Organic Care | Natural + Affordable

Price: From $3.85 AUD Where to Buy: www.naturesorganics.com.au for stockists It's about time we killed the notion that vegan and cruelty-free products are automatically super spenno. Organic Care are one of the brands proving that not only vegan products can be affordable but also accessible; you can pick up many of their products in your local supermarket! While I do love my high-end products, I'm not always stoked on the price tag that comes along with them, so I love trying new and affordable stuff when it comes onto the market. I jumped at the chance to try some of Organic Care's new products because they're: Vegan Certified cruelty-free Grey water safe 100% Australian Made and Owned 100% recycled plastic bottles To make your shower experience extra spesh, I...

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Kester Black Hand & Body Fondant

Price: $50 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com It looks like some hella exciting things are going on in the land of Kester Black this year and by gosh am I happy to hear it. You may remember a li'l review I did of their Liquid Hand & Body Wash last year (which by the way, with regular use IS STILL NOT EMPTY) and now they've got new besties, Hand & Body Fondant! The packaging ties in seamlessly with the theme of body products KB have going on right now which is simple, sleek and fun with bright typography. You can choose from two scents that pair up perfectly with the Hand & Body Wash too; Lucky, with a velvety smooth caramel and vanilla scent...

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The Vegan Box – February Vegan Beauty Box

Price: $49.95 + Shipping Where to Buy: www.theveganbox.com.au It's no secret that I'm a mammoth fan of The Vegan Box but did y'all know these legends also make a Beauty Box?! That's right, a collection of some of the best vegan beauty products available delivered to your door! The gang sent me their February Vegan Beauty Box to try and I'll tell you what, I couldn't be more into it. Sent bi-monthly, the Vegan Beauty Box contains a selection of skincare and cosmetics in full, travel and sample sizes to give you a glimpse at some of the best vegan beauty products out in the big bad world. Not only is this a bloody convenient way of keeping on the ball when it comes...

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Kester Black Cuticle Remover

Price: $20 Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com As much as I love to paint my nails with Kester Black's awesome range of colours there's only so much a fresh coat can give you when you've got little bits of skin peeling off your cuticles. Does this sound like you? Kester Black's new Cuticle Remover may just be your solution! The guys got in touch to see if I'd like to take their new product for a spin and who am I to turn down a chance to get my nails looking fly, huh? Application is simple: apply to the contour of the nail, wait about a minute and gently roll back the cuticle with a dry cuticle stick before removing any residue. This water-based gel with...

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Atom Natural Beauty Pack

Price: $55.00 AUD Where To Buy: www.atomboutique.com When Atom Boutique recently sent me their Natural Beauty Pack to try I knew that it would have to be the next product featured in Gotta Have It! Australian brand run out of Sydney, Atom Boutique was inspired by a trip to Morocco and the discovery of pure Argan oil. This signature ingredient features throughout the entire Atom range and is 100% pure, naturally organic and like the rest of their vegan and natural ingredients, sustainably harvested by fair trade. Atom's product selection ranges from pure Argan oil through to skincare essentials and gift packs. The best way to get a real taste of these products is through one of their gift packs, like the Natural Beauty...

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Candy Cane Sugar Scrub

Difficulty: Easy Makes 1 jar I can hear you saying "WTF dude, you can't eat this?!" and you're right but with Christmas just 3 sleeps away I thought I would share with you a little recipe I've been making for my good self lately! This sugar scrub costs practically nothing to make and you've probably already got the ingredients lying around the house, so whip up a few jars and keep 'em handy for unexpected guests over the Christmas period and to show of your creative prowess! Ingredients 1/4 cup pink Himalayan crystal salt 1 cup raw sugar 5-10 drops rose hip oil 5-8 drops peppermint oil 1/4 cup coconut oil Method Grind up the salt so that you've got small, but not powdery granules. Add to a bowl with the...

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AWE Cosmeceuticals

Price: From $39.00 Where to Buy: www.awecosmeceuticals.com.au I love hearing about wicked new vegan products on the market, so when I AWE Cosmeceuticals asked if I wanted to try some of their stuff I naturally jumped at the chance. Here's the 411 on AWE: Australian made Australian owned No nasty stuff like sodium lauryl sulphate, parabens, harsh chemicals or known irritants No artificial fragrance or colours Biodegradable formulations Minimal, recyclable packaging All but one product is vegan (the Hydrating Mask contains honey so avoid that one!) A focus on Ayurveda The first product I tried was the Skin Polish ($29), a combination of light exfoliants, antioxidants and micro jojoba beads and fragranced with rose and jasmine. I tend to go a little OTT with exfoliating and end up with super dry skin but...

