Australian skincare seems to be having a moment right now. For example, sachet-scrub brand Ecococo just landed on Cult Beauty, and ASOS can barely keep this Australian clay mask in stock. But the Aussie export that I'm really into right now is Dr Roebuck's skincare line.
You might have heard of the name before. The line has been around for a fair while, but it's just had a makeover. No, this isn't just a fresh lick of paint—it's more Extreme Makeover: Beauty Brand Edition. And now that 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 inducing, but it's true.) This simply means that it uses as few ingredients as possible from natural sources to create effective skincare products.
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.
Now, this is a mere waif of a cleanser—and that's 100% 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'll need something more hard-hitting (like an oil cleanser) to get rid of your makeup, but I've been enjoying this as a great second-cleanse step.
Rather than sandblasting your face off, the grains (biodegradable, of course) inside Byron merely chip away at the stubborn, dry cells on the skin's surface—turning the complexion from dull and opaque to practically translucent. It also smells like peppermint (the tea kind, rather than the toothpaste).
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 Iceberg mask every single evening. It contains the regular roll call of hydrating ingredients (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.
I mean, I'm bound to adore any face mist that finds its way into my bathroom cabinet, but this one—with its coconut-y scent—is utterly dreamy. I give my face a spritz of it between every single skincare step (which is arguably excessive, but I don't even care).
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 moisturiser (mentioned below), and my skin hasn't had even a whiff of a freak out since I started using it.
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 moisturiser over the entirety of my face and not feel like I'm leaving anyone out. There's little to no grease in 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.