In honour of today being Australia day, we are celebrating all things Oz. It’s a country that has given us a lot over the years… Neighbours, Vegemite, Crocodile Dundee, fine wines and Chris Hemsworth (thank you) – but it’s Aussie beauty that has really caught our attention. One can’t help but envy that effortless, natural look that Australian women seem to ooze all the time. Yes ok, they may have the sun and sea to hand – but come on, there must be some hope for the rest of us? There is. Don’t fear. We’ve compiled a list of our favourite home-grown brands from Oz that will leave you looking as beaut as a true Aussie Sheila. Ripper!
The Brand: A’kin
The Gist: Crafted in immaculate bushland near Sydney, A’Kin encompasses pure, natural bush-baby beauty – with each product containing a blend of purist botanical active ingredients and no nasties.
The Must-Buy: The refreshing and wonderfully fragrant Sandalwood & Neroli Pure Facial Cleansing Gel (£18.00) cleanses with a soothing and clarifying combination of vitamin B5, witch hazel and panama bark. Non-drying and pH balanced, it removes excess oils and removes all traces of makeup. Gentle enough to use both morning and night, it’s a’king of cleansers.
The Brand: Black Chicken
The Gist: Think chicken, think prickly feathers, floppy necks and spindly feet? Think again – for this is Black Chicken. A whole other level of chicken. A chicken that stems from the sun loving shores of Bondi Beach to care and nurture for your skin. Ok it’s not actually a chicken; it’s a cool and quirky brand that draws inspiration from traditional aromatherapy remedies. And it’s great.
The Must-Buy: With 12 essential oils to leave your skin silky smooth, and an alluring aroma that will also calm the mind, the Love Your Body Oil (£45.00) does as its name suggests. It soothes, softens, heals and protects – all in a 100% natural, chemical free way.
The Brand: Grown
The Gist: As you may have guessed from the name, Grown harness ingredients directly from nature and never use anything that’s been manufactured. Combining this with an expert knowledge of human biology and natural alchemy, a harmonious range of skincare was born.
The Must-Buy: Rid yourself of under-eye shadows, wrinkles, puffiness and fine lines with the Grown Rejuvenate Eye Cream (£39). With a superior patented blend of natural active tetra-peptides and full of vitamins (A, E and D), this rejuvenating formula helps restore the loss of elasticity and firmness from the eye area to leave you bright eyed and beautiful.
The Brand: Inika
The Gist: On a quest to find natural, non-toxic products, Inika’s creators – Miranda and Jenni – decided to set up shop on their own, sourcing the finest Australian botanicals and pure minerals. The result? 100% natural, vegan, organic and cruelty free makeup that leaves you beautiful both inside and out.
The Must-Buy: A foundation that’s packed full of the good stuff (vitamins, minerals and antioxidants), improves circulation, accelerates the formulation of new skin cells, protects, moisturises, AND makes your skin look super. It may sound too good to be true, but this award-winning Inika Certified Organic Liquid Foundation (£23.50) does it all. Literally. Flawless coverage and lightweight – it has come up trumps repeatedly against leading non-natural brands. Amazing.
The Brand: Jurlique
The Gist: There aren’t many (if any) brands who can boast about coming from a 153 acre bio-dynamic farm in South Australia – one of the purest places on Earth. But Jurlique can. In an ideally suited and unpolluted environment , where harmony with nature is at the heart of the free-spirited Australian lifestyle, Jurlique combines nature, science and innovation to create high performance skincare from farm to bottle.
The Must-Buy: The Jurlique Body Creams (£22.00) are the ultimate way to indulge yourself, naturally. Containing Jojoba Oil, Organic Shea Butter and Organic Cocoa Butter to soften, restore suppleness and prevent future moisture loss – choose from the fragrant Rose Body Cream or the rich unscented cream to put some goodness back into your skin.
The Brand: Lucas PawPaw Remedies
The Gist: All hail the PawPaw tree – and Dr. T.P Lucas who discovered its magical properties over 100 years ago. With its natural mild antiseptic, Lucas PawPaw Remedies has taken the health and beauty world by storm. And boy are we glad it did.
The Must-Buy: Lucas Remedies Papaw Ointment (£4.95). Not only does it keep your lips silky smooth, it treats mozzie bites, sunburn, dry skin, heat rash, spots, bruises…you get the gist. A miracle product if ever we saw one.
The Brand: MOR
The Gist: Created by Australian designers, Dianna Burmas and Deon St. Mor, it’s no wonder these products are as pretty as can be. Inspired by travel, art and by-gone eras, each collection tells a unique story using only the finest ingredients. With an elegant mix of traditional and modern apothecary, MOR leaves you wanting more.
The Must-Buy: The oh-so-stylish Emporium Black Collection Candles make it so hard to pick just one. But right now, it’s all about the Italian Blood Orange (£33.00) scent. Made from soy wax for a cleaner, longer burn, notes of Italian blood oranges are infused with jasmine, rose and lily of the valley for a fresh, floral fragrance.
The Brand: MV Organics
The Gist: With a seriously impressive celebrity following (Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Melissa George to name a few), and endorsed by holistic GPs, naturopaths and journalists across the world – meet MV Organics. Originally developed for those with skin sensitivities (such as eczema and rosacea) the products are super gentle and provide health benefits and drastic results for all skin types.
The Must-Buy: Infused with both precious Bulgarian rose oil and rosehip oil, the MV Organic Rose Plus Booster (£60.00) provides that little ‘extra’ skin often needs. Helping to balance hormonal skins, it also calms redness, nurtures and strengthens. If it’s good enough for Emma Watson, it’s good enough for us.
The Brand: Natio
The Gist: Named after the ancient Goddess of Nature, call forth your celestial being with these simple and gentle plant-based products. It’s Australia’s fastest growing beauty brand, and it’s utterly divine.
The Must-Buy: Think Aussie beauty, think glowing and bronzed? Well now you can be too, with the Natio Mineral Pressed Powder Bronzer (£14.80). Free from talc, parabens, preservatives and dye, a sweep of this and you will be sun-kissed and radiant. With extra fine mineral pigments and antioxidant Vitamins C and E, pores won’t clog and skin is able to breathe whilst being bronzed to perfection.