The Rising Popularity of Vegan Beauty Products + Stocking Your First Vegan Makeup Kit

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Vegan isn’t just another buzzword companies tack onto labels to make their products sound good. It may come as a surprise, but animal products are quite common in cosmetics. For those who choose to avoid animal derived ingredients in their lipsticks and mascaras, there are many vegan makeup products created with animal welfare in mind.

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What does vegan mean?

In recent years, vegan cosmetics have become increasingly popular, coinciding with the growing number of people choosing to practice veganism.

Unlike vegetarians, vegans don’t just refrain from eating animal products. Ethical vegans also won’t use anything that comes from animals, including clothing, shoes, accessories, jewellery, bedding, toiletries, and cosmetics.

What qualifies as vegan makeup?

There are two standard criteria. First, vegan makeup must not contain animal derived ingredients or byproducts. Second, they must have not been tested on animals or contain any ingredients that were tested on animals.

Some of the many ingredients that may be derived from animal sources are allantoin, beeswax, carmine, emu oil, fish scales (used in shimmery makeup), glycerin, honey, keratin, lactic acid, lanolin, and squalene (squalane, however, is vegan).

If you follow a vegan lifestyle (or are considering one), there are various certifications that let you know that a beauty product is indeed vegan or cruelty free. These include Choose Cruelty Free, Leaping Bunny, Certified Vegan, and Vegan Society.

Thinking of switching to makeup that doesn’t put our furry friends in harm’s way? If your answer is a yes, here are some beauty products to kickstart your vegan makeup kit.

Vegan beauty product recommendations

1. Weleda BB Creams

Let’s start with a good vegan base. While not all of Weleda’s products are vegan (they use beeswax and lanolin in some products), many of them are, including the new Weleda Beauty Balms. They’re perfect if you’re looking for a light, natural base that evens out minor flaws and gives you a subtle tint and matte look.

They’re vegan and gluten free, and like all Weleda products, they’re NaTrue certified natural and organic.

2. Benecos mineral powder

Vegan makeup that’s trendy and doesn’t cost a small fortune? Count us in! Benecos has a huge range of cruelty free and vegan cosmetics at accessible price points. This German brand is a one stop shop for everything from lip crayons to eyeliners, mascaras to nail polish. They have so many vegan beauty products we hardly know where to begin. But for this list, we’re honing in on mineral powder.

Good vegan face powders can be difficult to source, but the loose Natural Mineral Powder from Benecos ticks every box on our list. Talc free? Works with acne prone skin? Semi matte finish? Stays on for hours? Check, check, check, and check.

3. Hurraw! lip balm

Hurraw! launched in 2010 and has since become a favourite of vegan beauty lovers everywhere. The company’s organic lip balms are 100% plant based, vegan, cruelty free, raw, cold pressed, and contain absolutely no nasties. Even if you’re not into natural makeup, you’ll appreciate these lovely lip balms for their smooth texture and subtle flavours. There are even some sheer tints if you’re looking for a little colour.

They’re also pocket melt proof, long lasting, and super affordable. Try the tinted Black Cherry, which uses alkanet root for a sheer wash of deep red, and vegan, colour.

4. Neek lipstick

Ethical beauty for sensitive skin has been at the core of Neek Skin Organics since the very beginning. The Australian company serves up highly pigmented but totally guilt free lipsticks in luxurious colours. The entire collection is made with good-for-you ingredients like shea butter and jojoba and avocado oils. Our favourite Neek lipstick is Pash, a stunningly deep dusty pink that works on all skin tones.

5. Lavera eyeshadow quattro

Lavera has been committed to ethical and conscious beauty for over 25 years. All their products are free from animal testing and many are vegan. The brand is well known for its skincare products, but the cosmetics range is also pretty amazing and proves that you don’t need animal derivatives to make highly pigmented eye makeup. We’re in love with Lavera’s eyeshadow quattro, which come in timeless colour combinations and have been tested safe for sensitive skin and allergy prone eyes.

6. Ere Perez mascara

Ere Perez makes products for anyone who enjoys looking good and on-trend but also wants to live a kinder, more ethical lifestyle. The whole range is vegan, including foundations, lipsticks, nail polishes, eyeshadows and mascara.

And one of our favourite (and bestselling!) mascaras is the waterproof mascara. It’s made with nourishing ingredients that are perfect for sensitive eyes. This mascara lasts all day, yet it’s easy to remove, too. It lengthens, separates and defines lashes, and I keep coming back and back to this one!

7. Ere Perez makeup brush

Good vegan makeup brushes are a must for any makeup kit. Our top picks are the Ere Perez multipurpose ones, which have vegan bristles and eco handles made from corn resin. The brushes are soft, smooth, don’t shed, and hold together through multiple washes. Grab the Lip & Conceal Brush. One end is wide and flat for concealer or highlighter while the other end is perfect for precision application of lip products.

Try also: Benecos makeup brushes

8. Acure cleansing towelettes

We’re big fans of Acure’s 100% vegan and cruelty free skincare products infused with the freshest botanical ingredients. The Cleansing Towelettes is our go-to for fixing makeup booboos, freshening up after workouts, and “washing” our faces at the end of a long day. The biodegradable wipes are gentle enough for sensitive skin but tough enough to remove eye makeup (even eyelash glue!) in one swipe.

