In the interest of trying to support local Australian businesses I am always on the look out for great Australian skincare and cosmetics brands. While I am totally able to list out quite a few skincare and personal care brands I am in love with, I know less about Australian makeup brands. So we're all in the learning boat together!
Australian Skincare Brands
Being a fan of Organic and Natural products I am going to focus on these for this blog post. You may have read the list of natural products that I use in the Natural Lip Balms: Manuka Honey Benefits post. I mainly use natural products everywhere but my face I find natural and essential oils too heavy and clogging for the sensitive skin on my face.
A'kin used to be branded Al'chemy - they were started in 2002 by Will Evans as a private company however they are now owned by Pharmacare (the same people who own Manicare). Will Evans started making skincare and haircare in his garage. A’kin sources natural botanicals from Australia and all over the world, selecting those that best work together. All products are vegan and free from sulfates, parabens, ethoxylated and petrochemical cleansers, propylene glycol, silicones, phthalates, mineral oils, DEA, and artificial colours. I use A'kin Shampoo and Conditioner because they have a Very Gentle Shampoo which is for sensitive scalps, babies, elderly, allergic or the infirm. This extremely gentle, pure and non-fragranced, pH neutral, hypoallergenic formula, in a moisturising base, has been especially created for people with all sensitivities, including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin irritations.
I discovered Jurlique again when I freelanced at their head office in Sydney. My mother had a few of their products and I was given some for a job well done after I helped them with packaging renders for their website. Jurlique was co-founded in the Adelaide Hills by Dr Jurgen Klein and his wife Ulrike - they are the most well known mass natural skincare brand from Australia. Popular Jurlique products are the Rosewater Balancing Mist and the Nurturing Mask.
This is one of my favourite Instagram finds. The Sodashi Instagram account is so lovely and inspiring. Founded in 1999, Sodashi has a small-batch beauty approach. The brand handcrafts 50-200 units at a time using the purest natural ingredients. The packaging is also another reason I love this brand - their product is packed in black glass which ensures each product stays fresh for longer. Megan Larson also has a great philosophy; she strives to create beautiful natural skincare that deeply nourish both the skin and the soul; she wants to create products that would always be a delight to use and importantly really work.
4. The Beauty Chef
Edible beauty has become a buzz word lately and the Beauty Chef is a great example of a brand that believes beauty starts from the inside out. Founded in 2011 by author, naturalist and gut-health advocate Carla Oates, The Beauty Chef is an organic wellness and beauty brand hailing from Bondi Beach, Australia. Oats recently added skincare to her extensive range of 'inner beauty powders'. While I prefer streamlining my supplements, I really appreciate how Oats has created such an amazing brand voice.
Australian Makeup Brands
BECCA was acquired by Estée Lauder in 2016. If you head to their website the BECCA mantra is that 'Perfection is yours to define.' They believe that their products can help you with whatever you want to achieve - perfected skin is the essential starting point. Through their premium formulas and expert tips, BECCA can help you attain a natural, effortless complexion that elevates your every look. Recently BECCA launched their new BECCA x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection via social media and it sold out in an astounding 75 minutes. It has pretty impressive packaging and a bunch of influencers created content for Estée Lauder - the product became a cult item before most people had been able to physically try it.
2. Colour Theory
Colour Theory is sold in chemists and on initial look, the brand looks and feels a bit like Pantone. The way they package their products presents the cosmetics like they are paint palettes. The brand seems to want to convey the endless looks possible with their products. One blogger notes that 'Makeup is an expression of ourselves whether we use it to subtly enhance our natural features or theatrically transform our looks. But most of all, it's meant to be fun'. Their line consists of lip, face, eye and nail products including lipsticks, glosses, liquid and pencil eye liners, eye shadows, concealer, primers and nail polishes in an array of current wearable colours. The highlight of this line is it's four simple price point of $4, $6, $8 and $10 - meaning that you can get more bang for your buck. Everyone loves cheap cosmetics, however I definitely prefer quality over quantity. I feel that Colour Theory is a good balance of both price and quality. I have to say that the nail polish is my favourite, and bar my obsession with OPI red, I could definitely wear these bright and cheerful colours.
2. Nude by Nature
I had to do some market research just recently and I was totally astounded at the sales figures for Nude by Nature. They have become Australia's number 1 cosmetics brand and are now available in lots of other countries around the world. I bought some Nude by Nature powder from Myer when I had acne during my 20s and I loved it. I felt that it really controlled my excess oil issues. Now, since I am older, I need to use liquid foundation so that I can hide my wrinkles! Nude by Nature stands by their ingredients. Their products include things like Lilly Pilly, Quandong, Kakadu Plum, Macadamia Oil and Cehami Extract. Sourced from the pristine Australian environment, Nude by Nature products harness the most powerful Australian-native extracts, vitamins and essential oils to improve and enhance the appearance of your skin.
On a side note, after reading about the Cehami Extract; I had to go and find out what that was.
Cehami is a botanical extract from an Australian flower. Cehami natural active extract is derived from Centipeda Cunninhamii, a member of the daisy family indigenous to the Australian outback. Cehami is proven to contain unprecedented skin renew, hydrating and anti-inflammatory properties, for younger, healthier looking skin.
Inika is an organic, halal and vegan Australian cosmetics brand that was started in Sydney in 2006. The brand was born out of a need to detox - they saw that conscious consumers were already removing harmful chemicals from their homes and diet, replacing them with wholesome, pure and natural alternatives. However, at the time when it came to makeup, there wasn’t a healthy option. The brand stands by their promise of no nasties and lists out their key ingredients on their website. I haven't heard of this brand and while I am not a fan of their logo I can totally get behind their no nasties and quality of ingredients philosophy. This is a brand to try if you are needing a halal alternative.