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Kester Black Body Soaps

Price: $16.00AUD  Where to Buy: www.kesterblack.com.au Rub-a-dub-dub, it's time to take Kester Black into the tub! Australia's coolest vegan nail polish brand is branching out into luxury body soaps and asked me to take them for a test spin. I'm a hip hop fan so naturally I'm a fan of a good collab and KB are partnering up with a new Australian designer for each new collection of soap. Dope! This time around it's Melbourne artist Dawn Tan bringing her creativity to the mix with a couple of unique scents teamed with equally delicious packaging. White Fig is a refreshing scent perfect for spring and I don't want to freak you out but Gingerbread is the perfect flavour for Christmas (which is 11 weeks...

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Olivella Skincare

Price: From $3.99 Where to Buy: www.olivellaline.com or www.chemistwarehouse.com.au Instagram | Facebook It's always refreshing to see new vegan products become readily available in Australia and I was recently approached by Olivella to try out their skincare range. With the colder weather setting in, my skin is begging for a dose of hydration so naturally jumped at the chance to try these products and pass my thoughts onto you. If you hadn't already guessed, Olivella products are made from virgin olive oil, which boasts many benefits for the skin and has been used in skincare for centuries. The Olivella range has everything from bar soaps and haircare to baby products, all of which are available at an affordable price. Here's the skinny on Olivella products: Made in Italy...

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Divine Infusions Healing Balm and Tattoo Balm

Price: From $10 Where to Buy: Divine Infusions + Tattoo Balm Hell-bent on finding a treatment for a wide range of healing applications? Divine Infusions Healing Balm may just be the thing you're lookin' for, buddy. This stuff is handmade, all-natural and doesn't contain any junk like chemicals, petroleum and of course there's not an animal product in sight. So what does Healing Balm contain then? It's a combination of natural oils, butters and macadamia wax, each providing their own awesome properties to the balm. Extra virgin coconut oil, for instance can moisturise and protect at the same time has having anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties. Whoa. Chamomile oil is an antiseptic, antibiotic, disinfectant and analgesic. For a full list of ingredients and how...

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Sukin Rose Hip Oil and Hydrating Day Cream

Price: $19.99 AUD - $32.99 AUD Where to Buy: See www.sukinorganics.com for stockists It's no secret that I'm pretty into Sukin, they keep bringing out good quality products at really affordable prices and it's not just vegans who are buying Sukin, others are getting on board too! The Rose Hip Oil is one of their best selling products and no wonder. For a start, it's 100% Certified Organic which is absolutely bangin' plus it can be used in so many ways. O, let me count the ways! Apply to face, neck and body to nourish and moisturise Massage on your cuticles for an instant manicure Pop a few drops on your lips for a totally nourished pout Soothe cracked, dry skin such as elbows and heels...

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Aum Purifying Beauty Ritual

Price: $34.95 Where to Buy: Click here for stockists Aum make some awesome products and I've reviewed them before. This time I've got the Purifying Beauty Ritual to try, which contains the Cell Renew Face Exfoliant and the Brightening Milk Cleanser. If you bought each of these separately, you'd pay around fifty bones but in the pack you score them for just $34.95. You can use the Brightening Milk on its own to remove make up and impurities to reveal a brighter and smoother complexion plus it's suitable for sensitive skin too! Some of the active ingredients are fruit AHAs to gently remove impurities, antioxidants to neutralise free radicals and ginseng to stimulate circulation.If that's not enough for you, it contains hyaluronate to...

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Yuva – Vitamin C Serum and Skin Body Cleanser

Price: Varies Where to Buy: www.yuva.com.au You know what's dope? Heaps of things, but one of them is hearing from awesome companies who are making new and exciting vegan products. It's a growing market so sometimes it can be hard to keep abreast of what the heck is good and what should be chucked in the bin. Yuva, which is Sanskrit for "youth", make a range of skincare and cosmetics that are made of all naturally derived ingredients. Yuva make products free from mineral oils, lanolin, propylene glycol, sulfates, parabens, artificial colours and fragrances plus they're Australian made and owned, bitchin'! Now, I got my little vegan hands on two of Yuva's products; the Vitamin C Serum and the Refreshing Body Cleanser to try...

