A+ Retinol Skin Shot

(6 customer reviews)

$ 41.49

  • NZD: NZD 68.00
  • AUD: AUD$ 62.75
  • GBP: £ 32.66
  • EUR: € 38.34
  • SGD: S$ 56.03
  • MYR: RM 195.46


Experience visibly transformative results with A+, which harnesses retinol’s extraordinary age-delaying capabilities to refine skin texture and minimise fine lines.

Barrier-repairing ceramides and New Zealand kowhai combine to protect and strengthen the skin, unveiling a youthful, more balanced complexion.

Skin Concerns: Dry, Mature, Combination, Oily

NZ Kowhai & Retinol  30Ml. (1.0 fl oz)


Clinical advice

Retinol (Vitamin A) is one of the most sought-after ingredients for treating ageing, acne, and oily skin.

As skincare experts, we constantly monitor and compile research on ingredients associated with ageing skin. Backed by four decades of research, retinol boasts a wealth of clinical evidence supporting its anti-ageing properties.

Upon application, retinol transforms into Retinoic Acid, prompting collagen production, reducing melanin levels, and promoting cellular renewal, resulting in a thicker, more youthful dermis. Additionally, it stimulates hyaluronic acid synthesis, ensuring optimal hydration and visibly diminishing wrinkles.

Retinoids bind to DNA in sebocytes in acne treatment, regulating sebum (oil) and inhibiting the build-up of bacteria in clogged pores that lead to acne, blackheads, and breakouts.

Our formula synergistically combines retinol with skin-identical ceramides to fortify the skin’s barrier and help to minimise sensitivity and skin-strengthening panthenol to diminish the risk of irritation.


  • It targets sun damage and evens out skin tone
  • Promotes healthy skin by normalising cell turnover
  • Minimises irritation and restores ceramides levels in the skin
  • Balances oil levels, minimising blemishes and enlarged pores
  • Stimulates collagen production (types I, III, and IV) by activating fibroblasts

How to use

Daily ritual: Apply 3-5 drops in the evening over your face, neck, and décolleté.

For beginners: Start using it two days on and two days off. Gradually increase usage every other day, then transition to daily evening use. 

Advanced retinoid users: Apply every evening and follow up with a gentle moisturiser such as Fortify barrier repair cream.

Sensitive skin: Prior to applying the A+ serum, sandwich it by applying a few drops of a gentle, moisturising oil like Xcell to your skin.

Pro tip: Use at night at the opposite time of day from your vitamin C.

Key Ingredients

Retinol: In the form of retinyl palmitate replenishes 80% of the skin’s natural vitamin A, which assists in regulating the production of new cells, reversing and preventing signs of ageing by boosting collagen, and enhancing the skin’s natural regenerative cycle, warding off signs of premature ageing.

Kowhai: Known for its high antioxidant bioactivity and natural antimicrobial properties, Kowhai has a natural affinity with the skin. It is calming, soothing, and conditioned, ideal for dry and mature skin types.

Ceramides: These lipid molecules form a protective barrier that locks in moisture and shields against environmental aggressors. When this barrier is compromised due to harsh weather, excessive cleansing, or certain skin conditions, levels decrease, leading to dryness, irritation, and sensitivity. Restoring ceramide levels in the skin reinforces the skin barrier, promoting hydration, smoothness, and resilience.

Panthenol: Known for its skin-healing properties, Vitamin B5 helps to stabilise the skin’s barrier and texture for a smoother complexion.

Phospholipids: Skin cells are surrounded by a membrane of essential lipids that regulate cellular activity. Due to their structure and critical role in membrane function, phospholipids penetrate and replenish, making them highly efficient in nourishing and protecting the delicate barrier function.


Aqua** – Water
Sodium PCA** – Plant-based sodium PCA
Retinol – Vitamin A
Tocopherol** – Vitamin E
Simmondsia Chinensis** – Jojoba seed oil
Ceramide NP
Glycerine** – Vegetable glycerine
Coco caprylate** – Plant-based emollient
Panthenol – Vitamin B5
Sodium Levulinate and Sodium Anisate** – Naturally derived preservative
Xanthan gum** – Vegetable-derived thickener
Ceramide AP
Ceramide AS
Ceramide NS
Phospholipids** – Plant-based lipids
Sophora microphylla*** – Kowhai leaf extract

** Natural
*** Wildcrafted
The ingredients may change on rare occasions. For the most accurate information, please refer to the website before use. 

Free from

The seven skin sins: Alcohol, synthetic fragrances, parabens, sodium lauryl sulphate (SLS), formaldehyde, triclosan, and petrolatum. Follow the link to find out more.

Good to know: Cruelty-free, vegan, nut-free, gluten-free, safe for pregnancy, New Zealand-made.

Reviews (6)

6 reviews for A+ Retinol Skin Shot

  1. Britta

    This is a beautiful serum! It leaves my skin soft and nourished, without any irritation at all. In the past I used to shy away from active ingredients, as they always aggravated my skin, but Samantha’s formulas never ever disappoint! Every product is fantastic!

    • Samantha Miller

      Hi Britta

      Thank you so much for this review.So pleased you love A+ as much as we do. We decided to add the ceramides and so pleased with the final formula as they act as a buffer for the retinol. And they bring so many other benefits to the skin. So this feedback really helps us thank you so much.

  2. Rita hayley

    I’ve used a lot of vitamin A serums but this one is very unique it’s extremely moisturising and although being a vitamin A does not irritate my skin love it

    • Samantha Miller

      Hi Rita, we put a lot of thought into this formula in terms of irritation, which is why we recently upgraded with ceramides. So this is valuable feedback thankyou

  3. Jesdie

    Wanted to reach out to give you an update been using A+ and immortelle for three months and I can’t believe the difference I’m seeing in my skin it’s looking more youthful less lined and has a lovely glow really happy I found your company.

  4. jasmine Price

    Wonderful product non irritating on my sensitive skin, the additional ceramides really helped to replenish and repair my delicate skin

    • Samantha Miller

      So happy you are enjoying the A+, we have worked hard on this formula to ensure it keeps irritation tat bay, whilst still giving you the wonderful rejuvenating properties of Vitamin A. We hope you enjoy it.

  5. Peggy

    I am so over the moon with this product! I used the night drops previously-this formula is well absorbed and I even use on my neck! Such a noticeable difference.

    • Samantha Miller

      Hi Peggy. Love this invaluable feedback and really pleased you are getting the results you want. Thank you for your continued loyalty. samantha

  6. Krystal

    Love this product. The smell & texture is amazing. Has helped with my ageing skin! Feel 10 years young already:):)

    • Samantha Miller

      This has quickly become one of our hero products in the salon, with Vitamin A being one of the most researched ingredients in anti-ageing skincare for good reason – really happy its become a firm favourite. Samantha

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