Vintner’s Daughter: Believe the Hype


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Um, there are no words – no, wait – there are many, many words I can use to tell you just how incredible Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Face Serum is.  The first word that comes to mind is magical, because I’ve never had one product do so much for my skin.

I have to admit, I was skeptical when my friend Dara from Ayla Beauty raved about Vintner’s Daughter.  It just sounded too good to be true, especially for my problem-prone skin.  She must have heard the hesitation in my voice, because a few weeks later, a full-sized bottle arrived on my doorstep.  She was challenging me – I knew I had to rise to the occasion!

You see, for about 6 months, I’d been diligently using a specific skincare regimen, with fantastic results.  I was really, really scared to screw it up.  So, in addition to picking Dara’s brain a little more, I did the required research.  I read every review I possibly could online (including the one from Into the Gloss), I scoured the Vintner’s Daughter website from beginning to end, and I talked to (grilled) the founder, April Gargiulo, on the phone for almost an hour.  That’s when I learned that April created this formula for herself because she was experiencing all of the same issues that I face.  So, I took the plunge and I haven’t looked back.  I’ve used it day and night for over a month (without changing the rest of my routine) and my skin is clearer, brighter, more glow-y, less inflamed, and definitely more hydrated than ever before.  This stuff is serious.

Many of the best Green Beauty products out there have been created by pregnant women and female cancer survivors – April Gargiulo is no different.  A second-generation vintner in Napa Valley, April became pregnant with her first child, did her research, and realized all of her skincare had to go.  Then, she tried to find something 100% natural that actually worked – not just moisturized, but targeted discoloration, acne, fine lines and skin texture.  She came up with nothing and approached a long-time friend who also happened to be a natural skincare guru and voilá, Vintner’s Daughter was born!  No, not really.  It took April 2 years and 15 versions of the serum until she was happy with the finished product.

With good reason: this is the most complex natural face oil you’ll ever come across.  Usually, as a rule of thumb, I tell readers to look for as few ingredients as possible on a label.  However, this serum has 22 ingredients, so you might be all, like, whatever, do all these ingredients even do anything?  The answer is, yes.  First of all, they are all either Organic or wild-crafted.  And, many of the ingredients act like a key to a lock when combined: for example, cypress and frankincense are both great ingredients on their own, but together they enhance circulation, bringing oxygen to the skin (aka glow).  There are no extracts in this formula and none of the ingredients are included just for a pleasant scent (although it does smell beautiful).  In fact, the patience and desire for excellence April possesses as a vintner is evident in the serum’s production process.  Vintner’s Daughter uses a process called enfleurage, a technique in which the whole botanical of each of the ingredients is infused into the foundation oils in a temperature-controlled environment for 6-8 weeks.  And, the small particle size of its foundation oils, (grapeseed and hazelnut) allow all of these powerhouse ingredients to penetrate deep into the skin.

I could go on for hours about how much I adore this product and all of the cool, nerdy science behind it.  This serum is definitely for the skincare connoisseur, but I think anyone with any skin type would benefit and fall in love with it as much as I have.

Pass the kool-aid, Dara, I need some more!  😉




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30 thoughts on “Vintner’s Daughter: Believe the Hype

  1. Can I firstly say having just discovered your site a few days ago – I am loving it! I wondered if I could ask you a few questions, before I go spending lots of money on products I wont be able to use by their use by date :-/ Your article on True Nature Botanics helping with breakouts made me want to try those products. I know you are saying that this product is the best in terms of how much it has done for your skin. Would you replace your true nature botanics with this now or do you think maybe the TNB did the work of fixing your skin and this is now just enhancing the good work that has done? My other problem is that I have just forked out a small fortune on lots of Yuli, how do they compare? Sadly after 20 years of mild acne I will try anything but sometimes I can get a bit carried away and before I know it I’ve bought lots of products and maybe not given any of them enough time to work :-/ Any advice?

    • Hi Lisa,

      I too use Yuli and have been for a couple of years. I have never been disappointed in their products. They are some of the best in the green beauty world. I do use other brands like; Tata Harper, One Love Organics, Acure but, Yuli always has a spot on the shelf and I continue to replace my products when I run out. I hope my opinion helps you a little!

      • Hi Heather! Thanks for writing! I also really like Yuli. The Cell Perfecto did a lot for my skin and it is a fantastic product line overall.

    • Hi Lisa, thanks for writing! Yuli is great stuff! Definitely finish all of it before deciding whether you like it or not. It can take a while to see results, but it is a great, effective product line. I use Vintner’s Daughter in addition to TNB. TNB transformed my skin and now VD is making it even better, enhancing already awesome results. I’m in heaven!

    • I use all three lines (TNB, Vintner’s, Yuli) so I can share my experienced a little… I use the TNB Night Serum (Retinol) and the Pacfic Face Serum. For my face oil, I find the Vintner’s Daughter experience to be so luscious from the packaging to the way the oil smells. The only thing is, I will only use this at night as there are multiple photo-sensitizing oils (like bergamot peel, lemon peel) which scare me. On the other hand Yuli is about getting the job done and their oils work for day and night, I use Liquid Courage which gives me results like brightening and firming that I have not seen with ANY other serum and it costs less than Vintner’s but is still quite a luxury purchase. Hope that helps!

