Fair dinkum Australia. You seem to be punching way above your weight, especially on the natural skincare meets luxurious packaging front. Perusing my bathroom shelves, I use a disproportianate amount of Australian beauty brands and thought I’d share my favourites.
I’m a longtime user of Aesop. I love the effective unisex products, I love the lack of hyperbole and outrageous claims, I love knowing that no superfluous fillers, synthetics or additives have been added, I love the apothecary packaging which serves a preservative purpose apart from just looking cool. You can read about the largest Aesop store in Europe here. And a review of a winter favourite, the Damascan Rose Facial Treatment.
A’kin is an Australian company making natural, vegan products that are free from various irritants and potentially noxious ingredients including parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, mineral oils, silicones, phthlalates, artificial colours and fragrances. You can read about their Radiance Rosehip Oil which is the best rosehip oil i’ve used so far. Deal alert: for Australia Day A’kin are offering an anti-ageing kit containing a Purely Revitalising Lifting Eye Creme 15ml, Purely Revitalising Brightening Day Creme 50ml and Revitalising Firming Night Creme 50ml for £26, saving £55!
No one does effortless elegance and natural finish makeup for that makes my-skin-look-like-skin-but-better better. My long-time staple Becca Luminous which I’ve repeatedly re-purchased over the years has been discontinued so once my bottle runs out I will be forced to try something new (sob). I’ve always been impressed by the inclusive marketing images and range of colours to suit all beauties whether they are ebony or ivory coloured. If this little Australian company can do, I find it hard to accept excuses why others can’t.
GROWN ALCHEMIST www.grownalchemist.com
Grown Alchemist is another good-looking Australian skincare strutting its stuff in apothecary style packaging. The ecochic, botanical meets biochemical line has made its way to our shores and in to my bathroom shelves. All Grown Alchemist products are made without parabens, petrochemicals, silicones, artificial fragrance and other irritants. You can read about the Detox Serum Antioxidant +3, a fab serum for city dwellers in particular.
Jurlique is a brand that I’ve known about for years but hadn’t actually used any of their products until recently. Established in 1985, the company has a seed to skin policy, growing the botanicals used in their products on their own biodynamic farm. Biodynamic is basically next level organic with an all encompassing approach that takes in to account how everything is connected from the land, animals, moon, sun and so on. They remind me of Weleda, similarly inspired by the teachings of Rudolf Steiner.
LIPSTICK QUEEN www.lipstickqueen.com
Founded by Australian entrepreneur Poppy King, Lipstick Queen does a mean lipstick. It’s one of the few lipstick only brands and the attention to detail and formulae are superb. Ingredient-wise they use synthetic ingredients with some natural emollients.
MV ORGANIC www.mvorganic.com
MV Organic is a certified organic skincare line popular with some of Hollywood’s finest. Especially suited to sensitive skin with minimal ingredients in high concentrations. No petrochemicals, parabens or alcohol are included. I am never without the pure jojoba oil which I use for taking off heavy duty eyemakeup. It also sinks in to skin quickly with no greasiness making it ideal for wearing in the daytime under makeup for a glowy finish.
MOR does the most divinely packaged skincare. I first discovered the range on a trip to the USA about ten years then ended up ordering from Australia and spending a fortune in postage. Though they include botanicals, this is not a natural line by any stretch. I think of these like fine french patisseries, great to gift and for occasional indulgence not for everyday use. Now available in the UK at http://www.feelunique.com.
ORIGINAL MINERAL www.originalmineral.com
Originally created as a professional, salon, range offering ammonia-free colour formulated with natural extracts and minus sulphates and other harsh chemicals. To be honest I mainly picked the bottles up because they are a very handy size for travel but have been pleased with the performance.
Sodashi’s name translates to “wholeness, purity and radiance” in Sanskrit. The luxury skincare brand combines aromatherapy, biochemistry and Ayurvedic principles using the purest grade natural ingredients in chic packaging. No synthetic chemicals, preservatives or fragrances are used in the products or anywhere during the manufacturing process. You can learn more by reading my interview with Megan Larsen, founder of Sodashi
Which Australian beauty brands do you use?