Living in a country rich with natural wonders, it’s no surprise that Australians look to Mother Nature for beauty advice. Recognising the power and potency of natural ingredients, the Australian approach to beauty champions the healing properties of the tropical fruits, wildcrafted plants and oceans that surround them. Taking notes from the Australian beauty scene, we have curated a list of simple natural recipes that will refresh your routine and bring back that summer glow.

 

1

  Brightening papaya face mask

Packed with antioxidants, vitamin-C and natural fruit enzymes, the papaya is a staple ingredient in many Australians beauty routines. Rich in natural AHA’s (alpha hydroxy acids), papaya helps to break down dead skin cells and even out skin tone and texture. Blended with anti-inflammatory oatmeal, yoghurt and honey, this mask will help to reveal a refreshed, glowing complexion. For those with sensitive skin we recommend using this mask every two weeks.

 

INGREDIENTS

¼ ripe papaya
3 heaped tbsp Greek yoghurt
2 tbsp finely ground rolled oats
2 tbsp honey

METHOD

  1. step 1

    Remove the skin and seeds of the papaya and slice the flesh into cubes.

  2. step 2

    Using a food processor, combine all of the ingredients.

  3. step 3

    Apply a thick layer of the mask to the face and rinse off after 30 minutes for bright, glowing skin.

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2

  COCONUT COFFEE BODY SCRUB

Adored by natural beauty advocates and Australian natives, Miranda Kerr and Elle MacPherson, this coconut coffee scrub is a great, chemical-free way to exfoliate and revitalize tired skin. Massaging the coffee grounds into the skin helps to stimulate the circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. Rich in antioxidants, the coffee grounds help to increase collagen production while their high caffeine content also help to stimulate blood cells, toning and tightening the skin. Blended with hydrating coconut oil, this scrub will leave you feeling (and smelling) amazing.

 

INGREDIENTS

220g of raw sugar
125 ml of coconut oil
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
2–3 tablespoons cocoa
2 tablespoons ground coffee

METHOD

  1. step 1

    Submerge a small bowl of coconut oil in boiling water to soften and allow it to cool but not solidify.

  2. step 2

    Combine all the ingredients and store in an airtight container or mason jar.

  3. step 3

    Use 2-3 times a week for soft, silky skin.

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Coco Rose Body Polish

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3

  LAVENDER BATH SALTS

The benefits of bathing in Epsom salt has been known for centuries. Rich in magnesium, a mineral we are often lacking, bathing in the salts helps to flush the body of environmental pollutants, ease joint pain and reduce inflammation. Blended with either lavender or rose essential oil, this healing soak is the perfect way to unwind after a long day.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup Himalayan pink salt
1/2 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup baking soda
10 drops rose or lavender essential oil

METHOD

  1. step 1

    Combine the ingredients in a bowl and mix thoroughly.

  2. step 2

    Store in an airtight container or mason jar to preserve the fragrance of the lavender.

  3. step 3

    To use, add two tablespoons of the soak to a warm bath and enjoy.

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4

  sea salt hair spray

The power of ocean salt-water to create soft beach waves is possibly one of Australia’s worst kept secrets. Whilst the effortlessly tousled hair of the country’s surfer girls has become synonymous with Australian beauty, it’s no wonder that many hair care brands have worked to develop products that mimic the salty properties of the sea. Using a blend of sea salt, nourishing coconut oil and conditioning aloe vera, this recipe will help to create Aussie-approved waves, no beach necessary.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup warm water
1 Tbsp sea salt 
1 tsp Epsom salt 
1 Tbsp organic coconut oil 
1 Tbsp aloe vera gel 
5 drops essential oil, optional 

METHOD

Method

  1. step 1

    Pour the warm water into an empty spray bottle and combine ingredients.

  2. step 2

    Put the cap on the bottle and shake until the sea salt and Epsom salts are dissolved.

  3. step 3

    To use, spray on damp hair and towel scrunch until dry to create loose beach waves.

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Wave Spray

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