big blue cosmetica

important to note

acklowledgement of country
big blue cosmetica acknowledges the Boon Wurrung people of the Kulin nations as the Traditional Owners of this precious land upon which we operate our business, as well as all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from whose land our ingredients are harvested.

We pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging, and recognise that sovereignty was never ceded. It always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land. We pledge to respect and protect this land in all the ways we can, out of respect for all those who have done so in the past, and all those who have a right to continue loving this land in the future.

We proudly support many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander businesses and contribute monthly donations to support the work of SEED, Australia's first Indigenous youth climate network, and encourage all fellow Australians to firstly relearn our history, and actively seek out ways to support and elevate Aboriginal communities. There is no environmental justice without social justice for indigenous people.

You can read more about SEED here at seedmob.org.au, hear from their amazing young leader Amelia Telford in this video, and you can learn more about our history through this insightful (highly recommended) series available for free via sbs.com.au/firstaustralians.


Z E R O    W A S T E    P A C K A G I N G

All product packaging is 100% recyclable, reusable, and...REFILLABLE - for a discount!

I will gladly receive clean containers in good condition, sterilise and refill them for a packaging discount of $2 per empty container, which you can use on your next shop. It is a significant discount, to reflect my significant thanks to you for caring enough about reducing waste!

If you are not able or willing to refill, please find a way to reuse or recycle your empties.

Please consider returning your empties - it makes my business much more environmentally sustainable and reduces our collective demand for more plastics/packaging/'stuff' to be created.

Easiest way to return empties is to find me at a market or drop them off at a local stockist. Check out my markets / stockists page to see if I'm coming to a market near you or if there's a stockist that accepts my empties. Otherwise, you can send them back in the post.

Here's how:

1. Clean the empty containers with warm soapy water to remove excess product before sending. I will more thoroughly clean and sterilise them, but cleaning them before sending helps a lot.

2. Get in touch via the 'Contact' page on this website, Facebook or Instagram and let me know which empties you're planning to send me.

3. I'll let you know the details about how you can get them to me - you will have to pay to send me the empty containers but I will cover postage on your next shop when you redeem the discount. If I'm coming to a market near you or you live near one o my stockists who accepts empties that is definitely the simpler route.

4. Once I receive the empty containers I will send you a code to redeem your discount on your next purchase, online or in person (simply show me your code when you catch me at one of my markets). You will only be able to use this code once but it will have no expiry date. Easy peasy.

TIP: Keep the box I first sent you to reuse it when sending me your empties. Save a little money, and save the cardboard!


S U S T A I N A B L E    I N G R E D I E N T S

All ingredients are locally sourced where possible.

All products are completely vegan as stated, otherwise they contain beeswax. This is the only non-vegan ingredient I use, as it is still the most natural and sustainable alternative I can find to synthetic/semi-synthetic or non-native (imported) gums and emulsifying waxes. Candelilla wax is a great vegan alternative for example which I do use in some products, but it has to travel all the way from the U.S - which is not very sustainable when you consider all the fuel involved in transporting it to Melbourne, Australia.

Hence I favour using local beeswax for most balm products, and am proud to have found a passionate local beekeeper who I trust, a small family business that operate out of the Otways in Victoria.

My formulas have been developed to include more Australian ingredients and rely less on non-native ingredients that have travelled further, to reduce to overall carbon footprint of each product and celebrate to wonderful native botanicals unique to this land.

There are however many ingredients that are absolutely necessary, but not produced in Australia. I work hard to source high quality ingredients that I can ensure are made by people with the same level of respect as I hold for our environment.

This means that all ingredients are strictly cruelty-free. No animal testing, no palm oil derivatives that jeopardise orangutan habitat.

I look for ingredients that are Fair Trade and certified organic where available. I'm obsessed with the details, because I know greenwashing is rife. Below are some of my awesome suppliers, I'm proud to use their products, and am honoured to introduce to you:

KAIZI'S COCONUT OIL
The most beautiful smelling raw, organic, unrefined coconut oil produced from wild growing trees in far north Queensland, made by an Indigenous Torres Strait Islander small family business initiative. Arguably the most truly sustainably sourced coconut oil on the planet. Home grown pure gold.
kaiziscoconutoil.com