9. Noosa Basics Sea Spray

The entire Noosa Basics range is vegan, cruelty free, and made in small batches using the finest quality botanicals. Our favourite is their volume enhancing Sea Spray for that tousled just-spent-the-day-at-the-beach look. Made from all natural ingredients, the spray works great with any hair texture and has none of the synthetic feel or smell from mainstream hair products. Absolutely no nastiness, great for a quick hair fix, and smells fantastic, too!

10. Kester Black nail polish

Looking for vegan nail polish that’s long lasting, chip resistant, and kind to your nails? Kester Black is an Australian brand that has gone above and beyond to give you a healthier manicure. Their nail polish isn’t just vegan and cruelty free, it’s also 10 free, which means zero formaldehyde, DBP, and other nasties. Try Kester Black’s In The Buff, a classic nude that makes our nails look sophisticated and professional.


Thinking about switching up your cosmetics after reading this? Hop on over to Hello Charlie and browse through our wide selection of vegan beauty and skincare products. Enjoy!

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Best Makeup Remover Wipes: A Cheat Sheet

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The Best Makeup Remover Wipes: Researched and Reviewed

Makeup remover wipes sound like the best beauty product ever, right? Just wipe off the day’s makeup, dirt and sweat and tumble into bed.

Unfortunately, if that’s what you’re doing, you might not be doing your skin any favours. Some makeup remover wipes use harsh ingredients that you really don’t want staying on your skin.

So how do you wade through the greenwash and misinformation to find out which are the best makeup remover wipes? Not the ones that say ‘all natural’ and then turn out to be made with synthetic and toxic ingredients, but the ones which are truly non toxic?

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve spent months finding all the ingredients in face wipes, researching them and reviewing them so that I can recommend nothing but the best to you.

There are so many makeup remover wipes available in Australia. I’ve researched 56 different products from 43 different brands! With some of them, you just know they’re going to be chock full of toxic ingredients, so I skipped most of them. I’ve tried to include all the ‘natural’ ones, so that I can help you work through the greenwash. And I included a few mainstream ones, too, so that you can compare! The ones that I’ve reviewed are all in alphabetical order, below.

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Natural Makeup Remover Wipes:

  1. Acure Brilliantly Brightening Coconut Cleansing Towelettes
  2. Acure Incredibly Clear Acne Towelettes
  3. Acure Seriously Soothing Micellar Water Towelettes
  4. Andalou Naturals Age Defying Micellar Facial Swipes
  5. Andalou Naturals Sentive Micellar Facial Swipes
  6. Apivita Express Beauty Face and Eye Cleansing Wipes with Chamomile
  7. Beauty Essentials Exfoliating Cleansing Wipes
  8. Benecos Natural Cleansing Wipes
  9. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Wipes
  10. Biore Daily Deep Pore Cleansing Wipes
  11. Blessed by Nature Purifying Cleansing Wipes
  12. Blum Naturals Combination & Oily Skin Makeup Remover Towelettes
  13. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cucumber & Sage
  14. Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Towelettes with White Tea Extract
  15. Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract
  16. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes
  17. Clinique Take the Day Off Face and Eye Cleansing Towelettes
  18. Dermalogica Medibac Skin Purifying Wipes
  19. Dr Organic Organic Aloe Vera Wet Wipes
  20. Dr Organic Organic Tea Tree Wet Wipes
  21. Ecocare Organic Facial Wipes – Apple & Honey
  22. Ecocare Organic Facial Wipes – Rose & Chamomile
  23. Ego QV Face Cleansing Wipes
  24. Essenzza Fuss Free Facial Cleanse + Exfoliate Wipes
  25. Estee Lauder Double Wear Long-Wear Makeup Remover Wipes
  26. Formula 10.0.6 Wipe Your Face Off Makeup Removing Facial Wipes
  27. Garnier Micellar Cleansing Wipes
  28. Girl Lane Gentle Cleansing Wipes
  29. JAK Organics Face Wipes – Coconut Oil, Rose Hip Oil & Jojoba Seed Oil
  30. Johnsons Daily Essentials Nourishing Face Cleansing Wipes
  31. Kosmea Facial Cleansing Wipes
  32. L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Cleansing Wipes
  33. MILK & CO Beauty Wipes
  34. ModelCo Double Sided Facial Wipes
  35. Models Prefer Deep Repair 3-in-1 Anti-Ageing Cleansing Wipes
  36. Natio Gentle Cleansing Wipes
  37. Natracare Cleansing Makeup Remover Wipes
  38. Natural Instinct Hydrating Cleansing Facial Wipes
  39. Natures Organics Natural Skin Expert Facial Wipes
  40. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
  41. Nivea 3-in-1 Care Micellar Cleansing Wipes
  42. Nivea Daily Essentials Fragrance Free Daily Cleansing Wipes
  43. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Moisturising Facial Cleansing Wipes
  44. Sephora Express Cleansing Wipes
  45. Simple Kind to Skin Facial Cleansing Wipes
  46. Simple Spotless Skin Cleansing Wipes Quick Fix
  47. Simply Gentle Organic 3 in 1 Cosmetic Wipes
  48. Swisspers Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes
  49. The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes
  50. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Wipes for Acne
  51. Uriage Thermal Micellar Water Wipes
  52. Wotnot Dry/Sensitive Facial Wipes
  53. Wotnot Normal/Sensitive Facial Wipes
  54. Wotnot Oily/Sensitive Facial Wipes
  55. Yes To Cotton Comforting Facial Wipes
  56. Yes to Grapefruit Correct & Repair Brightening Facial Wipes

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All this and more is in my brand new ebook: The Best Makeup Remover Wipes Cheat Sheet. And because I love my readers (that’s you!) so much, there’s even a special bonus for you at the very end of the ebook. You’ll get 10% off all the makeup remover wipes that we stock at Hello Charlie. And trust me, if we stock them at Hello Charlie, they’re safe, they’re non toxic and they work!

