Vestige Verdant is a luxury natural skincare brand hailing from Estonia, which is newly available in New Zealand and Australia. I don’t know a lot about Estonia—the only connection it sparks in my mind is with a guy from Estonia I knew on a music forum, years ago.
What I do know is that these products start off very well with a minimalist and stylish packaging design in the vein of Sunday Riley, which I am particularly susceptible to for some reason. Perhaps because it’s a natural brand that isn’t yelling at me from the packaging that it’s paraben free, organic, chemical free, no nasties, bullshit ad nauseam. I mean, it is paraben free and organic, but they focus on the effectiveness of their ingredients rather than screaming about what they don’t include.
Vestige means a trace of something left behind, and verdant means green and rich with vegetation, so it makes sense that Vestige Verdant’s hero product is a mask made from peat.
Peat is what accumulates when organic matter like plants decay in a wetland environment over a long period of time. It’s largely made up of sphagnum moss, aka peat moss. It’s a kind of brown-black sludge. And it’s the primary ingredient in Vestige Verdant’s Organic Peat Mask.
Vestige Verdant Organic Peat Mask*, ~$121 NZD
So, like I said, that brown-black sludge. There’s no denying that it’s not the most appetising thing to put on your skin—and after opening the jar for the first time I had to double-check that this was a real brand and no one was trying to play a trick on me.
As it happens, Vestige Verdant is a pretty widely-lauded luxury skincare brand, particularly in Europe, and this mask has received accolades from Vogue and was a VIP gift at Berlin Fashion Week. So no one is playing a trick on me—or if they are, it’s a very elaborate one.
The mask is best applied with a brush as they recommend you get a full coverage “with no skin peeking through”. It promises to reduce fine lines and wrinkles as well as degrease and restore the pH balance of your skin. Given I’m prone to oiliness and clogging through the centre of my face, I focus my application there, as I would with any other clay or mud mask.
As the mask dries it shrinks and cracks slightly, so I’d definitely recommend keeping it away from particularly dry areas of your skin. You can avoid this by dampening a cloth and pressing that over the mask while it’s on your skin—as you only need to keep it on for three minutes. It can get a bit messy while removing but I found it wiped away easily enough and didn’t stain the flannel.
The active ingredient found in peat is humic acid, actually a complex combination of molecules which is found in organic soils. I was mildly skeptical, however after reading about humic and fulvic acids on Futurederm I’m open to their promise.
Vestige Verdant Rare Oil Blend*, ~$110 NZD and Vestige Verdant Infinity Eye Serum*, ~$113 NZD
These two products are newer to the Vestige Verdant lineup. Both come in heavy black glass bottles (great for protection against oxidation from light) and have metal rollerball applicators (great for protecting the contents against air and bacteria).
Rollerballs are pretty common for eye creams and serums, but less common for facial oil. I definitely like it much more than a dropper and it’s fast and easy to use. The facial oil is made up of argan oil, bitter orange flower oil, sea buckthorn oil, patchouli oil and carrot seed oil, in that order, so nothing truly ‘rare’ per se, but a good powerful combination nonetheless.
The eye serum is packed with hyaluronic acid as well as a couple of peptides for some highly effective hydration and anti-aging effects. Plus, who can argue against the cooling effects of a metal rollerball in the morning?
Vestige Verdant is currently only available online, with free shipping worldwide, but should be available in local stores soon enough.
Thanks for Vestige Verdant for sponsoring this post—all opinions on black sludge are, of course, my own.
Have you heard of Vestige Verdant before? What do you think about the idea of a peat mask?