Votary. London. Two words I love saying. Two words I love saying together. Words that describe one of the most gorgeous brands I've come across in recent memory - and that's saying something. Votary London is a brand that I began using in Summer / Fall of 2016 and I fell fast and hard. The brand exudes British luxury in the most elegant way. Arabella and her collaborators thought of everything: the outer packaging is one of the most stunning pieces of cardboard I've ever seen. The cleansing oils come paired with a plush washcloth. The forest-green glass bottles are phenomenal to look at. The formulas are wholesome, rich, and directive - there's no frivolous ingredients. It's the kind of brand that you just want more of. You'll find yourself reaching for the products more frequently, the insatiable craving to acquire more of the range, and sometimes I just find myself looking at the outer cartons and sighing with contentment. In fact, I display them in my hallway on a shelf because they're so chic. The Super Seed Collection contains the kinds of product I reach for when my skin is imbalanced. That's who I think could benefit the most from this collection - people who find their skin is easily imbalanced. Sometimes it's dry, sometimes it's oily. Sometimes it's dull, sometimes it's inflamed. Sometimes it needs TLC, sometimes it's happy with the daily care you feed it. That's where these products shine - they help my skin return to normal. These products are like good books. At first I was slightly unsure, but the more I used them, the better the story got. I can't put them down now. The reason I'm reviewing them both in one post is because they both have the same impact on my desires - I look forward to slathering them on my face the second I get home.
Votary Super Seed Cleansing Oil What it is:
Anti-irritation, anti-inflammation, deeply nourishing and anti-ageing. Super Seed is specifically blended for skin which is sensitive, hormonal or showing signs of ageing. The rich blend harnesses the goodness of 21 Super Seed plant oils. Votary Super Seed is soothing, balancing and deeply hydrating. And, of course, 100% natural.The ritual: Lightly wet your hands. Put 4 to 5 pumps of oil into the palm of your hand. Place your other hand on top and quickly spread the oil over your palms and fingers. Now, begin to rub the oil into your face. Start with your cheeks, then around your nose, mouth and jawline, and finally the area around your eyes.Now here’s the absolutely crucial part: Take a clean face cloth. Soak it in hand-hot water, then wring it out. Immediately apply the face cloth to your whole face. Breathe in, and allow the steam to penetrate your pores. Then begin to gently rub your oil and make-up away. Repeat this once or twice as necessary.
I mentioned in a recent video that the Super Seed collection smells like Pizza flavored Goldfish. I suppose those aren't as common in England, but I placed the reference immediately. It's nostalgic for me, but not off-putting. It smells healthy, that's the thing to remember. Think herbs - especially oregano - and the earthy bitterness of wholesome seed oils.
Sure this will remove makeup like a dream, by why waste the fantastic ingredients on swiping off cream blush? Save this for lengthy facial massage or my personal favorite: a quick morning-time spa facial. I apply a pump and a half as soon as I get it out of bed and let it soak for a few minutes before hopping in the shower. After shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, I remove the cleanser with a warm damp cloth - the included flannel is top-notch quality - right before I get out. You can see the glow in the mirror while you're towel-drying. And your skin drinks in all treatments you apply on top. How is it different than the Cleansing Oil, Rose Geranium + Apricot? If you like an aromatic green-goodness experience from your cleanser, you may prefer the Rose Geranium formula. I also think the Rose Geranium suits a broader array of skin types, because the formula isn't as targeted for those with imbalanced and sensitive skin. I find myself using Super Seed more in the morning, and Rose Geranium in the evening. But even with all that said, I'm still happy I have both. They're noticeably different and I reach for each for very different situations. Ingredients:
Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Limanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) Oil, Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil, Tocopherol, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil, Brassica Oleracea Italica (Brocoli) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Melon) Seed Oil, Prunus Cerasus (Cherry) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Seed Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Herb Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil, Limonene+ Linalool+
+Naturally occurs in Essential Oils
Votary Super Seed Facial Oil What it is:
Anti-irritation, anti-inflammation, deeply nourishing and anti-ageing. Super Seed Facial oil is a bespoke blend for skin that is sensitive, hormonal or showing signs of ageing.When your skin feels unhealthy and lifeless, try the power of Super Seeds. Seeds aren’t just for healthy eating. They’re for healthy skin, too. This natural Facial Oil nourishes dry, sensitive skin with a fragrance-free blend of 21 different Super Seed oils.As you age, you might experience a whole host of new skin issues such as dryness, redness, loss of elasticity and plumpness. It’s so normal to just feel like your skin has lost its glow. Super Seed addresses all of these issues as naturally and gently as possible while packing a punch with your skin’s nourishment and long-term recovery. The ritual: Put 4 to 5 drops of Facial Oil onto your palms. Hold your palms up in front of your face. Now massage the oil into your face and neckline using gentle upwards motions. Use your fingertips to gently pat the oil into the area around your eyes. Massaging your skin with Votary oils will lower your stress levels and give you beautiful skin. You can spend a few seconds or several minutes on your facial massage – depending on how much time you have.