It’s right here, and it’s free, so what are you waiting for? Download your free ebook now! My Best Makeup Remover Wipes Cheat Sheet will help you sort out the eco from the eeek-o!

Further reading on non toxic Makeup Remover Wipes

We’ve got lots of other articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

It’s impossible to review every single brand of face wipes available in Australia, but I did try to include all the ‘natural’ ones. If I’ve missed your favourite, let me know! Drop me an email at with the name of the makeup remover wipes and a link to the ingredients, or pop it into the comments below.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to it straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Natural Serums and Moisturisers: Are They Both Necessary To Your Skincare Routine?

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We’ve noticed that people tend to assume that natural serums and moisturisers are the same thing. But in reality, they’re different. So we’re giving you the lowdown on serums: why they’re an essential component of any skincare regimen, why they’re not the same as moisturisers, and how to incorporate them into your routine.

natural serums and moisturisers

Natural serums have been around for a while, but there’s still a common misconception that they’re mainly for those trying to ward off the signs of ageing. However, serums have a lot more to offer than that, and the sooner you start using these, the sooner you start reaping the rewards.

So let’s get right down to it.

Natural serums 101

Serum can be quite confusing. It’s hydrating, but it’s neither a moisturiser nor a lotion. It can be oily, but it’s not a face oil. Serums are sometimes sold as essences or ampoules, though experts say these are three entirely different things.

What serum is though, is a highly concentrated elixir packed with active ingredients. It’s formulated to penetrate skin in a way that natural moisturisers simply can’t. Natural serums tend to be pricier than other skincare products, but that’s because they treat specific skin problems like acne, wrinkles, dark spots, and dullness more quickly and effectively than any other product in your regimen.

Serums are either oil or water based. They’re applied after cleansing and toning, and usually before moisturising. Compared with moisturisers and creams, natural serums are thinner, have smaller particle sizes, and can easily penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Moisturisers, on the other hand, are only absorbed into the surface layers.

Another significant difference between natural serums and moisturisers is the concentration of the active ingredients. Unlike moisturisers, serums contain hardly any fillers – they’re stripped down to just the most powerful active ingredients that go to work on the deeper layers of the skin.

Do you need both serum and moisturiser?

If serums can address your most pressing skincare concerns, then do you still need moisturisers? The quick answer is yes. While serums can be moisturising, they can only moisturise to an extent.

benefits of moisturisers and serums

Moisturisers and creams, as you know, serve as a protective barrier that keeps moisture in and germs and environmental irritants out. Though serums are powerful, they don’t act like a shield the way moisturiser does. This is why experts suggest using both serum (for its multiple skin benefits) and moisturiser (to seal everything in and to prevent moisture loss).

There is an exception to this. If you have oily and/or acne prone skin, you may be able to get away with just serums. This can also be true during summer, when the heat increases sebum production. It is best to experiment and see how your skin reacts to different combination of serum and moisturiser.

How to use serum and moisturiser together?

When layering skincare products, the rule of thumb to follow is ‘thinnest to thickest consistency.’ This ensures that the heavier products don’t stop the lighter ones penetrating the skin and doing their job.

Water based serums should definitely go under moisturisers or face creams. These have a thinner consistency that allows them to seep into skin quickly and nourish its inner layers. In this case, moisturiser goes on after and seals the serum in.

Oil based serums can go on top of moisturiser if they’re thicker and heavier than the latter. This would be the case if you’re using an oil based serum with a water based moisturiser (which would be thinner than the serum).

More tips to get the most out of your natural serum:

  1. Cleanse with warm water, which will open up your pores and allow the serum to really soak in. Apply serum while skin is still damp.
  2. Serums are super potent, so less is more, 2-3 drops will do.
  3. Always patch test new serums before applying them to your face.
  4. If you’re using more than one serum, it’s perfectly fine to layer them. Go from thinnest to thickest.
  5. Keep your moisturiser in the fridge and apply it cold. This creates a vacuum effect on your skin that pulls the serum deeper into the inner layers of your skin.

Ready to try serums? Here are the ones we recommend.

Our fave serums

Anti ageing


Pigmentation, age spots and brightening:


Oil free:


Eye serums:

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How to Be Sure Your Makeup Remover Wipes Aren’t Harming Your Skin

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Makeup remover wipes seem like the perfect solution to those times when you’re too tired to take off your makeup before collapsing into bed. We’ve all been there, especially if you have kids, or have maybe had one glass of wine too many!

We all know that sleeping with your makeup on is a high speed train to breakouts, dull skin and worse. Having face wipes handy nearby is a lifesaver! Or is it?

What’s in makeup remover wipes?

