I left the cul-de-sacs and cushy comforts of the American east coast for the wild outback of Australia in 2007. I sold everything I owned and just jumped on a plane with a flimsy tourist visa and hoped for the best. Upon arriving in Melbourne, I was immediately disappointed – where was the red dirt, the kangaroos, the men with big knives? Determined to discover the “real” Australia, I set out to visit Uluru (otherwise known as Ayers Rock) in December and celebrate Christmas under the hot, summer sun in the middle of the desert.
Driving from Melbourne, I travelled northwest through Adelaide where civilisation as I’d always known it gave way to land that flowed on endlessly toward a kaleidoscopic horizon. Both intoxicating and hypnotising, the desert sky is the true seductress. She changes colours and tones, so soft and sweet and pink with the morning’s first rays of sun, then deathly piercing and terribly harsh by midday, only to dissolve with the onset of the afternoon and fade out into a swirling layer cake of purples and blues.
One night, I watched the horizon as it turned a blinding orange. I pulled over the 4WD to have a better look assuming the desert was on fire. Waiting for the flames and smoke to overtake me, I was stunned to see a full moon pop its bald, white head over the skyline instead. Breathtaken by the desert’s severe beauty, I was smitten. There was no going back now.
At Uluru and Kata Tjuta, I ate mushrooms and wandered through a psychedelic phantasmagoria, proclaiming the red rocks giant vulvas and decided I was officially reborn. Watching as two birds played on the canyon breeze, the stress, constriction, pain and abuse from the past 27 years of my life in America suddenly lifted. It was here in the middle of the desert that I knew I had finally found myself. Nature, as always, has been my greatest healer and ally. I spent the next five years travelling back and forth across Australia writing about my experiences and co-founding an adventure media company all from that first trip into the Centre.
Wild Desert Face Oil
Fast forward twelve years and I’ve distilled all those life-changing, healing moments in the Australian desert into a face oil. The world’s most potent botanicals grow in the harsh climates of Australia. Indigenous people have used these plants for thousands of years to treat various illnesses and skin conditions. Incorporating their wisdom and knowledge, I’ve added Australian sandalwood seed oil – one of the rarest and most healing oils on earth with ximenynic acid – to a base of organic virgin rosehip oil. To ground and sooth, organic Australian sandalwood essential oil, not only nourishes the skin, but adds the earthy, sun-bleached aroma of the desert to this skin-loving oil blend. It’s the ideal daily blend to keep skin smooth, healthy and protected, but also assist with age management and acne.
Not only does our Wild Desert Face Oil, give your skin a much-needed boost of moisture and love, it’s an experience from the desert for everyone who uses the product. In our overly controlled and restricted lives, we forget how much we need to connect with ourselves and with nature. Every time you put this oil on your face, think of the desert, drop yourself in to that beautiful place and let our great mother’s medicine heal you.
Packed full of nutrients and rich in omegas 3, 6, 9, and the anti-inflammatory and skin soothing EFA, ximenynic acid, this oil also contains vitamins A and C – all the ingredients for healthy, glowing skin.
– strengthening the skin’s surface layers for a smoother, healthier and younger-looking complexion
– age management
– anti-inflammatory (great for acne)
– calming and grounding
Australian sandalwood seed oil is a native oil rich in omegas 3, 6, 9, and one of the rarest essential fatty acid’s on earth – ximenynic acid. Extracted from the seed of the native Australian sandalwood tree, it is ideal for reducing fine lines, improving skin tone and hydration as well as increasing dermal strength.
Ximenynic acid is a potent anti-inflammatory agent that increases micro-circulation, micro-vascular constriction to reduce varicose veins and cellulitis, reduces sebum secretion and reduces fat deposition under the skin.
Originating from Western Australia, sandalwood seeds have been used by Aboriginal people for millennia as food, medicine, and a skin soothing agent. Medicinally, it was applied topically for cold and stiffness, and as a cure for arthritis, to heal sores, skin lesions and burns and generally protect skin.
Australian sandalwood essential oil (organic) is a fragrant-rich, earthy essential oil used by Australia’s Indigenous people as an antiseptic for colds, sores and chest conditions. Used to de-stress, relax, ground, calm and for mental clarity this oil is an anti-inflammatory and emotionally calming as well as gentle and effective against acne.
Virgin organic rosehip oil is soothing, light-weight and easily absorbed by the skin. Rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids including including omega 6 (linoleic acid) and omega 3 (alpha-linolenic acid), it reduces moisture loss and rebuilds the skin’s barrier. Linoleic acid (omega 6 acid) is wonderful for blemish prone skin with vitamin C key to collagen production. Virgin oil is unrefined and therefore retaining its organic, nutrient-rich properties.
INGREDIENTS: Organic virgin rosehip oil, Australian sandalwood seed oil, organic Australian sandalwood essential oil.
NATURAL. VEGAN. CRUELTY-FREE. Big Beautiful Sky products are truly natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. They contain no synthetic ingredients — this includes no dyes, no fragrances, and no synthetic preservatives. Additionally, they are concentrated blends containing no fillers and using the minimum amount of ingredients necessary to achieve the maximum results.
DIRECTIONS: Massage into cleansed skin morning and night. Discontinue use if skin irritation occurs. For external use only.