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Natures Organics – Natural Skin Expert

Price: From $3.89 AUD Where to Buy: Independent stockists and Only Australian Groceries It's amazingly wonderful to know that these days you can go into a supermarket and pick up vegan-friendly skincare that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. While the Natural Skin Expert products aren't the best products I have tried, they do the job and they are more than affordable for the budget conscious vegan! Clear Skin Facial Scrub - $3.99 AUD A very thick yet gentle exfoliating scrub that cleanses deep into the pores. Walnut shell smooths out the skin while cucumber cools and glycerin softens. Clear Skin Face Wash - $3.99 AUD A face wash is an essential for anyone, no matter how basic your skincare routine may be. Like the...

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Arbonne RE9, SeaSource & Cosmetics

Price: From $50.00 AUD Where to Buy: Arbonne I was recently contacted by an Arbonne consultant who kindly offered to send me some samples to try. Amongst some make up samples, I was sent a sample pack containing skincare products from the Arbonne RE9 Advanced and SeaSource ranges. I was firstly struck by the quality of the catalogue, I found myself reading it on a regular basis, picking out products that I might want to buy. To become a Preferred Client, you pay a $45 fee however from this point you get 20% off the RRP of all products! In addition to this, if you spend over $385 RRP in one order, you get to pick a further $145 worth of products for...

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Natio Renew Radiance

Where to buy: www.natio.com.au I'm going to try and review more stuff so that you can come to Like A Vegan for more than just tasty recipes! Natio are a fabulous Australian company and they make a lot of great skincare and cosmetics, most of which are vegan friendly. I got my hands on some of Natio's Renew Radiance products so thought I'd give them a whirl and let you guys know what I think! Renew Radiance Foam Cleanser- $14.50AUD The Renew Radiance range contains pomegranate, which is not only a banging fruit but contains a heck load of antioxidants that help to rebuild the outer layer of the skin. The Foam Cleanser has a bit of a pearlescent sheen and creates a gentle...

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Aum Ultra Hydrating Rose Facial Toner

Price: $26.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.aumbeauty.com for stockists As I have said before, I don't suffer from many skin problems however I do enjoy the ritual of skincare. Recently I caught wind of a newish skincare range: Aum Anti Age Organics and got my little vegan hands on some of their Ultra Hydrating Rose Facial Toner. The first thing I liked about this product is the packaging. Upon opening the outer box, a brown bottle is revealed that almost looks like a vessel for magic potions, and in a way I guess it is. Apart from the aesthetics of the toner, what does it do? Well, the product hydrates, with the help of Hyaluronate. When applied to my skin, I did feel refreshed...

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Sukin Organic Skincare

Price: From $9.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.sukinorganics.com for stockists Thanks to good genetics and my vegan diet, my skin isn't too difficult to manage. I still maintain a basic skincare regime however I am always keen to try new products to see how they work with my skin. Sukin have a bitching skincare line however they make hair products and some household products as well. They also boast quite an incredible list of ethical credentials: Carbon Neutral Made in Australia No Animal Testing Free from Sodium Lauryl Sulphate Free from Sodium Laureth Sulphate Free from Animal Derivatives Free from Harsh Detergents Free from Petro-chemicals Free from Artificial Colours Free from Synthetic Fragrances Free from Triethanolamine Free from Mineral Oils Free from Parabens So what the heck do the products contain and what do they do?! Well I...

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Synthesis 345 Organic Skincare

Price: From $54.95 AUD Where to Buy: www.synthesis345.com.au I've always had pretty good skin, I didn't have acne has a teenager and I manage to avoid embarrassing blemishes so I have never really had to employ a strict skincare regime. I wash my face in the shower, occasionally exfoliate and wear moisturiser during the day. I didn't think my skin could improve much, that was until I was asked to trial some of Synthesis 345's skincare range. Synthesis 345 is a skincare range that boasts many certifications: Organic Sustainable Fair Trade Australian Made Cruelty Free Vegan What's a Bioactive Anti-Ageing Phytonutrient? You mean you don't know? Now I'm only 22, so at this point I'm not too concerned with the effects of ageing but according to the Synthesis 345 website,...

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