Five Minutes With: ecoture australia

We know you love online shopping, and you know we love sharing our favourite ethical stores with you. This week we’d like to introduce you to ecoture australia, an online beauty and fashion destination created by mother and daughter duo Rebecca Dow and Caitlin Clark. After struggling to find fashion and beauty products that were not only gorgeous but also ethical, sustainable and cruelty-free, the pair took matters into their own hands and launched ecoture australia – a premium online shopping destination for people who want real style – but not at the expense of the planet and its human and animal occupants. Here ecoture australia co-founder and brand manager Caitlin Clark shares the store’s journey with THE ECO EDIT.

THE ECO EDIT: What prompted you and your mum to create an eco-focused shop?

Caitlin: I became vegan in 2015, which led to extensive research into where everything I bought came from – and it was a truly eye-opening experience. Then after I had a leather-free handbag destroyed by an exploding smoothie, it became clear that there simply weren’t enough places to buy a range of products that I was confident were both ethically produced and cruelty-free. So that’s when we decided to create a site that had covetable fashion and beauty products that we were also personally comfortable about stocking.

Caitlin, right, with mum Rebecca

Why are natural and ethical cosmetics important to you?

For me, it’s driven by the fact I’ve always had troublesome skin and so I’m very careful about the ingredients I use on it. The products are often just nicer, they feel and smell better, and introduce a bit of luxury into every day. When it comes to ethics, I can’t justify needlessly exploiting the Earth or its animal inhabitants for what is essentially my vanity.

I can’t justify needlessly exploiting the Earth or its animal inhabitants for what is essentially my vanity…

What role do you see ethical and sustainable products playing in the future of society and retail?

They’re already rapidly increasing in popularity, which is fantastic. But I’d like to think that ethical and sustainable products are more than just a trend. With so much information at our fingertips, more brands are being transparent in their operations, so I think ethical and sustainable products are the promising future of retail. I look forward to the day that they’re the norm.

Can you please describe who the ecoture australia customer is, and what they’re looking for in their products?

We like to say the ecoture customer can be anyone. Many come to our site specifically looking for ethical or organic products, however we’re increasingly seeing customers that are simply looking for quality – clothes that are made well and beauty products that work. There have also been more men buying from our site lately, which is encouraging too.

What are your fave beauty products you stock?

1) Jasmine Lotion from Earth tu Face – it smells absolutely divine. I always get so many compliments when I’m wearing it and it’s beautifully light on the skin.

2) La Crème Gommante (Natural Organic Gentle Cream Exfoliant) from Absolution – it’s a lovely, fine scrub that removes impurities but is gentle enough for even my sensitive skin. I use it twice a week, it’s an essential for me.

3) Natural Nail Colour Remover Wipes from LVX – these wipes are amazing! They have a natural, plant-based formula that removes nail colour so easily but they actually leave your nails looking healthier after use.

What’s next for ecoture australia?

We have an exciting expansion coming up but can’t give away too many details at this stage.

Five Of The Best Natural Scrubs & Exfoliants

Want a brighter, more radiant complexion? Simply exfoliate your face two to three times a week with one of these five beauties and before you know it you’ll be rewarded with the glowing, healthy skin you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s our edit of the best natural scrubs and facial exfoliants on the market: 1. The…

Read More

Natural Remedies For Dry Winter Skin

With temperatures dipping to bone-chilling lows these past few weeks, our skin is suffering some serious side effects. From chapped lips to dry, cracked fingers, scaly legs and a parched flaky face, this season is certainly proving to be no picnic for your epidermis. Here we show you how to solve your dry winter skin…

Read More

Five Minutes With: Edible Beauty Founder Anna Mitsios

As a naturopath and nutritionist, Anna Mitsios understands the complex relationship between our health and what we put in and on our bodies. She has witnessed first-hand the incredible power of herbs and natural foods to transform, nourish and revitalise, which prompted her to launch her incredibly successful brand Edible Beauty. Here we glean life…

