Vintner's Daughter // April Gargiulo

Founded by April Gargiulo, Vintner’s Daughter is our glowy dream, desert island skincare product. We’ve both been using the Active Botanical Serum religiously for five years now and we truly love April’s creations with a passion. Recently she launched her second product, Active Treatement Essence which is another magical home-run. Her thoughtful, nutrition-packed, beautiful products provide exceptional glowy goodness to your skin like no other.

April started her company in 2012 in Napa Valley. She sought to create a dramatic, multi-correctional results-focused serum for her myriad of skin issues. Years spent working in her family's fine wine business inspired her to apply similar world-class standards: exemplary quality, methodical formulation, and region-specific ingredient sourcing. Two years later, Active Botanical Serum was born. The uniquely active formulation delivers the very best whole botanicals, beautifying nutrients, and balancing properties to your complexion. Taking the place of several standard skincare steps, just 5-6 drops of our liquid gold delivers visible radiance, clarity, and brightness you (and others) will notice. We love her Push/Press method that activates the serum and helps for maximum absorption (see images above).

April takes deep care in developing her products and only wants to create goods with exceptional results. For that reason, she has thus made just two products, but they are made to perfection. We foresee her newest launch, the Active Treatment Essence, becoming a regular staple in our routines. To be used after cleansing, the Essence should be applied right before the Serum. Adding an extra boost of GLOW, the Active Treatment Essence is packed full of Vitamin C, micro and mini hyaluronic acid, probiotics, plant stem cells, marine microalgae, and micro-exfoliating acids and enzymes. Active Treatment Essence is the ultimate multi-corrective hydration step. This formula delivers optimal nutrition, micro-exfoliation, brightening, firming, and multi-level hydration to noticeably improve the overall appearance of skin. At the heart of Active Treatment Essence is our Phyto Radiance Infusion, made from 13 of the world’s most nutrient-rich botanicals, coupled with a unique fermentation component to amplify absorption.

We are huge fans of April and all that she creates. Vintner’s Daughter is our desert-island beauty product pick, forever and always! See how this beauty maven GLOWS.

Vintner’s Daughter //


how they glow




April Gargiulo


Founder and CEO of Vintner’s Daughter 

Where did you grow up:

Naples, Fl and Napa, CA

Where do you live:

San Francisco 

When you're eating healthy, what is typical...

BREAKFAST: GF toast with almond butter or avocado

LUNCH: Salad with lots of vegetables

DINNER: Grilled or roasted fish and seasonal roasted vegetables 

SNACK: pistachios, cheese, berries, mary’s gone crackers 

What are your favorite spots/restaurants to eat healthy?

As Quoted, SF // Cha Ya, SF

What is your favorite indulgence?

Cocktails and chocolate – not together. 

What are your favorite spots/restaurants to indulge?

Cala, The Progress, B Star, Che Fico, Rintaro and Mister Jius

What would be your last meal on earth?

Curry miso ramen. 

What is the best dish you cook / your favorite recipe?

I rarely cook the same thing twice. 

Where do you grocery shop?

Good eggs and Bi Rite

Top 3 items you always have in your kitchen?

1. GF bread
2. Yogurt
3. Tea

What is your fitness regimen? (how often & what you do)

I love hiking and Pilates Proworks.  I try to do something every day even if only for 20 minutes.

What is your skincare routine? (Products, facials, etc.)

Cleanse, apply Active Treatment Essence and then Active Botanical Serum. With these three steps at night and only two in the am (I skip the cleanser in the morning), I know my skin is receiving everything it needs to be it‘s most balanced, nourished, healthy and radiant. 

I also love devices and use my NuFace, baby quasar red light, Micro needler and Joanna Czech roller very regularly. 

What are your favorite makeup/natural beauty products?

International Orange shampoo and conditioner // Saye mascara // Rhye brow grooming // Kosas cream blush and highighter // In Fiore body balm // Beauty Counter tinted SPF

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 products would you take with you?

1. Active Treatment Essence
2. Active Botanical Serum
3. SPF

Top 3 favorite songs?

1. Radiohead Reckoner
2. Bon Iver Blood Bank
3. Stevie Nicks Stand Back 

Most-watched movie?

I rarely watch a movie more than once except if Hope Floats is on. I have a soft spot for that movie, strangely. 

Most life-changing book?

A book that hasn’t left my bedside in 15 years– Introduction to Buddhism 

Favorite shops/boutiques?

Metier, SF // McMullen, Oakland // March, SF // Totokaelo, Seattle

Coolest place you've ever visited?

Jose Ignacio, Uruguay

Favorite hotels?

Villa D’Este, Como Italy

What is the best gift you've ever received?

The dharma. 

Most profound healing experience you've ever had?

Having children. 

Who are your most trusted healers?

I believe the answers are all within us. There are people who help us uncover them, but they are always there for us to discover. 

What is the biggest learning experience you've had to face and what did you take away from it?

I have had many over the years and the biggest lesson is always give more love, compassion and gratitude. 

Describe your perfect day.

I could come up with a million different scenarios for this, but the common factors are some kind of adventure with my family and sunshine. 

What is your most valuable glow tip/secret?


Favorite quote?

“Gratitude is the virtue that underscores all others.“ - unknown

What are you grateful for?

The health of my family and friends. 

What makes you glow?

Gratitude practice.