Makeup remover wipes basically contain everything you use to wash your face, except in wipe form:

  • Surfactants are the soap part that help remove dirt, oil and makeup
  • Emulsifiers and solubilizers help to mix all the oil based and water based ingredients together
  • Emollients help your skin retain moisture by creating a protective film that stops water loss
  • Preservatives are necessary in face wipes, as most makeup remover wipes are water based and without them, you don’t get a long shelf life.

Some makeup remover wipes use more natural ingredients in their formulas. Liquids such as aloe vera extract and orange flower water act as wetting agents. Oils such as sweet almond, argan and jojoba help dissolve makeup, and essential oils are used for their cleansing and antimicrobial properties.

Other makeup remover wipes use harsh surfactants and preservatives and synthetic fragrances.

Are face wipes good for your skin?

No matter how pure and natural the ingredients in your makeup remover wipes, simply wiping a moistened towelette across your face is not going to remove all the dirt and makeup. The surface of the wipe will pick up some of it, but certainly not all of it. When you just use a makeup wipe, you leave behind a slurry of dirt, oil, sebum, makeup, and chemicals.

Face wipes are also harsher on your skin than using a cleanser. Boston dermatologist Dr Ranella Hirsch says:

“You really want to stay away from anything that’s going to be very textured and exfoliating. You want to go gentle, gentle, gentle – because the act of using the wipe is already more physical than just washing your face.”

When you use a makeup remover wipe, make sure to rinse your skin off thoroughly afterwards. And make sure to use a gentle wipe, without harsh ingredients.

Better still, save the makeup wipes for travel, lazy days or the gym and do a full face cleanse at all other times.

Do makeup remover wipes cause acne?

As long as you remember to rinse your skin thoroughly afterwards, your face wipes should not cause acne.

Some makeup remover wipes contain acne-fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, lactic acid or glycolic acid. You can find face wipes specifically for broken-out skin that treat acne without drying. Choose a good, natural facial wipe, then experiment and see what works for you. Face wipes do tend to be a little harsher on the skin than other cleansing methods, so you might think about saving them for emergency use only and using your face wash for everyday.

Are makeup remover wipes safe during pregnancy?

Absolutely – as long as you avoid certain ingredients, such as retinol, beta hydroxy acids, diethanolamine (DEA), parabens and phthalates. Choose gentle face wipes with only the purest ingredients during this special time.

How do you find the best makeup remover wipes?

Hello Charlie stocks a wide selection of natural makeup remover wipes for all types of skin. As always, we hand pick every single product, and research all the ingredients before we stock them. You can be sure that if you’re buying at Hello Charlie, you’re getting the best non toxic, cruelty free products available.

We also investigate what else is available, through our exclusive Cheat Sheets. Be sure to check out our upcoming Best Makeup Remover Wipes Cheat Sheet, available on 1 June.

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Why We’re No Longer Stocking Pukka Tea, Schmidt’s or Andalou Naturals

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why we're not selling andalou naturals, pukka tea or schmidts deodorants any longer

I’ve had a lot of questions about why we’ve been out of stock of Andalou Naturals for such a long time. And I also thought that I’d share why we’re choosing not to keep stocking Pukka Tea, or Schmidt’s deodorants any longer.

Unilver has bought both the Pukka Tea and Schmidt’s deodorants brands. While I like both of these products, I’m not happy about buying products that are now owned by a multinational like Unilever. I know that they’re both saying that nothing will change, etc, etc. However, as a company, Unilever tests on animals, which is not okay with me. It’s also less than transparent about the ingredients that they use and how harmful they are.

Yes, it’s great that truly natural and organic products are becoming mainstream. But we’ve been down this road before. The Body Shop and Burts Bees are two brands that come to mind.

Multinationals are answerable to their shareholders, and their aims are to make as much money as possible. That’s it. And what happens is that formulas are subtly changed. The ingredients aren’t quite as good as they used to be. And the supply chains aren’t as transparent. The brand is no longer as ethical as it was.

And the products that we love are no longer the same products.

So what’s the problem with Andalou Naturals?

This is what’s been happening with Andalou Naturals. There have been a few ingredients added to their products that I don’t like. I wrote about this last year, when I noticed silicones creeping into Andalou Naturals products. At the time, Andalou Naturals assured me that they were listening to their customers and they’d be reformulating. They haven’t as yet.

I had a number of customers request that we keep stocking these products, despite the silicones, so I brought them back in but made sure to say clearly that the products contained silicones. Then I noticed that some of Andalou Natural’s new products contained phenoxyethanol. Needless to say, I didn’t add these to the Hello Charlie store.

And then late last year, BWX bought Andalou Naturals. BWX owns Sukin, and have been quite open about their push into China with this brand.

The problem? China still requires animal testing on imported products, and I’m not okay with that.

Now, I’m not saying that means that you shouldn’t continue buying these brands. You may disagree with me and think that it’s great that natural is going mainstream.

But for me, and for Hello Charlie, it does mean that we won’t continue to sell these brands. It’s not enough for me that a product is natural. I want to know that it’s ethical as well.

So we’ll be selling out the stock that we have, and then we won’t be selling them anymore.

I’d love to know your thoughts on this. Do you agree or disagree?

