Interview with RAWW Cosmetics

Interview with RAWW Cosmetics

The Australian owned and made brand, RAWW Cosmetics, have taken the natural makeup and skincare world by storm with their superfood infused products, natural ingredients and cruelty free methods. How great!

We were lucky enough to interview the founder of RAWW Cosmetics, Tony Rechtman, and ask him some of our burning questions we had about his brand. Read on as our Retail Buying Manager, Diane Gant, delves into the world of RAWW Cosmetics with Tony!

Diane:

Tony, can you tell us a little bit about how the idea came to you for creating the brand RAWW?

Tony:

Yeah, definitely. RAWW launched just over three years ago and my company is Total Beauty Network and we’ve got a few brands that have sold in pharmacy for quite a few years. We’ve got Designer Brands Cosmetics, we’ve got Colour by TBN Nail Polish, and we’ve also got a brand called Inika Organics, which is a premium certified organic and certified vegan, cruelty free, high-end premium makeup and skincare range. So, I saw that women were looking for healthier products and they couldn’t really find them in pharmacy. And that’s sort of the big gap in the market for a healthy range of products. But for me, you don’t want to just put products into stores that don’t have a point of difference.

I saw that Inika was up here with a high end premium healthy brand, DB was down here at an everyday low price, but both with healthy ingredients. There was a real gap in the market that women were looking for healthier products at that middle price point and it didn’t exist. So, we brainstormed quite a bit and thought how we could deliver a brand like Inika but develop a younger sister brand to Inika that was at a lower price point but was still natural, clean, and healthy. That’s really where the idea behind RAWW came up.

Diane:

Sounds like a fantastic plan looking for gaps in the market, and then being able to fill that gap with something as successful as RAWW.

Tony:

If you go back five, ten years ago when smoothies and Boost Juice first started, everyone would go out and have a big night and then the next day they’d have a Boost Juice and that was their way of being healthy. I just thought there’s got to be a way to have healthier makeup and skincare for women of all ages. That was some of the thinking we had in the background that we didn’t see brands doing that – we just saw more of the same and nothing really catering that was healthy and different.

Diane:

What’s the unique proposition for RAWW in the beauty category? What do you feel is that really unique point of difference?

Tony:

To me, it’s all about superfoods. And coming back to the whole juice story, we saw that people were drinking superfoods everywhere in their shakes. First of all, in America, then it came to Australia and people were looking for healthier ways internally, but there was nothing really for their skin or their makeup that was giving them a healthier alternative.

Then we just thought that superfoods are the next big trend. Going into retail stores, there were whole walls of superfoods, but then you go into the makeup or skincare category and it was more of the same. We knew from Inika, which sells globally, that women and men wanted nicer ingredients and better ingredients. So, for us, it was the superfood angle that gave a real point of difference for the product and it really helps nourish your skin.

Diane:

We do sell loads of superfoods in our health food wellness section! So, it’s a great fit for WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods.

Tony:

Absolutely!

Diane:

Can you tell us a little bit more specifically about the range itself and why it’s growing in popularity?

Tony:

There are three parts to the RAWW range. There’s the makeup range, there’s a skincare range and then there’s the aroma-therapy range. All three have really resonated with our consumers – they’ve taken off equally. It’s really interesting if I look at the last 12 months going through COVID, there’s been a massive change where people have really thought, “I need to change my life. I need to change what I eat, what I drink, what I clean my house with.” There has been a big shift in people’s minds about “How do I just get healthier? How do I make sure that I’m the best I can be?”.

We’ve really seen a big shift in the last 12 to 18 months on RAWW. However, we launched the brand 3 years ago and we had all this demand globally for the brand as well. We decided to launch RAWW in Australia first, and then get everything right and then go global. So, later this year, you’ll see RAWW in a lot of countries around the world.

Diane:

How exciting for you guys. An Australian brand going global is just such a testament to what you guys have started to do. I think it’s great that you’re putting Australia on the map as well.

Tony:

Thank you. For us, whenever we see RAWW in a store, in a newspaper, in a magazine, people using it and hearing feedback – it just makes us really proud. We just get such great feedback that people love our products and that’s the best accolade we can ever get.

Diane:

So RAWW has got another similarity to the WholeLife Pharmacy and Healthfoods group and that’s our environmental and social commitments. We write a lot about the environment and the social commitments that we partner with a lot of suppliers. So, can you tell us a little bit more about what RAWW’s commitments are in that area?

