An abundance of aromatherapy oils, organic skincare products and gorgeous candles, all at discount prices, await at the Australian Natural Brands factory outlet store. At up to 70% off, the outlet is definitely worth a visit for those who want to use organic products without breaking the bank.
While all the products are botanically-based, they are often indistinguishable from the more unethical cosmetics we are used to getting. The store itself smells more sweet than earthy, as can often be a problem with natural products.
One of the best-known brands owned by Australian Natural Brands is In Essence, which specialises in luxurious aromatherapy and skin care products. A selection of gift packs is available, so desperately hunting around for a present to please your hippie friend is a thing of the past. Australian Natural Brands also makes Oil Garden Aromatherapy, which seem to be the greener option for essential oils.
If you don't fancy any of the products on offer, you can make your own. Natural and organic ingredients for DIY cosmetics are available, with the staff happy to provide advice on beauty product recipes. The Auroma brand features everything you might need to make your own shampoo, soap or moisturiser. Recipes for anything from pet care to bath salts can be found on their website.
Unlike many factory outlet stores, the Australian Natural Brands store has eftpos facilities, so you won't experience the heartbreaking moment of loading up your shopping basket only to find that you don't have enough cash on you.
The outlet is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am until 4pm. If you can't get there within these times, they are sometimes willing to open by appointment.