I’ve spoken before about my thoughts on natural skincare and whether or not I think it can be effective as more chemically engineered ones. To cut a long story short, I like the concept of natural skincare but I’m not sure about its efficacy. AKA, do natural products actually work?!
I’ve been um-ing and ah-ing about this, going back and forth for years and honestly never thought I’d make up my mind until I discovered this Australian brand …
It was on one faithful road trip along Melbourne’s Great Ocean Road that I very serendipitously stopped in to a local supermarket to buy some ice cream (‘coz duh, Australian summer, very hot) when my eye’s attention was immediately caught by juicy sounding words like Emu oil, Kakadu plum and Lanolin.
These are all amazing, iconic, native Australian ingredients that are renowned for their healing, hydrating and repairing properties.
I was instantly intrigued and, because I have an actual problem when it comes to buying beauty products, promptly purchased like seven different items to try out.
G AND M COSMETICS
The brand in question is called G & M Cosmetics, which is actually an umbrella company that owns a portfolio of skincare brands including Australian Creams and Native Australian – both of which I have been using for the past month and am in love with.
The umbrella company was founded in 1996 and is completely Australian run and owned. The company has been organic certified and uses lots of amazing native ingredients like Lanolin Oil, Macadamia Oil, Avocado Oil, Emu Oil, Goats Milk, Kakadu Plum and Eucalyptus Oil.
Australian Creams is more like the entry level brand from the portfolio as it’s super, duper affordable. One 250g tub of cream will cost you less than $5 AUD from Big W. I’ve tried several creams from this range – I even have my boyfriend using the Emu Oil Cream – and I love them all. They have a beautiful lightweight texture and absorb really quickly into the skin, which means they’re suitable to use on your face as well as body.
Native Australian is the more premium range available at independent pharmacies and has a lot more concentrated formulations and luxurious oils. I’ve also used several products from this range including the Emu Oil, Rosehip Oil and Kakadu Plum Complex cream and again, am just in love with all of them.
Because there’s a lot of similarities and cross-over between the two brands, I want to break this review down by ingredient.
These are some of my favourite ingredients in general, not just when it comes to natural skincare, so check out my breakdown below to see how you can incorporate them into your erryday skincare routine.
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to see details about the product giveaway I’m doing in collaboration with G & M!
Don’t be put off by the name of this! G & M’s Emu oil is purely sourced from sustainable emu farms and is pharmaceutical grade. Historically, emu oil has been used by indigenous Australians to treat burns or wounds as it promotes faster healing and reduced scarring. It has powerful antioxidant properties and is an excellent moisturiser. The one from Native Australian is rich in fatty acids and Omegas which means its killer at nourishing the skin. I like to use emu oil after a long day in the sun or more topically on any scars or dry patches. Also it smells divine.
Best for treating: aching joints, irritation, anti-aging, dry skin types
Rosehip oil is probably one of the most common and popular oils on the market right now because of it’s many skin benefits. It’s a renowned natural ‘healing oil’ due to all the vitamins, anti-oxidants and fatty acids it contains. It’s also meant to be effective at treating some skin conditions like eczema or even acne! This is a classic, go-to natural ingredients that I think would suit most skin types. I sometimes like to mix it into my foundation to get a glowy, luminous effect.
Best for treating: dull / tired skin, dehydration, anti-aging
Lanolin is a natural emollient which has a very similar lipid structure to the skin and therefore is an excellent moisturiser. This Restoration Lotion from Native Australian also contains Macadamia oil which is great for hydrating. I like to use this at night since the ingredients are so rich I want to give them enough time to really seep into my skin. I would look for something with Lanolin if I needed to fake 8 hours of sleep or as a mini overnight facial.
Best for treating: dehydration, environmental aggravation (sunburn, extreme cold)
Kakadu plum is uniquely native to Australia and is an extremely rich source of natural Vitamin C which is excellent for skin brightening and against hyper-pigmentation. It’s also great for wrinkle reduction and can help natural collagen production for firmer looking skin. I used to use a Vitamin C product from The Ordinary but I really don’t like the silicone feeling on my skin as I feel like it can clog my pores. Since making the switch to something more natural, I’ve noticed the texture of my skin looks more even, feels more hydrated and more radiant. I can use it morning and evening as it absorbs directly into my skin and doesn’t disturb my makeup at all. Seriously in love with this cream.
Best for treating: dark spots, anti-aging
So many iconic Australian ingredients have really amazing properties and are, in my opinion, under-utilised in skincare across the board. The above are some of my favourites not just because the’re natural but because they actually deliver results.
Enter the giveaway!
Because I’m now so obsessed with all these natural ingredients, I’ve teamed up with G & M to giveaway three packs of Native Australian products worth over $100 AUD each! Yay, free things. The giveaway is open to all Australian residents.
Head over to my Instagram to check out how to enter. Good luck!
Which one of these natural ingredients would you be most likely to try and why?
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