Erica Brooke

About a month ago, when I was looking for an effective natural deodorant, Natalie of The Little Alchemist introduced me to a line called Erica Brooke. Erica saw her comment on Instagram and generously offered to send me one to try. Within a couple of days, I received a large parcel containing a number of her skincare products in addition to the deodorant.

To be honest, I’d never heard about Erica Brooke’s line before Natalie told me about it. Natalie hadn’t tried the line, either, but she’d heard great things about it. After some research, I found out that Erica Brooke is a 100% clean skincare line based in Queensland, Australia. She accidentally got into skincare when she formulated a homemade hand scrub to heal her dry, stained and cracked barista hands. Erica is passionate about ‘clean’ skincare and all her products are made without parabens, sls, propylene glycol/petroleum, phthalates, fragrance, harsh alcohols or GMOs. Although she has an extensive skincare line, she is most famous for her deodorants. So I’ll start this post with a review of the deodorant and briefly introduce three of my picks from her skincare line. View Post

Little Alchemist review justaskarjun

A couple of weeks ago, I received the most wonderfully wrapped package from Natalie of The Little Alchemist, and I’ve been getting so many questions on Instagram about its contents! So here’s the big reveal: it contained two products I’ve been wanting to try for a while, their Lime & White Tea Body Serum and Cacao & Banana Face Glow Revitalising Nutrient Mask. I have been using both of these products regularly for the last two weeks, and here are my thoughts so far:

Lime & White Tea Body Serum: This is a super-light body oil that absorbs almost instantly. And it smells amazing. Unlike many natural body oils, it doesn’t smell like a jumble of essential oils, but more like a carefully-constructed fragrance. This is not surprising because Natalie is a perfumer and sells the matching perfume on her website. This particular scent is very uplifting and unisex, and it would be a great oil to share with your partner (of either sex). In addition to smelling amazing, it moisturises really well without leaving any sort of residue. The ingredients are high quality and better than what’s in many face oils. The pump makes it easy to use, and I’ve been using it everyday for the last two weeks without any body breakouts. $69 (AUD) for 100 ml. Click here to buy. View Post

IMG_5650I have acne-scarred skin prone to hyperpigmentation, so I’m always looking for products that smooth and brighten my skin. I thought Kypris Elixir III was amazing, and while I still love it, these three products below take brightening/scar reduction to a whole new level for me. I’ve listed the products based on my order of preference, however, this is not the order I apply them. I double cleanse (Tata Harper Nourishing Oil Cleanser + Regenerating Cleanser), follow with a few spritzes of In Fiore Toning Essence and then use a pump of The Little Alchemist Ultra C Radiance Serum. I use the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask once or twice a week, and use it as an overnight spot treatment whenever I get a pimple. View Post


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

I love trying out new cleansers. I know cleansers are products that you don’t leave on your skin for too long and that most of it ends up down the drain, but a good cleanser can really make all the difference. Our skin is protected by a slightly acidic film called the acid mantle, and this acts as a barrier to bacteria, viruses and other toxins. Harsh cleansers can change the pH of your skin and upset this gentle balance. A lot of people who experience breakouts mistakenly think (I used to be one of them) that they need a harsh cleanser to prevent breakouts, when it’s often the opposite. Stripping all the natural oils disrupts the acid mantle, making the skin more susceptible to breakouts and other infections.

If you are thinking of getting a good water-based cleanser, make sure it’s free of sulfates and it doesn’t foam (there are some exceptions to this rule, but if you are not sure, go with a non-foaming cleanser). When I first saw The Little Alchemist Wild Apple & Mint Purifying Gel Cleanser, I was apprehensive it might be a little too harsh for my combination skin, but it’s very gentle and perfect for any skin type. View Post