I discovered Osea a few months ago in a Beauty Heroes box. I’d seen the brand around, but I’d never actually tried their products until I received the box. I was blown away by the quality of the products featured in the box, and when Osea contacted me asking if I was interested in trying a few more of their products, I gladly accepted their offer. To give you a bit of background, Osea is a clean brand that was launched 20 years ago, with the aim of creating vegan, plant-based products using bio-available seaweed as the core ingredient. I’ve seen some bloggers compare Osea to La Mer, but in all honesty, Osea products, despite being much cheaper, are much more effective and luxurious than anything La Mer has on offer (how can anything with petrolatum as the first ingredient ever be considered luxurious?). Below are short reviews of the products I’ve tried from Osea so far: View Post

If you’ve followed me long enough, you’ll know that African Botanics is one of my all-time favourite brands. It’s one of the only brands that has consistently wowed me. Sure, there are some products I love more than others, but overall, I haven’t disliked anything I’ve tried from the brand so far. I know the brand founders personally, and I love how they work closely with local African communities and high-tech labs to create products that marry the purest ingredients with the latest skincare technologies. I’ve used all of these products for a fairly long time (4 months plus), and here are my thoughts: View Post

Do you ever feel like you have too many unnecessarily complex products and steps in your skincare routine that you want to go back to the basics? I have been feeling a lot like that lately. I was judging The Beauty Shortlist awards last year, and I was getting up to 30 new products sent to me each week. The more products I received, the more I wanted to pare back my skincare routines and go back to pure, unadulterated products. I found myself gravitating towards 100% natural products with minimal ingredient lists. However, it was a challenge to find premium-quality skincare basics. Luckily, my friend Samantha Sargent of Be Naturally You introduced me to a UK-based brand called Moroccan Natural that focuses on sourcing the best natural ingredients, most of them from Morocco. View Post

One of the first truly natural luxury skincare brands from Australia, Sodashi is a firm blogger favourite. I’d heard great things about the line from a number of my friends and colleagues, but I never quite got around to trying it until a couple of weeks ago. I was looking for a natural shave product, and I stumbled upon Sodashi’s Clean Skin Cleanser and Shaving Emulsion (my favourite is Omorovicza, but for some reason, they don’t sell the shaving cream in Australia and I couldn’t be bothered to order it online from the UK). I ended up buying Sodashi’s Fitness Recovery Oil, as well, and received three deluxe samples (of their Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime, Nourishing Repair Treatment, and Rejuvenating Face and Neck Moisturiser) with my order. I’ve only used these products for around two weeks, so this is more of a ‘first impressions’ post than a full-blown review. Here are my thoughts:

  • Balancing Clay Cleanser with Lime (A$80.70): This cleanser is amazing, and I wish I’d purchased a full-sized bottle of this cleanser instead of the shaving emulsion. Its texture is really unique in that it’s a cream clay cleanser that doesn’t feel gritty or stripping. I like massaging it on damp skin and taking it off with a hot muslin cloth. It leaves my skin soft and glowing. It smells very spa-like (the lime scent is very mild), and I wouldn’t be surprised if this is one of their bestsellers. Highly recommend.

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I love a good weekly body scrub. I find it a great way to polish dull skin, stimulate circulation and prevent body breakouts. I use body scrubs all year-round, but I find them absolutely essential in summer, when I can no longer hide under layers of clothing. I use an exfoliating mitt (love the natural fibre mitt from Aspar) with my body cleansers (current fave: Botanique Wash from Mukti Organics) every single day, but I like to use an invigorating body scrub every 3 or 4 days for a more intense polish.

Here are my current top 5:

Ancient Preparations African Black Soap Caffeine Exfoliant:

This unassuming product has become my go-to scrub this summer. The clever combination of African black soap and crushed coffee beans provides an intense exfoliation without the mess. It doesn’t have much of a scent when you smell it in the jar, but it has a soothing earthy, coffee aroma when you rub it on wet skin. The African black soap base makes it an amazing option for skin conditions like body acne, eczema and psoriasis. Highly recommend. So glad I discovered this product thanks to Samantha of Be Naturally You! View Post