Always In A Hurry? Try Weleda’s New 5-in-1 Natural Beauty Balms

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I’m super excited to introduce you to Weleda’s new natural beauty balms. This 5-in-1 BB cream will save you time on your daily beauty routine. It moisturises, mattifies, and gives you a subtle glow and a sheer tint. It also refines the appearance of your skin, covers minor blemishes and strengthens your skin’s natural protective function.

All this in one tube!

Weleda's natural beauty balm bb cream

About the company

Dr. Rudolf Steiner and Dr. Ita Wegman (one of the first women physicians in Europe) launched Weleda back in 1921. 

After 97 years, Weleda still “strive to make the best non-toxic, cruelty-free, paraben-free, GMO-free, phthalates-free and synthetic fragrance-free products available in the marketplace.”

As a result, Weleda is one of the most established and respected natural personal care companies in the world. Which is why we get so excited when they release new products!

What are Beauty Balms (BB Creams)?

Beauty balms are a combination of skin care and makeup. This versatile product is a moisturiser, foundation, primer, and concealer all in one tube.

According to a chemist at Englewood Lab, Ni’Kita Wilson:

“The idea of a well-formulated BB cream is that it’s the only product you’ll need after you wash your face.”

BB creams is short for blemish or beauty balms. They were first developed in Germany by Dr. Christine Schrammek way back in the 1960’s. However, they only gained popularity around mid 2000’s when these creams reached the Asian markets. Then in 2011, BB creams arrived in the western market and the rest is history.

About Weleda’s Natural Beauty Balms

Aside from it’s versatility, Weleda’s natural beauty balm is also 100% Certified Natural by NaTrue.

This BB cream is also vegan and gluten free.  And because it’s from Weleda, it’s naturally cruelty free and not tested on animals. 

Weleda’s natural BB cream is available in two shades; bronze and nude.

It is suitable for all skin types, even sensitive ones. The texture is silky and light and it has a pleasant, lightly floral smell.  It won’t clog your pores, but still provides a good coverage for minor blemishes.


Benefits of using this 5-in-1 natural beauty balms

  • Hydrates your skin
  • Mattifies skin
  • Sheer, buildable tint and a subtle glow
  • Refines skin appearance
  • Strengthens skin’s natural protective function

Key Ingredients

Jojoba Oil is a light moisturiser and is easily absorbed by the skin. Aside from these, jojoba oil also helps in reducing the signs of premature aging.

Cucumber fruit extract is a humectant, which provides lasting moisture to the skin. While humectants are good in hydration it should be combined with occlusives to work its magic. Which is where Shea Butter comes in.

Shea Butter is great at protecting your skin from moisture loss. It is also known for its skin healing properties.

Witch Hazel distillate, don’t be intimidated by its name. This wonder ingredient is a known astringent which is capable of reducing acne, insect bites, and inflammation. 

Iris Germanica Root extract also known as the bearded iris. The root of this plant is normally used for its fragrance because it smells similar to violets. Aside from its smell, this plant also has a mild anti inflammatory property.

Babassu Oil comes from a South American plant called Babasu. Babassu oil has a lot of benefits. But when it comes to skin care, this oil helps with acne. It is also as a good moisturiser.

Mineral pigments provides mattifying properties and a subtle tint.

Fragrance: Rose geranium, ylang ylang, and vanilla.

Full ingredients

Nude: Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

Bronze: Water (Aqua), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Mica (CI 77019), Glyceryl Stearate Citrate, Alcohol, Galactoarabinan, Squalane, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil Unsaponifiables, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Orbignya Oleifera Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Iris Germanica Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid, Behenyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Caprylate, Iron Oxides (CI 77491 / CI 77492 / CI 77499), Fragrance (Parfum)*, Limonene*, Linalool*, Citronellol*, Benzyl Benzoate*, Geraniol*, Citral*, Farnesol*.*from natural essential oils

What’s the verdict? 

I’ve been testing this at home, and I like it. It’s easy to apply, either with your fingers or a foundation brush. You can just do one layer for a sheer tint, or if you want to apply more, you’ll find that it’s easily buildable. And if you can’t quite get the colour you want, you can blend the two shades together. As they’re mineral based colours, they blend really well into your skin tone.

I love how fast it is to apply, and how easy. Even if you’re blending colours, it takes no time at all.

And even though there’s titanium dioxide in this (which often irritates me), I find that even after a full day of wear, my skin is fine.

I’ve been wearing mine over moisturiser, because my skin is really dry. Especially at the moment, as we head into winter and I’m adjusting to cold air and drying heaters. But for normal skin, or summer skin, you wouldn’t even need a moisturiser. Gotta love that!

Get them now here at Hello Charlie.



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The Best Natural Deodorant: A Cheat Sheet

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Best Natural Deodorant Cheat Sheet

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The Best Natural Deodorants: Researched and Reviewed

Deodorants. It’s one of those products that you use everyday without giving it much thought. But you’re applying synthetic and potentially toxic ingredients to the sensitive skin on your underarms, so you really do need to stop and think about what’s in the products you’re using.

No one wants to smell bad. But smelling good doesn’t mean that you need to use ingredients that have been linked to developing Alzheimer’s, cancer, hormone disruption, or skin irritants and allergens.

When you start to research what’s in mainstream deodorants, the first ingredient that jumps out is usually aluminium. Aluminium compounds are commonly used in mainstream deodorants because they stop you sweating.

