Apivita are a Greek brand who have been around since 1979. I'd never heard of them before they came to the UK last year, but they quickly became adored by bloggers and regular natural products lovers alike. I've used their raved about Face Masks, but never explored the rest of their range until now.
When Apivita* got in touch with me I was thrilled (as I always am when anyone emails me regarding my blog!), but that smile got a whole lot bigger when the postman delivered this frankly enormous box of goodies. So I've been eagerly trialling all of these out for the past month or so, and thought it would be best to split the reviews into two parts. Naturally, this is part one!
Trivia: The name Apivita comes from the latin words APIS (bee) and VITA (life). The logo is inspired by the bees of Malia, a rare piece of jewelery from Minoan Crete that symbolizes fertility and harmony.
Apivita Aqua Vita 24H Moisturizing Cream-Gel (50ml, £25, link)
This is one of their bestselling moisturisers with 98% natural ingredients and is specially formulated for oily/combination skintypes. Apivita has replaced water in its Aqua Vita range with a Green Tea Infusion to enhance the antioxidant action of the products. In addition to the Green Tea, this moisturiser also has Chaste Tree, Oat and Lecithin which work together to help the skin retain as much moisture as possible. Plus, there's Propolis included as well, which is famed for its antibacterial properties that help to regulate oiliness. The overall texture is rich, yet light, so it feels lovely to use and isn't heavy at all. I can't really vouch for the 24 hour claim, but I can say that my skin felt hydrated and protected against the elements when I used it. A good choice to try for the winter months ahead.
Apivita Natural Serum (15ml, £29.50, link)
A super hydrating serum packed full of Hyaluronic Acid and Bio-Active Aloe, this is like a gentle, yet effective, helping hand for dry and dehydrated skin. Hyaluronic Acid is a wonder ingredient as it really helps to keep moisture locked into the skin and I can firmly say that this serum is amazing! It's packaged in a blue glass bottle with a dropper, and you only need a few drops each time you use it (I use 2-3) so it will last quite a while. The serum is light, non-oily, and quickly absorbs into the skin to do its magic. I've used it at night and it's been helping a lot with my cheeks which are often the first area of my face to suffer (and visibly show) signs of dehydration caused by the cold weather, air conditioning/heating etc. So far, I've been very impressed with this!
Apivita Moisturising Hand Cream (50ml, £7, link)
This is a lovely hand cream that uses Aloe, Honey, Cocoa Butter and Avocado Oil (to name a few), to offer moisturising relief to dry hands. It has a light texture, soaks in fairly quickly and doesn't really feel greasy IMO. I liked the fresh, subtle scent too (can detect some honey in there).
Apivita Lip Care with Honey (4.4g, £6, link)
You know me and lip balms, I'm something of a fiend when it comes to trying them out! This was actually the first product I used out of the box and I love it. It's very moisturising and soothing, perfect for dry, chapped lips and it has a light, sweet-meets-citrusy/floral sort of scent to it. Apivita do lots of different lip balms and I'm currently eyeing up the tinted ones next!
Part 2 is coming next week!
All Apivita products are free from parabens, propylene glycol, silicones, artificial colours and scents. They feature natural compositions from 85% to 100% and use recycled materials in their packaging. Apivita are currently available exclusively in the UK at Marks and Spencer, both in the beauty halls instores and online.
Have you tried / do you use any from Apivita?