WARNDU
This indigenous owned and run business supplies all kinds of bush foods, each wild-harvested by Aboriginal communities around Australia. They are dedicated to education as much as they are to supporting blak businesses and their website features plenty of information on where exactly each product comes from and what it has traditionally been used for. It's where my gabiny/gubinge (Kakadu plum) and urti (quandong) come from, which I infuse in high-oleic Australian sunflower oil.
warndu.com

EARTHYARD
Passionate and dedicated team of people who supply many of my carrier and essential oils and who are as dedicated as I am with supporting Australian producers. They work closely with producers and farmers to develop strong working relationships and have full transparency about where exactly their products come from, always naming the traditional land owners of the source, and even take back their empty bottles for reuse!
earthyard.com.au

THE SOURCE BULK FOODS
I am a little bit obsessed with this place. It's where I get my extra virgin macadamia oil, organic tapioca, non-GMO soya lecithin, Fair Trade organic Peruvian cocoa butter and raw cacao. I also get my plastic-free work snacks (/chocolate fixes) here. It is a great resource and helps me live a low-to-no plastic life. If you are lucky enough to have one of these stores nearby and you haven't yet done so - check them out!
thesourcebulkfoods.com.au

MOUNT ZERO OLIVES
supply me with the most gorgeous, top quality, super fragrant organic extra virgin olive oil. Super tasty and packed with antioxidants, all made from locally grown olives. They also work closely with the Barengi Gadjin Land Council representing the Wimmera people, traditional owners of Western Victoria, to sustainably harvest the Pink Lake salt by hand - which I use in my scrubs and Beach Babe Texture Spray (and my cooking!). You can read more about the harvest here.
mountzeroolives.com

GREEN LIVING AUSTRALIA
This fantastic Australian owned and operated business operates out of Queensland and stocks a very wide range of ingredients, equipment and information for getting people into making their own everything, including soaps. They are dedicated to sourcing the most sustainable products available and they are the stockist for my very wonderful mica mineral pigments used to colour the tinted lip balms.
greenlivingaustralia.com.au

ALOE VERA AUSTRALIA
These guys are super passionate about their product and it is absolutely premium quality. Locally grown by Australian farmers with certified chemical free crops. You can talk to them all day and learn all kinds of awesome information about aloe vera, they are true aloe experts.
aloeveraaustralia.com.au


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R E T U R N S   P O L I C Y

I personally formulate, hand make, check and ship each item available here so I stand behind my products and more than anything want you to enjoy using them. 

If you are unsatisfied in any way, please contact me asap and we'll find a solution. While I can't offer a refund for change of mind I can definitely look after you if there are any damages or discrepancies with your order - just give me a holla.


Performing a patch test on the underside of your arm prior to using the product is highly recommended, especially if you do have sensitive skin and aren't able to make it in person to one of my markets to try before you buy. That way if your skin does react to it I can offer you an exchange or refund straight away and you can avoid any skin dramas.

Please note that if you are acne prone and use medicated products containing AHA's, benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid it is a good idea to first use my products either after a 2 day detox of the medicated products or on separate days to when you use these other products, in order to avoid any unexpected ingredient reactions that could be harmful to your skin.

zero waste shipping
Z E R O   W A S T E   S H I P P I N G

Shipping is FREE for all orders over $60 within Australia - simply use the code FREESHIP60 at the checkout. Orders are shipped same day or next and typically arrive within 1-4 days to Victorian addresses, up to 11 days for interstate or remote addresses.

If you live around Balaclava, St Kilda or Elwood (3183 / 3182) you can also redeem free shipping using the code LOCAL, so long as you're happy for me to deliver to your doorstep myself. Always happy to get on my bike to deliver to people in my area.

For orders below $60, shipping is $8 within Australia,
and $15 for all orders to New Zealand.

All orders are shipped with a carbon neutral delivery service using only recyclable and compostable material (most of which is kept and reused from other deliveries), such as:

-  reused boxes, many collected from stores like Bunnings who throw out all those little packaging boxes which happen to be the perfect size for my deliveries. I figure reused boxes that already exist are better than buying new boxes, even if they are made from recycled cardboard
 shredded newspaper, tissue paper, locally foraged botanicals and twine for gifts
-  paper tape with non-toxic adhesive (safe for your home compost)
-  corn starch packing peanuts, reused from ingredients deliveries. Not only are they fully compostable, they readily break down in water - try it in your sink and see for yourself!
100% home compostable thermal shipping labels. These need to be removed and composted (or cut up and buried in soil if you don't have a compost), they can't be recyled with the box.

NO plastic - because that's how we do.

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