We may only just be catching on to the goodness lying within native ingredients like Kakadu plum and quandong, but Indigenous Australian communities have been reaping the rewards of their beauty powers for centuries. Which is why it’s no wonder that there are some seriously impressive Indigenous beauty brands that are worth adding to your daily skincare routine.
Here are just some of our favourite Indigenous beauty brands:
Indigenous owned, Australian made and committed to caring for the planet, Lowanna is a natural skincare brand that celebrates native ingredients. Inspired by her Indigenous heritage, Lowanna’s founder Sinead is a proud descendent of the Narungga people of the Yorke Peninsula region. Known for their belief that what nature provides us with is all we need, along with their knowledge of the land and sea, Sinead has followed in her ancestors' footsteps by creating skincare that contains natural, plant-based, natives that Indigenous Australian people have been using for centuries.
Our product picks: Lowanna Quandong Toning Mist; Lowanna Blemish Spot Treatment; Lowanna Green Clay Exfoliating Mask
Juddarnje, which means ‘frog’ in the dialect of the Bundjalung Nation, was founded by the Slockee Family, an Australian Indigenous family. Part of the Bundjalung tribe of Northern New South Wales, the Slockee Family wanted to share their love of the land and attachment to the Australian bush through a range of natural skincare products. Drawing on their knowledge of the unique benefits of bush tucker and botanicals found in Australia, Juddarnje Skincare’s formulas are safe, natural and free from nasties such as sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS or SLES) propylene glycols and parabens. Many of the ingredients they use are sourced from the Slockee's own backyard, including native honey from Australian bush beehives, aloe vera juice from their own plants, and lemon myrtle tea from the leaves of their own lemon myrtle tree.
“We set out to showcase what the Australian Indigenous people already knew - the environment will care for us - but in using nature, we must respect it and tread gently with what we use.”
Our product picks: Juddarnje Wear All Day Moisturiser; Juddarnje Soap-Free Cleansing Milk; Juddarnje Golden Wattle Soap
Bilawiny Skin is an Aboriginal owned and operated natural skincare brand. Founded by Caitlin, a mother and proud Aboriginal woman from Ballardong country in Perth, WA, Bilawiny Skin is inspired by her ancestors’ holistic outlook on health and skin. Using natural ingredients, Bilawiny’s formulas are handmade and designed to live up to its name, which means ‘shining’, by leaving skin soft, smooth and radiant.
Our product picks: Bilawiny Skin Detox Mask; Bilawiny Skin Calendula Glow Moisturising Bar; Bilawiny Skin Marit Face Serum
Inspired by Australian native ingredients and 60,000 years of Aboriginal culture, Indigiearth was founded by Sharon Winsor, a Ngemba Weilwan woman from Western New South Wales. Made using ethically sourced and sustainably harvested ingredients, Indigiearth includes a range of skincare, bodycare, essential oils and soy candles, in addition to bush food.
Our product picks: Indigiearth Davidson Plum Illuminance Day Serum; Indigiearth Finger Lime Serum; Indigiearth Quandong Facial Oil
From body balms infused with organic essential oils to lovingly crafted soaps and natural skin products made with wild-harvested bush botanicals, Bush Medijina uses recipes passed down by the mothers, aunties and grandmothers of the all-female governed board - 80% of whom are Indigenous. Their formulas are handmade and hero local bush produce along with natural and sustainable ingredients sourced across Australia.
“Our traditional knowledge comes from our connection to our land, native botanicals, our ancestors, and our stories. We have been using our bush knowledge and medicines to heal ourselves for generations.”
More than just a range of beauty products, Bush Medijina is a program that works to help strengthen values, knowledge, culture, and community wellbeing. The beauty brand was founded by the desire of Warningakalina elders to help their own people. Humble yet honourable, it is run from a few shipping containers in Angurugu which is on a remote island in the Northern Territory. The team hand harvests botanicals and hand makes and packages everything themselves.
Our product picks: Bush Medijina Cleansing Clay Mask; Bush Medijina Miracle Balm; Bush Medijina Hand & Body Wash
Rohr Remedy is a clean, transformative skincare brand that uniquely combines the ancient Aboriginal knowledge of rare Australian medicinal botanicals with scientifically proven pharmaceutical formulas to create its range of luxurious and potent products. Founded thanks to the shared knowledge and skills of the Yulparitja women and men of Broome, Western Australia, Rohr Remedy has a strong affiliation to its community. It supports ethical trading and environmentally sustainable collection of plants by working with the Indigenous land owners in Australia. Additionally, Rohr Remedy collaborates with different communities and small farmers who share its passion for sustainably and ethically sourced, wild-grown and organic ingredients.
All of Rohr Remedy’s products are cruelty and palm oil free, and free from parabens, phthalates, petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol, sulphates, synthetic fragrances, Bisphenol A (BPA), artificial colours, aluminium and silicones.
Our product picks: Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum Face Serum with Vit C; Rohr Remedy Lilly Pilly + Omega-3 Face Moisturiser; Rohr Remedy Gumbi Gumbi Lip Balm
We acknowledge and pay respects to the people of the Yugambeh language region of the Gold Coast and all their descendants both past and present. We also acknowledge the many Aboriginal people from other regions as well as Torres Strait and South Sea Islander people who now live in the local area and have made an important contribution to the community.
- Rohr Remedy / @rohrremedy
- Bilawiny Skin / @bilawinyskin
- Bush Medina / @bush_medina