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Published February 25th 2013
Naturally seductive products that don't cost the earth
If you are looking for an ethical, passionate small business to support when shopping for natural cosmetics, ensure Cheery Cosmetics is on your list. Brisbane based Director, Leah, has been formulating her products for over 8 years where the massive range includes mineral foundations, lipsticks, eyeshadows, lip balms, eco friendly household cleaners, cosmetic brushes and bags, palm oil-free soaps and pet care. All of the products are vegan friendly and hand-made in Australia using personal formulas.
Stocked in a few boutiques both in Australia and overseas but sold mainly through the website, these natural and appealing products are competitively priced and represent great value for money, with the added bonus of supporting a local ethical business. Leah is passionate about the ingredients used and the benefits of sourcing cruelty free products have on the environment. After discovering the devastation to rainforest and its animals that palm oil has, not only did Leah develop her own formulation to replace this ingredient, but she also switched from paraffin and gel ingredients to ethically sourced soy. The company donates 5% of sales which is channeled into the AOP ( Australian Orangutan Project). A further 10 % of sales on the pet care line is donated to The Painted Dog Conservation.
Delicious and luscious, Cherry Cosmetics are a treasure trove of gorgeous items designed to enhance the wearers beauty. From paint pots of lip gloss to natural and nourishing lip balms, cruelty free lipsticks, through to silky mineral foundations, there is a stunning range to choose from to suit any mood, event or style.
For a gorgeous and mysterious goth look, the perfect pitch-black - and vegan - Raven lipstick compliments Dusk and Amethyst eye shadows. Capture the dewy natural look with shimmer shades and matte lip pots. With 36 share of colours, including mattes, shimmers and glittery sparkles, there is no way you will get sick of the range or the looks you can create.
Cherry Cosmetics offer a custom made service should their range not capture the exact colour you are looking for. A specific colour to suit an outfit or try a new look can be created kept on file should you want to reorder.
Cherry Cosmetics also produce a large range of all-natural, palm-free, cruelty-free products to nourish, care and delicately scent body and hair. All products are handmade in small batches to ensure the highest quality and freshness. One of my favourite body products is the hempy lemon soap, infused with tangy essential oils and designed to assist with skin conditions and revitalise the tone of tired skin. Delicately scented, its smooth lather both cleansed and soothed. The extensive range includes other favourites such as honey and vanilla and cranberry with lime.
I have always avoided foundations in the past as I have found them lumpy, streaky and either creates an unnatural glow or that it slides off with the heat in under an hour of application. I was hesitant to use a loose powder as I had concerns it would accentuate the growing number of fine lines appearing on my face. Imagine my delight to discover that the mineral foundation not only left my skin feeling silky and smooth, but covers the few blemishes I had, without highlighting lines. A tiny amount gave excellent coverage, allowing my skin to breathe and look natural. Mineral powders suit older, sensitive and dry skin as it doesn't stick or clog pores. I had no issues with the coverage fading over the day. I was extremely happy with the dewy and natural look this foundation offered me. Mineral foundation is also a healthier, more natural choice as it doesn't contain fillers, chemicals, dyes and perfumes, which can either irritate skin or cause long term damage , including premature wrinkles.
Cherry Cosmetics are constantly developing new products and new colour palettes as they actively listen to the consumer. Many products can be ordered in tiny sample packs, with the larger items easily ordered online from the website. They are currently offering beauty students and make up artists a massive 15% discount on their cosmetics range.