November 24

If you were to dream up the perfect skincare range, it would work magic on sensitive skins, use local, organic and high grade ingredients, be developed by a knowledgeable physician and be infused with heart-warming family legend.

Well, someone has gone all “inception” on you and interpreted your thoughts – as at 8am on Wednesday 12th November, Aussie twin sisters Zoe and Kim launched their new Australian skincare brand, Dr Roebuck’s.

With the aforementioned virtues, this product hits the mark – plus comes in totally bathroom friendly, recycled, hipster-approved packaging.

Dr Roebuck’s “Yoga For Your Skin” refers to the feeling individuals have, similar to that of a healthy workout after they use Dr Roebuck’s. Our philosophy is to look after yourself “inside and out” to have great looking skin”, Says Zoe Roebuck.

Over 30 years ago the girls’ physician parents searched high and low for an effective and safe skin care product for their children – yet discovered it did not exist. So they tried combining an old English dermatological formula with their clinical and practical knowledge. It yielded instant results in their daughters’ eczema prone skin and “Dr Roebuck’s” was born.

Three decades on, Dr Roebuck’s is still delivering on the cream’s original PURE Formula, which has been extended to include a body range, after-shaving care and children’s products.

“All our products are formulated from the original PURE Dr Roebuck’s blueprint to ensure the ingredients are active and non-toxic. All our skin products are BPA free and have been tried and tested for more than 30 years”, says Zoe.

This is a family brand who takes the integrity of all their products seriously!

“To ensure we can control the quality and standard of everything, all Dr Roebuck’s packaging and product is 100% Australian made. Our packaging is also BPA free and made from recyclable material”, adds Kim Roebuck.

Dr Roebuck’s has grown from 20 stores globally to 600 in the last 12 months and it’s no wonder it made its way to sunny and health conscious Australia. As well as being stocked at Priceline, Dr Roebuck’s is the only Australian skincare brand stocked in Shoppers and Drug Mart Canada.


The delicious product range

To celebrate this momentous occasion, forty fit and fab guests (including Olympic Gold Medalist Tora Bright, celebrity author and trainer Scotty Gooding and style blogger Nicole Benton) gathered at The Boy Charlton Pool for a morning of yoga followed by breakfast.

As one of the lucky guests, I experienced a full yoga session by Power Living yogi Mandy Kopcho amongst Boy Charleton’s laid-back, Harbour-sweeping beauty. What better way to celebrate a product that gives the skin a gentle workout (hence, ‘yoga for the skin’!), than with a fabulous stretch session?

Post yoga, guests sipped on green smoothies and C Coconut Water, as well as the most to die for acai bowls. The gift bag was generous, boasting a  lululemon athletica yoga mat, yoga bag, Dr Roebuck’s towel and goodies from the skincare range.

The verdict? Lush nourishment, gentle fragrance, happy skin – and chic packaging that is the pride of display on the bathroom cabinet.


Some more launch pics below!


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February 26
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Vie – French, noun: life

So naturally, celeb-savvy new performance wear label Vie Active will settle for no less than push our boundaries of fitness and fashion to exuberant heights.

Vie Active is different from the current influx of trendy and overpriced ranges that have recently flanked the market – namely because apart from being gorgeous, every garment is made from the highest quality performance fabrics, including F3 Compression and Australian Merino wool. Finally, your skin gets to make friends with a fabric that is getting fame for its unsurpassed breathability as well as moisture wicking, anti-microbial, quick-dry and shape recovery properties!

Now, this Merino is working harder than I have in years! So how will it affect my performance when I train?

I hit the gym, donning my Katrina zippered tank and Zanna 7/8 aqua supplex tights. The leggings especially feel super soft against my skin and shape me up in all the right places. I don’t usually wear leopard print – but after years of saggy grey marle at the gym, I think it’s due time that I made a feline statement in my upper-wear. The flattering fit of the top and thinner fabric are welcome as they add ventilation – yet no extra bulk to my chest.

I proceed to wear the pieces to the gym all week, alternating combinations with my current wardrobe. Whether in spin, yoga, boxing or pilates, the garments held true to keeping me cool and limber both figuratively and literally: just as an aside, I have never recieved more admiring stares from both men and women in my life – what a difference taking pride in your look at the gym makes ;).

Ready to train!

Ready to train!

Unlike the shapeless leggings currently lingering in my wardrobe, my Zannas did not not sag or lose shape after having a few cycles in the wash.

This movement-friendly sleek range was started by my amazing friend Noa Ries – a triathlete, marathon runner, and fitness adoring young mother form Bondi; as well as her lovely husband Bryan, a former professional extreme skier and backcountry ski guide, snowboarder, cyclist and triathlete was raised between the West Coast of the US and France!

Thus, combining chic Parisian style with the trendy vibe of Bondi, what started as a humble pursuit to their own fitness needs in a stylish way evolved into a media-frenzied collection that has last week been picked up by David Jones.

“As a personal trainer I realised, when I was still in my exercise clothing at 4pm one day, that there had to be functional fitness clothes other than lycra, that would let me still feel fashionable and chic but that could handle the intensity of a tough workout,” Noa told me.

“We carefully select every element that is incorporated into our products, as we feel that quality doesn’t just come from the way a garment looks, but also how it feels. Our fabrics provide the ultimate in comfort, while technical print techniques offer luxurious sleekness.”

To look your best at the gym, perform better and get behind a smart brand favoured by celebs such as Erika Heynaetz and Megan Gale and visit David Jones or www.vieactivewear.com.

Image via @_jendeleon looking on point at @thembh and @surflodge for @vieactive.