Harakeke or flax
Found widely around New Zealand, harakeke is an important fibre plant to Maori with numerous and varied uses. It was also used for medicinal purposes, its sticky sap or gum applied to boils and wounds, and its leaves used in bind broken bones. Its cooling and healing properties are now being harvested by beauty companies into soaps, hand crèmes, shampoos and arrange of other cosmetics.
Also known as the Tree Fern Mamaku, the Black Fern has been used by Maori for decades to sooth and revive skin. Its regenerative properties have lent to its extract being used in beauty products to repair dry, damaged skin, including burns and scars.
Kawakawa trees are mostly found in coastal areas of New Zealand in damp bush. Maori used its bitter-tasting but aromatic leaves to make tea, while its bark and fruit is considered to have medicinal properties. It is useful for relieving the pain and inflammation associated with cuts, abrasions, wounds, bruises, burns, and body aches. It is also known for its analgesic properties.
Known as New Zealand’s Christmas tree, pohutukawa trees blooms with beautiful bright red flowers in summertime. Like many other native plants, pohutukawa is popular for its medicinal uses. Known for its natural toning benefits and regenerative properties, it is a popular extract in cosmetics. You’ll also find its nectar infused into honey.
Found aplenty in the unpolluted waters of the South Pacific, kelp provides nutrient-rich nourishment for the skin and hair. It also has mild antiseptic benefits.
New Zealand produces some of the best kiwifruit in the world. This antioxidant-rich fruit has high levels of vitamin C, minerals and omega 3 that are great news for skin health. You’ll find its extract used in cleansers, creams and exfoliants.
Mud from geothermal areas
New Zealand is world-renowned for its geothermal activity. While the restorative powers of geothermal waters have attracted visitors for decades, mud from these areas is equally popular for its natural cleansing, antiseptic, healing and rebalancing properties.
Where to buy New Zealand beauty products?
You can buy attractively-packaged, New Zealand-made beauty products from souvenir shops, beauty and department stores around the country.