But then there are other ingredients that are often used: the perfumes and fragrances that mask BO and make you smell nice; the triclosan that’s supposed to kill bacteria; the formaldehyde releasing preservatives; and the propellants that get the spray out of the can and onto your skin. Every time you apply deodorant, you’re putting all of these on to your skin.

So how do you wade through the greenwash and misinformation to find out which are the best natural deodorants? Not the ones that say ‘all natural’ and then turn out to be made with aluminium compounds, but the ones which are truly non toxic?

Well, that’s where I come in. I’ve spent months finding all the ingredients, researching them and reviewing them so that I can recommend nothing but the best natural deodorants to you.

There are so many deodorants available in Australia. I’ve researched 87 different products from 68 different brands! With some of them, you just know they’re going to be chock full of toxic ingredients, so I skipped most of them. I’ve tried to include all the ‘natural’ ones, so that I can help you work through the greenwash. And I included a few mainstream ones, too, so that you can compare! The ones that I’ve reviewed are all in alphabetical order, below.

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Natural Deodorants:

  1. 808 Dude No More Stinky Pit Deodorant For Teens
  2. A Bit Hippy Natural Cream Deodorant
  3. A’kin Cedarwood & Geranium Natural Deodorant
  4. Agent Nateur No.3 Deodorant
  5. Alaffia Coconut Reishi Activated Coconut Deodorant
  6. Alba Botanical Clear Enzyme Deodorant Stick – Unscented
  7. Aubrey Organics Calendula Blossom Natural Deodorant Spray
  8. Aubrey Organics E Plus High C Original Roll-On Deodorant
  9. Babs Tea Tree Deodorant
  10. Biologika Lemon Kiss Deodorant
  11. Biologika Tropical Delight Deodorant Spray
  12. Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Natural Deodorant Paste – Unisex scent
  13. Black Chicken Remedies Barrier Booster Deodorant Paste
  14. Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Roll-On – Chamomile & Green Tea
  15. Crystal Essence Mineral Deodorant Spray – Unscented
  16. Crystal Essence Body Spray Chamomile
  17. Crystal Invisible Solid Stick Deodorant – Lavender & White Tea
  18. Crystal Rock Deodorant Stick
  19. Dermalogica Environmental Control Deodorant
  20. Divine By Therese Kerr Grapefruit & Rose Deodorant
  21. Dove Clinical Protection Original Anti Perspirant Deodorant Stick For Women
  22. Dr. Hauschka Roll-On Deodorant – Sage Mint
  23. Dr Organic Pomegranate Deodorant
  24. Earths Purities Bicarb Free Deodorant Paste – Coconut mango
  25. Earths Purities Ladies Natural Deodorant
  26. Earths Purities Mens Natural Deodorant Paste
  27. Earths Purities Roll On Deodorant – Nero for Him
  28. Eco Tan Certified Organic Coconut Deodorant
  29. Eco. Rose & Geranium Deodorant
  30. Ego QV Naked Deodorant
  31. Erbaviva Organic Deodorant – Lemon & Sage
  32. Erica Brooke Natural Deodorant Creme – Neroli & Vanilla
  33. Fresca Natural Deodorant – Citrus Fresh
  34. Garnier Calm Mineral Anti Perspirant Roll On Deodorant
  35. Harmoni’s Kiss Organic Deodorant
  36. Herbon Deodorant Roll-on
  37. Honestly pHresh Men’s Active Sea Mineral Prebiotic Deodorant
  38. Honestly pHresh Natural Deodorant Stick – Barely Sweet
  39. Jason Fragrance Free Deodorant Stick
  40. Lady Speed Stick Cool & Fresh
  41. Lafe’s Natural Deodorant Roll-On – Fresh
  42. Lariese Euphoria Argan Roll On Organic Deodorant
  43. LaVanila The Healthy Deodorant Vanilla Blackberry
  44. Lavera Basis Roll On Deodorant
  45. Lavera Natural Deodorant Spray – Lime Verbena
  46. Lemon Myrtle Fragrances Natural Antibacterial Spray Deodorant
  47. Lush T’eo Solid Deodorant
  48. Lush The Guv’ner Deodorant Powder
  49. Lynx Africa Antiperspirant Deodorant
  50. Madara Deodorant – Bio-Active
  51. Miessence Ancient Spice Roll-on Deodorant
  52. Miessence Milk of Magnesia Ultrasensitive Roll-on Deodorant
  53. Mitchum Powder Fresh Anti Perspirant Roll On Deodorant For Women
  54. Moogoo Fresh Cream Deodorant
  55. Mukti Botanique Deodorant
  56. Nasanta Magnesium Deodorant Women
  57. Natio Aluminium Free Roll On Deodorant
  58. Natural Scents Exotic Spice Roll-On Deodorant
  59. Natural Scents Exotic Spice Deodorant Spray
  60. Nivea Protect & Care Anti-perspirant Roll On Deodoran
  61. No Pong All-Natural Anti-Odourant – Original
  62. Noosa Basics Deodorant Cream – Rose
  63. Noosa Basics Deodorant Roll on – Charcoal
  64. Noosa Basics Deodorant Stick – Coco Vanilla
  65. Norsca Forest Fresh Roll On
  66. NutriBiotic Lavender Deodorant
  67. ReFresh Byron Bay All Natural Aluminium Free Lemon Myrtle Deodorant
  68. Rexona Men Moisturising Anti Perspirant Aerosol Deodorant
  69. Sanctum Men’s Natural Deodorant
  70. Sanctum Women’s Natural Deodorant
  71. Schmidt’s Deodorant Stick Sensitive Skin – Coconut Pineapple
  72. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Bergamot & Lime Stick
  73. Schmidt’s Natural Deodorant Fragrance Free Jar
  74. Skin Juice Juice Detox Natural Deodorant Paste
  75. Speick Men Active Deodorant – Roll On
  76. Speick Men Deodorant Spray
  77. Sukin Natural Deodorant Spray
  78. The Bearded Chap Deodorant – Spice
  79. The Body Crystal Botanica Roll On Deodorant
  80. The Whole Boodies Roll-On Deodorant
  81. Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Deodorant
  82. Vanessa Megan Certified Organic Deodorant – Citrus Grove
  83. Vrindavan Deodorant Mist Majestic Rose
  84. VRINDAVAN Deodorant Roll-on Mystic Nature
  85. Weleda Citrus 24h Roll-On Deodorant
  86. Weleda Natural Sage Deodorant
  87. Woohoo Body! Natural Deodorant Paste – Urban

