Brand story

THE BEAUTY CHEF

WHO

CARLA OATES

WHAT

Beauty begins in the belly—these probiotic-rich, lacto-fermented whole food wellness blends work from the inside out to encourage healthy, glowing skin.

WHERE

Sydney, Australia

WHEN

2009

WHY

As a child dealing with eczema and allergies, a naturopath helped Carla by drastically changing the foods she ate, setting her on a lifelong wellness path. Fast forward to her career as a beauty editor when she realized she could shift the beauty industry by pioneering the importance of gut health and natural beauty.

Q&A

Morning person or night owl?

Morning person. I love getting up early before anyone else and having me time to think, daydream, and drink tea.

AM ritual?

I go for a walk or run along Bondi Beach, stretch, breathe in the ocean air and exhale any stress. It clears my mind and sets me up for the day.

PM ritual?

I love to take a bath. Whether a full bath or foot bath I add Epsom salts, which are rich in detoxifying sulfur and relaxing magnesium, with a few drops of essential oils.

Theme song?

“All You Need Is Love” by The Beatles.

Uniform?

I don’t really have a uniform, but I love to be comfortable. In winter I love throwing on a cosy coat, and in summer I am drawn to flowy dresses in silk or linen.

Nature fix?

Growing up in Australia, I love being in nature. For me, a swim in the ocean or going for a walk in the bush is the ultimate soul food.

Healthiest habit?

I make sure I include lacto-fermented foods in my diet every day. They’re great for gut health and glowing skin!

Biggest indulgence?

Eating caviar straight from the jar.

Secret skill?

Dancing!! (People tell me I am quite a good dancer, although my children strongly beg to differ!)

Greatest challenge?

Juggling parenthood and family with running a business. And tuning a guitar by ear.

Greatest joy?

My children (and food).

Mantra?

Look after your gut, be gutsy, and follow your gut instinct!