Tony:

Yeah, definitely. So, a couple of things we really believe in strongly; the majority of our products are vegan. The only products that aren’t vegan is where we use beeswax for product performance, but majority of the range is vegan. Everything we do in our company is cruelty free. We’ve never used any ingredient that would harm an animal or be tested on animals. For that reason, we don’t sell in China, for example. A lot of our products are COSMOS NATURAL or COSMOS ORGANIC which is an organic standard that we certify our products with, to really prove how natural or how organic the product is.

We jumped through a lot of hoops to get that certification as a proof point, so that our consumers know the products are being tested properly and efficiently. All our packaging is recyclable and we’re moving our packaging to fully sustainable packaging. So, in the coming months, you’ll see a lot more glass bottles coming through, plastics made of sugarcane and other more recyclable ingredients. For us, we want you to love the product when you’re using it. We also want you to be able to dispose of it at the end in a proper way that doesn’t harm the environment as well.

Diane:

What’s your favourite product in the RAWW portfolio?

Tony:

I brought a few to show you. For example, my son’s favourite product is our body scrub. I’ve got two boys, 12 and 14, and they love using this in the shower – it’s their favourite product. And my wife – so we just launched some dry shampoo, and my wife loves the dry shampoo because it keeps her hair as well as body clean. And for me, I actually like the face oil. I find that it’s very hydrating because when you’re in the office all day long and you’re in air conditioning, your skin dries out. With our oils it really super hydrates your skin. So being male I don’t use makeup, but we test all our products ourselves. Every product I’ve tried to see how it works. But the oil, I really really like. I love! So, whether it’s a hydrating serum or our night oils, they’re just so hydrating for your skin and make you just feel alive.

Buff-ME Sugar Coffee Body Scrub | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
RAWW Dry Shampoo | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Raww Serums | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Diane:

Tony, it’s been fantastic meeting you and thank you for your time. And if there’s anything new and exciting, that’s coming up, we want to know about it. Congratulations on going global with the RAWW brand!

Tony:

Thank you. Thank you very much. And for everyone out there reading, we love hearing feedback. So please always give us feedback on our products and we can always get better. So, the more we hear, the better we can be. So, thank you.

 

 

Check out the our interview with Tony Rechtman, CEO and Founder of Total Beauty Network and RAWW Cosmetics.

Our Top Natural Beauty Picks

Our Top Natural Beauty Picks

Natural and chemical free products are extremely important to us, as harsh chemicals can be found in a range of skincare and beauty products. Thus, it’s important to select products that are gentle on your skin. We’re here to tell you some of our favourite new and natural beauty products that are stocked at WholeLife!

Cannabella 

Cannabella is an Australian natural skincare brand that is made from 100% unfiltered hemp oil and is infused with natural, plant-based botanicals. Additionally, these products are 100% natural, sustainable, cruelty free and have none of those nasty toxins. Learn more about our new favourites from Cannabella below.

Green Detox Face Mask 60g

After long and busy days, it’s important to not only take some time for yourself but also nourish your skin. This detox face mask is perfect for both oily and combination skin and can assist in clarifying skin and reducing congestion, as well as deeply cleansing and clearing built up dead skin and bacteria in pores.

Clarify Serum 30ml

This Clarify Serum is a highly nourishing serum that clarifies the skin and reduces congestion, reduces the appearance of redness and so much more. Additionally, this serum has an amalgamation of natural botanical seed extracts and nourishing oils like Jojoba and Argan Oil.

Hemp Jelly 15g

This Hemp Jelly is an absolute lifesaver! It soothes, nourishes and locks moisture into your skin for maximum hydration. You can use this Jelly on your face and body, working amazingly as an overnight face mask, lip balm, cleansing balm or to heal any skin irritations.

 

Cannabella Green Detox Face Mask | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Cannabella | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Cannabella Clarify Serum | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Noosa Basics

Noosa Basics is one of our favourite beauty brands that we stock at WholeLife. They’re a small batch apothecary located in Noosa Australia, creating certified vegan, cruelty free and palm oil free natural products. Learn more below about our newest favourite product. 

Cocoa Butter Ultra Rich Skin Cream

This skin cream is loaded with antioxidants, vitamin K, vitamin E and essential fatty acids. Combined with Camellia and Hemp oil, this cream rejuvenates your skin, holds in moisture, improves elasticity whilst reducing wrinkles, scars and stretch marks.

