By Kaia Wallis
What do you get when you combine natural ingredients with a South Australian imagination?
Charcoal toothpaste, chilli muscle balm, powdered chocolate cleanser and giant tea bags for your bath.
With ingredients you can pronounce (and even eat), sustainable packaging and formulas designed for all skin types –SA makers are proving natural, eco-friendly products don’t have to be boring.
Home to more than 70 local makers and producers – like Gemma Vendetta, Beauty Pantry, Oh Deer Sugar and OrganiQ – Shop South Australia is the place to go for your next naturally made skin care saviour.
But whether you’re a self-care connoisseur or just on the hunt for that perfect SA gift, with so many choices it can be hard to pick.
Luckily, we have the answer – a handcrafted list of all the best local, organic, natural and vegan products waiting for you on Shop South Australia.
The Little Vintage Body – The Balm
A vegan, handmade body cream that can also be used on hair? Sign us up.
Handmade with non-toxic ingredients like coconut oil, shea butter, komenuka oil and rice bran oil – this 3-1 formula can be used to define your curls, tame flyways and give you the softest skin imaginable.
Gemma Vendetta Cosmetics– Vegan BB/CC Cream
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, makeup artist Gemma Vendetta set out to create her own cosmetics – a line of mineral products free from nasty chemicals, made locally and suitable for people with skin sensitivities.
The line, which is 100% vegan and cruelty free, features a light and breathable BB/CC (beauty balm and colour correction) cream designed to give you a flawless natural finish – think your skin, but better.
Add Gemma Vendetta’s mineral powder ($57.95) for fuller coverage, and finish up with one of the brand’s bold pigmented mineral lipsticks ($37.95).
Sweet Nola’s Soap – Coconut Milk, Avocado & ACV Shampoo Bar Soap
Coconut milk, avocado oil and apple cider vinegar make up this palm oil free shampoo bar.
The result? A product you can use for your hair, face and body with eco-friendly packaging.
Oh Deer Sugar – Cupcake
It might look like your favourite dessert, but this vegan cupcake isn’t to be snacked on.
Pop the icing off this 2-in-1 bath bomb and hold it under the tap to create the bubbliest bubble bath you’ve had this year, don’t forget to add the cake base for colour and fizz.
OrganiQ – French Clay Mask
Feeling like a holiday? Well, this mask brings Kangaroo Island’s coastline to you.
Handcrafted on KI with local ingredients, this mask is designed to give you firmer, brighter and more hydrated skin – a.k.a the skin of your dreams.
Yard Skincare – Brighten + Repair Face Elixir
Prickly pear seed oil, black cumin oil and coffee seed? We’re interested.
Developed in the Adelaide Hills, this elixir is packed full of nutrient-rich actives and vitamins designed to deliver intense hydration, a firming boost and stimulate cellular turnover.
Beauty Pantry – A Summer in Paris
Can’t figure out if it’s tea time or bath time? Maybe it’s both!
A Summer in Paris comes in two giant tea bags formulated to have you soaking in orange and lavender botanicals, oats and cocoa butter.
You’ll emerge soft, relaxed and ready for an actual cup of tea.
Truth Cosmetics – Muscle Balm Feisty Chilli & Magnesium
Yes, you read that right. Muscle balm, it’s a thing.
Produced with ingredients like chilli seed oil (it’s got a kick) and formulated to speed up muscle recovery and reduce inflammation, this product is 50% essential oils and 100% pure.
Alcome.Co – Charcoal Detox Set
Activated charcoal has arrived, and things are about to get messy!
It’s the unlikely ingredient making waves and the Charcoal Detox Set is your chance to check it out. This pack comes includes a whitening toothpaste, eco-friendly toothbrush and a charcoal/bentonite face-mask.
If you need a little more convincing, Alcome.Co also gives 5% of profits to SA animal welfare organisations and is 100% vegan and cruelty free.
One Seed Perfumes – Freedome Eau De Parfum
With an 100% natural ingredient list including 85.6% organic ingredients – Freedom Eau De Parfum is a great choice for those seeking a more natural fragrance.
The soft floral and musky scent has notes of pink grapefruit, pale musk, Australian sandalwood, magnolia, freshly cut grass and pink peppercorn.
Kindred Self – May I Be Inspired Personal Space Mist
Kyrie was first introduced to essential oils after being diagnosed with breast cancer 15 years ago, her connection with the oils quickly grew and 12 years later Kindred Self was born – read her story here.
Determined to invigorate your day – May I be Inspired Personal Space Mist is the perfect blend of lemon and eucalyptus aromas designed to promote clear thinking, boost mental alertness and lift your mood all round!
Beauty Pantry – Powdered Cleanser – Chocolate
Chocolate as a cleanser? Yes please.
Designed with an innovative approach (simply mix a few drops of water with the product each time) this cleanser is free from preservatives and is 100% natural and formulated to stay fresh.
Shop South Australia is home to a unique collection of over 300 South Australian gifts and goods from more than 70 local makers and producers. Choose local and Shop South Australia.