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September 19, 2017

The Only Skincare Product You Need This Fall

When I first read about Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum I thought it was just another skincare line made from something gimmicky like grapes. There was certainly no way that it was worth its $185 price tag. The next time, as I was watched Gwyneth Paltrow apply the stuff in a skincare routine video, I thought maybe I had misjudged. The third time, when I overheard two of my friends—one an esthetician, another a very picky spa owner—fighting over the last drops in the bathroom of our Venice Beach airbnb, I stopped fighting the forces of nature. Sometimes, it takes a slumber party for the truth to come out.

I don’t, however, need a Ouija board to tell you why Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum is the serum to end all serums. The 100% organic, active serum contains 22 raw botanicals carefully sourced to address everything from fine lines and wrinkles to acne and radiance. While other brands use less expensive extracts, Vintner’s begin with whole, nutrient-rich plants, ensuring that every drop of the formula is infused with the highest levels of powerful skin renewing agents. All of this adds up to the real reason that Vintner’s Daughter has become such cult favorite: it makes your skin look flawless. Like, after just one use. The first time I used it, my pale skin had a luminous, rosy glow normally reserved post-facial. I almost skipped my foundation altogether—and with time have definitely needed less. One of the secrets is the push-press technique, which helps activate the serum, increase blood flow and absorption of the serum so that it can do it’s thing. The longterm benefits of Active Botanical Serum are real, too. I haven’t found many serums that allow me to forgo moisturizer, let alone one that brightens and firms up my post-summer, fortysomething skin. Founder April Garguilo, a winemaker’s daughter whose finicky pregnancy skin drove her to develop an all-natural skin saver, says that while  Active Botanical Serum can be layered with other treatment products like retinol, there’s a reason it’s the only product she makes. I met April at her family’s namesake Napa Valley vineyard, and was sold by not only her creamy, olive skin and gracious hospitality, but her dedication to creating the most luxurious, multi-correctional serum without taking any shortcuts. A bottle of Active Botanical Serum might cost more than a pair of Madewell jeans but it’s one size fits all.


P.S. Vintner’s Daughter recently began offering trial sizes of its precious serum—$35 for three 1ml vials so you can sample first, or slip one into your travel bag (sharing encouraged!).

  • Elizabeth Dehn
    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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