Cult Products – Skincare


Cult products are cult for a reason – they work. As a result of this, they sell extremely well, and most have been around a long (very long) time. Originally, we were going to do 1 Cult Products post across Skincare, Makeup, Hair, Fragrance, and Sun/Body, however there were just so many fabulous cult products, that the one post has been split out into five. We hope you enjoy our first Cult products post, and stay tuned for the rest – coming very soon. So what are the cult skincare products in Australia? See below for a fairly full list. We’re sure you’ll find your favourite amongst them. If not, you’re sure to find a new one.

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair


Estee Lauder Advanced Night repair has sold millions of bottles worldwide since its launch in the original format in 1982 (it has been through many reformulations since, and is now even available as an eye complex). It has won numerous awards around the works, including the coveted Marie Claire Prix d’Excellence, and InStyle Best Beauty Buys. So, why does it deserve its place on the Skincare Cult Products list? This miracle product goes to work on your skin while you sleep, to help reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. It works with your skin’s natural night time repair and renewal rhythms to maximise its effectiveness, and help reduce the look of all key signs of ageing. Lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced, and your skin feels immediately more hydrated. With over 25 patents worldwide, it really is one of a kind skincare. 50ml RRP $150.00. Also available in 30ml and 75ml sizes.

Clinique 3 Step


The Clinique brand was born in 1968 with the launch of the 3 products that make up Clinique’s original 3-step program. Created by leading New York dermatologist Dr Norman Orentreich, these 3 products go together so well and tend to sell as a trio, we had trouble separating them as just one cult product, so here we have a cult regime. The concept is simple – cleanse, exfoliate, and moisturise daily for better skin. Step 1 – Liquid Facial Soap (also available in original bar soap) gently cleanses your skin without disturbing your skin’s natural pH level. Step 2 – Clarifying Lotion gently exfoliates your skin sweeping away dead skin cells, dirt and grime for softer, smoother skin. Step 3 – Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ hydrates your skin with an optimal moisture balance. Liquid Facial Soap available in 3 types 200ml RRP $29.00. Bar Facial Bar available in 3 types 100g RRP $22.00. Clarifying Lotion available in 5 types 200ml RRP $29.00, 400ml RRP $45.00. Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ (also available as a gel for oilier skins and a cream for drier skins) 30ml RRP $15.00, 50ml RRP $29.00, 125ml pump RRP $49.00. Note, cream pricing is different.

Lancome Genifique


Since launching in 2009, over 9 million bottles of Genifique have been sold worldwide, and over 130 international awards have been won by this amazing product. Now Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Serum targets the 10 key signs of youthful-looking skin: texture, resiliency, elasticity, firmness, sagginess, fine lines, wrinkles, radiance, even skin tone, clarity, for younger looking, radiant skin. The patented formula truly is a touch of French luxury. Also available in Sensitive formula, and as an eye serum. 50ml RRP $152.00. Also available in 30ml and 75ml sizes.


Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream


This multi-award winning cream must be one of the original cult products. Created in 1930 by Elizabeth Arden to soothe skin, Eight Hour® Cream Skin Protectant became an instant and overwhelming success. The incredibly versatile cream can be used to sooth chapped lips, treat minor abrasions, heal damaged cuticles, and treat dry flaky skin. Its name came about after a loyal client used it to treat her child’s skinned knee and said that eight hours later the skin was all better. The apricot coloured balm was so beneficial to her clients, Miss Arden used it to soothe her famed thoroughbred horses’ legs. What makes it so effective is a combination of petrolatum, a skin-soothing beta-hydroxy in one of its first cosmetic uses, and vitamin E. Also available as an oil, moisturizer, hand cream and lip balm. 50ml RRP $28.00.

endota spa Multi Vitamin Treatment Oil & Deep Hydration Face Moisturiser


Australian brand endota spa began as a brand in 2000, and its ethos is about giving back, and connecting with yourself. The endota spa cult duo of Multi Vitamin Oil and Deep Hydration Moisturiser embody this ethos. The Multi Vitamin Oil is 88% organic, and 99% naturally derived, and is packed (and we mean packed) with anti ageing ingredients like vitamin C, vitamin E, argan oil, and avocado oil to leave your skin wonderfully nourished. Deep Hydration Face Moisturiser is an intense facial moisturiser that works to help strengthen skin elasticity and restore moisture loss. The deeply moisturising formula contains omega-3,-6 and -9, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, rosehip oil and vitamin C. When used together, these two products deeply mourish and hydrate your skin, leaving it glowing and more youthful looking. Multi Vitamin Oil 15ml RRP $45.00 (Limited edition 25ml RRP $50.00 currently available in store for Christmas), Deep Hydration Face Moisturiser 60ml RRP $ 60.00.