      • ITA! I first saw that Into The Gloss post on Vintner’s Daughter being the “best face oil” but kept seeing other readers saying they’ve had better experience with Yuli Liquid Courage. I compared the two ingredients lists and the Yuli serum was just leaps and bounds more advanced. Sure enough the results were also more significant for me.

  2. How do you incorporate it in your skin care regimen? In additon? Is it more of an oil or a serum? I love my 2 Kypris serum in the morning and night combined with Dr Alkaitis oil. Could I use them all or would that be an overkill?

    • Hi Anniken! I would try this when you run out of your other products – this is one of those products that does so much on its own, you many not even need the others…

  3. The ingredient list is impressive and seems suited for my skin. I struggle with a wide variety of skin ailments (acne, hyperpigmentation, and combination skin type) so I’d love to try this!

  4. Hi Jessica
    i had a question ,with the VItners daughter serum how do you incorporate with the retinol -vit c combo . In the evening do you use this in place of the oil before mixing retinol and C or do you use in combo ? As I mentioned previously I have sensitive skin . Thanks always look forward to your column
    all the best

  5. Hello, Thank you for this wonderful review! My question is that I am over thirty and still dealing with hormonal breakouts along with skin that has been sensitized due to overuse of so many products (including Retin-A). I am so hesitant to try Vintner’s Daughter because of the rosehip oil which I have read is bad for acne…Have you any experience with this? I also wonder if certain rosehip oil will cause acne in part because of how it’s made? Any advice would be greatly appreciated:)

    • I think you should try it. April, the creator, had bad cystic acne while pregnant, and basically made this serum for herself. I am also a sufferer of cystic acne, and I LOVE Vintner’s Daughter. It worked wonders for me, and did not break me out at all. Ayla Beauty ships this product with a trial size vial. This way you can try it first, and if you have a reaction, you can send back the unopened bottle. Rosehip Seed Oil is very high in Vitamin A, so you will receive some of the benefits you were seeking from Retin-A without the irritation. It also works wonders for discoloration and elasticity. I’ve never read that Rosehip Seed Oil is bad for acne or for sensitive skin. I hope that helps! Good luck! And, if this does not work out for you, I would try Pacific by True Nature Botanicals. xx

  6. Just found your site and loving it! If you had to choose between Vintner’s Daughter and TNB Pacific’s Night Serum with Retinol, which would you choose? I can only afford one or the other at this time but plan on trying the rest of Pacific’s line! Thank you.

      • They are such different products, but if you are looking for one product, only, to use day and night, order Vintner’s Daughter. Otherwise, use the Pacific Retinol + Vitamin C Antiaging Duet overtop of VD at night. I use both!

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  8. I’m finding that everyone talks about oils as though they are standalone products but that by mid-day, my skin is dry and tight with every oil I have tried. Is there a good, simple moisturizer your would pair this serum with?

    • I hear you! Those with dry or dehydrated skin often need more than just an oil or serum. Elave Instense Moisture Surge at Ayla Beauty is a good place to start!

  9. After discovering your site, I started using the True Botanicals line for my acne-prone skin and am loving the results. Recently I purchased the Vintner’s Daughter serum and was curious how you incorporate it into your regular TB routine – in addition to the Radiance Oil morning and night or in place of the Radiance Oil? I am trying to find the balance between ensuring I’m continuing to manage breakouts and preventing my skin from appearing too oily. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad True Botanicals is working for you, too! I use Vintner’s Daughter face serum at night, only, in place of the Radiance Oil. 🙂

  10. Hi! I personally have struggled with dry/dehydrated skin so I have been pairing the Vintner’s Daughter with the milky consistency of the Kypris Antioxidant Dew and it has been working nicely for me!

  11. Hi! Love your site. I am currently researching like crazy for a new skincare routine. I am 31, my skin is on the oilier side (big pores) and since I love the sun I have some lines on my forehead & crows feet.
    I just ordered the Vinter’s Daughter on Monday (can’t wait until it gets delivered! haha) and I came across your blog tonight.. I love it :). I also have a retinol cream but I do not plan on using it everyday.
    I was thinking about trying the Clear Cellular Repair serum. I have 2 questions:
    Just wanted to know if you apply that before or after the Vinter’s?
    And if you use it in the AM and PM?
    It’s so hard keeping up with the best way to layer everything after a toner lol.
    Anyway, thank you so much! Looking forward to hearing back! 🙂

    • Hi Lizzie, that is a common question! Cleanse, tone, moisturize (vintner’s daughter in your case) and then treat (cellular repair serum). Only use the cellular repair serum in the PM. Thanks for following Bare Beauty.

  12. love the site! i realize this article is from a while ago but wondering if you could answer a question for me! I’ve been using ( and loving) true botanicals, and have had good results. But i’m wondering if incorporating the Vitner’s daughter serum might get me to the next level now that my skin is on track ( have struggled with hormones/acne/scaring). Would you recommend the vitner’s daughter serum above the true botanicals pure radiance oil? ( I use the “clear” oil currently)


    • Hi Brittany, I get this question a lot! I love Vintner’s Daughter, but it does contain some photoactive ingredients (ingredients that are affected by sun exposure), so I use this in the PM only, and I use True Botanicals Clear oil in the AM. I love both oils equally; they both agree with my acne-prone skin and they’re both so effective. Hope that helps!

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