A-beauty: Aussie beauty brands you need on your radar


We’re pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to Australian beauty brands, which are constantly growing in reputation around the world. 

So in honour of this, BD has rounded up the below homegrown beauty brands to keep on your radar for the year ahead.

1000 HOUR - 1000 Hour is an iconic Australian brand with over twenty years experience developing sought after, innovative and trending beauty products, including the ever-popular Eyelash and Eyebrow Dye Kit which helped give the brand its name. 1000 Hour now boasts some 16 products ranging from artificial lashes and nails, to hair colour mascaras and sticks, as well as essential beauty tools.

12REASONS - Experience the transformational ability of 12Reasons Hair Care Collection. Cleanse, detangle, colour protection, rich nourishment, anti-frizz, eliminate product build-up, deeply moisturise, add brilliant shine, smooth, nurture dry and damaged hair, improve manageability and won’t weigh hair down. Proudly Australian owned, vegan and not tested on animals.

A’KIN - A’kin’s story began in Australia in 1987, when co-founder, botanical chemist, Will Evans, saw a gap in the market for pure, high quality and effective natural beauty products. In 1994 Al'chemy was launched, offering an unparalleled range of truly natural hair care products. Shortly after A'kin was launched in 2002 utilising the same pioneering technologies and leading the way in natural skincare.

ALYA SKIN - Alya Skin was started in by Melbourne best friends James Hachem and Manny Barbas in 2018, releasing the brands first product, the instafamous Australia Pink Clay Mask. The cult pink clay mask helps to detoxify, cleanse and brighten your skin. Using only pure ingredients, the products are also cruelty free and vegan friendly. The Australian owned business, soon expanded with two other additions featuring a Pomegranate Exfoliator and Australian Native Berry Moisturiser. The core ingredients of every Alya Skin product is 100 per cent Australian.

ALPHA-H - Owned, operated and manufactured on the Gold Coast, Alpha-H is a family run business with its reach now extending to hundreds of Australian stockists and international affiliates. Despite a history stretching back twenty years, the brand’s core message remains unchanged; namely that it is committed to achieving visible results of replenishment and rejuvenation whatever your skin type or age. To ensure these changes happen as quickly and efficiently as possible, its products contain a concentrated and balanced combination of potent natural ingredients. The brand also avoids using any unnecessary chemicals, fragrances or fillers.

AMPM Skincare - The philosophy behind AMPM Skincare is to provide skincare that is gentle, yet effective and provides hydration helping you get your best skin! AMPM Skincare is owned by an Aussie entrepreneur and founded to provide a natural alternative to current skincare on the market.

AQIUM - This antibacterial hand gel kills germs without the need for soap or water. No washing, rinsing or towelling is required as the gel formula dries in seconds. With added vitamin E and pro vitamin B5 to help prevent drying, Aqium Gel will leave hands refreshed, moisturised and hygienically clean.

AZCLEAR - Introducing the new Azclear range for oily and acne prone skin. With the addition of two new products to the regime, Azclear Day Moisturiser with SPF 30 and Azclear Soothing Gel with Avemide 15 and Vitamin B3, the Azclear range now contains a cleanser, a treatment, a gel to help soothe sensitive skin and a moisturiser with SPF to help protect against UV damage while hydrating the skin.

BIOLOGI - Australian skincare brand, Biologi is revolutionising the industry with its unique range of serums, offering the only 100 per cent active, water soluble plant extract range in the world. These active-ingredient serums have a profound effect on the skin, changing it on a cellular level and delivering on the promise that the product truly works. Each of the Biologi serums are extracted from a single native plant; finger lime, Davidson plum and Kakadu plum. Using a revolutionary extraction system, Biologi mimics the plant’s internal closed process to extract serums that work in the bottle as they do in their unique cellular environment. The brand's plant serums were created by renowned skincare chemist, Ross Macdougald, who was sick of the conventions of the industry and set out to prove that natural and organic can be more effective than synthetics.

BOOST LAB - BOOST LAB is a revolutionary new range of single focus serums that puts the power to revitalise and create healthy-looking skin back in your hands. BOOST LAB believes people know their skin best and need products that are easy to understand and apply. So, the brand exists to help precisely target and remedy specific skin conditions and concerns.

Circa Home - Circa Home is focused on providing generous, well-designed, natural soy scented candles and natural room fragrances that bring warmth and comfort when you want to indulge. The natural scented candles and room fragrances have been created to suit different areas in the house, and for different occasions. Circa Home products are reusable and recyclable.

Daily Naturals - Daily Naturals is an all Australian, vegan-friendly, haircare brand. Featuring a natural formulation with use of plant-based botanicals, this salon quality haircare brand has been designed with no parabens and is completely sulphate free without compromising the environment or product performance.

