Trying Australian Skincare with Abundance Naturally | Kosmea & Thursday Plantation

Hello and welcome! Recently Abundance Naturally reached out and sent me some Australian beauty products to try. I always find it so fascinating learning about brands from outside of North America, is it just me? It’s so cool to see what’s created on the other side of the world!

Abundance Naturally generously sent me full sizes to test out of three products from Kosmea; Their Rosehip Oil, Clarifying Facial Wash and Energizing Radiance Mask. They also sent me a few products from Thursday Plantation; the Tea Tree Face Wash Foam, Tea Tree Face Wipes and Tea Tree Medicated Acne Gel.

Both brands are Australian but these products can be bought on Abundance Naturally’s website as well as Well.ca and Amazon. So, what did I think of the brands and the products? Keep reading!

Kosmea Australian Skincare | Abundance Naturally

Kosmea Australia

Kosmea is a South Australian natural skin care company and an international success story, founded on the healing properties of Certified Organic Rosehip Oil. Certified Organic Rosehip Oil and its unique ability to nourish and balance all skin types is the foundation of Kosmea Australia. — Kosmea

Kosmea Clarifying Facial Wash ($42.95CAD)

Product Claims:

  • Doesn’t dry out your skin or strip it of vital nutrients
  • Australian Kakadu plums clarify and tone

This is a very creamy facial wash. Even though I generally prefer non-foaming cleansers sometimes I want the feeling of a really good deep clean. That’s what I felt I got with the Kosmea Clarifying Facial wash, just without the dryness that normally comes from deep cleansers. This clarifying facial wash is meant to be gentle and even though it does foam/lather I didn’t feel like all the good oils were sucked out of my skin.

You get a ton of product in here, 150 ml. Maybe that’s a standard size but I’m so used to buying minis that a full size cleanser seems huge to me! It’s also supposed to smell like Turkish delight. I can neither confirm nor deny it, I have never smelled Turkish Delight. But if it smells like this cleanser then I want to try it!

This product was a win for me and I look forward to continuing to use it.

Kosmea Energizing Radiance Mask | Abundance Naturally

Kosmea Energizing Radiance Mask ($24.95CAD)

Product Claims:

  • Instant and long-lasting hydration
  • Skin Brightening
  • Soothing and calming

This mask contains jojoba oil as well as some interesting ingredients that I’ve never heard of before! First is Kakadu Plum, which can contain “100X the Vitamin C content found in an orange” [Source]. Next is Saccharide Issomerate which according to Paula’s Choice is a “Good water-binding agent and emollient for skin, and particularly helpful for dry skin”.

The Kosmea Energizing Radiance Mask started to feel tight on my skin after it had been on for about 10 minutes, but luckily it doesn’t need to be on for very long. I like to use this mask after I shower while I dry my hair. I think that this mask has helped with brightening and it does give a fresh plump look to my skin after rinsing off. So far I’m enjoying using this mask!

Kosmea Rosehip Oil | Abundance Naturally

Kosmea Rosehip Oil ($16.95)

Product Claims:

  • Helps repair and regenerate damaged skin tissue.
  • Assists in the appearance of acne, scarring & wrinkles.

I think that it’s a little too soon for me to say if this rosehip oil has had any lasting effects on my skin. Rosehip oil is something that I’ve been curious to try since I heard Thataylaa talking about it on YouTube. Rose Hip oil has so many noted benefits, from moisturizing to promoting skin elasticity & firmness. I have also read that it can help reduce breakouts, or at least heal acne scars. I will be continuing to test this over the next few weeks and let you know how it goes on my instagram account.

What I’ve noticed so far is that this oil is very rich & thick. It’s an excellent hydrator. I’ve started incorporating it into my evening skincare routine when it arrived a few weeks ago. I’m hoping that I see a noticeable reduction of scarring on my chin in the coming weeks!

Thursday Plantation | Abundance Naturally

Thursday Plantation

Thursday Plantation Australia’s Original offers a line of natural health products that derive from the tea tree which is indigenous to Bungawalbyn Swamp, Australia. Originally discovered in 1923, tea tree oil did not become commercially available until Thursday Plantation began producing and supplying the oil in 1976. — Well.ca

Interestingly enough I can’t seem to find Thursday Plantation’s website. The dot com domain redirects to an online pharmacy so I’m just going to link to well.ca! Very strange.

Tea Tree Face Wipes ($12.99CAD)

Product Claims:

  • Gently removes bacteria and impurities from the skin without irritation
  • Calms and soothes the skin

These face wipes are my least favourite product out of everything I tried. They didn’t do a good job of removing my makeup. Part of it might have been because these wipes aren’t entirely saturated. I prefer a wipe that has more moisture, and unfortunately these aren’t it. I had to go in with a makeup remover after using them to get the rest of my makeup off. At that point I might as well have just used a micellar water or makeup remover in the first place. I wanted to love these wipes, especially since they’re biodegradable, vegan and free of parabens, petrolatum, mineral oils, silicon, SLS, and SLES but they just didn’t do it for me.

