An ongoing beauty industry trend that has exploded globally is the use of Australian Native Botanical ingredients.
Many of Australia's indigenous botanical ingredients were revered by the ancient aborigines for their healing and protective properties on the skin and are now widely incorporated in Australian made personal care products ranging from exfoliating facial creams, body scrubs, body lotions to shampoo.
Many of these ingredients smell divine with their fresh, earthy, and uplifting raw tones, and they are proving to produce results in anti-ageing and skin treatment products and are loved not just by women, but also men.
Following are some examples of what this is all about and what we are using or will use in our New Freedom Collections
Found exclusively in the Northern Territory, the Kakadu Plum tree has the highest known Vitamin C concentration of any single food source in the world. Full of antioxidants, Kakadu Plum has been revered for its use in anti-ageing and skin repair and treatment products such as serums, face and eye creams and body lotions and custards.
Yasmina Sultanbawa from the University of Queensland’s Centre for Nutrition and Food Sciences said the plum had been scientifically shown to pack a punch.
"Kakadu plum is a rich source of antioxidants and has ellagic acid and vitamin C chemical components that contribute to this antioxidant activity," Professor Sultanbawa said.
"Ellagic acid and vitamin C also have health benefits."
The fruit also contains vitamin E, lutein, which is known to play an important role in eye health.
The desert Quandong is one of the Australian Outback’s most famous fruits. It is found around waterless areas across Australia. High in proteins, Vitamin C and essential fatty acids. The fruit is also a good source of Vitamin E, Folate and Magnesium
Quandong fruit was known as 'desert peach' amongst ancient aborigines and eaten and applied topically for its restorative properties as it works to rejuvenate & soothe the skin as well as boost complexion and brighten the tone. Quandong is also a great additive for the eye zone due to the presence of Rutin which has been found to be helpful in reducing dark circles and correcting the visible signs of ageing.
Lemon myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) is indigenous to the sub-tropical coastal rainforests of eastern Queensland and is the giant of the Australian native food industry.
The tree produces intensely flavoured leaves with a distinctive lemon/lemon grass fragrance and taste. It has traditionally been used to help relieve chest congestion and for its antifungal and antiseptic properties and is loved for its fresh, uplifting, strong lemon fragrance. It is ideal for skincare products ranging from soaps to lip-balms, shampoos and conditioners, body butters and lotions and body wash and scrubs
The Lilly Pilly tree belongs to the Myrtaceae family and was traditionally used by Aborigines for its healing and antibacterial properties, due to its high Vitamin C content. Lilly Pilly liquid extract can be added to face and eye creams, body milk, body lotion and body custards. The Lilly Pilly has good astringent properties that improve firmness of the skin, while its vitamin C and fruit acid content create great anti-ageing and brightening effects to keep skin looking radiant and youthful.
Macadamia Oil derives from the macadamia nut grown on the Australian Macadamia tree. This rich, regenerative oil is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids and contains Palmitoleic, which promotes soft, younger looking skin. High in Omega 3 and 6, it has been used for healing scars, sunburn and skin irritations.
Cypress Australian Blue essential oil is considered to be even more ancient than the Eucalypts and Melaleucas and is found mainly in the Northern Territory. It was traditionally used by Aborigines to aid the healing of wounds and scars and as an anti-inflammatory. It has a subtle 'woody' fragrance and a lovely blue colour.
Rosalina comes from the Melaleuca family and traditionally was used for its antiseptic properties. Containing a fresh, woody fragrance, Rosalina essential oil has been included in body wash, body lotions and body scrubs and custards.
Part of the Melaleuca family, Niaouli essential oil has a sweet and floral camphoraceous aroma and was commonly used by indigenous Australians for its anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. This essential oil is a beautiful addition to body lotions, body custards and soaps.
Tea Tree Lemon Scented essential oil is loved by both men and women for its strong, invigorating and zesty fragrance. Perfect for body wash, body lotions, body custards and body scrubs, Tea Tree Lemon Scented essential oil was traditionally used for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties on the skin.
With such ancient, mineral rich soil, it is no surprise that Ivory Australian Clay is popular in skincare application. Extremely mild and gentle, this clay is silky and soft and ideal for those with delicate or sensitive skin.
Pink Australian Clay has a lower iron content than the red clay hence the lighter colour. This essential minerals to help replenish and regenerate the epidermis of the skin to create softened and conditioned skin with a healthy glow. The clay can be blended with other clays for different properties and effect or used as a stand-alone additive for face and body masks.