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Further reading on non toxic Natural Deodorants

We’ve got lots of other articles that you might find useful, too:

Are we missing any?

It’s impossible to review every single natural deodorant available in Australia, but I did try to include all the ‘natural’ ones. If I’ve missed your favourite, let me know! Drop me an email at with the name of the deodorant and a link to the ingredients, or pop it into the comments below.

I can’t promise that I’ll get to it straight away, but I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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Dr Bronner’s: Castile Soaps vs Pump Soaps (What’s the Difference?)

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You’ve probably heard about Dr Bronner’s soaps. This family-owned company has been in business since 1948, and they’re one of my favourite ethical brands. Dr Bronner’s castile soaps have been around from the start, but the pump soaps are a more recent addition. So what’s the difference between the two?

dr bronner castile soaps vs pump soap

The castile soap is the result of generations of soap making expertise. Dr Bronner’s castile soaps are pure, and that purity means that you can use them for so many different things.

So why make a new type of soap when the castile soap is so good?

Dr Bronner’s say that over the years many people have asked for a thicker, more moisturising soap. They wanted one that could be used with a pump dispenser, and a soap that is USDA certified organic. (The pure castile soap is not USDA certified. The water and saponification agents used in manufacture are inorganic and can’t go towards the 95% organic ingredients necessary to get the USDA label.)

About Dr Bronner’s Pump Soap

Which is where Dr Bronner’s pump soap comes in. It’s made with shikakai, a form of Acacia concinna, an Ayurvedic medicinal plant that has been used in skin and hair care for hundreds of years. The bark is powdered and added to the soap for its moisturising effects, as well as acting as a thickener. It also has antifungal properties that make it a great dandruff shampoo for non colour treated hair.

If you find the castile soap a little dry for personal care, you’ll like the pump soap. I’ve never found Dr Bronner’s castile soap drying, even with my super dry skin. But I’ve been trying the pump soap in the shower, and I do like the extra hydration.

In addition to the shikakai, the pump soap also contains organic grape juice and sucrose. These ingredients act as humectants, helping the skin hold on to its natural moisture (and incidentally bringing the tally of organic ingredients up over 95%, making this soap USDA organic).

Let’s compare the ingredients:

Pure Castile Soaps vs. Pump Soaps

Dr Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap

coconut oil*
potassium hydroxide*
olive oil*
hemp oil*
jojoba oil*
citric acid*
tocopherol (vitamin E)*

Dr Bronner’s Pump Soap

organic grape juice
coconut oil*
potassium hydroxide*
olive oil*
shikakai powder
hemp oil*
jojoba oil*
citric acid*
tocopherol (vitamin E)*
* USDA certified organic



As you can see, they’re very similar. The main difference between the two (aside from the moisturising) is in the look, scent, and texture. The pump soap looks quite different from the clear pure castile soap, since the shikakai is brown and about the consistency of cinnamon powder.

The formulation of the peppermint pump soap is different, using a different mint blend with spearmint oil, so it’s not as cooling as the pure castile soap version.

Classic Dr Bronner’s castile soap is only suitable for foam pump dispensers (diluted with three times as much water). If you use it in a normal pump dispenser, it tends to get clogged, which can be frustrating. The pure castile soap also makes a better household cleaner, since bathrooms, dishes and countertops don’t need moisturising.

In general, whether you use the pump soap or pure castile soap is a matter of personal preference based on how your skin reacts – they’re both great cleansers.

Dr Bronner’s make great soaps, whether it’s the castile soap, the pump soap or the bar soaps. But the rest of the range is pretty fantastic, too! Try the bestselling hand sanitiser, my family’s favourite natural toothpaste, or the lovely all purpose magic balm.

You can check out the Dr Bronner’s range here at Hello Charlie.

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How to Find the Best Natural Lip Balm

natural lip balm

Why is it that some lip balms seem to leave your lips dry and flaky, no matter how many times you reapply?

It’s because some of the ingredients in lip balms can do more harm than good, even natural ones. So how do you find the best natural lip balm?

best natural lip balm

What to watch out for

You might think your lip balm is completely harmless, but some mainstream lip balms may contain ingredients such as camphor, phenol, and menthol. While they’ll give you a cooling sensation and a little temporary pain relief, these ingredients are can be toxic and highly irritating, especially to the sensitive skin of your lips.