Tea Tree Face Wash Foam (14.99CAD)

Product Claims:

  • Captures the antibacterial power of Tea Tree Oil to gently remove sebum excess, dirt and makeup without stripping the skin of its natural oils
  •  Leaves the skin looking clearer, fresher and healthier

I was hoping that this foaming cleanser wouldn’t strip my skin of moisture. I’ve learned that I prefer cream cleansers or cleansing milks for my dry skin so I wasn’t sure if a foaming cleanser would go over well. I was right, but that isn’t entirely the product’s fault. The product page specifically states that this face wash is intended for combo to oily skin. It’s definitely not meant for dry skin like mine.

This product is soap free and contains camomille to soothe and tea tree oil for it’s antibacterial properties. I think you might like this cleanser if you’re oilier than I am. Unfortunately I can’t accurately review it when it’s not intended for my skin type. It does sound promising for oily/combo skin.

Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil Products

Tea Tree Medicated Acne Gel ($10.99)

Product Claims: 

  • Dries out acne and pimples to help remove them.

The medicinal ingredient in this Tea Tree Acne Gel is Cinnamomum Camphora 0.5%, which has applications such as reducing pain & itchiness and treating cold sores, warts, itchiness… the list goes on. It also contains Tea Tree Oil (obviously) which I don’t think counts as a medicinal but is considered anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-a-bunch-of-other-stuff!

I actually did suffer a breakout on my chin around the time that my Thursday Plantation package arrived so I used this gel in the evenings to help clear the breakout. It cleared within a few days but it’s hard for me to say whether or not they cleared faster than they would have not using the gel. I also noticed that the skin peeled a little bit wherever I placed the gel. Since I have dry skin already the peeling wasn’t my favourite thing, so once again I think that these Thursday plantation products are meant for more oily skin. It’s too bad, I’m curious what someone with a different skin type would think of these products!

Have you tried Kosmea or Thursday Plantation?

I enjoyed using all three products that I got to try from Kosmea! They all worked well with my dry skin. Even the foaming cleanser was a hit. Unfortunately the Thursday Plantation products just didn’t do it for me, but I attribute that mostly to the fact that I have dry skin and they were intended for the opposite skin type. Thank you so much to Abundance Naturally for gifting me these products. These products were sent complimentary for my review but I will always give you my 100% unbiased opinion. Thank you for reading!

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11 Comments

  1. May 22, 2019 / 4:25 pm

    Yess I am with you! I love learning & seeing what is used & created in different parts of the world. How exciting you were given these Australian products.

    I’ve never heard of “turkish delight” either but, I’m curious now! That cleanser sounds super nice but I agree about wipes. They need to be extra moist! Everything in the Kosmea line just look & sound better!

    • May 22, 2019 / 8:42 pm

      It’s so interesting to see what other countries have for products!

      I need to find out where exactly I can have Turkish delight! I’ve been using the Kosmea cleanser a ton, even after posting my review. I need to see what other products they have on the market. I wish the wipes had worked out for me a bit better!

  2. May 9, 2019 / 11:13 am

    Thanks for the review! That first face wash sounds SO nice – even though I have dry skin, I still insist on using creamy foaming face washes that make my skin feel squeaky clean, but it’s hard to find out that doesn’t dry out your skin. Rose Hip Oil is always a good choice, too! Please update us on how you end up liking it 🙂 I’ve been meaning to try the one from TO, but have too many face oils to get through in my stash at the moment.

    • May 10, 2019 / 1:15 am

      I was surprised that I actually liked the face wash! I always worry about getting that awful tight feeling after using a foaming cleanser so this one was much better than expected. It’s unfortunately quite expensive though at $42 🙁
      I will! I’ll have to use it for a few weeks to formulate a full review. I’ll also have to compare to TO’s rosehip oil one day. I have too many skincare products to go through first too lol

  3. May 8, 2019 / 11:01 am

    I had read somewhere, maybe on another blog post here that makeup wipes aren’t exactly for totally removing makeup and that they are really only good for getting some of it off, but that you should use a good cleanser or makeup remover along with other skincare products. I guess they are really just kinda for a quick sort of removal.

    • May 8, 2019 / 10:38 pm

      I wonder what the point of them is then, I know it’s never good to just use a makeup wipe and that you should always go in with a cleanser. But if it doesn’t remove any of my makeup it seems useless to me lol Maybe they’d be better for just a quick wipe of my face in the morning before makeup.
      I’ve used the Simple makeup remover wipes in the past and they’re at least a bit more saturated and remove more of my makeup than these tea tree ones :S

      • May 9, 2019 / 11:14 am

        Idk. I had just read somewhere that they remove some, but not all of the makeup. Myself I’ve been using balm makeup remover, but I still use a cleanser to clean off my face regardless, plus whatever else I use for my skincare.

        • May 10, 2019 / 1:16 am

          I’ve heard that you should never use just a face wipe, and that you should go in with cleanser afterwards. But I like my face wipes to at least remove most of the makeup first. These ones barely lifted any product off my face 🙁

          • May 10, 2019 / 5:46 am

            That’s really a bummer, maybe you can find a different use for them.

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