Natural & Organic Skincare: Australia’s Top Products & Why

Australia’s top natural and organic brands are creating best-selling products that over-deliver, debunking any residual myth that natural skincare is a fad.

From small batch and boutique to internationally recognised, these brands are embracing and harnessing the power of nature, while working with sustainability methods, ethical sourcing and recyclable materials.

Here, the PRAVAYAMA edit of the best-selling products from some of Australia’s most revered beauty alchemists.

Gypsy Oil – Dry Body Oil, All Skin Types

It’s the potent, natural ingredients that make this product a top-selling luxurious elixir. Oils of Rosehip, Meadowfoam, Camellia, Apricot Seed & Pomegranate help maintain elastin and collagen, deliver a cocktail of essential fatty acids and antioxidants, soothe irritation and inflammation and promote skin cell rejuvenation.

Inspired by the Latin for ‘summertime’, Lux Aestiva is about inspiring nostalgia for lazy beach days in tropical vacations, as well as celebrating the brand’s home climate of North Queensland.

Aside from the wow-factor of the rose-bud infused Gypsy Oil, it has a subtle fruity/floral scent and absorbs easily into the skin leaving it soft, supple and irresistibly touchable.

Raw Natural Ingredients, Ethically Sourced, Vegan, Small Batch Brand, Supporting Sea Shepherd Conservation Society & World Vision in Chad

Vanilla Silk Hydrating Lotion – Oily & Combination Skin

A best-selling daily moisturiser for good reason. Edible Beauty has created a satin-feel lotion rich with nutrients, antioxidants and polyphenols to boost the skin’s appearance and fight premature ageing.

It plumps, firms and hydrates with Australian Rosella extract (dubbed the plant ‘botox’), which is also a natural source of AHAs to enhance skin cell turnover for fresher skin. Antioxidant-packed Camellia Seed Oil contains anti-inflammatory properties. Black and Red Raspberry Seed Oils deliver powerful antioxidants and polyphenols that assist with protecting the skin from UV damage.

Vegan, Recycled & Recyclable Packaging, Certified Organic and Wildcrafted Ingredients

Serene Body Oil – Normal, Dry & Damaged Skin

It’s no wonder Serene has become a favourite among body oil indulgers. The gentle aromatic oils enhance the spirit as much as they nourish the skin. Be Genki recognises that everything has an affect something else, whether it’s ingredients on the skin, an emotion on the body, or an action on the environment.

The synergistic properties of Patchouli, Geranium and Rose Otto essential oils release stress and anxiety and promote feelings of warmth and openness. Palmarosa and Neroli stimulate healthy cell regeneration and treat dry and undernourished skin with further anti-depressant-like qualities.

And whether you’re a believer in the power of crystals or not, before being added to a blend, the Be Genki organic oils are placed inside an amethyst crystal cave for 24 hours to supercharge their potency.

100% Natural, Certified Organic Ingredients, Vegan, Ethically Sourced Ingredients, Minimal Packaging

Axilla Deodorant Paste

Not only did Black Chicken Remedies win Best Skincare Brand Australia 2017 in the Beauty Shortlist Awards, the Axilla Paste has yogis and beauty editors alike gushing how it’s the best deodorant they’ve ever used. Once you’ve embraced your fingertip for application (it melts and glides easily onto the skin leaving no trace), you’ll forget odour was ever a thing. The hundreds of unanimous 5-star reviews aren’t for nothing. Try it to believe it.

Vegan, Contains Pure Essential Oils, No Palm Oil, Natural and Certified Organic Ingredients

Gentle Cleansing Milk – All Skin Types

This is no ordinary cleanser. Organic Aloe replaces water as the main ingredient, meaning skin is simultaneously cleansed, rehydrated and soothed. The gel/milk consistency not only lifts off mascara, foundation and pollution effortlessly, it leaves the skin feeling its freshest without the icky, taut sensation. And, if once in a while you ‘forget’ to moisturise afterwards, your face won’t even notice.

Organic Aloe, Chamomile and Echinacea offer the skin soothing, anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Organic Jojoba assists with cleansing without stripping, while Kakadu Plum – the highest plant source of vitamin C – helps to brighten the complexion.

82% Certified Organic Ingredients, Vegan, Minimal Packaging, Biodegradable Ingredients, Environment-Friendly Printing Process

Herbal Recovery Advanced Serum – All Skin Types

With an impressive list of potent (and some lesser-known botanical) ingredients, Jurlique’s serum calms, heals and rejuvenates the skin. Viola Tricolour helps rebalance sensitive skin, Black Elder antioxidant reduces redness and brightens the complexion and Chickweed improves hydration.

The slightly tacky texture allows it to be patted into skin for maximum absorption. If you’ve had a breakout, or just a good (bad) dig at your face, this serum will boost skin cell recovery and leave it firmer and plumper than ever. An addictive, pick-me-up product. 

Certified Biodynamic and Organic Jurlique Farm Ingredients, Dedicated to Maximising Sustainability

Tinted Moisturiser with Sunscreen

Mukti also won Best Skincare Brand Australia 2017 (alongside Black Chicken Remedies), and the sunscreen is a best-seller. An organic non-oily moisturiser with natural sunscreen and sheer tint means it treats, protects and enhances the skin all at once.

Key skincare ingredients include Aloe Vera, Kakadu Plum, Green Tea, Rosehip. These work to hydrate, brighten, regenerate skin cells and deliver antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Macadamia Oil balances sebum and offers light sun protection. Zinc oxide provides mineral sunscreen.

A subtle glow with a satin finish, can be used alone for a ‘just skin’ look or as a primer under liquid and and mineral makeup.

Native Ingredients, Certified Organic Ingredients, Batches Made on Demand, Vegan, Sustainable and Recyclable Packaging

Glow Advanced Inner Beauty Powder

Powder supplements are not usually considered skincare, but The Beauty Chef is changing the way we think about skin. A brand dedicated to whole-istic, inner and outer beauty, Glow powder was the first product to be developed by Founder Carla Oates when researching how to treat her daughter’s eczema.

It has since become an advanced version, delivering a supercharged blend of bio-fermented superfoods, pre and probiotics to improve gut health, synthesise collagen, and visibly enhance the skin. 

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids make Glow a powerhouse of nutrients to support healthy digestion. Research is increasingly proving gut functioning affects all aspects of health, which is naturally reflected in the quality of our skin.

Certified Organic Ingredients, Free from Artificial Colourings, Preservatives, Lactose, Dairy & Sugar

Image: Lux Aestiva