Question. What’s better than a natural and organic product? You guessed it! An Aussie made natural and organic product. When it comes to quality, Australian made products have long been on a par with or even better than some the best in the world. This country has high safety and quality standards governed by law.
When you buy Australian, not only are you getting products made to high standards, but you are also supporting Aussie businesses. This support allows them to hire local workers and that helps those workers and their families to earn enough money to sustain their day-to-day lives.
Buying Australian made means you’re helping our economy by ensuring that the money you spend on goods stays in Australia. In turn, successful businesses and their employees will pay tax to the Government which provides money to spend on things like infrastructure, hospitals, schools, etc.1 Basically, it’s a win-win situation all around.
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Even though we know that buying Australian made is awesome, sometimes we need a little reminder, especially when you consider just how spoilt for choice we are when it comes to shopping.
Speaking of choice, we created this guide to help start you on your quest to buy Australian made when it comes to natural and organic skincare, cosmetics, hair products, body care products and more. Basically, it’s all of the products you might use in your daily grooming routine.
We love stocking brands that create products that do what they’re supposed to do (i.e. they work) AND that adhere to strict guidelines when it comes to the ingredients used in their products. Yes, we know, we’re pretty picky (and proud of it).
To make it easier for you to choose the best Aussie made products, we’ve broken it down into categories. Here we go:
The number of Australian made and owned organic skincare brands continues to grow – how lucky are we? We love and recommend brands like:
INIKA Organic – check out the Phytofuse Renew range
Clemence Organics - an award-winning, authentic organic skincare range created by a Naturopath to alleviate skincare concerns
La Mav – a blend of ancient, natural wisdom and modern science with a focus on bio-actives
Miessence – a pioneering organic skincare brand with incredibly pure formulations
Mukti Organics – with 20 years of organic excellence under its belt and still making formulations that are results driven
Sanctum – naturally derived products with meaningful levels of active ingredients
Mineral makeup has been popular for many years but natural makeup is about more than just mineral powder and foundation. You’ll want to be sure your Australian made mascara, eyeliner, lipstick and the like are also free from toxic ingredients. Our suggestions:
MG Naturals – 100% Titanium Dioxide free
Miessence – natural formulations designed to benefit the skin
Neek – vegan lipsticks (no Carmine!), naturally coloured with micas and pigments
Zuii Organic – beauty products with a focus on being pure, clean and green
Forget harsh soaps and washes that strip your skin of its natural oils. It’s gentle and moisturising all the way with these great brands:
The Australian Natural Soap Company – beautiful soaps handmade in Dandenong, Melbourne
Biologika – soaps & body washes made with naturally derived ingredients
Soap Guru – organic soaps made using a French 18th Century Tripled milled process
Sanctum – offering 100% naturally derived, certified organic soaps
Say “no” to aluminium based antiperspirants that block your sweat ducts and prevent your armpits from acting as nature intended. Give the flick to ingredients like “Triclosan” which have been banned in some countries but not here. Tackle underarm odour and wetness naturally with safe ingredients. Take a look at these brands:
Biologika – with herbal extracts and essential oils in a vegan friendly formula
Woohoo Body – including unscented options and stick deodorants with plastic free tubes
For products that are applied and left on the skin (not washed off), it’s even more important to ensure that they’re free from nasties. The following brands understand this:
Biologika – the Veggie Creams are divine made with a blend of vegetable oils to nourish the skin
Take care of both your hair and scalp with gentle, yet effective, ingredients designed to benefit your ‘crowning glory’. These brands will have you running your fingers through your hair:
Ausganica – revitalising formulations featuring a high percentage of certified organic ingredients
Biologika – a budget brand suitable for the whole family but still formulated with quality, naturally derived ingredients
Miessence – gentle formulations to nourish and restore hair, with options for normal, dry and oily hair types
Shampoo With a Purpose – long-lasting plastic-free shampoo (and conditioner) bars from Australia’s oldest family-owned soap mill
Fluoride free, triclosan free and powered by ingredients like Sodium Bicarbonate (naturally whitening) and Xylitol (decay fighting). We can’t get enough of these brands:
Miessence – another top-selling product from this brand is their toothpaste – the numbers don’t lie
Jack N’ Jill – make teeth brushing fun and tasty for the little ones with effective formulas and yummy natural flavours
Riddells Creek – certified organic, vegan friendly and totally natural
The Natural Family Co – with organic ingredients, rich in Xylitol and no SLS, parabens or harsh chemicals
All the benefits of naturally derived feminine hygiene products like tampons, pads and cups with the added bonus of being Aussie made – that’s why we love:
TOM Organic – there are some great Aussie owned brands offering chemical free feminine hygiene products but this is one of the few that makes them right here in the land of Oz
Sun protection is a must in this sundrenched country and these Aussie made brands know what it takes to protect our skin from the harsh outdoors:
Ethical Zinc – I known some of you prefer SPF50 and this is one of the few natural sunscreen brands to offer it
Little Urchin – with sunscreen products that are free of toxins, making them better for you, and reef friendly, making them better for the planet
Natural Instinct – zinc oxide formulas with tinted options that are great for the face
This iconic Aussie brand was the first and only tanning brand to be certified organic by the Organic Food Chain under the Australian government. Gotta love that!
Eco Tan – a trail-blazing brand in the organic 'fake tan' (or as we like to say 'safe tan') market with options for a quick tan (1 hour) right through to the 8 hour (or overnight) Invisible Tan - the one that started it all
Fragrances can be filled with a veritable cocktail of toxic ingredients (including Phthalates) and you’d never know it because ‘trade secret’ loopholes allow brands to keep their concoctions a mystery. These Aussie made brands use only natural and organic ingredients to create beautiful scents and are not afraid to tell you just what’s in them either:
IME Natural Perfume – 100% natural ingredients made from quality botanical sources & certified toxin-free by Safe Cosmetics Australia
Vrindavan – made with organic essential oils in a convenient roll-on bottle you can carry with you anywhere
The Australian Natural Soap Company – perfumes and colognes combining pure essential oils with a natural sugar alcohol – no nasties in here
BABY CARE PRODUCTS
Can there be anything more precious that the health and care of little bubs? Well, of course, you want to protect their delicate, sensitive skin from known nasties and these brands get it:
Sanctum – gentle, nourishing formulations including wash, moisturiser and bottom balm
Wotnot – the experts in natural baby care products
Vrindavan – gentle, safe options for baby including talc-free baby powder
HOUSE CLEANING & LAUNDRY
Some commercial brand cleaning products contain effective ingredients that do an excellent job but at what cost? Allergies, headaches and the like are just not worth it. Our ancestors had the right idea using ingredients from nature – herbs, plants and essential oils. These days, the formulations created by these natural brands may be a little more sophisticated but they still harness those traditional remedies for a clean, healthy home:
Ecologic – all your laundry, bathroom and general household cleaning needs solved – naturally, of course
Koala Eco – affordable, chemical-free cleaning products that actually work – what more do you want?
NATURAL HEALTH, NUTRITION & SUPERFOODS
Magnesium, essential oils and plant-based superfoods. These Aussie made brands have got you covered when it comes to living a more natural lifestyle:
Amazing Oils – enjoy the health benefits of topically applied magnesium in a range of products made with organically (and Australian) sourced Magnesium Oil
Vrindavan – 100% pure essential oils that can be used in massage formulations, bath, diffusers and the like