Ħarlo - Organic, Biodegradable, Botanical Skin Care

Harlo

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Location

Australia

Made In

Australia

Values

  • Artisan Artisan
  • Fair Fair
  • Gender Equality Gender Equality
  • Give Back Give Back
  • Made Locally Made Locally
  • Minimal Waste Minimal Waste
  • Transparent Transparent
  • Vegan Vegan

“Welcome to Ħarlo’s no naff gifting, handcrafted ceramics and award winning, Australian organic, botanical skincare collection. Specially curated for the conscious consumer.”

Ħarlo is an Australian company that believes in “unique, concentrated, ethical care”, which is reflected not only in their array of beautiful products, but also in the ingredients and materials used to bring them to life.

We love a brand that has a solid foundation of values, and Ħarlo has them in spades. Take a look:

Eco-friendly

Ħarlo’s exquisite range of organic, biodegradable and botanical products are all modest, ethical and needful; are hand-crafted in small batches in a carbon neutral studio; are stored in recyclable biophotonic glass; are labelled locally with eco-friendly paper; and are packaged in reused and biodegradable packaging. 

Fair

Ħarlo prioritises using ethically-sourced ingredients, in regards to both the environmental and social aspects of the sourcing. Although there are currently only a handful of raw fairtrade ingredients available on market, Ħarlo hopes to become a leader in ethical and sustainable skincare as more consumers turn towards more natural and consciously-made alternatives.

Minimal Waste

Ħarlo does everything they can to keep packaging to a minimum. Their wholesale orders are shipped in pre-used boxes; the products are packaged completely in reused or biodegradable materials; their stationary is made from recycled post-consumer paper; and the biophotonic glass they use is indefinitely recyclable.

Refill Packaging

Ħarlo has also introduced a first-of-its-kind cosmetic compostable refill packaging. These pouches are 100% food safe; European certified industrial compostable; made from the starch of non-consumable corn, potato and other plants; housed in 100% post-consumer paper; and printed with vegetable ink.

Filler-free

What’s more is Ħarlo’s collection is water and water-based filler-free, making their formulations extremely concentrated and quite non-conventional. The Ħarlo products do not contain any such fillers or modifiers, as they are unnecessary to the environment, to the skin, and to the customer’s pockets. That’s what we love to hear.

Essentially, Ħarlo is an incredible Australian company providing conscious consumers like us with ethical and sustainable skincare and accessories that do not cost people or the planet to make. We’ve tried and tested Ħarlo for you, and we can say with complete honesty that this is a brand you’ll never regret buying from. Like, ever. 

Want to know where Harlo sits and what they’re working on in terms of these 5 values? Hover over these values to find out.

Behind the Brand

“Often a product is designed based on how it feels on the skin, or how easy it is to apply, rather than on the actual benefits it gives to the skin. So introducing something that is absolutely 100% botanical, highly concentrated, and non-conventional in terms of form or feeling sometimes has its barriers.”.

Tarmaine Hales

What made you start Ħarlo?

I have been making botanical based skincare since my graduation in 2001. As my career changed and my family grew, I became time poor and struggled to find skincare formulations that ticked all of the boxes for both myself and my family (as an aesthetician and conscious consumer, I guess, there were a lot of boxes). This led me back to making. In 2020 we decided to make our products more widely available so we refined the formulas and opened the online store.

Do you have a morning routine? If so what is it you do to set yourself up for the day ahead?

Quite often the little ones dictate my morning routine, but I do try to start my day with a self note of things I am grateful for.

What’s the biggest barrier you’ve found to succeeding as a socially conscious business?

There’s definitely a few in the ‘beauty’ industry. To be honest just even the ‘beauty’ title is a bit of a barrier. What is ‘beauty’? Because to me, beauty isn’t really the complexion of a persons skin. Unrelated challenges aside, in terms of socially conscious challenges I think the levels of misconceptions is a primary one, especially when it comes to ingredients more generally and their performances, particularly for ‘natural’ water based ingredients. I think also people are used to products feeling a certain way. Often a product is designed based on how it feels on the skin, or how easy it is to apply, rather than on the actual benefits it gives to the skin. So introducing something that is absolutely 100% botanical, highly concentrated, and non-conventional in terms of form or feeling sometimes has its barriers. But I think that all comes down to educating and informing. People are becoming more aware of things like greenwashing, so the truths are finally starting to rise to the surface in this industry, as they should.

Within the ethical fashion community, there’s a big question that we ask which is ‘who made my clothes?’. In the scope of Ħarlo, who made the things you sell? Can you tell us a bit about them?

The products are handcrafted in small batches by me, in my solar powered studio.
As many people know and appreciate, there are so many aspects to running a small business. Small business owners often have 10 different industry hats they need to know and understand. But, making for me as an aesthetician and designer, is the soul giving aspect of the business and the most enjoyable part.

I was fortunate to have a very cultured upbringing in quite a creative family. Over time I developed an appreciation of the wabi-sabi philosophy values of simplicity, modesty and nature. Something which I hope to encourage in what I sometimes find to be two very fabricated and excessive industries. Authenticity and honesty is important to me. I don’t believe in false promises, criticism or encouraging individuals to fix or change the unique attributes that make them who they are. I believe in sustainable, filler free, high quality botanical skin nourishment. I think changing our routines into purposeful rituals, where we act and move with intention and presence is meaningful for our everyday lives, and I hope that our little shop inspires that.

Why did you pick the ingredients you have chosen to work with?

There are a lot of factors which are carefully considered in the selection of a particular ingredient.

We are certified toxic- free, vegan and cruelty free. Additionally we don’t celebrate any synthetics, palm oil/palm oil derivatives or wax’s (natural or otherwise). We also purposefully rule out any water, or water based ingredients, such as infusions and gels, which are largely diluted in some form or another and require preservatives and often emulsifiers for product longevity and form.

In addition to our strict no naff policy we look into the ingredients attributes, their organic status, and their comedogenic and absorbing ratings.

Best piece of advice you have ever received?

I was really fortunate in my initial teachings. My teacher was a highly regarded aesthetician, Reiki Master and Ayurvedic practitioner. She introduced energy and its meaning into my life. I think one of my favourite learnings from her was that what shows up in our lives is a direct reflection of our inner thoughts and emotions.

What’s next for you Ħarlo?

We will continue to be grateful, to share our knowledge and to improve our products and services so they continue to benefit both the skin and our environment. There are still huge ethical barriers in the industry which we are committed to exploring including the fair trade of many oils and ingredients on the market, their farming impacts both in terms of the environment, the soil, and also the longterm conservation of certain botanicals .

One book everyone should read? Why?

That’s a tough one, I am currently reading Reality, Creation and Manifestation by Frederick Dodson. I’m enjoying it so far, its gentle reminders, I think, are always beneficial regardless of the person or their situation. I also really enjoy listening to the Minimalist Vegan’s podcast, and appreciate their journey in inspiring people to live with ‘less stuff and more compassion.’

Are there any other Movers & Shakers out there in your world that you think people should know about?

I think the efforts of any conscious company, cooperation, or consumer should be celebrated. It’s never a straightforward task, there’s always easier and a more cost effective way to do things or cheaper products to support. The Made of: Tomorrow’s Standard. is a perfect narration that this is imperative for our future and for the future of our planet. And, I think anyone choosing to support that standard is a Mover & Shaker in their own special way.

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