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Golden 8 Anti-Ageing Face Serum

Joanna Hall

It’s named for the golden sands of the Top End and Tropical North Queensland, but Golden 8 oil is more than just a pretty face. It's packed with skin nourishing nutrients, the most important of which is locally sourced crocodile oil, and here's why we love it.

  • What Is It: An anti-ageing serum harnessing the healing power of crocodile oil.
  • Why buy: It is a great skin hydrator, and packed with nourishing ingredients to make your skin healthy and youthful.
  • The Details: Golden 8 Anti-Ageing Face serum costs $39.95 for 30ml, available from and selected specialty stores.

Road Test

When I first moved to Australia I was fascinated by the array of unusual or unique ingredients appearing in spa products and skin care. But crocodile oil? That was new to me until recently, when I received information about the Golden 8 skin care range. Australian owned and made, Golden 8 was developed by Josephine Robson and Darren Sheppard after frequent trips to the Northern Territory’s Top End and Tropical North Queensland. During their explorations, the pair discovered crocodile oil, a substance which has been used for centuries to treat wounds and skin conditions, and is regarded by many as a miracle oil. Even though crocodiles are famous for having scaly skin, their fat is rich in skin-healing and softening ingredients including vitamin E and A, linoleic acid, sapogens, and antiseptic terpines. This power packed oil is also high in naturally occurring omegas including 3, 6 and 9, as well as oleic and linoleic acid, peptides and vitamins. This makes crocodile oil anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and non-comedogenic, as well as having positive regenerative effects on the skin; it’s particularly great for redness and sensitivity, and making your skin appear more youthful. The  ‘8’ in the brand name is a nod to the eight pillars of good skin health; hydration, cleanliness, recovery, regeneration, relief, protection, concentration and attention. And there are eight ingredients in the nourishing formula, including crocodile oil, jojoba oil, maracuja (passionfruit seed) oil, olive oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A. So when I road tested it for two weeks, what did I discover? Golden 8 serum is a versatile facial product and can be used day and/or night on any skin type, and any age. All you need to do is apply two or three drops of serum to freshly cleansed skin, and gently massage into the face and neck. The serum has an earthy but not unpleasant aroma, and one of the things I loved about it was that it literally melted into the skin, even in the morning and even during humid weather. In fact, it left my skin looking dewy, hydrated and plumped up, results which were evident from first use, and not only continued but increased as I used the product. Ideal for travellers, this gorgeous is serum is chock full of moisturising and healing ingredients, so it can be used as a stand alone product or part of a daily skin care routine. And it comes in a neat 30ml bottle, making it easy to carry, including on the plane for a long haul flight. Even if you don’t want to use it daily, although I can’t see why you wouldn’t, you can use it as a boost, a top up if your skin needs extra hydration, or after a long day at the beach. Either way your skin will thank you for it. 

Beauty In Travel Loves

  • The oil is ideal for anyone with sensitive skin who wants to combat the visible signs of ageing. 
  • It’s hydrating without being greasy.
  • The oil is good for dry skin.
  • The Australian crocodile oil used in Golden 8 is sourced from crocodile breeding farms which adhere to the regulations of the CITES Convention.

Insider Tips

  • If you’re travelling and your lips become dry or slightly chapped, you can apply a little of the oil to soothe and heal them.
  • If you spot any white flecks in the oil, the company calls them ‘white gold' - they have an abundance of the super healing omega 7.

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  1. Posted by on 26th Nov 2018 Verified Customer

    Humane Extraction? 4 Star Review

    I saw an ad for this somewhere recently....can't remember only concern is about how the crocodiles are farmed and how the oil would be extracted....I assume it's cruelty free?