Australian skincare seems to be having a moment right now. Maybe it's the rise of Australian-born actresses like Margot Robbie or face masks like Sand & Sky Australian Clay Mask ($50), (which ASOS can barely keep in stock). But the Aussie export that I'm really into right now is Dr Roebuck's skincare line. Capturing the attention of Sephora, this under-the-radar brand is finally getting the attention it deserves.
You might have heard of the name before. The line has been around for a fair while, but it's had a makeover. No, this isn't just a fresh lick of paint—it's more Extreme Makeover: Beauty Brand Edition. The packaging is chic AF. The product names are ridiculously cool (who wouldn't want to spray themselves with a Bondi face mist?). And as for the formulas themselves? Well, I have to say that I'm digging them, too.
At its core, Dr Roebuck's is a clean beauty brand. (Yes, that term can be eye roll-worthy, but it's true.) This simply means that it uses as few ingredients as possible and many from natural sources to create effective skincare products. In fact, founders Kim and Zoe are committed to keeping the brand from compromising these values as they hit the mass market. The site even has a list of the active ingredients they use in their products and they break down they why and how they are utilized.
Founded: Kim and Zoe Roebuck, 2016
Based In: Bondi Beach Australia and Los Angeles
Best Known For: Minimal active ingredients in each of the products
Most Popular Product: Noosa Crème Cleanser
Fun Fact: Dr Roebuck's was founded by twin sisters, and everything is made in Australia.
From cleansers to serums, each product is created to make a glowy difference in your skin. The ingredients are minimal, with an emphasis on active ingredients and no fillers. Here's everything I've tried from the collection so far and my thoughts on each product's efficacy. Just as an FYI: There isn't a single dud.
Noosa Nourishing Crème Cleanser
Noosa Crème Cleanser ($25): Now, this is a mere waif of a cleanser—and that's 100 percent a good thing. It's creamy and takes away everything you want it to (grime, extra sebum, and the like) without taking away the things you don't (hydration, comfort, etc.). You don't have to worry about it causing any irritation thanks to calendula, oat leaf, and green tea. Other notable ingredients include Jojoba oil, macadamia oil, and bergamot.
You'll need something more hard-hitting (like an oil cleanser) to get rid of your makeup, but this product makes for a great second-cleanse step.
Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Scrub
Byron 2-in-1 Mask + Scrub ($30): Rather than sandblasting your face off, the grains (which are biodegradable, of course) inside this 2-in-1 mask and scrub merely remove the stubborn, dry cells on the skin's surface turning your complexion from dull and opaque to practically translucent. It also smells like peppermint leaves. The peppermint extract itself serves to remove those dead skin cells and stimulate their turn-over. Other ingredients like grapefruit and kaolin clay detox by drawing out any impurities.
Icebergs Hydrating Mask
Icebergs Hydrating Mask ($28): Whatever the season, my skin has some major moisture commitment issues. It's as though someone has left my complexion's tap running and water is flooding out faster than I can funnel it back in. That's why I've started using the brand's hydrating mask every evening. It contains the regular roll call of hydrating ingredients (like red algae, hyaluronic acid, aloe vera), and the gloopy, clear gel formula is super satisfying. It's like a big glug of water for the complexion.
Bondi Hydrating Mist
Bondi Hydrating Mist ($25): I mean, I'm bound to adore any face mist that finds its way into my bathroom cabinet. Some may think it is a gimmick, but when the formula of a mist right, it is a dry skin savior. The Bondi mist—with its coconut-y scent—is utterly dreamy. I give my face a spritz of it between every skincare step (which is arguably excessive, but I don't even care). Included is Kakadum plum, which is a source of vitamin C and even increases hyaluronic acid synthesis. The cucumber and aloe vera soothe any irritated skin, all while leaving your skin feeling refreshed. The vitamin B3 helps reduce skin redness and strengthens the skin barrier. This mist definitely delivers on powerful ingredients.
True Blue Ultimate Hydrating Serum
True Blue Ultimate Hydrating Serum ($60): I was beginning to think that my face was completely incompatible with serums (so many of them pill up under my sunscreen, and that's just one skincare product I will never part with). But True Blue is the most discreet, low-maintenance serum I've ever tried. It works hand in hand with the brand's moisturizer, and my skin hasn't had even a whiff of a freak out since I started using it. The jelly-like texture is unlike anything I have ever used. With peptides and CoQ10, you can expect this serum to plump the skin and, over time, soothe any surface wrinkles.
No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer
No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer ($45): Since I have combination skin, I'm used to patch-working different areas of my face with different formulas to meet their specific needs. However, I can apply this moisturizer over the entirety of my face and not feel like I'm leaving anyone out. There's little to no grease to it, so it doesn't exacerbate my already fairly oily forehead, but there's also plenty of macadamia oil and hyaluronic acid to feed my moisture-poor cheeks.
All in all, I'm pretty besotted with my current Dr Roebuck's skincare regimen. If you were to take away all my other products (minus one or two heroes), I wouldn't be that mad.