The idea of using parabens and other chemicals to cleanse and beautify your skin seems a little ridiculous, doesn’t it?
It's time to do away with your supermarket cleansers because there are plenty of brands on the market using natural ingredients to give your skin the TLC it needs.
Here are a few of our faves.
Petal Products is a Melbourne-made botanical skincare line, with a focus on delivering products that are gentle on your skin, and the environment. Formulated with sensitive skin types in mind, the range is organic and free from sulphates, parabens and chemicals. And as animal lovers, the team ensures all products are vegan and cruelty-free – tested on humans only. Petal stocks a variety of natural goodies like rose facial oil, lemongrass and lemon myrtle body cream, botanical-based soaps and loose-leaf teas. Good for your skin and affordable, it gets a tick from us.
The Little Island Grove
Naturally high in vitamin E, olive oil restores skin and protects from UV rays. But we’re not suggesting you rush of to the kitchen for a DIY facial. The Little Island Grove creates a range of nourishing skincare from extra virgin olive oil. Owners Meagan and Mathew make all their products from scratch, growing olives on their family farm in North Tasmania. The oil is also high in oleocanthal, which calms irritated and inflamed skin. Jump online to find face creams, body lotions, lip balms and an all-active body balm, perfect for skin that needs a little extra TLC.
Byron Bay Tan
Move over sun, there’s a new all-natural kid in town that will give you a glow minus the risk. Byron Bay Tan is 100 per cent Australian made and uses all natural and organic ingredients. It’s completely free of nasties, with none of the parabens or formaldehyde you might find in your average spray tan. The self-tanning foam can also be paired with Byron Bay Tan’s coffee scrub. This preps and moisturises your skin for an even finish, giving you the key to a healthy sun-free tan year ’round.
Freya’s Nourishment isn’t just about offering natural beauty products. It’s a brand designed to help you treat yourself every day. Owner, Kristie Murphy, takes a holistic approach to pampering and only produces products which are preservative and cruelty-free. She makes her entire range by hand, using traditional family recipes as the basis for her line. You’ll find everything from soy candles to coffee coconut body scrubs online, each made with simple formulas and organic ingredients where possible.
Ziani Beauty is an online retailer of natural and organic health and beauty products. All items are tried and tested to make sure they deliver what they promise without any added toxins. The range of products on site is full of body-loving goodness like nut body scrubs, freeze-dried dragon fruit powder and makeup wipes made with coconut oil. Everything is handpicked by a naturopath and dietician to ensure only the best of the best is available. To send a little love your way, FJ readers can score 20% off. Simply enter FASHIONJOURNAL at the checkout (expires 31/10/17).
Lenzo and Merchant began with a love of unique fragrances from niche perfume houses. The brand’s bath oils and body washes were originally created for personal use, but the duo behind the brand realised they were onto something good. Now, Lenzo and Merchant is available to the public, stocking a sophisticated range of bath products with fragrances like damask rose, bitter orange and sandalwood and vanilla. They’re all made from plant-based ingredients and even have top, middle and base notes like perfumes do. Now your skin can feel good and smell even better.
Gemma Vendetta is a professional makeup artist and hairdresser who turned away from using big brand cosmetics after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. A growing consciousness of nasty chemicals in beauty led Gemma to launch her eponymous cosmetics brand. The line of natural products works harmoniously with the body and nature, using mineral-based ingredients to perform at a professional level. Made in Australia, Gemma’s range is cruelty-free and sans palm and mineral oil, parabens, synthetic fragrances and nanoparticles.