Read More

The Prettiest Winter Lip Colours

When the scarves, gloves and coats come out of hibernation, it’s a sure sign that it’s time to switch up your lip colour for something a little moodier, a little richer, a little saucier. Here we reveal five of our favourite winter lip colours that not only look phenomenal and bang on trend, but also…

Read More

Five Of The Best Natural Body Washes

A beautiful body wash can transform your everyday hum-drum shower routine into an energising, decadent and uplifting experience. Here we reveal five of our favourite natural body washes that will add a touch of toxin-free luxury to your life. 1. Madara Mint & Absinthe Moisture Soap Combining an addictive infusion of herbal absinthe with refreshing…

Read More

Nail Your Winter Mani With Non-Toxic Nail Polish

As the cooler weather sets in, it’s time to switch out those bright, vibrant summer nail polishes and opt for something a little more sophisticated, moody and chic. “The Autumn/Winter 2017 nail trends closely follow those seen in fashion on the catwalks,” says Mavala trainer and nail expert Tracey Winder. “The catwalks were awash with…

Read More

Five Minutes With: Hanako Therapies Co-Founder Rachel Holm

Essential oils are not only beautifully aromatic, but are also known for their ability to promote physiological, emotional and spiritual wellbeing. They can have an incredibly powerful effect on our emotional state, and also encourage us to achieve a more positive mindset. Hanako Therapies harnesses these powerful natural essences in order to bring balance, clarity…

Read More

Five of The Best Natural Moisturisers Under $50

While we adore healthy, safe and 100% natural skincare products, they do tend to be expensive due to the type of ingredients they’re made of and the associated cost of manufacturing natural products. But green beauty doesn’t always have to equal pricey beauty – here we reveal five of our favourite natural moisturisers that will…

Read More

Ginseng: How It Can Transform Your Skin

Ginseng is an incredibly potent natural ingredient. Know for its invigorating, rejuvenating and revitalising properties, ground ginseng root is a popular health supplement that can boost lagging energy levels to help people function at their best. Read on to learn more about this natural super ingredient, and discover how it can work wonders for your complexion as…

Read More

How To Get The Best Skin Of Your Life

Radiant, glowing and beautifully healthy skin is something most women covet – but often it can feel out of reach. If you struggle with adult acne, dullness or temperamental and sensitive skin, you understand just how frustrating and demoralising it can be when you look in the mirror and aren’t happy with what’s reflected back…

Read More

Five Of The Best Natural Face Masks

Most of us cleanse and moisturise our skin on a daily basis, but we rarely treat ourselves to a luxurious face mask. This is because we tend to live incredibly busy lifestyles, and it’s hard to find precious ‘me-time’ when we’re so busy looking after everyone else. But we’ve found five beautiful and toxin-free reasons…

Read More

Five Ways To Use Coconut Oil In Your Beauty Routine

Coconut oil is one of the most versatile beauty products on the market, and helps prove that Mother Nature is undoubtedly the best beautician you’ll ever meet. From skincare to nutrition – and even whiter teeth – there’s very little this miracle oil can’t do. Read on to discover five fantastic ways to incorporate this natural wonder into your…

Read More

Five of The Best Natural & Organic Summer Lip Colours

Sparkling sunshine and clear blue skies demand punchy, popping lip colour that matches the intensity and vibrancy of the season. Here we reveal five of our favourite natural and organic summer lip colours that will ensure your pout looks on point all day long and well into those hot, humid summer nights. 1. INDAH Vegan Cheek…

Read More

Survive Silly Season With These Five Beauty Essentials

The festive season is well and truly upon us, and with it comes a barrage of parties, catch-ups, stressful deadlines and endless commitments. And while the family-related meltdowns and champagne headaches that are bound to accompany silly season might prove overwhelming, you can still manage look pretty as a picture with a little help from…

Read More

5 Tanning Tips For A Toxin-Free Faux Glow

A beautiful bronze tan is the perfect summer accessory. Not only does it make you look slimmer and more toned, but a tan also looks amazing when paired with bright summer fashions and beachwear. Here we share our five top tanning tips for creating a gorgeous golden glow using only natural and cruelty-free beauty buys….

