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No ‘nasties’

There aren’t too many companies that tick all the boxes for me, but any that use Australian home-grown ingredients without any ‘nasties’, are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and dedicated to cruelty free practices and products, are well on the way to ticking the boxes of having great products in my view. A’kin is one of these companies.

The A’kin story began in Australia in 1987, when co-founder, botanical chemist Will Evans, saw a gap in the market for pure, high quality and effective natural beauty products. In 1994 Al’chemy was launched, offering an unparalleled range of truly natural hair care products, and shortly after, in 2002, A’kin was launched utilising the same pioneering technologies and leading the way in natural skincare.


The A’kin philosophy is simple; pure, authentic and beautifully aromatic skincare, crafted without parabens, sulfates, artificial colours or fragrances. Enriched with botanical extracts, their skincare is designed to nourish and enhance the appearance of your skin, just as nature intended.

As well as taking pride in the ingredients selected for their products, the people at A’kin are also committed to those that they leave out; all the ‘nasties. They make every effort to reduce their carbon footprint and to minimise waste by making a consciously avoiding excess packaging where possible and using recyclable containers.

Since launching, the company has been dedicated to cruelty free practices and products, ensuring that all parties they work with follow the same strict procedures.


Proudly 100% vegan, A’kin products do not use palm oil or any kind, or animal by-products such as honey or beeswax and the company is currently in the process of registration for the ‘Choose Cruelty Free’ accreditation.

The latest to be added to the A’kin list of products are the Hydating Mist Toner, Cleansing Micellar Water and Correcting Eye Gel.

Let’s start with the Micellar Cleansing water. Firstly, what on earth is Micellar water? Micellar water is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil molecules- suspended in soft water. The micelles are attracted to dirt and oil (or vice versa) and can draw out impurities without drying the skin.


In the A’kin Cleansing Micellar Water, the micelles are suspended in a soap free cleansing water that has been infused with refreshing and replenishing coconut water (which we already know as being a great natural hydrator) as well as Green Tea, Cucumber and Lavender which cool, soothe and refresh skin.

Suitable for all skin types I found that this product works extremely well for general cleansing with an extra application being required to remove stubborn oil based makeup.

RRP: AU$14.95 (150ml)

Also infused with Organic Coconut Water to instantly cool, refresh and hydrate skin as well as Green Tea to tone and Chamomile to calm and soothe tired, stressed skin, the A’kin Hydrating Mist is suitable for all skin types.akin-hydrating-mist-toner-150ml-1430055

I found a single spritz of this delicately fragranced product gave me an instant skin pick-me-up, especially in the hot and humid weather we have been having in Melbourne of late.

RRP: AU$19.95 (150ml)

Did you know that the most delicate skin on our body is around the eye area? When the outdoor temperature rises the air moisture drops and the eye area suffers extreme dehydration.  Skin becomes very fragile and begins to crack (the same way leather does when it dries out) increasing the risk of wrinkles developing.


A’kin Correcting Eye Gel is a light weight, ultra-cooling and hydrating gel that absorbs quickly into your skin, working hard to provide a massive moisture kick as well as to help improve those dark circles many people get under their eyes if they have had too many late nights. Recommended use is twice daily before moisturising, but I find that this little tube of product fits beautifully into a handbag, or even large purse, and is great to give some added moisture if you are caught out in the hot weather.

RRP: AU$29.95 (15ml)

A’kin is available from David Jones, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, selected pharmacies and health food stores around Australia and online at

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by Carol Sheridan