Shea Butter Ultra Rich Skin Cream

Made with 65% shea butter, this Ultra Rich Skin Cream will melt into your skin for intense hydration and repair. The shea butter combined with Jojoba, Rosehip and Pomegranate is perfect for dehydrated, itchy skin and can work towards reducing scars and stretch marks. Your skin will be loving you for lathering yourself in this cream!

Eye Lash+Brow Revitaliser 9ml

Achieve the full, long and healthy brows and lashes you’ve always wanted with Noosa Basics’ reformulated Eye Lash+Brow Revitaliser. Containing organic Black Castor Seed, Pumpkin Seed and Flaxseed oils that have been used for centuries to promote fast hair growth, your lashes and brows will be looking fuller within 4 to 6 weeks. 

Noosa Basics Eye Lash+Brow Revitaliser | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Noosa Basics | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

The Jojoba Company

The Jojoba Company is another one of our favourite natural beauty brands which we can’t get enough of. Jojoba is rich in nutrients, vitamins and omegas, using only the purest ingredients which are free from unnecessary synthetics or fragrances. Our new favourite Jojoba product is their Activating Cleansing Oil which is perfect for removing any excess makeup or dirt on the skin, leaving it feel nourished and replenished.

The Jojoba Company Activating Cleansing Oil | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Keep up to date on what’s new in natural beauty over on our Instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

Women-Run Brands

Women-Run Brands

In honour of International Women’s Day, it’s time to celebrate all the hard work that women have done and recognise their profound achievements! We have put together some of our favourite Australian women-run brands that we proudly stock at WholeLife.

Eco Tan & Eco By Sonya – Aussie mum Sonya has taken the world by storm with her Eco Tan being the first and only tanning brand which is certified organic! Not only is she the mastermind of the Eco Tan brand, but she also has a wide range of skincare products which are Australian made, organic, vegan, cruelty free and certified toxic free!

Eco Tan - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Sienna Byron Bay What started as Danielle Egan creating nail polish in her lounge room in Australia soon grew to a global empire of luxurious, sustainable and ethical nail polish, Danielle has taken a successful leap of faith into the sustainable beauty community.

Sienna Byron Bay - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Edible Beauty Australia Founder Anna Mitsios addresses the importance of an inside and out approach with her skincare using ingredients so pure, you could eat! Edible Beauty Products are also cruelty free, eco-friendly, gluten free, pregnancy safe, toxin safe, vegan and wildcrafted!

Edible Beauty - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Kora Organics Founded and self-funded by the infamous Miranda Kerr, Kora Organics has become a global phenomenon! Not only is Kora Organics certified organic, they are cruelty free, vegan and have a range of active ingredients.

Kora Organics | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Pelvi Pelvi is run by a small group of women who are devoted to creating the best quality period care and pelvic health products for women. These products are TGA approved and have no chemicals, plastics or animal-by products.

Pelvi | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Jak Organics Founded by 3 sisters, Jak Organics has created personal care wipes which are home-compostable, vegan, cruelty and GMO free! How good is that?!

Jak Organics - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Ere Perez Ere Perez was founded by Ere, creating natural skin products which are cruelty free, vegan and non-GMO. From makeup to nail polish and skincare, Ere Perez fulfills all your natural beauty product dreams!

Ere Perez | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Coco Tribe Founder Tedy Altree-Williams has opened the door to dairy-free alternatives with her coconut yoghurt and ice cream products which are certified organic. Not only are they 100% plant-based, they’re addictively delicious. Try them out now!

Coco Tribe - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Clemence Organics Founder Bridget Carmady filled a gap within the skincare market by creating natural and organic skincare products which are gentle but deliver powerful results. From refining cleansers to face serums, Clemence Organics have an extensive range to suit your individual skincare wants and needs.

Clemence Organics - Women-Run Brands| WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods

Gem Founded by Georgia, Gem is the future of natural oral care products! From deliciously flavoured toothpaste to mouth wash, Gem has it all! Even better, all of their products are non-toxic and free from artificial colouring, animal ingredients and parabens!

Gem | WholeLife Pharmacy & Healthfoods
Skincare from Within

Skincare from Within

Building beautiful skin begins deep beneath the dermis. As the largest organ, your skin keeps no secrets, and it can reveal a lot about your inner health and wellbeing. Pay attention and listen closely to it – it will tell you what it doesn’t like and what it does like!

We know that what we put into our bodies can have just as much impact on our skin as what we put on the outside, and finding the perfect combination of the two is ideal. As you probably already have your external skincare regime down pat, let’s delve deep into the world of all things internal skincare.

