A new wave of beauty brands is emerging from Australia, a region noted for its unique flora and fauna, high-performing active naturals and formulations that by necessity need to protect skin from the harsh sun. These brands are being also noted for their clean, non-toxic ingredients sourced via sustainable farming practices. Here, Beauty Insider reviews brands and products from Australia (and neighboring New Zealand) that are fast becoming cult favorites and aim to deliver an Aussie glow.
Sand & Sky
Brand Story: Sand & Sky was founded by twin sisters, Emily and Sarah Hamilton, using quintessentially Australian natural ingredients.
Indigenous ingredients: Australian pink clay detoxifies skin, draws out impurities, tightens pores and invigorates a dull complexion. Other brand ingredients native to Australia include Kakadu plum (which contains concentrated vitamin C), finger lime (which boosts cell turnover and brightens skin) and antioxidant-rich organic mangosteen.
Clean positioning: Sand & Sky is cruelty-free, vegan friendly, contains no secret parabens or sulphates, sourced sustainably and made with recyclable materials.
Signature products: Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask aims to tighten pores and supercharge skin’s glow with hero ingredient pink clay, mangosteen and pomegranate.
Brand Story: Frank Body is on a mission to remove jargon around skin care, and in turn employs a playful, informal tone. Copy such as “unlike your ex, I’m non-toxic” can be found on product packaging.
Indigenous ingredients: Frank Body’s signature ingredient is coffee and coffee seed oil, with additional ingredients that include white clay (the mildest of clays that detoxifies and removes dead skin cells), and goji berry extract (enhances radiance).
Clean positioning: Frank Body is natural, vegan and ‘only tested on bods’.
Signature products: The Brand’s signature Original Coffee Scrub is 100 percent natural, vegan and tackles breakouts and scars. The scrub contains robusta coffee grinds, cold-pressed sweet almond oil and sea salt. Other launches include Shimmer Scrub, a holographic Instagram darling which had a 90,000-strong waitlist when it was released.
Triumph & Disaster
Brand Story: New Zealand-based Triumph & Disaster uses science and nature to produce naturally-derived, scientifically-engineered products.
Indigenous ingredients: The brand sources local indigenous ingredients, such as Horopito oil, Ponga fern extract and Kawakawa leaf extract, a herb used in traditional Maori healing medicine.
Clean positioning: Unlike many brands, Triumph & Disaster does not claim to be 100 percent natural. “We believe in science… simple natural formulations engineered with honest intentions to produce progressive, safe products”.
Signature products: Gameface Moisturizer protects the skin from the elements, and is designed to be easily absorbed, with ingredients such as Horopito oil, Ponga fern, jojoba extract and vitamin E.
Every Day For Every Body
Brand Story: Every Day For Every Body is an Australian brand comprised of botanically-infused sunscreen and body care. The brand combines serious sun protection with tongue-in-cheek product names.
Indigenous ingredients: Every Day For Every Body is powered by botanicals, such as superfoods kale and matcha green tea, and Australian botanicals such as paw paw and Kakadu plum.
Clean positioning: The brand’s entire range is free of parabens, sulphates, phthalates, mineral oils, artificial colors and fragrances. Products are vegan and cruelty-free. Sunscreens are free of oxybenzone, octinoxate and PABA, while deodorants are free of aluminum and baking soda.
Signature products: Resting Beach Face – SPF30 Anti-Pollution Sunscreen Serum is a triple-threat anti-pollution, anti-blue light and anti-aging sunscreen serum with kale and spinach extract, bladderwrack extract and alteromonas ferment extract..
Brand Story: Kora Organics features certified organic and natural products that detoxify, nourish and revitalize skin, restoring it to its optimal health. The brand was founded by Australian model Miranda Kerr.
Indigenous ingredients: Kora Organics’ special ingredient is noni, derived from the noni fruit, a superfood and antioxidant growing in Australia and Southeast Asia used to heal the body inside and out. Noni contains more than 100 vitamins and minerals, including high amounts of vitamins A and C.
Clean positioning: Kora Organics is certified organic and certified natural in accordance with COSMOS strict standards. Every product is cruelty-free.
Signature products: Noni Glow Face Balm is a moisturizing balm with certified organic coconut and rosehip oils, combined with noni and calendula extracts. Noni Glow Body Oil is a luxurious, lightweight multipurpose body treatment oil with organic noni extract, rosehip, and sunflower seed oils.
Brand Story: Generation Clay is a trio of clay masks made from Australian botanicals.
Indigenous ingredients: Generation Clay ingredients include millennial pink kaolin clay, purple bentonite clay (also known as Australian healing clay), and white activated charcoal, together with Aussie ingredient superheroes such as old man weed, desert lime and Kakadu plum. Superfruit Davidson plum, native to Northern Australia, contains anti-aging properties with naturally-derived phyto-active compounds.
Clean positioning: Generation Clay does not explicitly outline its policy on clean ingredients. The brand’s emphasis on indigenous ingredients, including old man weed (used for centuries in Aboriginal herbal medicine), and activated charcoal, implies untampered natural ingredients that deliver a radiant glow.
Signature products: Ultra Violet Brightening Purple Clay Mask, in Pantone’s 2018 color of the year, Ultra Violet, is packed with Davidson plum, as well as desert lime, a shrub native to Queensland and South Australia that hydrates and stimulates collagen.