Australian Natives Extracts - 8 Must-Have Ingredients For Your Skin

August 14, 2022

Australian Natives Extracts - 8 Must-Have Ingredients For Your Skin

Australia has one of the most beautifully diverse landscapes on the planet with more biodiversity than the Amazon and Asia combined. Our native flora is teeming with high levels of vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients that has been used by the indigenous communities for health and wellbeing- both physical and spiritual- for centuries. There is a reason we are nicknamed “The Land of Plenty”.

Australia’s powerful natives are unique and highly sought after by many skin care brands for their versatility and effectiveness on the skin right down to the cellular level. Not only do native extracts deliver multiple benefits for the skin but they adapt and thrive within our tough Australian climate.

One of my key missions when I started Island Goddess Organics was to harness the incredible power of nature and there was no better place to start than my own back yard where power and potency are abundant.

Here is a list of 8 must-have Australian native extracts that you can find within our skin care range.

  • Tasmanian Blue Gum (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Tasmanian Blue Gum

A widely cultivated tall evergreen tree endemic to south-eastern Australia producing an oil with the sharp and fresh scent of Eucalyptus. Boasting anti-inflammatory, anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties aiding in the healing and strengthening of irritated, inflamed and problematic skins. This native extract also sings with antioxidant benefits to protect the skin from oxidative stress, environmental stressors and photo-aging.

Find me in: Purifying Probiotic Lotion


  • Desert Lime (Citrus Glauca)
Desert Lime

One of the few true citrus species native to Australia and one that can withstand the harshest of environments from -12 degrees to 45 degrees. Also known as Bush Lime, Wild lime or native cumquat, this super fruit is found on a thorny shrub or small tree native to Queensland, NSW and SA. With a high dose of Vitamin C, Vitamin B9 (folate), and vitamin E to strengthen the skin, boost collagen and elastin production, protect against the UV damage, fade pigmentation, brighten and hydrate. Also great for removing unwanted dead skin and is a natural anti-bacterial agent. 

Find me in: Vitamin Rich Cleansing Milk and Desert Lime Hydrating Cream


  • Kakadu Plum (Treminalia Ferdinandiana)
Kakadu Plum

Also known as Gurumal, Gubinge, Billygoat Plum or Murunga is a phenomenal native superfood and one of the richest sources of Vitamin C in the world, with up to 100 times more Vitamin C than oranges. Endemic to Australia and widespread throughout the tropical woodlands from north-western Australia to eastern Arnhem Land. This fruit has been used for centuries as bush tucker and traditional medicine by the indigenous communities.

Kakadu Plum delivers exceptional anti-ageing benefits for the skin aiding in reduction of wrinkles, softening texture and stopping the breakdown of collagen. Also rich in antioxidants to protect, strengthen and fight pre-mature ageing while phyto-chemcials deliver anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. There is no question as to why this ingredient is a must for your skin.

Find me in: Vital C Skin Boost, Vitamin C Purifying Mist, Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Mask


  • Lemon Myrtle- (Backhousia Citriodora)
Lemon Myrtle

A beautiful flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae endemic to subtropical rainforests of central and south-eastern Queensland. With amazing vitamin A, vitamin C and antioxidant benefits to limit inflammation, balance oil production, tighten pores and fight free radical damage. Lemon Myrtle also aids to lighten pigmentation, age spots and dark circles under the eye. 

Find me in: Luminous Lemon Eye Restore


  • Mountain Pepper Berry (Tasmanian Lanceolata )
Mountain Pepper Berry

A “super-antioxidant” from a shrub native to woodlands and cool temperate rainforest is south-eastern Australia also known as Tasmanian pepperberry or mountain pepper. A rich source of Vitamin C and E and higher antioxidant properties than Blueberry to protect and preserve your skin cells. Also rich in Rutin that regenerates Vitamin C within the cells to stimulate higher collagen production for minimising fine lines and wrinkles.

Find me in: Vital C Skin Boost


  • Quandong- (Santalum Acuminatum)

Also known as wild peach, Quandong has been very important bush tucker for aboriginals communities, traditionally being used for medicinal purposes and as a much loved substitute for meat with it’s unbelievably high nutrient content. A strong antioxidant with twice the vitamin C of oranges, along with Rutin that intensifies the effectiveness of Vitamin C and is a great anti-inflammatory. Quandong is a beautiful natural AHA working to limit dead skin build up that cause congestion and breakouts.

Find me in: Vitamin C Purifying Mist, Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Mask


  • Native Snowflower Extract (Melaluca Alterifolia)
Native Snowflower

One of the most aesthetically stunning plants when it flowers in the spring and early summer on Australia’s east coast. Native Snowflower is the name given to the snow-like flower of the Australian Tea Tree whose leaves produce the well-known Tea Tree Oil.

A true antioxidant superstar containing high doses of Vitamin C along with some key powerhouse antioxidant players. Including Gallic Acid which is has potent anti-ageing properties to reduce redness and pigmentation, Quercetin, a flavonol antioxidant that is a major contributor to reduced inflammation and increased skin protection, Catechin- the antioxidant that gives Green Tea its ability to fight free radicals and Kaempferol, a natural flavonol antioxidant that is proven to have one of the highest antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of any flavonols. Mix this with its ability to reduce histamine production, brighten the complexion, reduce oxidative stress and stimulate collagen production and you have one hell of a native superstar for your skin.

Find me in – Youthful Glow Peptide Cream


  • Native Lemon Aspen
Lemon Aspen

Also known as the Rainforest Lemon, it grows in the tropical rainforests of northern Queensland. A pale lemon coloured fruit with a tough star shaped core often containing very small black seeds and the thin flesh is spongy. Lemon Aspen is rich in vitamin C, iron, folate, magnesium and calcium, boasting high photo-nutrient properties with powerful anti-ageing and antioxidant benefits. A small true citrus rainforest fruit that packs a big punch for the skin. A key player for strengthening capillaries, healing and repairing the skin.

Find me in: Luminous Lemon Eye Restore



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