Summer’s finally here. We had a very unconvincing spring in Melbourne this year: lots of cold days with dabbles of patchy sunshine. Hopefully that changes. I started putting together this natural sunscreen post a few weeks ago in anticipation of warmer weather. As I was working on it, I had a chat with my friend Samantha Sargent of Be Naturally You on the topic. Be Naturally You is one of my favourite Australian green beauty retailers, and Sam is a wealth of knowledge on all things green beauty (and just healthy living, overall). Not only did she provide amazing information on sun protection, but she also sent me some of her favourite sunscreens to try.

After my chat with Sam, I thought it would be best to do a Q&A with her so I can share her insights with you all. Here’s an excerpt from our chat: View Full Post

I felt like I could get away without a toner when I was using creams and lotions, however, now that I’ve been staying away from creams and relying entirely on oils, serums and balms to mositurise my skin, I absolutely need one. Creams/lotions are emulsions of oil and water, so, unlike oils, they absorb into the skin readily. Oil-based products need a water-based carrier (a.k.a toner/mist/essence) to create a micro-emulsion to deliver these oils deeper into the skin.

Ideally, I like my toners to be more viscous than water and have some softening/exfoliating/brightening benefits. Also, while I like a spray system that delivers product evenly, I am not a fan of ultra-fine mists. These ultra-fine mists work well as makeup or purse sprays, but I find that they don’t work well before a serum. I like my toners to drench my skin with watery goodness so my balm/oil just glides on the skin without any resistance. View Full Post

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Josh Rosebrook and I got off on the wrong foot. His cleanser was one of the first things I reviewed on this blog, and he was very upset by my negative review. I had no idea that ‘the’ Josh Rosebrook would read my review when I wrote it, and it was a good learning experience as it taught me to consider the people working tirelessly behind these brands while reviewing their products.

Although his cleanser didn’t work for me, I was curious to try some of his other products. The products I most wanted to try were his mask and exfoliator, but they were both sold out on I Am Natural Store and Be Naturally You, the only two stockists for this brand in Australia (as far as I know). However, his styling cream was in stock on Be Naturally You, and I ordered a tub recently. View Full Post

Josh1This cleanser has been popping up on a lot of green beauty blogs, so I decided to buy a trial size from I Am Natural Store, which sells the 50ml for just under A$50. Needless to say, this is quite expensive for a trial size, but I have been meaning to test this brand for a while, and a cleanser seemed like a good place to start (especially because I needed a new one!).

Packaging:

The packaging design is clean and inoffensive. The full size comes with a pump, and the small size comes in a squeeze bottle. Although I knew it was 50ml when I bought it, it felt smaller than I thought it would be. I can’t really blame the brand for this, I guess I just need to get better at working these things out! View Full Post