Grown Alchemist review



For today’s post I’ll be giving you guys a personal review of the Grown Alchemist Facial Kit. If you’re new to Grown, or are not sure on what type of product to use in your skincare routine, this kit is handy in trying some of the key essentials.

The kit comes with a cleanser, toner, serum, moisturiser and lipbalm, all in versatile travel-friendly sized bottles that you can carry around in your handbag.

I use Grown as a treat for my face – because I’m a student on a tight budget, good skincare is important to me but the price that comes with quality is quite hard to adhere to when you’re still juggling textbook fees and Myki fares.

However, I still want to do the best for my skin, so I make sure that when I splash out on something as expensive (and as good!) as Grown Alchemist, I want to make sure I gain all possible benefits from the products.

I make sure I do this by using the facial kit for my weekly skin detoxes. A weekly skin detox is something every beauty boffin should do to maintain the healthy look and state of your skin.

It’s fairly easy and fun – my own detox routine consists of a proper exfoliation of the skin (whether it be an enzyme peel of face scrub) followed by cleanse (any choice of cleanser) and then a decent steam. This usually means holding my face above a steaming bowl of water for about 15 minutes. Sometimes I add a couple of drops of essential oils depending on my mood (lavender for evenings, lemon for mornings, tea tree if it’s that time of month and my skin’s breaking out).

After 30 minutes of steaming, my pores are clean, open and ready for an intensive face-mask. I either make my own clay mask with green clay, lemon juice, Witch Hazel and essential oils, or I slather on a store-bought alternative (I don’t mind as long as it’s not tested on animals and contains no parabens or other nasties).

After 30 minutes of the mask (I know 10-15 minutes is the recommended time but my skin is quite stubborn and I’ve found I see no difference until after the 25 minute mark) I wash it off, and follow it with a toner, then serum, and finally a  moisturiser to lock in the goodness. If it’s happening before I go to bed I also dab some eye-cream.

Following this routine, below are my thoughts on how Grown’s facial kit fared on my skin.

Geranium Leaf, Bergamot and Rosebud Gentle Gel Cleanser

I loved the soft feel of the gel on my skin, which quickly lathered and dispersed evenly without much hassle. The bergamot and rose really came through which made for a delicious scent while I washed my face. The Chamomile, bergamot and willow bark in the cleanser helped to reduce my pore size, while the botanical goodness from the rosebuds left my skin looking evenly toned. The touch of aloe vera created some suppleness that lasted even after I had rinsed and pat dry. The cleanser worked perfectly to clean my skin without drying it out completely, leaving it soft to touch and smelling delicious.

Rose Absolute, Gingseng and Chamomile Balancing Toner

I love that this toner includes olive and chamomile extracts – they are known to gently tighten and smooth the skin without removing natural water-binding agents or drying the skin. The toner was refreshing and invigorating as soon as I dabbed it on, instantly leaving a great tingling feeling to my cheeks. My skin felt like it was glowing, especially with the refined texture and even skin tone.  The added ginseng and aloe vera was great in toning and soothing while the Vitamin C gave an extra boost against free-radical damage. I usually find that products enhanced with Vitamin C usually do some good for my skin in terms of uneven skin tone – my problem area is around my chin and mouth. After regular use of the toner I found a difference in colour and texture.

Rosehip & Camellia Seed Facial Serum

My ultimate skin savior. Rosehip is always a winner in skincare products, and when using this serum I can definitely saw the benefits after a few days. The antioxidants in rosehip is perfect for dull, dry skin that needs some revitalization and elasticity – both I noticeably saw in my skin. Camellia seed oil gives an extra boost of hydration and repair as well, which left my skin soft and silky smooth

Camellia and Geranium Hydrating Cream

As a person with dry skin and a T-zone, this cream proved to be effective in combating both those problems. It’s non-greasy, but contains camellia and rosehip oil, jojoba oil, and Cane sugar  which help to hyrdrate and soothe the skin without overkill. I found that my usually dry and flaky skin was supple, soft, well hydrated but even better was that my my oily t-zone was also gone, leaving a uniform glow. This was thanks to the added goodness of Mayblossom which helps to rebalance natural sebum levels.

Watermelon and Vanilla Lip Balm

What can I say, I only wish this lip balm came in a super-sized edition as I can’t get enough! Fruity goodness with a tinge of warm vanilla that also keeps your smackers soft and shiny. Perfect.

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Grown Alchemist products and ingredients are not tested on animals. Product packaging is made from glass and hardened premium PET plastic one of the world’s most recycled materials, making their products good for the environment as well as your health.

Aje. Agrees to Give Fur the Cold Shoulder



Words by Jason Baker, Director of Campaigns, PETA Australia

Every fur coat, lining or piece of trim represents the suffering of dozens of animals, whether they have been caught in the wild and slaughtered or confined to farms. Furriers also often intentionally mislabel items, and fur in Australia can come from animals (including cats and dogs) who have been beaten, boiled, hung, electrocuted or skinned alive on Chinese fur farms.

Following an ongoing campaign by PETA Australia that included e-mails from activists, designer Aje. has confirmed that it is both fur- AND angora-free!

Aje.’s decision to join the long list of Australian designers who have pledged not to use fur is another great victory for animals who are tortured for their skin, and we are very pleased to hear that the label has taken this compassionate stance.

More information on animals used for fur is available on the PETA website.

Put an end to the cruelty of live export in Australia




** Repost from the WSPA Australia e-Newsletter. Words by Margaret West, Director **

I wrote to you a few weeks ago about the worst live export shipping disaster in recent history. I hate to say that the situation isn’t getting any better. In the last few weeks, we have witnessed a live export ship break down off coast of WA and saw discussions starting about re-opening live export to Saudi Arabia, a country that has explicitly stated it will not comply with Australia’s animal welfare requirements.

It’s horrible to think what these poor animals go through. The cramped conditions, the sweltering temperatures, the noise, the rock and lurch of a ship and the unbearable humidity.

There are alternatives to this cruel trade.

WSPA has commissioned independent research* into the benefits of transitioning away from the cruelty of live export.

The report shows that a transition away from live export to a domestic chilled meat trade is good for farmers and the economy. Most importantly it means animals do not have to be subjected to weeks at sea in cramped, unhygienic and disease-ridden conditions, only for their lives to be ended inhumanely.

If you have already made a donation, thank you so much. If you have not, please make an urgent donation today, or join our Animal Rescue Team with a monthly donation of $30.

You can make a difference

  • Your gift can help create educational tools so you and other Australians are able to take effective action to help stop the cruelty.
  • Your gift can help us meet with members of parliament and key industry figures across Australia. It’s important we share the benefits of a domestic meat trade. It’s not just better for animals, it’s better for our farmers, our jobs, and our economy too.
  • More work is needed to help convince those in positions of power. You can help fund further research into the alternative to live export, so together we can end the suffering of animals.

Thank you for understanding how urgently you are needed, and for acting to protect animals worldwide.

*Research conducted by ACIL Tasman and Sapere Research. Full report can be downloaded at


Image source: ABC website