Hair & Beauty

Beauty 3000: Melbourne’s Beauty Behemoths

By Emma Bangay
11th Nov 2013

Step away from the international cosmetic counter at once. There is no need to delve into foreign floral waters or call on innovations from alien shores when it comes to beauty. Stick with our postcode, people, because Melbourne is brimming with some of the very best beauty maestros around.

The bee's knees of beauty, Apivita takes a holistic approach with their hair, skin and wellness products, fusing ancient Greek values with modern technology.
Why: Not tested on animals, the company is inspired by the bee's harmonious 'team spirit' to gather pure plant ingredients in an effort to make honey, all the while respecting nature. Cute!
Where: Selected pharmacies, beauty/health shops, perfumeries and all major Myer stores.

The purveyor of some of the world's best merchandising eye-candy, just try not to be stopped in your tracks outside any one of their stores. Upon entering, you'll find superlative products for the skin, hair and body, based around the ethos of combining plant ingredients of the highest quality with cutting edge science.
Why: Pared back packaging that carries quite the cachet, these little brown bottles have reinvented the lifestyle market and created a cavalcade of copycats.
Where: Signature spaces and department stores in Melbourne, New York, Paris, Hong Kong and beyond, at Aesop online, and at selected stockists internationally.

Jacqueline Evans is a naturopath who has developed an eponymous holistic skincare range based around her belief that to have better health, one must use better, more natural cosmetics.
Why: Face and body products are created with a palpable amount of intelligence, organics and naturopathic foundations. And – let's be honest – with sublime sorbet shades, the labels are deliciously enticing – and what's inside is even better.
Where: Available locally and internationally, check the website to find your nearest purveyor of this prettiness.

Here we have the baby of a champion swimmer and a super hot mum/model. Michael and Lindy Klim may seem like the Posh and Becks of this fine postcode, but they are also the brains, brawn and beauty floating this milky, marvelous beauty boat.
Why: A womens range has now been added to Men and Baby lines, with each and every product holding its own amongst the best international formulations and natural fragrances.
Where: Pharmacies and specialty stores here and as far flung as Dubai, UK, New Zealand and Thailand. View stockists here.

Grown Alchemist is the brainchild of Melbourne-based brothers, Keston and Jeremy Muijs, who honed their palpable passion for the alchemy of natural products when a friend – battling cancer – couldn't find any skincare that didn't cause an adverse reaction.
Why: Need we ask? If you think this stuff looks the goods, wait until you smell and touch it. The boys now have cosmetic chemists based in London, Paris and Australia working on formulations to keep them at the forefront of the new awakened state of skincare wellbeing.
Where: You can drop cash on Grown Alchemist at David Jones, Myer, selected spas, beauty salons, pharmacies and online.

Want more? We're also stocking up on these local lovelies: UNICO Formulations, Distilled, INDAH, Rationale, ELEVEN Australia and Bloom.

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