In 2018, our fashion faux pas go beyond our style choices. There is a much darker side beneath fashion’s sparkling façade, where labels mean luxury and more shoes equal more happiness (and it’s not blisters and bank accounts in anguish). It is discovering the fashion industry is the second most polluting industry in the world. Yikes. That’s why we LOVE uncovering labels with sustainable intentions, especially Australian ones. Here’s five that absolutely need to be on your radar…
Good morning and happy Beauty Tuesday for another week. Today we’re continuing on with last weeks eco-friendly, natural and organic beauty products theme, except today, we’re talking about ya face! Yep, we’re talking eco, au natural and organic beauty products for your gorgeous face, so if you’re having trouble finding the right products to lather or you have sensitive skin, here is a round-up of some of our favourites that will do good for your face, body and the planet. Here’s the verdict…
CLEANSERS: Since I started working on this feature a couple of weeks ago I’ve trialled 7 different cleansers and, as it turns out, they’re all pretty special. Here’s a quick wrap up: 1. Of course, cult favourite LUSH do a milky cleanser made from orchid, almond and other natural ingredients that works to cleanse and sooth. 2. The 100% Pure White tea cleaner smells exactly as it is labeled and is a good foam cleanser to have on hand in the shower as a first responder. It may dry your skin out a little, so have a good moisturiser on hand to follow with. 3. Mukti Organics, with their three pronged approach (sustainable, ethical and organic) do a hydrating cleansing lotion for normal and dry skin that is certified organic and only contains the good stuff. 4. Go-to‘s ‘Properly Clean’ cleanser by the very witty Zoe Foster Blake would have to be my ultimate favourite, the packaging is cute, the smell is peachy, it’s not tested on animals and it actually works. 5. GAIA Skincare‘s Geranium and Palmarosa Creamy Cleanser is a great general cleanser and it’s ace at removing thick mascara when smothered over your eyelids and gently wiped. 6. Australian made MUSQ Cream Cleanser does what it says it will do and is vegan with a smooth consistency and a strong yet pleasant grapefruit scent. 7. The Deliciously Clean Butter Cleanser by Delicious Skin smells good enough to eat, but it is in fact a little pot full of a thick serum that cleanses, moisturises and soothes.
MOISTURISERS: To moisturise that gorgeous face of yours with only the good stuff, check out GAIA Skincare’s Lavender and Frankincense Facial Moisturiser, it’s quite thing and does the job well. As does the MUKTI Organics Hydrating Moisturiser which is the perfect travel size. I’m going to go all boss lady on you now and say ya’ll must moisturise morning and night with a good concoction made with natural ingredients. It not only improves the quality of your skin, it keeps it hydrated, tames inflammation and repairs and replenishes. Get to it ladies.
LIPS: I’ve been using ‘Lips’ by Go-to skincare for months now and I probably won’t stop. It’s the day time equivalent to Lucas’ Pawpaw Ointment because it has a thinner consistency but still relieves sore, cracked and dry lips immediately. It’s the best dang $15 I ever did spend and it’s lasted me months despite applying multiple times a day. Did I also mention that Go-to products are all accredited by Choose Cruelty Free Limited and contain no nasties.
While on the topic of lips, I’m also diggin’ the Bloom Organics Soothing Lip Balm made with beeswax and shea butter. I don’t love that you have to put your finger in the goo to apply, but I do love that it doesn’t leave a bad taste on your lips and is nice and smooth, so it’s perfect for cracked or wind-burnt lips. I must also mention the incredibly smooth and utterly delicious LUSH lip range with every flavour including bubblegum, eggnog, honey, latte, mint and popcorn. They’re great for your lips, but should come with a caution: ‘May make you hungry or crave sweets.’
FACIAL TREATMENTS: Briese Botanicals, a new brand that I was thrilled to trial, fast became a favourite because of the brand’s philosophy to harvest the ancient gifts of the land, gorgeous packaging, luxurious products and they were founded by a clever lady on the Sunshine Coast (QLD representing)! The Healing Facial Masque is thick, wet and grey, resembling wet concrete rather than a skincare product, however once lathered on it is quite refreshing. Although it did feel like I’d had my face painted at the time, after a slick layer of moisturiser my face was feeling so good. The Eye Rescue Serum and Antioxidant Concentrate have also become part of my nightly ritual.
Some other fav facial treatments and serums that I’ve stumbled across include Scentrelle’s Reverse Time Face Serum for anti-aging, and Trilogy’s Very Gentle Calming Serum and the MUSQ sea buckthorn and pomegranate revitalise serum. To work wonders while you sleep, La Mav’s Antioxidant Rich Nightly Repair Nectar and 100% Pure Super Fruits Eye Balm will do the trick.
For exfoliation, use GAIA Skincare Bergamot and Sandalwood Facial Exfoliant or pick up a LUSH fresh and natural face mask next time you are at a major shopping centre and have a little pamper session at least once a week to remove all the yucky stuff that builds up on your face.
MAKEUP: For good quality, effective makeup that is also eco-friendly, natural and organic, check out Inika and their range of pure, natural and Certified Organic makeup products and tools. Zuii Organic, also has a good range of organic makeup products and a large collection of mineral products, which are better for your skin than liquid based products. La Mav do a number of good mineral products too, and also an Organic BB Cream with natural sunscreen and anti-aging and moisturising ingredients so it’s a goodie to apply as a base under your makeup as it acts as a tinted moisturiser to even out complexion and cover minor imperfections. Biome, a market place for eco-friendly, Australia products, has a great range, and you should also check out Nourished Life, Adorn Cosmetics, Bare Blossom and Shop Naturally.
Got any more fab brands for your cheeks, lips and eyes to love? Tell us in the comments below and we’ll check them out! See you next week for the last installment of eco-friendly, natural and organic beauty products where we’ll be talking about your luscious locks.