Australian beauty is having its golden moment recently. Both Refinery 29 and Byrdie are reporting on some of the best Australian skincare, makeup and haircare brands available to international customers, so it's only fitting we showcase some of the best Australian beauty brands you can buy at lookfantastic. From leading global favourites like Alpha-H and Lipstick Queen, to smaller more boutique brands like Frank Body and A'Kin, this is our edit of the best beauty buys from down under.
10 of the best Australian beauty brands
Founded in Australia in 2002, A'Kin is an all-natural Australian skincare brand, boasting both clean and vegan formulas. Free from animal by-products, the brand also don't use palm oil of any kind, and are also free from all chemical nasties like parabens, mineral oil, silicones and artificial fragrances.
Our favourite product is the A'Kin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, which helps to create glowing, radiant skin, as well as reduce pigmentation, scarring and uneven skin tone. Alternatively, if you have particularly fatigued, dull or dehydrated skin, try the A'Kin Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C; perfect for getting your glow on.
Leading skincare brand Alpha-H is grounded in the belief that healthy skin requires more than botanical extracts and natural ingredients. Harnessing the power of skin science, each product works in synergy with your complexion to target specific concerns, with the brand specialising in products for problem skin, such as acne and pigmentation.
Our favourite product is the now cult Liquid Gold, which contains 5% glycolic acid to act as an "overnight facial treatment" and slough away dead skin cells, unblock clogged pores and reduce uneven skin tone.
Their coffee body scrubs have taken the Australian beauty world by storm, and now they're having a serious global effect. Each Frank Body product is made from 100% natural ingredients that are completely clean and non-toxic. They're also cruelty-free and packed with energising caffeine to boost your circulation, mood and energy levels.
Our favourite product is the Peppermint Scrub, which contains ground robusta coffee beans and peppermint oil to gently slough away dead skin cells, dirt, oil and impurities and leave the skin feeling clean, refreshed and invigorated.
One of the most well-known Australian beauty brands, Jurlique has its own bio-organic farm in the South Adelaide Hills where their botanical extracts and natural ingredients are grown and cultivated. Founded by husband and wife duo, Dr Jürgen Klein and Ulrike (hence the name Jurlique), the brand have become synonymous with natural luxury and their Rosewater Balancing Mist has become famous all over the world.
Our favourite product is their Nourishing Cleansing Oil, which contains a blend of pure botanicals which melt away all manner of dirt, oil, makeup and impurities to leave the skin gently cleansed, soothed and hydrated.
One of the world's leading lipbalm and hand cream brands, Lanolips was founded when founder Kirsten Carriol couldn't find a nourishing lip balm to suit her dehydrated lips needs. The Times UK have described it as "the world's best lip balm" and the brand has won countless awards for its simple lanolin-based formulations and expert products.
Our favourite (and product we always keep in our handbag), is the Banana Balm, which is a 3-in-1 lip balm which smooth, conditions and adds shine to the lips. Plus, it really does leave a divine banana scent and taste on the lips long after it has been applied.
Australian born Poppy King founded Lipstick Queen through her obsession with lip colours and textures ever since she was 20 years old. The brand now has some of the most innovative and exciting formulas and products in the industry, with Frog Prince becoming a global obsession thanks to its colour changing PH science.
Our favourite product is the Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Lipstick, which contains nourishing ingredients to hydrate, while keeping your pout perfected. In 4 great shades, ranging from nude to bright, there is something to suit all skin tones and needs.
One of the leading cosmetic Australian beauty brands, ModelCo is both cruelty-free and a PETA certified company. Using innovative and high-quality formulations, the brand are world leaders in colour cosmetics, boasting a collection of bright shades and gorgeous textures.
Our favourite product is the Hailey Baldwin for ModelCo Kiss Pot Rose Lip Balm, designed in collaboration with American model Hailey Baldwin. The balm contains nourishing extracts of pomegranate seed oil and shea butter, while imparting a beautiful rosy hue onto the lips.
Australian beauty brand MOR was established in 2001, and is today a world leader in the bath, bodycare and lifestyle industry. Their range of home diffusers, hand creams, candles, soaps and body scrubs are made with the most luxurious and sensuous fragrances, creating a unique scent journey for each customer.
Our favourite product is the MOR Marshmallow Eau de Parfum, which has notes of vanilla, jasmine flower and sugar-dipped rose petals; a celebration of femininity and power.
Original & Mineral
A lot of Australian beauty brands like to use natural ingredients to form their clean and non-toxic products, which is exactly the case for haircare brand Original & Mineral. Made without chemical nasties such as parabens, sulfates, triciosan, each product in their haircare line-up only uses the very best botanical extracts to keep your hair beautiful, shiny, soft and most importantly healthy.
Our favourite product is the Original & Mineral Rootalicious Root Lift Spray, which helps to form an invisible barrier in the roots to create volume and texture in fine and thin hair types.
The Jojoba Company
The Jojoba Company only uses Australian-grown jojoba to create their natural and clean products. The brand was co-founded in 2008 by father-daughter duo Ian Turner and Vicki Engsall when they realised the skincare benefits that Australian jojoba oil had at transforming the complexion. Today, the brand is becoming more and more well-known throughout the world, and we are excited to showcase it at lookfantastic.
Our favourite product is undoubtedly the cult 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil, which boasts essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants to support skin health and keep it glowing and gorgeous.