Phenol is used to kill bacteria, but can cause liver damage when ingested over time. It’s not really something you want to apply on your lips several times a day. Another ingredient that you may find in some mainstream lip balms is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid can be great to dissolve away warts, but you don’t want it on your lips.

A lip balm made with natural ingredients is a much better choice. Mainstream lip balms may also include petroleum-derived ingredients such as mineral oil, petrolatum, and paraffin. When these ingredients are not properly refined, they can contain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) which may be carcinogenic. They can also cause allergic reactions and won’t allow your skin to breathe.

You should also keep a lookout for artificial dyes and colorants such as D&C red no. 6 and yellow no. 10. Synthetic fragrances are another no-no. There are a variety of ‘generally-regarded-as-safe’ ingredients that can be found in cosmetics that really don’t belong there, in my opinion.

Get a good natural lip balm

Your lips deserve natural, non-irritating ingredients that allow your skin to breathe. The best natural lip balms will have a mix of hydrating and occlusive ingredients.

Hydrating ingredients, such as hyaluronic acid and glycerine, are powerfully moisturising, but they can actually pull moisture out of the skin and allow it to evaporate into the air. Your poor lips can end up even dryer.

Humectants, such as hyaluronic acid, should always be combined with occlusive ingredients, which prevents evaporation. These includes shea and cocoa butter, beeswax, squalene, coconut, jojoba, and various oils.

Lanolin can also be a great addition to lip balm, since it keeps moisture in while still allowing the lips to breathe. However, some people can be sensitive to it, and others may not want to use it since it’s derived from lamb’s wool.

Sunscreen is something else to look for. It’s especially important in summer, but it doesn’t hurt to use it during winter as well. Look for a mineral-based full-spectrum sunscreen such as zinc oxide, with an SPF of at least 15. And remember to reapply throughout the day if you’re at the beach. The skin on your lips is very thin and prone to sunburn.

With a little care, proper hydration, and a good natural lip balm, your lips can stay soft, smooth and protected throughout the year.

Did this article inspire you to switch to organic or natural lip balms? Head on over to Hello Charlie and check out our wide range of natural lip balms

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Oily Hair: How To Deal With It Naturally

how to prevent oily hair naturally

Do you feel like you have to wash your oily hair every day or it will turn into a greasy mess? Maybe you don’t want to – it can be time consuming, especially if you factor in daily styling and blow drying – but what other choice do you have? It never seems to get any better and you’re sure that if you stopped it would get even worse. Well, don’t give up hope yet.

What not to do

Your daily shampoo routine might actually be contributing to your oily hair woes. If you use conventional hair care products the silicone in them can build up over time, weighing your hair down and attracting dirt. Sulphate detergents can strip your natural oils from your scalp. Your body reacts to this by producing even more sebum, keeping you locked in a vicious circle.

Natural methods to help oily hair

If you want to get off the road of good intentions that leads to oily hair hell, the first thing to do is start using natural hair products. Choose products that are free from silicones. That way you will avoid build up on your hair and the mild cleansing ingredients will gently remove dirt without depriving your scalp of its natural oils.

Put your hair on a training schedule

Second, you’ll need to train your scalp to not produce so much oil. This will mean – bear with me here – not washing it every day. You and your hair will go through an adjustment period at first, but it’s worth it for the naturally luscious locks you’ll end up with. Your scalp is so used to fighting to retain its natural sebum that it’s overproducing to compensate. The result is oily hair.

The solution is to increase the time between washes. The first month will be tough, but you don’t have to shove a hat on your head and hope for the best. There are several strategies you can use to keep your hair presentable while your scalp adapts to the new schedule.

Dry shampoo can keep your hair looking good between washes

Try a natural dry shampoo to help absorb the oil and add volume. Shake a little into your roots and massage in. If you’re a brunette, look for a dry shampoo that’s made for dark hair so it doesn’t show.

Brush your hair old school

One of the greatest natural hair care secrets is brushing with a boar-bristle brush. People have been doing it for hundreds of years. Our great grandmothers prided themselves on their long beautiful hair and didn’t have our modern potions to play with.

The boar bristles have the same composition and consistency as human hair, so you don’t have to worry about damage. They provide a gentle massage that improves scalp health and circulation. The closely packed bristles pull out dirt and fuzz, and distribute your natural sebum down the hair shaft. Your hair gets clean without shampoo and benefits from your own natural shine, body and texture treatment. It even works for moderately curly hair.

How to prevent oily hair naturally

Essential oils can help

When you’re shopping for your natural hair products, look for certain essential oils as ingredients. They have both antibacterial and antifungal properties, as well as helping balance sebum production. You can add a couple of drops of rosemary essential oil onto your hairbrush before brushing. You can also add essential oils to your favourite shampoo, either straight to the bottle or by mixing 3–4 drops into a dollop of shampoo before washing. Great essential oils for oily hair include basil, cedar, tea tree, patchouli, lemongrass and lavender. They will make your hair smell great too!

It might seem like you’re doomed to have oily hair, but if you switch to natural hair products and follow these suggestions you’ll have a gorgeous grease-free mane in no time.

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