Sydney's Cult Health Store Secretly Has an AMAZING Beauty Section
If you're a regular shopper at About Life, you'll know that the cult heath store sells everything from bone broth to kefir and raw desserts. Each store is slightly different but my local also sells flowers, coffee, DIY nut butters and frozen desserts. As a bonafide obsessive (I drop more of my paycheque there than I'd care to admit), I spend hours scouring the shelves for new superfoods, naughty-but-nice treats and takeaway dinner options. I also habitually visit the naturopath to replenish my supplements and herbal tinctures. As someone who doesn't eat gluten, I also love the fact shelves bursting with GF goodness are conveniently close-by.
It's safe to say I am 100% addicted to the place, and why wouldn't I be? The company has an ethos that stands against artificial preservatives, sweeteners, flavours and colours, and they don't use hydrogenated oils, antibiotics or growth hormones in their food. I know I'm not alone in my love for About Life—not a weekend goes by I don't see a familiar face shopping in the store. (I'm there A LOT, as you can probably tell.) Friends organise breakfast dates in the cafe, and PRs schedule catch-ups over cold-pressed juice.
There is one section of the store, however, that's largely unappreciated—the beauty aisle. A quick stock-take of brands includes favourites like; 100% Pure, A'kin, Bite Beauty, Butter London, Eco Tan (who coincidentally make one of the best gradual tanners you'll ever try in their Winter Skin, $30), The Jojoba Company, Kora Organics, Lavera, Milk + Co, Sukin, Trilogy, Vanessa Megan and Weleda. About Life also has a home brand that turns out beauty products with buzzy ingredients like Epsom salts and coconut oil, and it's these I've recently become enamored with.
Because I like to share the love (I'm good like that), I tasked myself with trialling said products so you can get a better idea on how they work and what they do. Ahead, I review five of About Life's best beauty buys.
Keep scrolling to see what I thought!
Green Clay Face & Body Mask ($5).
This mix-it-yourself mask contains just one ingredient: kaolin clay. The absence of fragrance means it doesn't smell like much, but add in a few drips of rose water and you've got yourself a sweetly-scented face pack. It also has other uses; mix into a thick paste and apply to blemishes to gently exfoliate overnight, or add a sprinkle to your face wash for a DIY scrub that's gentle on sensitive skin. Kaolin can be quite drying so follow the instructions on the packaging and smooth on a layer of coconut oil (or other moisturiser) after you're done.
Epsom Salts ($5).
If you haven't yet had the pleasure of bathing in Epsom salt-spiked water, go and run yourself a bath. (Go on, I'll wait. You've been missing out too long.) These magical salts are rich in magnesium which helps to soothe and relax sore muscles, and they also leave skin feeling silky. Dump a generous amount into a warm bath and hop in for at least 20 minutes for best results. Again, these are unscented (which is great for anyone with skin irritated by fragrance), but you can easily add in a blend of your favourite essential oils.
Refreshing Bath Salts ($10) in Spirulina & Rosemary.
I detest the smell of artificially sweet bath products, so this herbal blend is a refreshing change of pace. (Don't be scared off by the inclusion of spirulina BTW, they definitely don't smell like seaweed.) Adding these salts to your tub is a great idea—spirulina is believed to fight free radicals and promote skin healing, and rosemary is antibacterial and antifungal. A word of caution: they will leave a slight green ring around your bath so keep an old cloth nearby to wipe it off.
Coffee Bean & Coconut Scrub ($5).
This scrub is maybe my favourite of the line-up—it smells delicious, like one of those espresso coconut "mylks" you buy when you're feeling too virtuous for a regular cappuccino. Made from Epsom salts, coconut oil, shredded coconut and ground coffee beans, it's got everything you need for smooth skin in one conveniently natural package. Like Frank's cult scrub ($15), it's a little messy, but so worth it for baby-soft limbs. Leave it on for ten minutes to let the coffee do it's cellulite-busting thing before you rinse.
Cacao & Coconut Body Butter ($10).
I wasn't sure about this formula until I tried it, mostly because it seemed very "edible beauty" at first glance. (Side note: I don't love the smell of chocolate. I know. I'm weird.) Happily, the scent isn't strong, so it didn't put me off. The ingredients include coconut oil, shea and cacao butters and raw cacao powder which together make up a a rich but lightweight body moisturiser. Imagine the texture of coconut oil but a little more buttery. Use sparingly, and apply to damp skin to help lock in moisture.
There you have it! What do you think of the beauty aisle at About Life? Have you tried any of these products? Share your favourites below.