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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, 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 for 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 in 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 an 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.

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. She is a writer and illustrator from Melbourne, Australia who has a passion for youth rights and mental health. To combat her own battle with anxiety and hypochondria, you can find Freya boxing, practicing yoga, taking sertraline and swimming in the ocean. She believes in opening up about her 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 spends her days building blocks, reading stories and completely exhausted. 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. You can follow her on Instagram @thecinnamonsociety

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