Davroe - Australia’s first sulphate and paraben free, 100% vegan friendly and cruelty free salon professional hair care range. Also natural and vegan, Davroe strives to develop the purest salon professional products that are both gentle on the skin and environment, whilst delivering innovative products that do what they say and create great hair.

DR.LEWINN'S - For over 25 years, Dr.LeWinn's has been developed in Australia, after renowned cosmetic surgeon Dr.LeWinn established the brand. Initially entering the market with the Private Formula range, Dr.LeWinn's products are specifically formulated for Australian conditions, targeting an array of skin conditions, which has seen them maintain the number one brand in cosmeceutical skincare.

EGOZITE - Part of the Ego Pharmaceuticals brand, Egozite is skincare for the newest skin. The range consists of two babycare products. An oil-based lotion specially formulated to loosen and remove the crusts of cradle cap. Egozite Cradle Cap Lotion has a specially designed dropper that allows for accurate application. It is free from lanolin, perfume or any other substances that might irritate baby’s skin.

ELUCENT - Elucent stands for bright skin, not bright filters - that’s why every product it makes is packed full of scientifically proven ingredients, designed to give your skin everything it needs to look its best. With two collections available - the AHA-packed Anti-Ageing range and the skin brightening Even Tone range - Elucent offers skincare essentials for all.

Flick Ons - Flick Ons was born from the fact that the brand founders could not find a range of products designed by men for men that worked. They were fed up that they could not get their products from one shop with an easy click of a button like women could. So, they were inspired to create a brand that all men can use, whether they are into skincare and facemasks or just want an All-In-One Hair and Body Wash.

GROW - GROW believes that everyone deserves healthier, happier hair. In order to realise this, the brand has dedicated time to rethink hair care. That's how it came up with its everyday range of shampoos, conditioners and treatment products formulated to help combat hair thinning and fragile hair and instead relish in longer, stronger and thicker, fuller hair. Products are locally made, sulphate, silicone, paraben free, cruelty free and vegan.

IPSUM - The culmination of 25 years of learning, understanding and writing about the best in beauty in the U.K. and in Australia, Ipsum products were created with the knowledge, belief and devotion in the unique and effective power of pure plant oils. Ipsum’s aim is to help you achieve your best skin ever, with its luxurious, delicately-balanced oil blends. The brand uses only the highest quality, sustainably sourced, pure and organic oils which are carefully extracted from plants grown in their natural habitat, including sunshine-soaked Australia, to ensure the integrity of the benefits to your skin. Its oils are blended and bottled in the clean, verdant and very beautiful hinterland of Byron Bay, under strict COSMOS regulations so you can be assured Ipsum are mindful of the integrity of the environment.

Jurlique - Jurlique has spent over 25 years unearthing potent organic and biodynamic ingredients and developing the unique Bio-Intrinsic™ process to create the purest, most powerful skincare possible. Jurlique’s unparalleled botanical expertise is drawn from the experience of operating its own 153-acre biodynamic farm in South Australia. Through the techniques of biodynamic farming, Jurlique has been an industry leader – optimising the potency of the plants grown for the most effective results on skin.

Minenssey - Minenssey is dedicated to innovation and the power of nature. With a unique blend of ingredients curated from the Australian earth, it introduces a little bit of magic to your skincare routine.

Mitten - Mitten is an Australian owned skincare brand. Founded in Melbourne, the brand embarked on a journey to bring the famous deep exfoliation treatments performed in Turkish Bath Houses into the comfort of homes. The vision was to create a range of soft and gentle Turkish Bath exfoliating mitts for varying skin types which could perform deep exfoliation through visible peeling of dead skin cells but work in bath or shower in under one to three minutes.

NATIO - Natio is a pure, natural, plant-based skincare, bodycare, haircare and cosmetic range that combines the finest natural ingredients with 100 per cent pure essential oil blends. The result is an easy-going beauty regime for all skin types, offering healthier, more radiant skin. The Natio range is affordable, natural and real, reflecting the Australian spirit and lifestyle. The skincare products offer sound protection from the harsh Australian climate and environment, and the colour range reflects the open and unpretentious style of native Australia.

QV FACE - The QV Face range has been designed specifically to achieve a healthy and radiant glow on dry and sensitive skin, protecting and revitalising. Offering a complete cleansing and moisturising regime for the delicate skin of the face, the range of soap free cleansers and highly effective moisturizers are pH balanced and dermatologically tested. None of the products contain potential irritants such as colour, fragrance, lanolin or propylene glycol.

QV BABY - Part of the Australian made and owned Ego Pharmaceuticals brand, QV Baby is a paediatrician-recommended range of gentle and hydrating cleansers and moisturisers specially designed for baby skin. QV Baby is free from colour, fragrance and other common irritants.

