Aromatherapy-Grade Important Oils Make Koala Eco One of many Finest-Smelling Cleansing Merchandise on the Market


When Jessica Bragdon and Paul Davidson couldn’t find cleaning products that they thought were safe enough for their two young children, they decided to make their own. “We were constantly looking for safe, pollution-free cleaning and hand and body products that would not only make our home smell great naturally, but would actually work,” says Bragdon.

The result is Koala Eco, a range of all-natural cleansing and self-care products made with aromatherapy-grade Australian plants and essential oils. From the brand’s best-selling kitchen cleaner with lemon, myrtle and mandarin to the shower gel with eucalyptus and rosemary, the glass cleaner with peppermint and the hand wash with eucalyptus and rosemary with lemon scent (currently unsurprisingly popular), every product in the range is vegetable, non-toxic and free from animal testing. “Our goal was to make natural products that would make cleaning and caring for the family home much more comfortable for people,” says Bragdon.

But are they just as effective? “Completely,” says Bragdon. “Our surface spray products have been independently laboratory tested to kill 99.99 percent of bacteria, and it is proven that essential oils made from native botanicals are powerful antiseptics and antibacterial agents.”

Koala Eco isn’t Bragdon’s first foray into the flora: she worked as a florist in Boston and later in New York, where she met Davidson, before the couple moved to Perth and then to Sydney, where they now live with their two sons. Davidson grew up in rural Western Australia.

The duo sources their essential oils from Down Under Enterprises, which specialize in extracts from Australian native plants and manufacture their products in New South Wales. The products are packaged in bottles made from 100 percent recycled and recyclable materials and have illustrated labels that add value to any detergent cabinet. You can also find them in kitchens and bathrooms in Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan as the brand continues to expand. The US is next on the agenda.

“People associate Australia with the qualities of openness, friendliness and unpretentiousness, and our products embody a similar level of transparency and straightforwardness,” says Bradgon. “We’re starting in the States with the same principles as the Australian company, which puts ethical production and packaging at the top of the agenda.”

To complete the loop, a percentage of every Koala Eco sale is donated to the One Percent for the Planet charity, and the brand also sponsors the Port Stephens Koalas Sanctuary and donates to the World Wildlife Fund.