How do you do Kakadu?

I was sitting at the hairdresser this week after a long week of grad school, but I couldn’t relax. I was staring at this ad. It was yet another ad for an Australian product or ingredient that I’d never heard of.

Ah yes all my hair products come from the Australian rainforest. Don't yours?
Ah yes, all my hair products come from the Australian rainforest. Don’t yours?

There are a whole host of products I’ve come across in America that are marketed as being Australian. Wallaby Yogurt, Noosa Yogurt, Ugg Australia, and Aussie hair products. It got me thinking. Do these products have anything to do with Australia? Its time for some Myth busting! The first in my series is Kakadu Plum.

It is true that Kakadu Plum is very high in Vitamin C. It is also true that it and may be able to fight off cancer cells and help heal damaged skin (research forthcoming) according to, Joshua Zeichner, an assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City.  It probably is not coming from the Australian rainforests. Sorry to burst that bubble.

Here’s a link to a report from the ABC (that’s the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for my American readers!) about commercial Kakadu Plum farming. As you can see in the image below there is no rainforest in sight! But it is, in fact, being produced in Australia, which is probably more than I can say for a lot of these products.

PHOTO: The Bidyadanga Kakadu Plum plantation, south of Broome. (Supplied: Kimberley Training Institute)

 

If you’re interested in learning more about all-natural beauty products you should check out my friend Bora and her blog Beauty+ Culture

 

 

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