So what sets us apart from the rest?
Our range is created to receive maximum benefits without overloading your skin, or your life. We've avoided making 'skin type' products like dry or oily, instead focusing on crafting products that repair and re-balance your skin.
As a boutique small batch Australian skincare brand, we focus on connection and community, creating honest high quality organic skincare for you and your loved ones and making selfcare simple, so you can get the most out of your skincare, your time and your money, while looking your best.
MINIMALIST PRODUCTS & FORMULATIONS
A less is more approach is so important. Our range supports busy women and mamas and highlights that you don't need 20 products or 50 ingredients for beautiful healthy glowing skin.
SKINCARE IS SELFCARE
And it shouldn't be silly expensive to uphold our beauty routine. Our well priced products last long and won't break the bank. We've formulated our products to support your time and your wallet, especially for our busy mamas and women in business.
ACHIEVE 'BALANCED' SKIN
Our products help 'balance' meaning they help to restore and repair the skin so you are no longer in the 'dry', 'oily' or 'sensitive' skin group. Intentionally specific 'skin type' formulations have been avoided for that reason. Most women report they use less makeup after using our range!
The range is made and created by Miriam Drescher, a Dr of Chinese Medicine, Acupuncturist, herbalist, online educator, wellness coach and yoga teacher. Understanding the holistic foundation of natural beauty and wellness continues to be her main passion and focus. My passion is to create the best skincare I can for you.
GRASS ROOT VALUES
As a proud Australian skincare brand ILA + AVA is a boutique small batch family owned business focusing on connection and community, no big industry here, just honest high quality science and nature inspired skincare for you and your loved ones. The products look great, feel great, do great, are great and smell great.
Fun Facts (we bet you didn't know!)
What's in a name...?
ILA (pronounced 'illa') means ‘the earth’ in sanskrit (indian) while AVA means ‘the living one’ in latin. This signifies the fusion of the East and West while acknowledging our strong connection to mother nature, to produce this conscious skincare with all the benefits. ILA + AVA = the earth and the living one.
How, What, When, Where, Why, Who?
Founded in 2012, ILA + AVA is a handmade Australian botanical skin care range, created and made in Noosa, on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland, by Miriam Drescher, a Dr of Chinese Medicine. Harnessing the power of plants, these luxe minimalist products are designed to help highlight our natural beauty, promote selfcare and make clean skincare simple, while supporting conscious living.
Vegan, Cruelty Free + only plants!
With big love and respect for our environment, big blue planet and all creatures great and small, ILA + AVA uses only plant derived, high quality and minimally interfered with ingredients. The range is 100% vegan, does not contain any animal products and absolutely does not condone animal testing of ANY of the ingredients used or for the finished products.
Glass and natural packaging + Ocean Safe
The packaging is kept to a minimum, with glass chosen as the main component for its true recycling properties, while hemp and bamboo are used for their amazing natural qualities and environmentally sustainable benefits. All products are ocean safe, remember that what we put on our skin also gets washed into our waters. Minimal compostable and recyclable packaging is used for online shipped orders.
"I have designed the ILA + AVA range for all skin types and all ages, with each of the face products having several ways to use, depending on your needs . With focus on enhancing our natural beauty, the unique formulations, based on ancient plant knowledge combined with modern scientific findings, encourage the skin to function as nature intended, helping to 'balance' the skin and assist in repair and rejuvenation. With a minimalist approach to natural skincare, I have created a simple yet effective daily routine to help promote healthy glowing skin. The products are quick and easy and contain only high quality ingredients, making clean skincare simple with all the benefits."
"The first visions for ILA + AVA started in 2012. A childhood influenced by herbal medicine from my fathers passionate work, my own professional background as a herbalist and Dr of Chinese Medicine, worldly travels learning about natural therapies and yoga, combined with my love of nature and animals set the momentum. My personal search for high quality, pure and natural skincare with awareness of important environmental and animal welfare issues encouraged me to create my own products. The more I researched other brands and ingredients the stronger I saw the need for ILA + AVA. Countless trials, testing, hours of thinking, researching and envisaging has led me to create this skin care range that fulfills the five facets I believe are important for any products we put on our skin: products that look great, feel great, are great, do great and smell great."
"My concern for animal welfare and the environment has been, and continues to be, a huge pivoting point for this range. It is with great intention and detail that ILA + AVA skincare supports conscious living, so our small day to day actions can make a big difference and ensure we all play our part for future generations to enjoy. Continuing to make clean skincare simple will hopefully encourage you to make time for yourself and set an example of selfcare rituals with your children and loved ones."
"I truly hope you enjoy the ILA + AVA skincare range as much as I enjoy using it myself and enjoy creating it for you."
Founder of ILA + AVA Organic Skincare