Read More

Five Minutes With: Endota Spa’s Melanie Gleeson

With over 90 day spas operating across the country, endota spa is one of Australia’s biggest beauty industry success stories. We spoke to founder and CEO Melanie Gleeson to discover what prompted her to enter world of natural beauty and wellness, and what’s in store next for the beloved franchise. THE ECO EDIT: What led…

Read More

10 Eco-Chic Gift Ideas For People You Love

With Christmas just around the corner, now’s the time to get those festive season pressies wrapped and under the tree. But if you’re stuck for gift ideas, don’t fret! We’ve put together a list of gorgeous natural beauty products, kits and treatments that will ensure you’re in everyone’s good books. 1. Madara Happy Skin Essentials…

Read More

Five Of The Best Natural & Organic Facial Cleansers

Cleansing is without a doubt one of the most important steps in your skincare regime, but it can be difficult to find one that deeply purifies without leaving your skin feeling dry or tight. Luckily we’re here to lend you (and your skin) a helping hand. Read on as we reveal a short-list of our all-time…

Read More

The Benefits of Manuka Honey & Manuka Oil In Skincare

Manuka honey is a nutrient-rich natural wonder derived from the nectar of the Manuka bush flower. This plant (scientifically known as Leptospermum Scoparium, if you’re in the mood for technical lingo) is indigenous to New Zealand. The honey that bees create using Manuka flower nectar isn’t just mouth-wateringly delicious – it also has unique healing and soothing properties….

Read More

10 Eco-Chic Beauty Buys Under $10

Cheap Organic Beauty Products. Impossible? While toxin-free cosmetics are a beautiful, safe and healthy option, they rarely come cheap. This is often due to the nature of the ingredients used, and the costs associated with manufacturing organic products. But thankfully going green doesn’t always have to cost a fortune, as these natural cosmetics and cheap organic…

Read More

The Dirty Dozen: 12 Common Toxins Found In Beauty Products

While there are countless artificial ingredients and toxic nasties hiding in most mainstream beauty products, there are 12 in particular that give cause for major concern. Often referred to as The Dirty Dozen, these ingredients and chemicals have been shown to be highly questionable with potentially devastating health implications. Grab a pen and paper and…

Read More

Five Of The Best Eco Beauty Bathroom Essentials

Most of us would admit that we spend an inordinate amount of time in our bathrooms on a daily basis. And while we can’t all have a marble-adorned designer restroom complete with an oversized rain shower and an enormous claw foot bathtub, we can treat ourselves to a few beautiful little luxuries that will elevate…

Read More

Five Minutes With: Antipodes Founder Elizabeth Barbalich

Boasting high concentrations of luxurious natural ingredients like avocado oil, Manuka honey, kiwi seed, jojoba oil, chia seed oil and a selection of potent New Zealand botanical extracts, skincare brand Antipodes has secured a truly warranted place in the natural beauty Hall of Fame. Here Elizabeth Barbalich, the founder and CEO of the highly coveted and successful New…

Read More

Flawless in Five

If we asked you to run us through your typical morning routine, we highly doubt you would use words like ‘leisurely,’ ‘relaxing,’ or ‘tranquil’ when describing it to us. For most women, mornings involve wolfing down whatever form of breakfast we can get our mitts on while frantically trying to get ourselves (and our families)…

Read More

Choose Natural Perfume For A Scentual Summer

Just a few short years ago, it was quite the epic mission to find a natural perfume that was as complex and alluring as its department store counterpart. Thankfully these days you needn’t sacrifice olfactory pleasure when opting for a natural fragrance alternative, as the perfumes we’re about to introduce you to will prove. Read on…

Read More

Date Night Delight

While most of us prefer a subtle, natural makeup look for daytime wear, when it comes to date night we reckon it’s time to up the (beauty) ante and make that special someone weak at the knees. To help you channel your inner vixen, we spoke to natural makeup artist and Depths of Beauty founder…

