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REVIEW: Self Care With Bopo Women

Review of BoPo Women by Freya Bennett 

As a girl growing up in the 90’s and early 2000’s I was exposed to a pre fourth wave feminist Dolly and Girlfriend magazine experience. These magazines–if you’re unaware–were the only magazines on offer to teenage girls in Australia and were blatantly degrading to girls. Especially in regards to beauty products. I never felt good enough as it was (teenage years can be brutal) and these adverts featuring airbrushed models made me feel even worse when they claimed to fix flaws I didn’t even know I should be worried about.

Not only was I exposed to some pretty blatant beauty product advertising in the magazines I was consuming but the ads that were on during shows aimed at teen girls (Home & Away, Neighbours, Charmed etc) were pretty horrifying. I remember a specific occasion when I begged my mum for a set of three products that were aimed at girls that claimed to get rid of cellulite, tighten skin and reduce fat. How a moisturizer was meant to do that I have no idea but the advert on TV told me it would work and the beautiful slim woman in the ad made me cringe at my wobbly, cellulity body.

Looking back now, I just wish I could show teenage Freya the amazing advances we have made, even in mainstream media. We still have SUCH a long way to go but teen magazines have come a long way since 90’s Dolly.

I didn’t think I was all that into beauty products or skincare anymore, usually just buying a big bottle of cheap moisturizer from the supermarket but as soon as I was contacted by Bronwyn, founder of BOPO WOMEN, I knew there was something missing from my life.

BOPO WOMEN is founded on the principals of self love, empowerment and never harming women through undervaluing their worth and potential. BOPO WOMEN will never talk about flaws to fix or miracle changes instead focusing on loving the skin you’re in, nourishing your body with beautiful ingredients and taking the time  to focus on loving your body.

I was sent a beautiful set of products including the most gorgeous smelling perfume, a refreshing spray and luxurious oil. Now I may be pretty simple when it comes to skincare but I love a bit of luxury when it’s on offer and things that smell delicious will get me every time!

The SELF-LOVE BODY ELIXER I was sent has to be my favourite because it’s a delicious oil and having fairly dry skin myself, moisturiser alone often doesn’t cut it. I actually started using the oil on my face over night and the difference in how I felt was immense. I won’t go into the difference in appearance because that is not what this is about (although my skin was way less dry and felt pretty damn soft) but the difference in how I felt and acted towards myself was pretty beautiful. Doing this one self-care activity actually made me think of other self-care activities I wanted to achieve. Remedying my dry skin from the outside, made me think of ways to help from the inside and I started to remember to drink more water and meditate.

This oil is going to last me a long time and that means I probably won’t need to buy any more till next year. The way you know a company really cares for you is when a product is made to last. The beautiful glass bottle and utterly stunning packaging (by one of my favourite artists Vanja Vukelic) is also a sign that a lot of thought and care has gone in to each and every product.

I want to be clear that this is absolutely not a paid promotion. At Ramona we rarely (if ever) write articles about products that we were paid to promote and that’s because we want girls and women to know what we genuinely think. We want you to know you can trust us with recommendations and feel confident to spend your money on feminist companies who are actually making a difference because we vote with our dollars. We help guide the future with our money and knowing you’re spending money on good quality products that come from small and honest companies who empower women is such a relief. But don’t just take my word for it, have a read of BOPO’s Mission and see for yourself.

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Freya Bennett

Freya Bennett is the co-founder and director of Ramona Magazine for Girls. Freya is a musician, artist and writer from Melbourne, Australia. Peek into this green, caffeinated city and you will find her writing and playing music, making colourful art, and discussing the virtues of feminism. Freya has a passion for youth issues and has been studying Youth Work during 2017 with the hope to be a mentor and help youth (especially teen girls) to overcome any obstacles they are faced with. To combat her own obstacles of anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about mental health struggles and shining a light on what is not spoken about. Freya welcomed her first daughter, Aurora into the world on the 21st of November, 2017 and is smitten! She hopes the Ramona community will surround Rory and give her so much strength as she grows! With a passion for grassroots activism and creative community, Freya began Ramona Magazine as an alternative to boring, image-obsessed teen media. The magazine is founded upon Freya’s core values of creative expression, equality and kindness. Visit Freya’s Soundcloud and follow her on Instagram @freyasadventures.

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