With Rossana Sotos, founder of I Am Natural Store

A few months ago, Rossana Sotos, the force behind I Am Natural Store (AKA one of my favourite Aussie online green beauty stores) mentioned to me about her upcoming green beauty masterclass in Sydney, but I didn’t think I’d be able to make it to the event. I live in Melbourne, and the last time I was in Sydney was about 9 years ago! I told her I’d consider it, but forgot all about it until a few weeks ago when Rossana sent me another private message on Facebook with an invite. Although I’d never met her in person, Rossana’s loveliness is infectious, and without thinking too much about the logistics, I just said yes! And I’m glad I did. The masterclass was an amazing opportunity to catch up with and learn from some of the most passionate people working in the Australian green beauty industry.  View Post

Tata Harper Oil Cleanser
It’s no secret that I’m a Tata Harper fan boy: my Instagram is sprinkled with her green and gold glass bottles. Her products tick all the boxes for me. Great packaging, clean ingredients, fuss-free textures, visible results — there is nothing not to like. Lately, I’ve been having some disappointing experiences with some of my favourite brands, so I was bracing myself when I tried this — but I needn’t have, this cleanser is absolutely amazing!

What is it? 

It’s an oil cleanser, so it’s great as a first cleanse to remove oil, makeup and sunscreen before a water-based cleanser, or on its own as a gentle morning cleanse. Tata recommends massaging it on dry skin and rinsing it off with warm water, but I find that I absolutely need a washcloth for this one — it does not get everything off without it. In conjunction with a washcloth/muslin, it works as an excellent makeup remover. I usually follow this with Tata’s Regenerating Cleanser. View Post

Good skin, I’m starting to realise, is the result of a three-pronged approach that includes clean skincare, healthy eating and exercise. There are, of course, people who have flawless skin without doing any of the above. O how I envy them! They are like people who are born rich. Unfortunately, I do not have an inheritance or naturally great skin, so my only option is to work for it!

Skin supplements, as the name indicates, supplement a healthy lifestyle (and should never be a substitute for food-based nutrition). If I could recommend just one skin supplement, it would be a probiotic like Fivelac. Good health/beauty starts in your gut, and Fivelac is one of the best probiotics I’ve tried. It improves digestion, helps with immunity and keeps skin clear.  Dr. Ohhira’s probiotic is another great option, if you are looking for something for more prolonged use. In addition to a probiotic, I’d recommend adding an Omega 3 (Dr Perricone’s Omega 3 is always a reliable choice) to your diet. It works wonders! View Post

Oskia 1I think I might as well start this post with a bit of a rant. I hate it when a small product comes in an extra large box. I find this marketing tactic deceptive because it makes unsuspecting customers think they are buying an XL-sized product when they clearly are not. When I first saw this Oskia balm in the latest Cult Beauty Caroline Hirons box (that I went halvies on with a friend and just took all the natural products), I was amazed by how big it was. However, upon opening, I was shocked to see the size of the actual product. In addition to the usual circular cardboard cradle to house the product, the box had a raised ‘platform’ designed to pack a small jar into a much bigger box. Also, the product is housed in a heavy, thick-bottomed paperweight-like double-walled glass jar that, again, makes it look like there is much more product than there actually is. View Post

Su_Man CleanserSu-Man has been on my radar for a while, and this cleanser is my first ever purchase from the brand. Su-Man Hsu, whose clients include Juliette Binoche and Freida Pinto, is a London-based celebrity facialist. At 51, her skin is smooth and line-less,  and it’s not hard to see why her facials (where she re-sculpts the skin using massage techniques) are called a ‘natural alternative to botox.’

First Impressions:

The cleanser has a very unique texture. It’s a white hybrid oil and water-based gel that cleanses both oil and water based impurities off your skin. Unlike most balm cleansers, this cleanser has a bit of ‘grip’ when you start rubbing it on dry skin (you’re meant to use it on dry skin). I think this ‘grip’ is intentional because it forces you to massage it in until it melts into an oil that you can easily rinse off with warm water. View Post