Fusion Health Skin Tonic Vege Capsules

Fusion Skin Tonic includes Japanese catnip which is traditionally used in Chinese medicine to calm itchy skin and relieve symptoms of mild eczema. These tablets also contain burdock which support the natural detoxification process via the skin. The addition of Dong quai may aid in promoting skin regeneration and relieving dry skin.

Teelixir Pearl Beauty Tonic 

Pearl powder is a premier adaptogen that has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years. Notable benefits of Pearl powder are its ability to help promote more healthy, radiant and younger looking skin.

Herbs of Gold Clear Skin

Clear Skin provides 12mg of Zinc per tablet to support connective tissue health and wound healing, plus 1500IU of vitamin A to support collagen formation. It also contains Calendula, traditionally used in Western herbal medicine for wound healing. Burdock and yellow dock are used as blood cleansers to support waste elimination via the skin and relieve mild symptoms of eczema and dermatitis.

QSILICA Skin, Hair & Nails ONE-A-DAY Multi-nutrient Tablets

Qsilica Skin, Hair & Nails ONE-A-DAY tablets contain colloidal mineral silica, biotin, zinc and selenium in a convenient, once daily supplement. Silicon supports bone integrity, assists connective tissue production and together with biotin and zinc, supports the health of your skin, hair and nails. Selenium and zinc help reduce free radical damage to body cells.

Nutra Organics Collagen Beauty

Collagen Beauty™ is a natural formulation with VERISOL® Bioactive Collagen Peptides to support structural integrity of skin and decrease skin aging factors after 8 weeks of use, supporting skin quality of the entire body and smoothing skin wrinkles from within. Research has shown that consuming Collagen Beauty™ with VERISOL®, as part of a balanced diet, may:

  • Reduce skin wrinkles and smooth fine lines
  • Increase skin hydration and improve moisture levels
  • Increase skin elasticity
  • Contributes to healthy gut and skin by supporting structure and function of connective tissue with Vitamin C
  • Contributes to collagen formation & protection from free radical damage with Vitamin C
  • Contribute to maintaining skin structure, support wound healing, and support healthy hair & nails with Zinc
  • Support tissue building & repair with a good source of Protein 
  • Plus contains the naturopathic herb Horsetail, which is traditionally said to make hair strong like a horse’s tail.
Superfeast Beauty Blend

A super-blend of beautifying herbs that nourish from the inside out. The Superfeast Beauty Blend brings vitality to skin, hair and nails. Beauty Blend harnesses the toning and detoxifying properties of goji, schizandra, longan and micro-ground pearls to promote inner and outer radiance.

JSHealth Skin + Digestion Tablets

Banish those blemishes and get glowing skin! These tablets contain Zinc, which may relieve symptoms of acne, pimples, and other minor skin eruptions. Burdock is traditionally used in western herbal medicine to relieve minor skin breakouts and symptoms of mild eczema and dermatitis. They also contain Vitamins B2 and C which can help to support skin health, collagen formation, and wound healing.

Follow us on Instagram for more skincare tips and products @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

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Summer Skincare Regime with Acure

Summer Skincare Regime with Acure

As the weather continues to warm up, the heat, humidity, pollution, sweat and sunscreen add up to griminess of our skin. To get that Summer glow we enlisted the help of one of our favourite skincare brands, Acure! Their specialised brightening range is formulated to help your skin obtain a brighter and radiantly glowing appearance, just what we want for Summer!

Step 1:

Micellar Water

Micellar water is made of micelles, suspended cleansing oil molecules, that draw out dirt while providing moisture so this can act as cleanser, makeup remover, and moisturizing toner. With probiotics, argan oil, coconut and resveratrol, this bottle is a real glow-getter.

 

Step 2:

 

Cleanse

Packed with antioxidant rich pomegranate, blackberry & acai, this super gentle cleanser will gently wash away dirt, oil & makeup.

 

Step 3:

 

Exfoliate

The brightening facial scrub with sea kelp super-nutrients soften and detox while lemon peel and French green clay cleanse. Madonna lily brings the brightness to round out this refreshing facial scrub. Remember to only use this around 3 times a week.

Step 4:

 

Eye Cream

(Night time) Seaweed extract and hibiscus extract provide rejuvenating hydration. A 3-in-1 blast of argan extract, witch hazel, and aloe cool and soothe for a brighter, more hydrated outlook. A small pea-sized amount covers both eyes, apply with your ring finger.

