Three social media call outs, nearly 200 responses, and over an hour spent reading/replying/tallying (and re-tallying) has boiled down to this: the best Aussie beauty buys, as voted by you.
A bit over a week ago, we posted a callout on our social media asking for your favourite Aussie-made beauty products. Rather than writing another listicle on homegrown products you should buy, we wanted to do something different and find what you’re actually using – and loving. We figured if it’s worth an Instagram name drop chances are you’re high-key obsessed, and therefore it’s worth us taking note.
So, without ado here are the best Aussie beauty buys – as tested, voted, and loved by you guys.
Created in Noosa, Saya skincare products are powered by organic Australian-native botanicals, and are fragranced with only the highest-grade essentials oils for a sensorial beauty experience. As the MOST mentioned brand among readers who commented, you’ll want to take note.
@mejanewhite “Their AHA exfoliant is amazing!! My pregnancy pigmentation has improved considerably since using the product. Huge fan.”
You already know all about KORA organics, the calming-blue organic skincare offering by Aussie model Miranda Kerr. Energised with a rose-quartz crystal-water infusion, Kerr tests all the products on herself and her family before sharing them with her customers, and the company is still 100% Australian owned and manufactured.
@makeupbyvmv “Kora Organics Rosehip Oil is a breath of fresh air and is my number 1 go-to product!”
@carogm1992 “The Kora Organics Rosehip Oil.”
The other brand that received an almost fanatical response was Go-To Skincare. The peachy beauty start-up by her cleverness Zoë Foster Blake, Australia’s unofficial beauty king was a shoo-in for success, but has garnered credibility on its own merits with results and return customers. With only 8 products currently in the range, keep your eyes peeled for expansion in 2017.
@tay.lorgray “Face Hero always!”
@sss1389 “Go-To Exfoliating Swipeys is pure love.”
@charlottecaruana “Face Hero is everything.”
@prupolo “Go-To Face Hero. Love trying new products but nothing will replace this face oil. It is the holy grail of all things soft skin. Permanent fixture on my vanity.“
Frank Body also got a lot of love during our call out. The original coffee scrub is still manufactured in Melbourne, where it was started by a group of mates on their kitchen top. The story is as serendipitous as it sounds, and the global cult-like following is still surreal for its founders. The brand has since expanded into lip scrubs and moisturisers, and is stocked nationally at MECCA.
@c_t_style “Frank Body for the win! I love the slight orange fragrance of it so I’m all about the OG Original Coffee Body Scrub.”
@artbyellin “For my body, my favourite is Frank Body scrubs. The BEST.”
@candyniken “[My favourite Frank Body product] would be their Body Scrub – loooove the feeling of my skin after using it.”
NEEK SKIN ORGANICS
The support for NEEK Skin Organics was strong with fans of the brand quick to proclaim their love of the brand’s vegan lipsticks. The small Australian organic beauty company was started a few years ago by creator, Angelique (shortened to ‘Neek’) and is committed to beautiful and modern natural beauty – not only in skincare but also cosmetics.
@simoneturnbridge “The most gorgeous vegan & organics & Australian made skincare and lipsticks. My fave lippy is ‘Friday On My Mind‘.”
@jacqui_jackbson “I love Neek Skin Organics. Everything about the product is perfect from being Australian-made and natural organic/vegan to the gorgeous packaging and the best part is the they make you feel great knowing they’re all natural. My favourite lippy is ‘Friday On My Mind‘.”
@sarah.claridge “Love their vegan and organic lipsticks and skincare. I love the new ‘Pash‘ lippy, such a gorgeous shade.”
@nmer “Love my ‘Pash‘ lippy – perfect for dry lips plus look great.”
STEVIE K COSMETICS
With lipstick shades like ‘King Kylie Lipstick‘ and ‘Saucy St Claire‘, Stevie K Cosmetics is the little Aussie beauty brand that demands attention – and deserves it too according to our readers. Each shade of lipstick is influenced by a city in Melbourne and contains nourishing oils. They also do eyeshadows!
@sammie_thegiveranco “Can’t get enough of all the Stevie K Cosmetics lipsticks! Amazing pigment and made in Melbourne! Personal fave is King Kylie Lipstick.”
@Katiefiss_ “They’re all pretty great but Saucy St Clair is my go-to shade.”
An icon on the Australian beauty scene, Lanolips got a loud shoutout in the comments section. Renowned for its multi-purpose balms and hero ingredient of Lanolin (derived from sheep’s wool), we’re pretty proud of how much this little Aussie beauty brand from South Australia has achieved.
@tammypetrol “I nominate Lanolips. Such a staple for surviving skin dryness on long haul flights.”
@isabeldiaz “Lanolips Banana Balm 3-in-1 Sheen.”
@lily.creek.farm “I’m obsessed with Lanolips Banana Balm. I think I own at least five at this point and keep them in my bag, at work, in my car, beach bag… you name it.”
Jurlique is another long-standing successful Aussie beauty brand you’ll recognise. Started in the 1980s by German husband and wife duo, Dr Jürgen Klein (a biochemist) and wife, Ulrike Klein (a botanist), the couple established a farm in the unspoiled Adelaide Hills in South Australia where the iconic natural ingredients used in Jurlique’s products are still grown.
@bytheelevator “Jurlique Herbal Recovery Serum is expensive but worth it!”
@elenipaneras “Jurlique Rosewater Mist is divine.”
@aublondey “Jurlique Brightening Essence is one of the best products I have ever used. My skin is glowing after just one week.”
@oliviaclaremua “Jurlique Antioxidant Facial Oil [is my favourite].”
Luna Bronze is an emerging Aussie self-tanning range with a great story (and loyal customers, if we do say so). After one of the co-founder’s battle with cancer gave the team are reality-check about the damage caused by sun exposure and use of synthetics, they created a trio of tanning products under expert-guidance that use 99% organic, natural or naturally-derived ingredients.
@rhi_hall “Luna Bronze is life changing.”
@abby_gibson “Luna Bronze for the win! By far the best gradual tanning product out there – absolutely obsessed with the range.”
You know the stores (they’re practically everywhere), now acquaint yourself with Mecca Cosmetica‘s high performing beauty line, which includes hand creams, lip balms, illuminators, skincare and SPF. Launched in 2003, the hero product is no doubt its To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+, a favourite among influencers, experts and our readers, so it seems!
@kristy_ellis_makeup_artist “Mecca Cosmetica SPF products dominate!”
@makeupbyvmv “Well, the whole Mecca Cosmetica range is a dream.”
@Lisags1962 “This year we’re totally loving sunscreens from Mecca Cosmetica to keep us adults in the best condition.”
Comment and tell us what are you favourite Aussie beauty products.