philosophy renewed hope in a jar


When the philosophy brand first launched in 1996, hope in a jar was one of its inaugural products. With the inspirational words on the packaging, and the groundbreaking formula inside, it quickly became a firm favourite. Fast forward to 2015, and renewed hope in a jar was born. Renewed hope in a jar is a light, innovative whipped formula for a renewed skin texture. A smooth, dewy formula continuously renews skin cells with a triple blend of gentle alpha-hydroxy acid, working to refine skin texture and minimise pores, leaving your skin luxuriously hydrated and glowing. Also available as a night cream, eye cream, and mask. 60ml RRP $68.00.

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist


Jurlique first launched in the 1980’s when making beauty products from nature was unique. It’s not any more, thanks to this trail blazing Australian brand. The Jurlique philosophy was and is to connect people back to nature via quality natural beauty products. The Rosewater Balancing Mist is Jurlique’s iconic product – specially formulated with an exclusive blend of pure Rose extracts, the formula helps hydrate, restore and refresh your skin as it indulges your senses, leaving your skin refreshed and dewy. Did you know approximately 10 kilograms of rose petals can produce 1 gram of essential oil. This converts to approximately 4,000 rose petals used in the production of a single 50ml Rosewater Balancing Mist. Carry it around in your hand bag and refresh during the day – your skin will love you for it. 100ml RRP $49.00.

Ella Bache Creme Tomate


We all know how good tomatoes are for us – correct? Ella Baché created quite a stir when she first used tomato in a fruit-acid based moisturiser in 1936. She watched young girls in Hungary apply sliced tomatoes to their cheeks and foreheads. The tomato extract purified their skin and gave them a healthy glow. So too, Ella Baché Creme Tomate reduces redness and protects your skin against dehydration without over-nourishing any oily areas. It contains tomato extract, including vitamins A and C, which help to reduce redness and ease surface oiliness, as well as zinc oxide, which has a calming effect on the skin. The acidity helps to regulate any imbalance in the skin’s pH making it healthier. 50ml RRP $79.00.

Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream & Facial Toner


Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream is so popular one is sold every two minutes around the world. The formula is extremely concentrated, with over 30 organic, biodynamic roses in every tube, so a little goes a long way. Perfect for dry, reddened, sensitive and mature skin, the formula with precious extracts of rose petals, vitamin C, rich wild rose hip extract, softening marsh mallow and calming St. John’s wort balance and tone the skin. Rose Day Cream works to maintain the skin’s oil and moisture balance, offering nourishing care that reflects the balance of strength and delicateness embodied by the rose. As all Dr. Hauschka moisturisers are designed to be applied to moist skin, tone your skin before applying the Rose Day Cream with Dr. Hauschka Facial Toner, a gentle, oil free formula to balance and hydrate your skin. If you like your skincare with a touch of philanthropy, Dr. Hauschka has recently established a Damask Rose farm in Ethiopia, to compliment their fair trade projects in other parts of the world, so each purchase of the Rose Day Cream will support fair trade in Ethiopia, whilst other Dr. Hauschka products support other projects around the world. Also available in Rose Day Cream Light, for younger skins. Rose Day Cream 30ml RRP $62.00. Facial Toner 100ml RRP $57.00.

June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist


June Jacobs Neroli Hydrating Mist is a revitalising essence that hydrates while helping to protect skin with a complex of potent anti-oxidants. Rochelle Jacobs (June Jacobs’ daughter) believes in a healthy mindset & achieving a lifestyle of balance and wellness – “we considered these attributes when we created Neroli Hydrating Mist”. This product is inspired from her love of yoga and creating the ultimate sensorial experience. Think: a hydrating mist that rehydrates and resets, with a scent and ritual creating a sensorial experience to relax and rebalance. Spritz the mist anytime, anywhere, whenever you skin or mind needs a pick-me-up. 200ml RRP $55.00.

