All the Boxwalla boxes I’ve received in the past have contained multiple brands. The June box, however, contains three products, all from Earthwise Beauty. For any of you who haven’t heard of it, Earthwise Beauty is a US-based green beauty brand founded by herbalist Ava Zhan. I’d tried most of the products in the box already, so I had a good idea in terms of what to expect. What I find amazing about Earthwise Beauty is that their products are unlike anything else on the green beauty market. Ava uses very unusual ingredients in unique ways, and I really admire that about the brand.This unique approach is reflected in their packaging, which is colourful and instantly recognisable. People seem to either love it or hate it: I personally like it for the fact that it makes the brand instantly recognisable (and gives it personality) in what has become an endless sea of Miron glass bottles. View Full Post

Very rarely do I instantly fall in love with a brand. Usually, most brands have products I love and products I don’t, but MUN has surpassed all my expectations with their tightly-edited, beautifully-formulated, exquisitely-packaged line of skincare. Their face line comprises three products: a cleanser, toner and serum – and I love all three products equally. These products work very well together, and it’s one of the few instances where I’d highly recommend using the entire line to reap the full benefits. These products have a minimalist feel to them, and every ingredient is carefully chosen to serve a specific purpose.

Created by makeup artist Munemi Imai and fair-trade advocate Anas Saidi, MUN uses time-tested ingredients from Morocco to nurture and nourish the skin. All products are designed to suit most skin types, from very dry to sensitive to very oily. I’ve been using these products regularly for over two months, and it has never broken out my combination, acne-prone skin. View Full Post

It’s always a bit of a gamble when a new brand approaches you to try their products. I like to support new brands, but it’s hard to know what to expect. I was contacted by Recherche Beauté and Whyld Skincare almost around the same time – roughly two months ago. Both brands are US-based and ‘clean,’ and both have a chic, millennial-friendly aesthetic. They seemed competitively priced for the quality of the ingredients, and I was excited to try them. I’ve been trying their products on and off for the last couple of months, and here are my impressions:

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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

The Beauty Edit is one of Australia’s newest online green beauty stores. A couple of months ago, Franca, their owner, introduced herself to me. She told me that her store offered one-on-one customer service, free skincare consultations, complimentary gift wrapping, speedy delivery (including worldwide delivery) and thorough testing of every product she sold. She said that she tested all the products herself and only sold products she firmly believed in. This sounded great to me: I don’t know many skincare stores that offer that level of service. Her store is the exclusive Australian stockist for British brand La Belle Lune, and she asked me if I’d like to try their Organic Skin Face Oil.  View Full Post