Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals

Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals

Warbotanicals is a community skin care range that was created 14 years ago by partners in work and love Donna Fowler and her partner Richard. Beginning with one shop in Warburton, Victoria, the range has expanded and is now a thriving online business with the range travelling to farmers markets throughout Victoria, Australia. Donna uses her knowledge as a qualified Naturopath with a focus in Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy and Nutrition to make the skincare range.

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Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals
Koala bargains for skincare on the beach to protect against the sun’s ascent.


  • No parabens
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS)
  • No synthetic fragrances
  • Not tested on animals and accredited with Cruelty Free Australia

The Warbotanicals range is totally beautiful and I highly recommend that you try it. Here’s some detail of a couple of things I bought recently at the Mornington Racecourse markets.

[I would just like to add that I wasn’t paid anything or given anything to endorse them, I just love their products.]

Warbotanicals: Headache Balm

Price: $12 AUD.

I suffered from the most annoying cold when I was in Melbourne, a summer cold/flu that blocked up the nasal passages and gave me a terrible headache and neck pain. I’d do anything to not resort to getting antibiotics, as ultimately that only lowers one’s immunity to common bugs. So I stuck it out, with over the counter medication, pain relief and the so called hocus pocus remedy of aromatherapy. I have to admit I was suspicious of the healing power of nice fragrance in a pot to help sooth my headache – but it actually did.

Headache balm

Warbotanicals Headache balm contains basil, lavender, rosemary, marjoram and orange essential oils in a beeswax and non-GM soya bean base. It rolls on like silk and smells wonderful. If anything it didn’t actually make my cold go away (it’s no snake oil), however it did have some kind of psychological affect on me and helped me to better cope with being sick and improved my state of mind to a more positive one. Plus it costed peanuts. Overall it was a win!

Warbotanicals: Night Renewal Cream

Price: $20 AUD.

Everybody loves a good night cream. This one does what it states on the packaging. It’s a rich and dense cream that soaks into the skin overnight. It contains sandalwood and frankincense Warbotanicals essential oils, along with purified water, vegetable glycerin, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil and evening primrose oil. I have bitten the bullet and submitted to mature skin type ranges all over the place, which is a bit disturbing to me at 34 but something that we all need to grapple with at one point or another.

Cruelty Free Product Review: Warbotanicals

Basically the Australian sun is known playfully in our house as ‘hurt ball’. As in: “stay out of reach of hurt ball or you’ll pay”.  This is a good maxim to follow as the Australian sun can ravage your skin. Hurt ball inevitably causes you to be as dry and crispy as overdone bacon. That’s why you need a great night cream – this is the one for deep moisturisation to counter the drying affects of Australia’s hurt ball. It works well and will keep your skin soft and supple after those 40+ degree days. (Although you will still need to wear SPF50+ during the day to protect from a direct hit by hurt ball). Overall it was a win and I rate it highly.

The Australian sun AKA hurt ball is seen from Mornington farmer's market
The Australian sun AKA hurt ball as seen from Mornington farmer’s market


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