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Naturally Ours – NZ’s Best Beauty Ingredients

25 November, 2015 - 08:18pm by - First Lady | 16 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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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

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

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

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.

25th November, 2015

I love using products with NZ grown ingredients, even though I'd struggle to identify the plant they came from. I love Rotorua and I love the Skinfood Mud Masque! I have the Living Nature Serum but haven't started using it yet.

25th November, 2015

For a small country I think we are quite innovative with skincare. I would love to try some products from these brands. My mum was a big fan of kawakawa use. So proud of new zealand made products. I need to pan out some products before I go buying more. I have so much skincare at the moment.

25th November, 2015

I am loving Snowberry Starbright Moisturiser (New Zealand rainforest Totara) and Oxygen Ultimate Botanical Serum (NZ Hops) at the moment. Good ol' NZ has so many beneficial natural ingredients available to us and it is wonderful to see so many kiwi beauty brands .

25th November, 2015

When supporting NZ companies like Oasis Beauty and Skinfood I don't actually think about whether the ingredients are sourced locally - very insightful article!

25th November, 2015

Oh this just reminded me of all the things on my wishlist! I totally need to try more Oasis goodies and also I want to try more Skinfood stuff as well. I love hearing about all of these NZ brands I wouldn't have known about without BR.

25th November, 2015

Absolutely, it was through BR I got really into trying NZ brands. I also want to try some more products by skinfood.

25th November, 2015

We're lucky to have them aren't we? I think Skinfood is my favourite brand of products, although I also love True and Oasis.

25th November, 2015

I just got that Oxygen serum a couple of days ago- loving it so far too- and I have a Snowberry facial tomorrow and he cost is fully redeemable for product so I might give that moisturiser a go! Yay NZ

25th November, 2015

I might have to look into that moisturiser, it sounds really nice.

25th November, 2015

Ringy, I have repurchased my serum several times over (I just love it), and Yay for Snowberry Facial... I will look to you for the next recommendation :) I won Starbright and it works so well for me but I would love to try the rest of the range too.

26th November, 2015

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

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