Vitis Vinifera (Grapeseed) Oil, Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Salvia Hispanica (Chia) Seed Oil, Limanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Nigella Sativa (Black Seed) Oil, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil, Cannabis Sativa (Hemp) Seed Oil, Fragaria Ananassa (Strawberry) Seed Oil, Papaver Somniferum (Poppy) Seed Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Vaccinium Corymbosum (Blueberry) Seed Oil, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Oil, Tocopherol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Borago Officinalis (Borage) Seed Oil. Brassica Oleracea Italica (Broccoli) Seed Oil, Prunus Cerasus (Cherry) Seed Oil, Citrullus Lanatus (Melon) Seed Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Calendula Officinalis (Calendula) Flower Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Seed Oil
Listen up, fans of Sunday Riley Juno, NUDE ProGenius Oil, or even fans of pure rosehip, sweet almond, or Marula . If you find yourself wanting to try something different, have a difficult time finding the oil you love, or even want to upgrade to a more robust oil - or all three - this is a formula worth considering. It has the same rich omega-y texture of the above mentioned, and the same pure plant oil smell. Super Seed leans a bit more on the slightly spicy green herb side - think oregano, black cumin, or parsley. It's gourmand in a way that's totally opposite from a chocolate dessert. Obviously, the formula is the main reason I'm in love with this. It feels really robust when you apply it - you feel like your skin is going to drink it up and shine back with firmness. It feels like it's good for your skin. It's thin enough for daytime wear, but can also pack a punch when applied more generously in the evening. It's a grapeseed oil based product, so my oily-skinned friends will find that it helps to balance their skin out. Even with that said, my dry and dehydrated skin really springs back to life when I use this consistently. It features some of my very favorite seeds too: cranberry, black cumin, broccoli, and carrot. If my skin is throwing a temper tantrum, this takes care of it. I definitely need to use it for at least a couple of days to see things to completely dissipate, but it speeds up the process when compared to using an oil that's a bit more plain. As a side note, I love when brands use ingredients that are uncommon but intriguing. I haven't heard of many brands throw around strawberry, poppy, or cherry seed oils the way they do Argan, Marula, or jojoba, but I'm definitely into it. The sticker price is much more than Juno or the NUDE oil, but you're also getting 1.7 ounces as opposed to 1 fl oz. It's a better value for money when comparing price and quantity. £70 for 50 mL (1.7 fl oz) Available from Votary and Anthropologie PS: Both products are sold on Anthropologie, but you will pay slightly more - assuming there's a retail markup or shipping costs are factored in. My biggest tip is to buy these from Votary.co.uk because they're actually less expensive there, and Votary is often offering free shipping.
These two oils are supreme gorgeousness from one of the most beautiful brands I've tried in recent memory.