched?
Our first product was Hallelujah Lime & Patchouli Cleanser. I made this gentle yet effective cleanser with my own dry skin in mind, and it remains a devotee favourite.
Do you have a favourite ingredient you like to work with?
At the moment my favourite is 23K gold! This incredibly luxurious ingredient goes into our Kiwi Seed Gold Luminous Eye Cream and it helps impart an instant, luminous glow. I got to play with some at our manufacturing facility recently and it was all my dreams come true.
What are your daily beauty and wellness rituals?
I start every day with a green smoothie, and follow a vegan diet. This gives me the energy I need to keep up with the demands of an ever-expanding business, and the endless travel that comes with it. I’m careful to drink lots of water to help prevent dehydration – this shows on your skin as well as making you feel tired and sluggish. After Hallelujah, I always use Blessing Anti-Pollution Light Face Serum to protect my skin before heading out for the day. Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream and Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream keep my skin moisturised throughout my busy day. I always double cleanse at the day’s end to remove every trace of makeup – Grape seed Butter Cleanser is wonderful for that. I follow it with Joyous Protein-Rich Night Replenish Serum and Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream to renew my skin while I sleep. On Sundays I always use Aura Manuka Honey Mask which is a wonderful hydrating treat for my skin when I have some time to relax.