Read More

Routine Mane-Tenance

It goes without saying that lush, glossy, healthy-looking hair is on every woman’s wish list, but finding the right natural hair care products to meet your individual needs can be tricky, and not all products are up to the task. Below we reveal a selection of our favourite natural and organic hair care products whose…

Read More

In The Buff: The Best Natural & Organic Nude Lipsticks

While bold burgundy hues and vampy reds will always have a special place in our hearts (and on our faces), nothing beats a rich, luscious nude lipstick for day-to-day wear. And while there are plenty of natural and organic nude lipsticks to choose from, finding the right one for your skin tone can be a…

Read More

Five Minutes With: The Beauty Chef’s Carla Oates

As an organic beauty and health expert and a former beauty editor, Carla Oates knows more about the secret to great skin than the average gal. Carla is an avid naturalist and product formulator, and she has spent the better part of the last two decades creating beauty products using foods from her kitchen and…

Read More

Your Skin, But Better

There are few things more demoralising than a bad skin day. And while it can be tempting to cake on foundation if your complexion isn’t naturally flawless, a heavy-handed approach tends to highlight fine lines and wrinkles and can look thick and unnatural. Sheer foundation and lightweight makeup on the other hand will even out your skin tone and…

Read More

The Great Skin Diet

When it comes to having an amazing complexion with radiant, glowing skin, the fact is that anti-wrinkle cream and illuminator can only do so much. Your diet plays an integral part in both the function and appearance of your skin, and if you arm yourself with a little know-how and a nutritious pantry, you will…

Read More

The Best Natural Mascara

We seriously hope you’ll never find yourself stranded on a desert island – but if fate was cruel enough to land you in that very scenario with only one beauty product in your emergency kit, chances are you’d want it to be mascara, right? It’s no surprise this little lash-enhancing wonder is a makeup must-have…

Read More

Neo Deo: The Natural Deodorant Revolution

ALUMINIUM IN DEODORANT You apply deodorant every day, but have you ever stopped to wonder what ingredients are lurking inside? Unlike natural deodorant, most mainstream antiperspirant deodorants contain aluminium compounds, which block your sweat glands to inhibit sweating. While there’s no question that antiperspirants are effective at reducing sweat and body odour, aluminium in deodorant is a…

Read More

Tips For Living More Mindfully

Many of us find it extremely difficult to keep focus in the present and live more mindfully. Being more mindful is a way to silence brain chatter and the anxiety that comes with it. There are many tools to help you achieve this state of acceptance and calm within the mind. It can be as…

Read More

Super Glowy Natural Foundations To Try Now

Who doesn’t love the “your skin but better”, luminous looking natural foundation. Nothing says naturale belle more than a foundation that leaves your skin looking like, well, skin! Finding one that’s just the right amount of glow for your skin type can be the tricky part, no one wants their foundation to make them look…

Read More

Way Of Will Yoga Mat Spray

Meet Way Of Will’s Yoga Mat Spray! Because natural beauty and taking care of yourself go hand-in-hand, and many of us natural beauties are also yoga bunnies! Way Of Will is a fantastic essential oil range of products designed specifically with active bodies in mind. The Yoga Mat spray is ideal for cleaning your mat…

Read More

3 Of The Best Vegan Leather Bag Brands

Veganism is the new vegetarianism with more and more availability when it comes to eating out, eating in and now in other areas of life and style. With cruelty-free beauty now thankfully the norm, next up is fashion, and where better to start than with a girl’s best friend – her humble handbag. Not only can…

Read More

5 Easy Ways To Reduce Waste At Home

If you are new to eco-living, the term “Zero Waste” may sound unattainable as you look around your house, at all the packaging and plastic, unwanted clothes, magazines and leftover foods, but we all need to start somewhere in our challenge to reduce waste and there’s no better place than home! Here are some handy…

Read More