21 May 2014
Brand Focus: Vice1960
One of my favorite things about blogging is having the chance to try great brands that I probably never would have discovered otherwise. Vice1960 contacted me a few weeks ago, and while I'd not heard of the company before, my interest was immediately piqued by their stellar ingredients and the chic, retro vibe of the company.
Vice1960 is a natural skincare line based in Miami, Florida. The name is inspired by the 1960's, when "pure wasn't just a philosophy, it was a lifestyle." Products are formulated with natural, organic, non-GMO, and local ingredients. There are no fillers, just complete, bioactive ingredients that each serve a purpose.
I've been test-driving two products from the line: the Facial Oil and the Neck & Decollete Balm. Keep reading to see how I liked them!
V60 Facial Oil
I love a good facial oil, and V60's definitely fits the bill. Meadowfoam oil deeply nourishes, while hazelnut oil, which is slightly astringent, tones and tightens. Radish seed oil - a new one for me - is great for protecting the skin from free radicals and has a silky slip/feel that's sometimes compared to silicones. There's also jojoba, which is excellent for balancing the skin's oil production and fractionated coconut and/or palm oil which helps the oil absorb quickly. The blend also contains soothing calendula, aloe and chamomile, antioxidant green tea, and anti-aging bitter orange and lavender essential oils.
The oil feels light going on, but it still hydrates really well and provides enough moisture for my normal-to-dry skin. It leaves my skin with a healthy glow, and while I don't get a lot of breakouts to begin with, I have noticed my skin being extra clear while using this oil, and my pores do look a little smaller/tighter. The scent is a little heavy on what I think is the bitter orange, but the oil absorbs quickly and the scent doesn't linger much beyond that point.
Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed Oil, Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil and/or Palm Kernel Oil), Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Rectita Matricaria Flower Extract (Chamomile), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Oil
V60 Neck & Decollete Balm
It's often said that the neck and chest are one of the first areas that show visible signs of aging, but, nonetheless, it's an area that's often neglected in our daily routines. I've certainly never used a product specifically for that region before, although there is something very luxurious about having one.
The V60 Balm is rich and creamy, but still very emollient. A small amount is all you need, and as long as you don't overdo it, the balm absorbs well and isn't overly greasy. There is some ingredient overlap with the facial oil, with hazelnut and meadowfoam oils as front runners again, this time alongside other anti-aging stars like sea buckthorn and carrot seed oils.
I've yet to see any real signs of aging on my neck or decollete, but I am prone to redness/patchiness on my chest and occasionally get breakouts in the same area. After a single application, I was happily surprised to wake up to clear, even skin without even a hint of redness or bumps. I don't use the balm every day, but I enjoy it as more of a treatment two or three times a week.
I was advised that this also works well as an eye balm, and I think it would even work as an overall face balm in the colder months.
Ingredients: Corylus Avellana (Hazelnut) Seed oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Fractionated Coconut Oil and/or Palm Kernel Oil), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Daucus Carota Sativa Extract (Carrot) Root Oil, Chamomilla Rectita Matricaria Flower Extract (Chamomile), Hippophae Rhamnoides Fruit Extract (Sea Buckthorn Berry), Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Pelargoneum Graveolens (Geranium) Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Bitter Orange) Oil
The Bottom Line
I've gotten great results from both the Facial Oil and the Neck and Decollete balm, and the facial oil, in particular, has become a real favorite. With two out of two hits, Vice1960 is definitely a line I'll be keeping my eye on in the future!
Disclosure: Products provided for review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for free product, nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own.