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Some of these brands may be familiar, some of them may not—and even if you are aware of these names, you probably didn’t know they’re Australian exports. But what sets these Aussie offerings apart? According to Melbourne-based Auspect Skincare’s founder Heather Harrison, “We take a holistic approach to skincare, and because we experience climates of all types in Australia, beauty brands are required to develop comprehensive lines that meet a broad spectrum of needs.” It’s also important to know that Aussie brands are among the most Earth-conscious. “There’s a strong emphasis on environmentally friendly products that are never tested on animals,” Harrison explains. So if you’re looking for natural yet effective product options, set your sights on these Australian beauty brands…
Founded by a biochemist and his wife, Jurlique is committed to formulating products infused with the healing power of nature while protecting the environment. Their South Australia farm supplies the brand with skin-friendly botanicals such as calendula, rose, chamomile, lavender and more, and serves as a seemingly endless source of the organic and biodynamic ingredients that fill their jars and bottles. Our pick: Every product is pure and basically amazing, but we can’t get enough of the Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35).
A relative newcomer to our shores, Auspect strives to deliver positive skincare results without the negative side effects. Their minimal approach (i.e. streamlined regimens) incorporates modern science in the form of naturally derived ingredients, and features an emphasis on antioxidants, exfoliation and correction for specific skin concerns. Our pick: The Starter Kit ($110) gets you going with a cleanser, vitamin C serum, exfoliating serum and moisturizer.
Does “Champagne Pop” mean anything to you? If not, Becca sold more than 25,000 of these highlighting powder compacts (created with makeup artist Jaclyn Hill) within the first 20 minutes they were available on Sephora.com. But this brand isn’t a one-hit wonder, and their goal is to enhance your natural beauty rather than cover it up. Yes, they may be winning the highlighting game, but the entire line is worth a gander. Our pick: The brand-new Shimmering Skin Perfector Slimlight in “Champagne Pop” ($28) serves up all the illumination of the powder in a precise, portable stick.
The brainchild of former model agent Shelley Barrett, ModelCo is all about innovative, quick beauty fixes. Inspired by products Barrett had wished she had on hand for photo shoots in the past, the range includes makeup, tanning products, skincare and tools with a major celebrity following that includes the likes of Elle Macpherson, Victoria Beckham and Rosie Huntington-Whitely. Our pick: Though it’s hard to choose just one favorite, One Hour Tan ($20) lets you control just how dark you want to go. Wash off after one hour for a sun-kissed glow, leave it for two hours for even more bronzing, and go a full three hours for a deep, dark tan.
The philosophy behind Kusco-Murphy is simple: Easy-to-use, environmentally friendly, vegan haircare. The paperless, 100% recyclable range is broken down into Cleanse, Condition and Treat steps, and each product smells better than the next thanks to essential oils and all-natural ingredients. Our pick: The Revival Balm ($48) has the power to make even the driest, most damaged hair silky smooth after just one use (and without any residue to weigh it down).
NOTE: Auspect and Kusco-Murphy products were provided for review. Opinions are my own.