Natio Rosewater and Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner


Suitable for all skin types, the Natio Rosewater & Chamomile Gentle Skin Toner is a gentle but fast-acting alcohol-free, plant-based lotion. The pleasantly scented formula refreshes and softens while removing surface impurities. Featuring Natio’s famous blend of natural essential oils to purify, soothe and tighten pores, your skin is left silky smooth, and ready for moisturiser or serum. As a plus, it’s also very budget friendly, and Made in Australia. 250ml RRP $13.95.

Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate


This little red bottle of goodness was only launched in 2014, but it is already the hero product in this Shiseido range. Suitable for all skin types, Shiseido Ultimune works by enhancing your skin’s inherent multi-defensive power against signs of aging. Used day after day, it helps your skin become smoother and more resilient, your complexion more radiant. It is also a power infusing concentrate, so it boosts the power of any product applied over the top, for example a spot correcting serum, or your normal moisturiser, which is very useful for more mature skins. 50ml RRP $125.00. Also available in 30ml and 75ml sizes.

shu uemura ultime8 Cleansing Oil


The name says it all. Shu uemura ultimate8 cleansing oil really is the ultimate cleansing oil. The precious essence with eight exquisite botanical origin oils that have been merged together to create a cleansing oil that is both gentle and thorough. Each oil was carefully sought out from Chinese medicines and beauty oils all over the world and have proven to have the highest skincare efficacy for a petal-soft silky smooth sensation. Eight exquisite oils from botanical origin create the ultimate solution for eight skin benefits. The cleanser effortlessly removes all kinds of make-up and impurities. Your skin feels softened, conditioned, hydrated, nourished from within and glows with a new radiance. 450ml RRP $158.00. If you get in quickly, there is a limited edition Super Mario Bros packaging in store now, for Christmas ’17 (pictured right).

O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance Serum


Australian made and owned O Cosmedics Pure Age Defiance Serum is a professional strength serum, packed so full of goodness, it truly is a wonder product. Super concentrated pure L-Sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid), acetyl octapeptide-3, and a 100% natural skin tightener make this product make a true youth booster. With multi-vitamins and V8 peptide complex, used day after day, your skin becomes more hydrated, radiant, restored, and youthful looking. The product is free from parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals, and is cruelty free. 30ml RRP $92.00.

Avene Thermal Spring Water


Avene Thermal Spring Water is loved by millions of women with sensitive skin around the world, due to its soothing and softening properties. Tested by dermatologists, it soothes and calms sensitive, hypersensitive, and allergic skin. Its brilliant when you’ve had an allergic outbreak and everything makes your skin hurt (we can attest to this from experience at Beauty Over 40). Avene Thermal Spring Water helps to comfort a range of everyday skin conditions such as sunburn, razor burn, itching, facial redness, post-depilatory irritation, eczema, and even nappy rash. Keep one in your purse, and spray whenever your skin needs it. 150ml RRP $19.95. Also available in handy 50ml purse pack and 300ml sizes.

Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil


Nutrimetics Nutri-Rich Oil was launched in 1968, as the founding product of the Nutrimetics company. For 49 years, Nutri-Rich Oil has been the crown jewel in the Nutrimetics range. A highly concentrated blend of Apricot Kernel Oil (each 60ml jar contains the oil of more than 100 apricots) and vitamin E, the formula intensively moisturises and nurtures your skin. The formula mimics your skin’s own oil to help relieve dryness and improve elasticity and moisture retention , to visibly reduce fine lines and soothe stressed skin. 60ml RRP $66.00. Also available in 25ml travel size.

Vaseline Petroleum Jelly


Believe it or not, this wonder product has been around for over 140 years. That’s 140 years of locking moisture into your skin, to create the right environment and giving your skin time to heal itself. Vaseline Petroleum Jelly melts into your skin and creates a barrier against moisture loss that helps to protect your skin against windburn and chapping. It also helps protect minor cuts, scrapes, burns and nappy rash. The formula is triple milled to be 100% pure, and is hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic. 50g RRP $2.73.


Clarins Beauty Flash Balm


Clarins Beauty Flash Balm has been a staple on Beauty Editors must-have lists for decades. The lightweight balm immediately helps restore a fresh, revived appearance to your face to eliminate signs of fatigue. With gentle skin-tightening benefits of olive extract and witch hazel, the balm will help instantly diminish the appearance of fine lines. The formula’s moisturising and softening vegetal extracts complement your skins smoothing effect and help restore soft, firm and radiant looking skin. Ideal for all skin types, the balm can be used at any time of the day to promote an immediate radiant complexion. 50ml RRP $65.00.

Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask


Peter Thomas Roth Blue Marine Algae Mask infuses your skin with nutrients and maximum anti ageing moisturiser. The formula is a nutrient-rich hydrating gel treatment mask that helps soothe and nourish skin with blue marine algae and other potent humectants. Blue marine algae is a nourishing seaweed that infuses skin with nutrients to help defend against dehydration. Antarcticine—a unique glycoprotein sourced from Arctic glacial ice—helps your skin retain water and protects against water loss in extreme climates or temperatures. Sourced from the Jeju Islands of Korea, tea delivers deep nourishment and abundant moisture. Skin is left instantly hydrated and smooth with a healthy-looking, dewy glow. Over time, as the treatment balances skin’s hydration levels, fine dehydration lines are visibly diminished. 150ml RRP $73.00.

P’ure Papayacare Papaya Ointment


First launched eight years ago, as the first all natural papaya (paw paw) ointment of its kind, P’ure Papayacare Papaya Ointment is now one of Australia’s skincare essentials. The 5 key ingredients of papaya, shea butter, calendula, macadamia oil, and jojoba oil help soothe and restore your skin. The product is great to relieve dry, cracked or irritated skin or lips, and minor burns or chaffing, and we love it at Beauty Over 40 for fixing damaged cuticles and hang nails. The 100% natural formula contains no petrochemicals or preservative, is palm oil free and gluten free. 25g RRP $9.99. Also available in 75g size.


Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micellar Water


Formulated for sensitive skin, Bioderma is today supported by leading dermatologists, is recommend by pharmacists and is overwhelmingly favoured by customers all over the world. So much so, that one Bioderma Sensibio H2O is sold every two seconds somewhere in the world! The gentle formula, especially for sensitive skin, cleanses and removes makeup from your face and eyes. The micelles in the formula ensure impurities are removed, whilst respecting the skins natural balance. Soothing ingredients help prevent feelings of irritation and dryness. 250ml RRP $31.99. Also available in holiday friendly 100ml and 500ml sizes.

Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm


The original Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm is so popular, one is sold every 2 seconds around the world – and no wonder – it really works. Burt’s Bees Beeswax Lip Balm helps heal, soothe and moisturise dry or chapped lips. It features the healing properties of vitamin E and rosemary leaf oil that help to heal and repair your lips. Beeswax, coconut oil and lanolin form a protective coating on the lips which helps prevent them drying out whilst moisturising. For the eco conscious amongst us, the plastic tube contains 50 per cent post-industrial recycled plastics and can be recycled again. 4.25g RRP $6.95.


Olay Total Effects Cream


For over 35 years, Olay has been the mainstay moisturiser for Australian women. There have been many updates since then, including cult variant Olay Total Effects Cream. The cream is so popular one is sold every minute around the world, across the 4 variants. Olay Total Effects Day Cream revives tired skin while fighting the seven signs of ageing, including dryness, dullness, enlarged pores, sagging, uneven texture, uneven tone, fine lines and wrinkles. The formula contains vitamin B3 to brighten skin tone, a combination of vitamin E and green tea extract to protect against free radical damage, panthenol to soothe and moisturise the skin, and glycerin, known for its intense moisturising properties. 50g RRP $32.99. Available in Normal, Normal SPF15, Gentle, Gentle SPF15, and BB Cream.

Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil


Have we left the best to last – you be the judge. This small but mighty bottle of magical goodness has quickly become one of the world’s iconic beauty products with women the world over crediting it for their beautiful glowing skin. A bottle of Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil is sold around the world every 20 seconds. The 100 per cent pure organic rosehip oil works to prevent skin ageing and assist skin renewal and repair. The super-fine oil absorbs instantly into thirsty skin restoring the skin’s moisture barrier, smoothing fine lines and feeding the skin powerful antioxidants, and vitamins essential to the health and vitality of the skin. Contains powerful antioxidants beta-carotene and lycopene to fight the signs of ageing, trans retinoic acid to help relieve dry skin conditions and vitamin E for skin healing. 20ml RRP $25.95.

Now we’ve hit the end of a very long list – which product is your favourite – it is on the list? Are there any products you have used when you were younger (or even now)? Leave your comments below – we’d love to hear your feedback.




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