An Australian eco brand has taken the skincare world by storm with its range of all natural hemp-based products.
Mandala Dream Co, a Queensland based company that sells ethical fashion, organic skincare and bedding, has been growing quickly over the past six months – much of this to do with its incredibly popular Meraki skincare line.
The 17 products in the range have mostly sold themselves through word of mouth, with many claiming the serums and balms have cleared up their acne, healed their eczema and even eased debilitating chronic pain.
It’s so popular, in fact, that the company is selling approximately $3,000 worth of product a week.
Australian eco brand Mandala Dream Co has taken the skincare world by storm with its range of all natural hemp-based products
Founder, Jul Grant (pictured), 51, runs the business from her home and makes the majority of the products herself
Founder, Jul Grant, 51, runs the business from her home and makes the products herself.
But it wasn’t always this way as she spent 28 years in a high flying corporate media job before a near-fatal ‘widowmaker’ heart attack at 45 and a serious car accident forced her to readjust her priorities and look into the power of clean eating and skincare.
She had also struggled with anxiety and depression and was constantly finding herself in high stress situations.
‘After my heart attack the doctors said I had 24 per cent irreparable heart damage so I went completely clean. I went onto a high fat, low carb diet, stopped eating sugar, started exercising and changed all of my products to clean, chemical free ones,’ Jul told FEMAIL.
Many claim the serums and balms have cleared up their acne, healed their eczema and even eased debilitating chronic pain (pictured before and after the Revolution Serum)
She also started yoga, began using hemp oil, did a heavy metal detox and dived into learning about natural products and herbs.
I’ve had a dodgy shoulder injury for almost two years – that is until I used this amazing stuff.
‘The combination of yoga, meditation, breathing, organic nutrition and wholefoods saved me from a lifetime of prescriptions, toxins and chemicals,’ Jul said.
‘Two years later I went back to the doctors and the damage was just two per cent. The doctors couldn’t believe it really but they couldn’t argue with the results. I was able to come off medication as well.
‘Life has a way of giving you a tap on the back and I think I needed a series of tough events to happen for me to see what I really needed and that what I was doing wasn’t right for me.’
The Revolution Serum is a ‘revolutionary’ skin-care product which combines hemp seed oil, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid and argan oil
The serums and balms have also helped to clear up skin conditions like eczema
Jul’s top tips for caring for your skin naturally
First, protect your skin from too much sun exposure. You’ve heard this tip a thousand times before, and it can be easy to overlook, since exposure to the sun is such a common, everyday occurrence. But every year, nearly 3 quarters of a million people are treated for various types of skin cancer in Australia alone.
Cover up, hang out in the shade, use lip balms with spf as well as a sunscreen, and try not to use products containing.
Good health is built on a healthy diet. Eat whole foods, plenty of fruits and vegetables (preferably organically grown) and stay hydrated. Your overall health, including and importantly your gut health is reflected in how healthy your skin looks. Keep in mind, too, that sometimes food allergies and sensitivities can be reflected in skin outbreaks and itchiness.
Know what’s in the bottle
Beyond those sensible basics, looking after our skin means we need to pay attention to what we are putting on our skin and what we need to avoid. At Mandala Dream Co our organic skin care formulations are made with certified organic ingredients of the highest quality
Use hemp seed oil
Cold-pressed hemp seed oil, for example, has numerous benefits. An excellent antioxidant, this oil naturally plumps up your skin, resulting in a firm, healthy appearance. By increasing elasticity, hemp seed oil can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles and many notice a youthful glow returning to their skin with regular use. Even though hemp seed oil acts as a moisturiser, it does so without leaving an oily residue, great news for anyone with oily or problem skin.
If you suffer from mild skin irritation, hemp seed oil has been shown to soothe inflamed face and body skin. Eczema, acne, rosacea and dry skin sufferers have also reported improvements in skin health and appearance after using products containing hemp seed oil.
Jul found herself fascinated by hemp oil and learned about its anti-inflammatory benefits before using it to start making a variety of skincare and linen products with it at their core.
‘We started using it as a family and then our extended family did and we all noticed such a big difference. My first customers were all Canadian they grabbed it and ran with it and then it just took off from there,’ Jul said.
Two of the most powerful and popular products in the skincare range are the Revolution Serum ($55) and the Herb Buttery Balm ($70).
The Revolution Serum is a ‘revolutionary’ skin-care product which combines hemp seed oil, rosehip oil, hyaluronic acid and argan oil.
Pictured is Jul before and after she adopted a clean lifestyle including a healthy diet, yoga, organic skincare and chemical-free products
Jul found herself fascinated by hemp oil and learned about its anti-inflammatory benefits before using it to start making a variety of skincare and linen products with it at their core
The game-changing Herb Buttery Balm contains the likes of hemp seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, star anise and a range of powerful natural healing ingredients.
I feel the blissful relief from pain in around 20 minutes.
The results speak for themselves, with many sharing thankful messages and mindblowing before and after photos of their skin after using the products.
‘I would just like to add my thanks to you for your amazing balm. I’ve had a dodgy shoulder injury for almost two years – that is until I used this amazing stuff,’ one man wrote.
‘Is this witchcraft? My shoulder has, for the first time in about two years, felt like a normal shoulder. No pain, discomfort or restriction to movement. This stuff is amazing. If nothing else I HIGHLY suggest you try it.’
The game-changing Herb Buttery Balm contains the likes of hemp seed oil, shea butter, coconut oil, star anise and a range of powerful natural healing ingredients
The results speak for themselves, with many sharing thankful messages and mindblowing before and after photos of their skin
Others have claimed the products have eased their chronic pain, cleared their eczema and healed their acne.
‘Having suffered with a chronic back condition for most of my life and tried everything this is the only thing that has delivered,’ a woman wrote.
Another said: ‘Herb Buttery Balm is nature’s powerful healer. I’ve been using it morning and night, rubbing a little on the sore spots, and feeling the blissful relief from pain in around 20 minutes. Highly recommended.’
‘What the serum is doing for acne and anti-ageing is mind blowing,’ Jul said.
‘If it worked for me I figured it would work for others and I’m excited to bring it to more people. It really does speak for itself,’ Jul said (left before, right, presently)
‘I was running on caffeine, had bad skin and was 24 kilograms heavier. Now I have lost weight, I’m running on good fats and my skin has transformed.’
Despite all of her success with the business, Jul insists she has no plans to stock in major department stores and will continue to make her products herself, promote herself online and continue living a simple, fulfilling life.
‘I’m so grateful that people are loving the products as much as me and it brings me so much joy to see people getting real results from it,’ Jul said, who has since overcome PTSD, heart problems and anxiety.
‘If it worked for me I figured it would work for others and I’m excited to bring it to more people. It really does speak for itself.’
To see the full range of skincare, clothing and bedding visit the Mandala Dream Co website here.