It all started in 2002 when Eddie, co-owner of Australian Scent, received a diagnosis of eczema on his eyelids, under the eye and on the left foot. The doctor prescribed him Cortisone. After taking Cortisone for a year, Eddie realized that this product was poisonous to his skin because it made his condition worse. He started using products that claimed to be “100% natural,” when in fact they weren’t. “The FDA allows 2% or less of ingredients to be non-disclosed,” Eddie informed me while fielding customers at the Australian Scent table at the Brooklyn Flea.
Fed up with the extreme dry skin, and endless scratching that resulted in bleeding, Eddie’s wife and Australian Scent partner Megan, began researching natural and organic ingredients that would solve Eddie’s eczema. “We never started this line thinking let’s make skin care. We started with a family problem being eczema, and I researched what ingredients might heal the condition. Thanks to many Google searches, a plethora of information and ingredients were available, and I simply researched more about each ingredient and narrowed it down to what I believed in my heart might hopefully heal my husband’s skin.” explained Megan.
In 2004, Eddie and Megan perfected the Australian Scent Formula, and in 2006, the line was sold to the public. “The success of that product provided the energy to research the healing properties of other plants, extracts and oils, and after much encouragement from friends we began creating additional products one at a time,” Megan added.
At the Brooklyn Flea, the Australian Scent table is pretty popular. Their elaborate display really captures their message of organic and fair trade ingredients, and it attracts potential customers. Eddie encourages them to sample the Balm of Gilead, their popular face and body moisturizer made of almond oil, shea butter, safflower seed oil, beeswax and other essential fatty acids.
Eddie is a testimony to the wonders of this skin care line because his skin is clear and bright. If he didn’t tell me about his past with eczema, I would have never believed it. He credits his flawless skin to the product line. “I cannot go for a long time without using Australian Scent because my skin will dry, and I’ll scratch and bleed.”
In fact, Megan has beautiful skin as well, even though she used to have issues with blemishes until she started using Australian Scent’s oil-based cleansers. “I struggled with acne my whole life until (after my husband’s urging) I started actually putting our oil-based line on my face! My scarring is gone, the pigmentation is gone and I no longer need foundation,” she said.
Giovanna, one of Australian Scent’s biggest fans, stopped by the table and greeted Eddie as she selected some products to purchase. She told me that she uses their soaps and the Balm of Gilead for 2 years─and the proof was shown in her clear skin. In addition, Giovanna mentioned that she uses the clay de Magdalene mask. “It’s like taking the earth and putting it on your face.” I’ve tried the mask and I can attest that she is right. There mask is soft and earthy, and it didn’t suffocate my skin. Rinsing it off was a breeze─I didn’t have to scrape it off like I had to do with other masks. The result was ultra smooth skin, and now I look forward to using it every week.
Australian Scent is at the Brooklyn Flea market every weekend. If you can’t make it to the Brooklyn Flea, you can find more information on their website. Australian Scent is also sold at Whole Foods.