Kester Black

The Kester Black Story

Established in 2014 by Anna Ross, Kester Black designs and produces ethical, sustainable cosmetics and skincare. Our products are the first in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation.

We aim to redefine the industry standard for ethical cosmetics by making beautiful, quality products that have a positive social and environmental footprint.

Kester Black are committed to donating 2% of revenue including in-kind donations to registered charities every year.

Sustainable Practice

We consider our environmental footprint in every decision we make. Our company is formed by our core values and sustainability is at the top of the list. Here are a few ways we put our commitment to sustainability into practice.


All of our nail polishes are10-Free™. Why 10-Free™ I hear you ask? The answer is simple. We strip out a lot of bad stuff. While no nail polish can ever be fully free of chemicals, our 10-Free™ brand does not contain formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde resin, xylene, parabens, fragrances, phthalates and animal derived or tested ingredients.

Kester Black has also never used ingredients ethyl tosylamide, triphenyl phosphate or xylene.

None of our skincare contains any nasties like palm oil, parabens or sulfates. Our skincare range is made using certified organic ingredients and contain 97% + natural ingredients.


We use 100% renewable and certified carbon neutral energy. Our energy supplier, Power Shop, has been certified carbon neutral against the requirements of the National Carbon Offset Standard (NCOS) by the Australian Government and is the first power company to be accredited in Australia.

Manufacturing Practices

Driven to minimise our environmental impact and maximise the quality of our cosmetics, we use sustainable production methods that utilise recyclable materials and small batch manufacturing to minimise wastage. Our entire product line is Australian made, vegan, and cruelty free.

Supplier Standards

When choosing our manufacturers we screen rigorously for negative environmental, social and ethical practices. Each year we conduct an on site inspection and renew our legally binding supplier agreements. We only work with companies who are cruelty free.


We design with the end life of our products in mind and use as much recyclable packaging as possible. We also have a recycling system in place at our office and have special bins for staff to bring in old electrical goods where we dispose of them properly. Paper, cardboard, and plastics are separated and recycled.


In our office, we only use earth friendly cleaning products. Our office has floor to ceiling windows so most days we don’t even need to switch on the lights. Our windows are double glazed so we hardly have to use the heater and we have UV blocking window shades so we stay cool all summer long.


We are always on the lookout as to how to improve our formulations. We were one of the first nail polish companies in the world to bring out a water based nail polish remover, and have just switched our entire range of polishes over to a new breathable formulation. This makes your manicure much healthier, last longer and has also made our products available to Muslim women who choose to wear nail polish.

Prohibition of child and forced labor

Kester Black does not employ anyone under the legal working age. Kester Black also does not use any suppliers who employ anyone under the legal working age. We also enforce the prohibition of any type of forced labour. All production is completed in Australia and our manufacturer adheres to the legal guidelines for employees in Australia.


We only use local manufacturers as we believe strongly in supporting the local economy and small businesses. All products are made right here in Australia and we always source as many ingredients as possible from local suppliers.


All of our packaging is made in Australia to minimise our carbon footprint. Our shipping boxes are made from recycled cardboard and we use biodegradable bubble wrap when necessary. We even make the labels on our nail polish remover bottles from HDPE (the most recyclable plastic on the planet) so the entire bottle can be recycled.

Paperless office

We are working towards becoming a paperless office. We keep all files digital where possible, send e-receipts and opt for all of our mail to be sent to us electronically.