8th Day News

Spotlight on Supplier: Antipodes Skincare

We’ve been working with some of our suppliers for years and built up great relationships with them over this time. These are the people that are constantly striving to provide the best products available and we wanted to highlight what they do, their ethics and what makes them special.

Our third focus is on the award winning New Zealand skincare company Antipodes and skincare pioneer Elizabeth Barbalich who founded the company.

Antipodes logo

Antipodes, the global scientific organic beauty brand is driven out of the coolest little capital in the world – Wellington, which has provided much inspiration for the brands unique wallpaper packaging. “From modest beginnings in 2006, today Antipodes is winning rave reviews in international magazines, beauty and health industry awards and accolades from many discerning beauty buyers.

Antipodes creator and director Elizabeth Barbalich is deeply committed to running an environmentally responsible business, and educating people about the extraordinary benefits of certified organic and premium natural skincare.

Antipodes Creator Elizabeth BarbalichIt’s a passion sparked at the time of her epiphany to lead a more nature-centred lifestyle. After an education and career in science, she began studying naturopathy and adopting a diet high in organic raw foods and juices. She also began exploring the incredible benefits of New Zealand’s unique bioactive botanical extracts – the healing secrets of Maoridom.

It wasn’t long before she began combining these interests to start creating her own natural skincare along with New Zealand’s leading cosmetic chemists. And after some dedicated research and development Antipodes launched on the market with seven products. The range has nearly tripled since, in just seven short years, Antipodes has developed a range of 26 skincare products with even more products for women and men in development. Meeting the market by bringing consumers around the world a skincare and makeup range differentiated by the fact that each formula (not the parts) is scientifically validated and the premium ingredients are sourced from New Zealand’s nature.  Thanks to investing in the expertise of ‘The French Nose’ very early on to determine the fragrances across the range – each product has an interesting and exotic scent.

Antipodes culture is built around a love of nature, style and science and is for eco-conscious women and men who expect their natural and organic skincare to be results-oriented and uncompromising high performance. The intelligent formulations are richly hydrating, while allowing skin to breathe naturally, feel better, and look at its best. Antipodes seeks to deliver on emotive experiences: add a love-factor into everyday beauty rituals with avant-garde fragrances, and poetry inspired descriptions.


The inspiration of creation:

“My original desire continues to inspire me: to bring to the market premium certified organic & natural products from fully sustainable sources, which can be used every day by everyday women” says Elizabeth.

Beautiful design is important to Elizabeth. “After all,” she says, “this is a beauty brand”. Look closely and you’ll notice the elegant green Antipodes® packaging is inspired by New Zealand’s wallpaper: nature.

Elizabeth is dedicated to creating a strong team around her, and helping with the career development of her employees. “I believe in surrounding myself with people passionate about their specialty,” she says.

We regularly run sampling days with an Antipodes instore adviser and look out for our Antipodes Taster Express Facials by our experienced therapist Julie, these will be back in September and you get 30 minutes of Antipodes pampering for only £7.50.


Find out more about Antipodes

Images and text used with kind permission of Antipodes Skincare.

8th Day Co-op Full-time Chef Required

Full-time Café Probationary Member – CHEF

A full-time position for a professional chef is available. The successful applicant must have previous experience of cooking fresh vegetarian/vegan dishes, and demonstrate a passion for working within a co-operative.

This is a great opportunity to become actively involved in the running of a cooperatively managed and ethically driven business with fantastic benefits and conditions.

The position offers an hourly rate of £7.65 for 36 hours per week – with complementary staff discounts and generous paid breaks – increasing to £9.55 per hour dependent on successful completion of the probationary period.

For an application form call in to the café to pick up a pack.

Application closing date — 26th July 2014
Interviews & trials commence — Week commencing 28th July 2014
Position start date — Week Commencing 1st September 2014

You can email your completed application to:


Or deliver by hand/post to:

Personnel, Eighth Day Co-op, 111 Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 7DU


Want to work in our co-op? Take a look here to find out the latest news on vacancies and how to apply to work at Eighth Day.

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