See if this sounds familiar: “You think you nailed a skin regime, and then a month later you feel like you’re back in those teenage years,” gripes Emily Rohr. But Emily had a few advantages most of us lack when it came to finally solving her breakout troubles—her father is a dermatologist, her husband is a chemist, and after years of working with Aboriginal artists at her indigenous gallery in Broome, Australia, she had strong evidence that traditional bush remedies might offer some untapped solutions. She began working with tribal elders to identify uber-powerful plants worth extracting—things like Vitamin C-rich Kakadu plum, an astringent type of evergreen tree called Lilly Pilly, and the moisturizing, antibacterial Gumbi Gumbi shrub.
After five years of tweaking, Emily launched Rohr Remedy in 2016. The line of eight essential products ranges from the least sticky, most effective lip balm you’ll ever encounter to a rich, residue-free face cream, all snappily presented in shiny black packaging that feels super-duper luxe. Even better? No item costs more than $36. For Emily, nothing involved in the process is an afterthought. “I wanted to create skincare with clearly labeled ingredients that isn’t typecast as being only for women or a certain kind of woman,” she says. “Above all, I knew my line must be versatile, affordable, and delightful to use.” Well, good onya, Emily (that’s a thing Aussies say—trust us). —courtney conway