QV SKINCARE - QV Skincare features a range of skincare, body care, foot care, kids care and baby appropriate products. The range covers skin cleansing and moisturising products that nurture the skin whilst avoiding known irritants such as soap, fragrance, colour and propylene glycol. No longer just for skin conditions, QV is being enjoyed by savvy individuals who want simply the best for their skin. Each formulation has been pH balanced and dermatologically tested to ensure it leaves normal, dry and sensitive skin feeling soft and silky smooth every day.

Rageism Beauty - Rageism Beauty is makeup to shake up the status quo. It’s makeup developed for mature women who want something uniquely designed for them. Paula Nagel and Kathrine Baulderstone grew tired of the lack of representation and makeup products designed for women over the age of 40 available to them but instead of complaining about it, they acted, and Rageism Beauty was born.

SILVER BULLET - Curls, waves and straight hair have never been so fast and easy, with a Silver Bullet tool to suit every curl, wave, hair type and hair style. Select from jumbo curling irons, titanium and ceramic curling irons, triple barrel curling irons, conical curlers, hot rollers, ceramic and titanium hair straighteners and ionic hair dryers. Silver bullet supreme speed and professional performance is second to none.

Skinbox - Skinbox believes that a healthy lifestyle doesn’t just come from what you put in your body, but also what you put on it. Skinbox is designed to feed your skin from the outside in, enriched with natural and naturally derived ingredients as well as Australian actives. The range that has it all, with beautifully selected essential oils, Australian extracts, vitamins, minerals, nutrients and antioxidants that will help cleanse, nourish and revitalise the skin.

Skin Virtue - Skin Virtue is performance-based skincare with three distinct collections that deliver dramatic results for all skin types especially sensitive, allergic and irritated skin. Conceptualised in Australia, the Skin Virtue story evolved in response to the impact our harsh climate and lifestyle can have on skin. 

SUNSENSE - With over 30 years of research, SunSense creates sunscreens for real Australian conditions and real Australian lifestyles. Developed to suit all skin types, SunSense provides the highest SPF available in Australia with broad spectrum UVA / UVB protection and the highest quality ingredients.

tbh Skincare - tbh Skincare, launched in March 2020, has partnered with a leading medical R&D company to bring to market a completely new patented technology for acne that disrupts biofilm, the key to treating acne-causing bacteria in the skin. The biofilm hack, abbreviated to ‘tbh’ is a medically backed, topical treatment for acne, without the side effects of the prescription products. The products are cruelty-free and vegan, and all outer packaging is sustainable.

The Secret Skincare - The Secret Skincare is Australia's first prescription only skincare range. It has been developed by Dr Clara Hurst and Dr Deb Cohen-Jones and is formulated to treat even the most challenging cosmetic conditions. Each jar is hand made individually to order using only fresh and pure active ingredients for clinically proven and visible results.

ULTRACEUTICALS - Australian made and owned, Ultraceuticals is a cosmeceutical and multi-active skincare range for use and recommendation by medical and skincare professionals. Ultraceuticals was created by Dr Geoffrey Heber, an accredited cosmetic physician that has specialised in non-surgical cosmetic medicine since 1988.

USPA - Uspa offers a range of rituals, treatments and products that nurture the body and soul. The brand uses an optimal combination of herbal and scientific technology, for effective results. The skin, body and hair care products are enriched with naturally active botanical ingredients, and free of nasties. The brand is proudly Australian made.

VIRAPROX - Part of the Ego Pharmaceuticals portfolio, ViraproX is a lip balm designed to target cold sores. ViraproX Lip Balm is a lip balm designed to target common triggers of cold sores such as dry lips, sunburn, stress and fatigue. The balm is formulated with petrolatum, glycerine, caprylic triglyceride and cocoa seed butter to keep lips hydrated and soft. The balm has SPF 30 UVA and UVB broad-spectrum protection to minimise sun damage which can trigger cold sores.

We Are Feel Good Inc. - When a group of six adventure seeking, outdoor lovers found themselves dreaming of a sunscreen that they could ‘feel good’ about – they decided to take matters into their own hands. A doctor, a builder and a professional surfer decided to stop dreaming and start doing. After years of researching, developing, refining and testing, We Are Feel Good Inc. was finally launched. The products are Australian made and owned, tested to hold up in the toughest of climates, and paraben, preservative, oxybenzone, octinoxate and PABA free.

Yours Only® - Yours Only® offers whole system skincare: formulated products that are safe for the skin and the body, dressed in packaging you can’t find at the local pharmacy. But it’s much more than that. It’s a community of people that know what it’s like to deal with health issues – inside and out. When you use Yours Only®, know that you’re not only getting clean and staying healthy, but the brand is right there beside you in the bathroom.