Meet The Botani Best Sellers- Boost Balancing Moisturiser, Olive Hand Cream, Olive Skin Serum

Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser, Botani Olive Hand Cream, Botani Olive Skin Serum



Botani is an Australian skin care brand founded in 1994 by Melbourne based herbalist and naturopath Barbara Filokostas. The key ingredient in the Botani line of skin care is olive squalene- a pure plant oil derived from olives which is supposed to mimic the squalene in our own skin.

I’ve been curious about Botani for some time now and have been fortunate enough to be sent their best selling products to trial- the Botani Boost Balancing Moisturiser, Olive Hand Cream, and Olive Skin Serum. So far I’m very impressed with the Botani. Their products are beautifully formulated for a variety of skin types using quality pure plant extracts and no fillers- and are a pleasure to use.

Botani products are available at , ,  selected health food stores and pharmacies.

Botani Olive Skin Serum review


Olive Skin Serum contains 100% phyto-active Olive Squalene, sourced from olives . Olive squalene is similar to the squalene found in our own skin, and is thought to provide free radical damage and reduce transepidermal water loss. As we age, our natural squalene levels drop, leading to dryness and loss in skin elasticity.

Unlike rose hip oil and some of the other plant oils I’ve used, olive squalene is incredibly light in texture- making it ideal for day time use, with or without makeup on top.

15mL $31.95


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Posted by on Aug 6th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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Grown Body Serum with Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, and Omega 7

Grown Body Serum with Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, and Omega 7

Grown Body Serum with Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, and Omega 7


Grown says…

A highly absorbant body serum formulated with a sensuous and potent blend of botanical bio-active ingredients that soften, smooth, and noticably improve skin elasticity and hydration while reducing the visible signs of aging. 

Price: $43.95 AU

Availability: Myers (AUS) ,

Another beautifully packaged apothecary style product from Grown Skin Care. Like the Grown Intensive Body Cream with Rosa Damascena, Acai, and Pomegranate (reviewed here) , the Body Serum is chock full of luxurious ingredients- like organically sourced Tamanu Oil, Camellia Oil, Seabuckthorn Oil- and no fillers.

Like all Grown products, the Body Serum is beautifully scented with essential oils rather than synthetic perfume. This product has a gorgeous complex citrusy/woody/floral fragrance with Ylang ylang, Bergamot, Lime, Jasmine, and Cedarwood essential oils.

I like using this product over the top of a body cream to ‘seal’ the moisture in. On it’s own I don’t feel that it gives my dry skin enough hydration, but it does a good job of enhancing the effect of a moisturising cream like the Grown Intensive Body Cream.

Due to the presence of several photosensitizing essential oils (Bergamot, Lime) , this is a product that I would recommend for night time use only. Do not sun bake in this! (not that you should EVER be sunbaking..)


Grown Body Serum with Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, and Omega 7

Grown Body Serum with Ylang Ylang, Tamanu, and Omega 7


Grown Body Serum full ingredient list:

Camellia Seed Oil, Rose Hip Oil, Tamanu Oil, Ylang Ylang Flower Oil, Seabuckthorn Oil, Sandalwood Oil, Rosewood Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cedarwood Oil, Rosemary Leaf Oil, Jasmine Oil, Lavender Oil, Balsam Peru Oil, Vanilla Extract, Lime Oil, Linalool, Farnesol, D-Limonene, Benzyl Benzoate, Geraniol, Benzyl Salicylate.


note: this product was provided by PR for consideration only. 


Posted by on Oct 22nd, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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Saturday Skin Care: Kosmea Rose Hip Oil

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil

From Kosmea website:

Nature’s first aid kit for the skin and a fantastic anti-ageing beauty oil! Also perfect for mother and baby!

Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, this easily-absorbed oil is a real treat for the skin. It may help smooth wrinkles, even out skin tone, reduce appearance of scars, moisturise and soothe dry skin, nourish and hydrate ageing skin, balance oily skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Great for giving that glow to dull, tired skin!   

Price: 20mL:  AU$24.95,   42mL: AU$44.95

Availability:, David Jones (Australia), selected pharmacies and health food stores. Check website for international stockists.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil


Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil is the first pure plant oil I tried, back in 2009, and this product singlehandedly started my passion for organic skin care. I remember the first time I used it- the idea of applying an oil to my face was completely alien to me, but when I saw the results I was hooked. In fact, I remember posting about Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil when my blog was only 2 weeks old (awwww..) here.

Rose Hip Oil, when extracted properly, is a powerhouse of antioxidants, with  high levels of Vitamin A, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene. This makes it great for fighting oxidative damage, healing acne scarring, and bumping up collagen production.

I like to use it straight after a shower, when my skin is maximally receptive to treatment. After massaging about 4-5 drops into my skin, the oil absorbs very quickly and I’m left with glowy supple skin. The best bit is waking up the next morning to beautifully plumped skin. I use it about 3-4x a week.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil


The Rose Hip Oil itself is a deep orange colour, and has a wheat-ish herbaceous smell. I know some do find the smell a little too strong for their liking but I really don’t mind it at all, particularly since it’s a good sign that the oil has been minimally processed (if you buy a Rose Hip Oil that has no smell, it has been deodorised and probably gone through harsh extraction processes which destroy the nutrients in the oil).

Because the antioxidants and nutrients in the Rose Hip Oil does tend to react with sunlight and air over time, I prefer to buy the smaller 20mL bottle and replenish my supply more often to ensure freshness. The 20mL bottle lasts me about 6 months.


Have you used this liquid gold?

note: this product was sent to me by PR.

Posted by on Aug 14th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 3comments

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Current favourite oils- Argan and Borage Seed

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 After cleansing, I like to layer my skin care- starting with serums (am using my DIY vitamin C, E, hyaluronic acid and seamollient serum currently), then a moisturiser (currently using Trilogy Gentle Moisturiser) and finally a treatment oil.

I’ve been trying out a few oils the last few weeks, and I want to share my favourites- Moroccan Argan Oil and Borage Seed (aka ‘Starflower’) Oil.

Cold pressed Morroccan Argan Oil (left) Cold pressed Borage Oil (right)

 Argan Oil

The Argan tree grows only in one part of the world- a small region in South Western Morocco, making Argan oil on of the rarest oils available. Because of it’s rarity, as well as it’s incredible nutrient content, it is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’, or ‘the gold of Morocco’.

For skin-

I’ve been massaging about 4 drops of pure coldpressed Argan oil on to my face after night time  moisturising. It absorbs quickly, and after a minute or so there is no greasiness left- only the most amazing velvety, plumped skin!

You know it’s good when the next morning your skin feels even better. Highly, highly recommended.

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