 

Step 5:

 

Moisturise

AM or PM you can use the brightening day or night cream.

Day – Face the day with cica (centella asiatica) and argan oil. This powerhouse combo helps moisturize and protect with a one-two punch that fights dullness and evens out skin tone for skin that’s bright and beautiful. Serious ingredients for a stellar day.

Night – While you catch some zzz’s, treat your face to the stuff your skin dreams of in the middle of the night. Chlorella, echinacea, and argan oil are joining forces to moisturize, protect and hydrate, so you can start your day off bright.

 

Step 6:

 

Face Oil

Get ready for a dose of concentrated, targeted organic bliss with the Brightening Glowing Serum. Argan oil restores moisture, borage oil soothes and cranberry and pumpkin seed oils add antioxidant protection. That’s some serious glowing goodness.

 

Step 7:

 

Sunscreen (Daytime)

The most important step! Remember to wear your sunscreen of choice every single day!

Follow us on Instagram for more beauty and skincare tips for Summer @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

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15 Natural Beauty Products

15 Natural Beauty Products

More than ever, our customers are wanting to know where ingredients or materials for products are sourced; how they’re made, who they’re made by; and whether they will support their health in the long term. We’ve pooled together some of our top selling natural beauty products for you with the must know about what they are and why they’re so popular.

1.Eco By Sonya Glory Oil

 

An omega abundant super seed oil made with Inca, Inchi, Acai and pumpkin seed oils. Formulated to reduce the appearance of scars and fine lines.

2.The Jojoba company Jojoba Oil

 

Naturally rich in vitamins A, D & E plus omegas 6 & 9. Jojoba oil is incredibly soothing for dryness, dehydration, redness and irritation.

3.Weleda Skin Food

 

This multi-purpose moisturiser is perfect for dry Winter skin. Its nourishing blend of plant oils, lanolin, beeswax, chamomile and calendula; nourishes and protects the extra dry skin.

4.Kora Organic Turmeric Brightening & Exfoliating Mask

 

This certified organic mask uses Rosehip Seeds and Quartz to polish skin, while Papaya & Turmeric refines and brightens. Use it as a scrub to polish skin or as a leave on mask for a skin resurfacing & refining treatment.

5.Eco Tan Winter Skin

 

A nourishing, self-tanning lotion and gradual tanner perfect for your face and body. This cruelty free tan is also made from only certified organic and natural ingredients.

6.No Pong Deodorant Paste

 

Made from organic ingredients, the No Pong deodorant paste provides 12-hour protection against odours. A healthy alternative to traditional, chemical based deodorants.

7.Inika Long Lash Mascara

 

This vegan mascara is a luscious formula that uses 100% plant-derived and natural ingredients to boost lash length, volume and span. The gentle conditioning ingredients also support lash health and vitality.

8.Grants Whitening Toothpaste

 

Certified vegan, proudly Australian made and owned, this toothpaste whitens with the natural power of baking soda. Baking soda has been proven to naturally whiten teeth, remove stains and reduce plaque build-up.

10.Derma.E Vitamin C Serum

 

This fast-absorbing, high-potency serum penetrates deeply to deliver antioxidant protection and essential hydration.

11.Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil

 

Formulated with pure, cold-pressed rosehip seed oil. This nourishing seed oil helps to reduce the appearance of scars, stretch marks, fine lines and wrinkles.

12.Acure Incredibly Clear Mattifying Moisturiser

 

This easily absorbed facial moisturiser improves the appearance of the skins texture and tone with the rejuvenating hydration and moisture of lilac extract and chlorella.

13.Moogoo Mineral Bronzer

 

A highly-pigmented natural mineral bronzer, giving you a healthy golden glow. This mineral bronzer in pressed with Jojoba and Macadamia Oil to keep your skin beautifully moisturised and radiant.

14.Ere Perez Quinoa Water Foundation

 

A lightweight water-based foundation with a natural matte finish. Enriched with quinoa to calm inflammation and increase skin elasticity.

15.Lük Beautifood Lip Nourish Lipstick

 

Crème-soft from the addition of avocado oil and cocoa butter. These lipsticks are 100% natural and toxin free.

It’s no wonder these brands and products have made it to the top of our best-seller list, with many of them being Australian made and organic! Be sure to tag us in your favourite natural beauty products on instagram @wholelifepharmacyandhealthfood

See our full catalogue here.