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Naturally Ours – NZ’s Best Beauty Ingredients

25 November, 2015 - 08:18pm by - First Lady | 21 Comments

By BR Kellie

Aren’t we blessed to live in such an amazing part of the world? Golden sand beaches, black sand beaches, hidden lakes dotted amongst towering snow-covered ranges, forests filled with ancient trees. It’s all a bit breath taking. And it’s home to some of beauty’s most amazing skincare ingredients. Ingredients that have been embraced by some of our best-known beauty brands. So what are some of these amazing natural gifts from Godzone? Here are our top five:

Now I must admit after reading that the mānuka tree most likely made its way here from across the ditch I nearly didn’t add mānuka honey into the list, but then I thought ‘pfft’ because it’s widely considered to be a very New Zealand product and it’s also an amazing ingredient in beauty products. Known for its ability to moisturise, soothe and heal it’s a product embraced by many beauty brands, including Oasis Beauty who use it along with mānuka oil in their Knock-Out SPF25 (Antibacterial) moisturiser.

Rotorua Mud is another product beloved not just by we Kiwis, but also by the world. Rich in minerals, it’s great for cleansing, exfoliating and rejuvenating skin. While not all of us have access to Rotorua mud at the source (oh to have a mud bath on a regular basis…) we can enjoy a little bit of this nature’s goodness at home thanks to Skinfood’s Mud Masque

The gel of the Harakeke flax is known for its ability to control oil, as well as hydrate and soothe. In the past Māori used it’s gel medicinally, applying it to boils, burns and other wounds, but these days it can be found in many beauty products including Living Nature’s Firming Flax Serum, where it harnesses the power of the Harakeke to help skin retain moisture and keep fine lines at bay by contracting pores. Living Nature also use Harakeke in their Hydrating Toning Gel range (which happens to be a favourite of this HP’s husband.)

Not only is our national Christmas tree beautiful to look at, it can be beautiful for the skin too. When Pohutakawa extract is added to beauty ingredients it infuses them with its ability to soothe and regenerate the skin. No wonder Trilogy use it in their amazing Mineral Radiance Mask.

I had absolutely no idea about the benefits of Kawakawa until my mother in law spotted a tree, pulled a leaf off and then proceeded to chew on it telling me how it was good for soothing toothache. Turns out it’s good for more than just that. Kawakawa is like a little natural pharmacy. It the past the leaves and roots of the Kawakawa tree were used for healing wounds, bruises and soothing tummy aches. Today it’s still used as a method of treating eczema and other skin conditions. As far as beauty products are concerned, it can be found in moisturisers and cleanser, body washes and balms, as well as being combined with Kowhai and Harakeke to create Tailor Mist – a must for this summer!

So do tell, are you a fan of using beauty products featuring New Zealand’s own ingredients? Do you have any you use that we need to know about? Sharing is caring!



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6th December, 2015

Recently I've gone through a bottle of Kiwiherb's Manuka Paint to help to improve my skin suffering eczema and it's been helping to stop skin infections. :) A while ago I read through a book inherited from my great poppa about Aotearoa's native trees and plants and their uses and benefits and medicinal properties. Since reading I have appreciated our trees so much more. Love New Zealand!

30th November, 2015

My mum taught me about kawakawa, its a great blood cleanser. I also love the mud mask its amazing for my oily skin:)

30th November, 2015

I had no idea about most of these. How cool that the mud masque has mud from Rotorua. Does it smell bad then lol. I think it's so great that these nz products, utilize what we have over here to make a really unique product.

29th November, 2015

I have used most of these products here and they are amazing. I definitely am a fan of New Zealand ingredients also love kiwi seed oil and extract which is several brands.

28th November, 2015

I love NZ brands and think natural ingredients have so many benefits. We are so lucky in our beautiful country to have so many wonderful ingredients on our doorstep. I am bursting to try some snowberry goodies.

28th November, 2015

Love Rotorua mask and manuka honey. Didn't know about Pohutukawa extract - would love to try the Trilogy mask!

27th November, 2015

I would love to try the Skinfood range, I have seen it often in the shops.

27th November, 2015

I'm quite fond of using NZ products and ingredients. I'd have to say that my current fave is the Antipodes Aura Mask...I just used one up, and have already made the repurchase! It has great results, and keeps my spots at bay! I didn't know that the gel of Harakeke flax can help to control oil, so that's great to know! Especially now that it's getting warmer! Might have to check that product out...

27th November, 2015

Reading this article I am feeling so proud of New Zealand made skin care products. We are so lucky! I love Skinfood, Trilogy and Oasis Beauty products ! Evolu is also a good brand using NZ ingredients in their products

26th November, 2015

Great article! :)

26th November, 2015

OMG I love all of them hehe. The Kawakawa is interesting my sister inlaw introduced me to this brewed up some Kawakawa leaves and had a beautiful cup of tea it is supposed to have lots of goodness in it. I have been drinking it for a week and I think my skin is liking it and my tummy problems have really improved. Only thing is it doesn't grow down here I will have to get her to send me some down they have a big tree.

26th November, 2015

Oh dear, don't get me started lol. I only buy NZ products now and they have to be nasty ingredients free. I'm a huge fan of Living Nature, their Harakeke Flax ingredient is just amazing. Also bentonite clay (used in Living Natures Deep Cleansing Mask.

Then there's Trilogy, Antipodes, Bee Sensual - I could go on and on and on but I won't. Suffice to say, I'm a huge fan of natural and organic skincare and cosmetics and there is no way I would revert back to the products that have hormone disruptors, parabens etc. It would just feel wrong!

25th November, 2015

There are lots of little miracle nature products that we have and are only just starting to realise and release the benefits. I really need to start using more NZ products and have my eye on some but just need to use up some of the stuff I have before buying more.

25th November, 2015

I'm definitely a fan of NZ made products, mostly because they're usually naturally based products and they're another business in our own country. Whether they use flax, manuka honey etc isn't something I've so much looked for, but I will do a bit of trying and comparing now.

25th November, 2015

I just got a Living Light Pohutakawa gift set to give to a friend in Australia for Christmas, just to share the NZ love around. I'm really loving New Zealand products, and there is so many to choose from, some really great, strong brands coming through.

26th November, 2015

Yea we have some awesome natural stuff here we are lucky really