I knew I’d love Boxwalla’s latest beauty box even before I tried it, and I’m pleased to report that I love it even more than I thought I would. Called ‘The Wandering Woman’s English Spring,’ the box contains two deeply hydrating, ultra-light products from Amly Botanicals and Twelve Beauty (perfect picks for spring, if you live  in the Northern Hemisphere). Without further ado, here are my impressions of the two products featured in this box. View Full Post

I love face oils, but until recently, I used them only at night. I have oily, acne-prone skin, and I always found oils too heavy for daytime use. I don’t know if my skin has become less oily over the years, but lately, I’ve been loving adding oils to my morning routines. We are approaching winter here in Melbourne, and a few drops of a light day oil (on top of a water-based hydrating serum) keeps my skin soft and glowing all day long.

My selections below are all light and non-greasy, and they would work equally well as picks for spring/summer (in case you live in the northern hemisphere and are approaching summer, lucky you!). Most of my selections below will suit most skin types, including oily and acne-prone. View Full Post

Lately, I’ve been feeling a little disoriented. I don’t really know why, but I just feel like everything around me is in a state of flux. I started a new role at work a couple of months ago, and the challenges associated with that, combined with changes in my living arrangements and friendship circles have left me feeling a little confused. Everything is new again. I am developing new connections, and while that’s great, I do miss the comfort of the familiar. View Full Post

Malaya Organics founder Katya Slepak created her Brooklyn-based line after suffering from horrendous cystic acne. This story resonated with me because I became interested in green skincare after suffering from really bad acne. Malaya products are designed to ‘balance and restore the skin, the same way food restores bodies.’ They are designed to nourish skin and hair with the most vital nutrients, to restore balance and boost radiance.

I’ve been using the line for over two months, and here’s what I think:

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I’ve mentioned time and time again how hard it is to find a natural deodorant that works. I’ve been testing a lot of natural deodorants on the Australian market, and here are my thoughts on some of the ones I’ve been using/testing lately:

Fresca Ocean Deodorant: This clear, all-natural, baking soda-free deodorant feels like a conventional deodorant that you’d buy at the supermarket, and it really works. I used it in summer, and while it didn’t keep me 100% odour free, it did a mighty fine job. Highly recommend this, and I’m not sure why it is more popular than it is. It’s definitely one of the better natural deodorants on the market, and I’m keen to try their other scents.

Price, Ingredients and Where to Buy: $15 (AUD), Fresca website. View Full Post