What do you first look at when you pick up a beauty product from the shelf? I’m all about ingredients so I take it very seriously when finding out what goes into beauty products, foods and even commodities. Skin care products that contain minimum or no chemicals are always a big plus.

Moisturisers for example, are one of the skin care products that may contain a troubling amount of chemicals, especially the ones in the form of cream. Understanding the ingredients listed on the product label is as important as knowing what to have for lunch every day. A little while ago I came across Mettā Skincare – Australian made skin care products that do not contain preservatives or any added chemicals. Their whole range of products consist of body oil, body butter, hand balm, face balm and lip balm. As you can probably tell, all of the products are oil based but don’t worry because they are not greasy.  Being someone who has dry skin, I am going to share three of my favourite products from Mettā Skincare.

Hand Balm

This is probably the oiliest one but it absorbs fast, a little goes a long way, suitable for very dry skin. This is perfect for me because I have devilishly dry hands, if you are lucky to have beautiful hands, rub a tiny bit into your hands and enjoy the elegant beautifully scented French Lavender.

This amazingly nourishing hand balm is also great as a heel balm, apply a generous amount after a pedicure then wear a pair of comfortable thick socks before bed, you will wake up as if you are stepping on clouds!

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Beeswax, Calendula Flowers, Lavender Essential Oil.

Body Butter

Available in two scents – French Lavender or Vanilla (mine is lavender) – this body butter has an interesting whipped-butter like texture, melts on touching the skin and yes it absorbs very fast and is not at all greasy! This is a very big jar considering the amount you use each time, so paying the retail price of $47 could actually last you for up to 6 months or longer. Using the healing and conditioning properties of oils, this body butter can help to stop irritated skin. While I keep my Hand Balm in the office, this works as my hand balm as well when I’m home. When I’m really tired before bed I will even use it as my lip balm!

Ingredients: Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, Cacao Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil, Coconut Oil Lavender Essential (or Vanilla Oleoresin).

Lip Balm

Having cracked dry lips is never fun and they can be a makeup nightmare. I have used many lip balms and guess what, to find the perfect lip balm that suits our individual needs is not as simple as it sounds. I can’t stand lip balms that are too greasy or too waxy, they can’t have artificial flavours nor fragrance and most importantly they have to be able to restore and retain moisture for my lips… Think I’m fussy? Yes, I am. Why not?!

This lip balm meets all the criteria and has a light Lavender scent to it, I apply a generous amount at night before bed and the next morning I will have well prepared plump lips ready for even the toughest lip colours. For those who do not like to use lip balm prior to applying lip colours, this is a must-have. Compared to the normal tube lip balms, this 14g jar is almost 3 times the amount, why not use it as a cuticle balm?

Ingredients: jojoba Seed Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Coconut Oil, Cacao Seed Butter, Lavender Essential Oil.

HOAP Skincare_Metta Skincare 2All three of mine are lavender scented, the Hand Balm has the strongest Lavender throw out of the three and then followed by the Body Butter.

Last but not least, Mettā Skincare donates 50% of their profit to support not-for-profit organisations working towards making a world free from extreme poverty.


I was counting the fallen leaves while having a sip of my morning coffee, a gust of frosty wind sneaked through the collar of my vest and sent a shiver through my body. A drop of coffee bounced up from the vibration and felt down, the noise was covered by a curtain of misty drizzle that was rushing down from the soft grey sky. The wind and the rain were resting on both sides of my shoulders, brushing my face and then whispered in my ears: Winter is at your door step!

Winter in Melbourne is cold and wet but to me it’s also warm and hearty, I like to snuggle in big coats on an icy morning and I like to fill my kitchen with the hearty smells of a roast on the weekend. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace at home, then I would like to visit and share my homemade mulled wine with you. This month I will warm up your winter by offering up to 25% off storewide, visit our store now to stock up on your favourite products, you will not regret using these high quality Australian natural and organic skin care products.