Australians know their stuff when it comes to sustainable living. They’re way into sustainable fashion, crawling with homegrown ethical and eco-friendly talent. A sustainable boutique owner once told me she regularly gets orders from Australia. “If they pay for the shipping, I’m happy to send it!” she said.
Maybe it has something to do with the ozone layer. Nothing like a huge, face-burning hole opening up in the sky above you to drive home the point of living lightly on the earth.
It looks like that look good + do good ethos applies to their skincare products as well. The Organic Project is a new, online apothecary for men and women whose mission it is to gather up every clean, natural, and organic beauty brand from Down Under in one place. It offers offers beauty lovers the opportunity to peruse without having to check or worry about the ingredients.
And there are some uniquely Australian offerings. Tea tree oil, which is native to Southeast Queensland and the Northeast coast of New South Wales, is the main acne-fighting ingredient of Surface Skincare’s Citrus & Calendula Brightening Serum. Flight Skincare’s Sheer Luxury Milk Cleanser uses the seed oil from the native Australian plant quandong to repair and sooth skin. Kakadu Plum & Ylang Ylang Rejuvenating Cream uses the kakadu plum from Northern Australia as a rich source of vitamin C that encourages the growth of new skin cells.
But you don’t have to be under an ozone hole to appreciate the titanium’s protective qualities in Musq Cosmetics High Beam Mineral Lipgloss, which is free of synthetic chemicals, or to enjoy some hydration from Purity Organic’s Rose Otto Hydrating Mist, which helps stimulate the skin and increase blood flow in dry climates (like the Outback, or anywhere in California right now).
If all these new brands to try is a little overwhelming, you can start by signing up for their TOP Club and receive a box of samples to try each month for three months so you can pick out your favorites. Beauty lovers will find a whole new continent of products for their cabinet.