Hello!

 

Welcome to Kester Black. We’re Australia’s most ethical beauty brand.

 

It’s simple – we make nail polish that’s kind on you and kind on the planet.

 

Founded in 2014 by designer Anna Ross, Kester Black blends ethics and beauty in a way that redefines the industry standard. Our products are cruelty free, palm oil free and vegan – always have been, and always will be!

Sustainability and ethical practice

 

When it comes to sustainability, we 100% walk the talk. From our ingredients, to our packaging, to the way we run our office – we take responsibility.

 

But hey, actions speak louder than words, so read more to see what we do to minimise our environmental footprint, and how we take care of our people and our planet.

 

Manufacturing practices

We do everything we can to ensure our manufacturing practices are sustainable. For us this means using recyclable materials and manufacturing in small batches to minimise wastage. We only use renewable energy and we have a paperless office.

 

Packaging and recycling

We design with the end-life of our products in mind and use as much recyclable packaging as possible. All of our packaging is made right here in Australia to minimise our carbon footprint. Our shipping boxes are made from recycled cardboard and we use biodegradable bubble wrap. We even make the labels on our nail polish remover bottles from HDPE (the most recyclable plastic on the planet) so the entire bottle can be recycled and reused.

 

Volunteering

Our staff are encouraged to take 10 paid days off work a year to volunteer for a charity of their choice.

 

Donations

We often collaborate with local charities, and run campaigns to fundraise on their behalf. For example, when we partnered with YGAP’s Polished Man campaign which was aimed at ending violence against children, we raised $68,000 for YGAP! We donate $1 from every online order to one of our charity partners: Educate Girls and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The future is female, after all! Furthemore we donate at least 2% of revenue including in-kind donations to registered charities every year.

10/10 rabbits prefer Kester Black.

 

With Cruelty Free, B Corporation, Halal, Vegan, and Carbon Neutral certifications – it’s not just beauty bloggers and  environmentalists that are singing our praises. The world’s most rigorous ethical standards mean no testing on animals. If our furry friends could, they’d be singing praises too.

Nailing it, where others aren’t.

 

We’re fixing nail polish for good. Which is why the top ten most damaging ingredients you find in others, aren’t in ours. High shine, chip resistant and in a double-rainbow of fashion colours and finishes – we use natural ingredients wherever we can. That means everything biodegradable glitter to breathable polishes infused with certified organic avocado oil and kefir.

Meet our founder.

 

Growing up on a farm in the lush hinterland of New Zealand, Anna Ross hugged trees as much as she did her mother. Her passion for natural beauty led her to create Australia’s most ethical beauty brand, Kester Black – the first of its kind with B Corp certification (aka the official hat-tip to nice people, doing nicer things for the environment).

Inspired by her natural heritage, with Kester Black Anna is initiating a new code of ethics for cosmetics that other brands can follow – there’s a lot of catch-up to do, yet.

Curious?

Contact us straight away. We look forward to hearing from you.