Kawakawa Healing Skincare - From Tasman Bay, New Zealand
New Zealand is a gateway to medicinal plants with restorative powers. For centuries, Māori have harnessed these plants to calm, protect and nourish the skin.
Kawakawa is found throughout Kara’s skincare range – delivering anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and antispasmodic relief.
Gentle on our skin, Earth and wallet.
Tough on skin conditions and microbes.
What our customers have to say
I have eczema, I should say HAD!
No more itching, and my skin looks much better, really happy with the results. Love the roll on oil very soothing with the metal roller.
The packaging is beautiful great for a special gift."
I suffer from psoriasis and very dry skin, totally works on cracked heels, after 2 days cracked heels are gone.
Psoriasis on my hands have gone.
I treated my hubby skin cancer after his treatment and it has improved greatly.
I also loved how eco friendly the packaging was, and I received a little handwritten card with my order which was just so special.
I highly recommend Karakawa products, a lot of thought and love goes into these products
Lip balm is fantastic 😊
Thank you Kara x"
So happy with the results.
I also loved how eco friendly the packaging was, and I received a little handwritten card with my order which was just SO special.
Couldn’t recommend enough, a lot of thought and love goes into these products
Thank you Kara x"
My second purchase and I love the products"
I’ve recently just used this and I suffer a lot with eczema on both of my arms/elbows. First time I’ve used it and oh my gosh!! My arms were starting to heal back to its normal skin colour and skin, I was in tears as dealing with eczema for so many years, a solution has finally came along!!
Thank you guys for this!!! I give this 100000/100%
I recommend to anyone who suffers with having skin problems such as eczema!!"
Where is kawakawa found?
What are kawakawa's medicinal properties and benefits?
Anti-inflammatory: Kawakawa leaves contain myristicin – an active compound that stimulates cells to release nitric oxide. Cells release nitric oxide to help fight inflammation; myristicin boosts this effect.
Anti-inflammatories help soothe redness, pain, swelling and heat.
This can offer much-needed TLC to cracked, damaged, itchy and sore skin as well as painful joints and skin conditions like dermatitis, eczema, rosacea, acne and psoriasis.
Antimicrobial: Breaks in our skin like cuts, grazes, and burns are a one-way ticket for microbes to enter our bodies. Kawakawa contains compounds that naturally prevent the growth and spread of harmful microbes. As a result, it can help support the recovery of bacterial, viral and fungal infections, including acne, athlete’s foot, candidiasis (thrush), and ringworm.
Antispasmodic: Spontaneous muscle spasms and cramps are an unwelcome surprise – particularly at night. Kawakawa can help prevent and soothe cramps by increasing blood circulation and relaxing muscles. Rubbing Kara’s Kawakawa Healing Balm into troublesome areas like the calves and hamstring can help provide relief and allow sleep without rude interruptions.
How is Kara's Kawakawa Healing skincare range formulated and made?
While creating a new product, Kara carefully formulates, tests and reformulates until the product is perfect.
From there, it is processed in small batches to guarantee consistency and potency.
All products are made in a sanitised space, always wearing clean gloves and aprons.
Kara’s unique extraction process is what gives her products a distinctive potency. While we won’t give away all her secrets, kawakawa leaves are steeped in Coconut Oil, Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil for a minimum of 4 weeks at a low temperature. At this point, the oil has a rich earthy kawakawa aroma and distinctive dark green colouring.
Kara’s Healing Balm, Body Butter, Kawakawa Soap, Face Lotion, Body Lotion, Harakeke Soap, and Scentsless Deodorant are made without essential oils or additives. This makes them safe for sensitive skin, babies and animals.
The rest of Kara’s Kawakawa Healing Skincare products are lightly scented with low quantities of essential oils. They are kept well within best practices and safe amounts while also considering sensitive skin. This way, anyone with sensitive skin can enjoy all products and are unlikely to have a reaction.
Formulas use minimal, select ingredients that have purpose and power.
No pointless ingredients, fillers, or harsh chemicals.
I like to keep it real – real ingredients that real people can afford.
Mild preservatives are added to water-containing products and products that come in contact with water. These include body lotion, face lotion, shampoo bars, conditioner bars, and shave bars. These preservatives protect the integrity of the active ingredients – so they can be enjoyed over a long time.
Every scoop, slather and lather is a skin-serving experience that doesn’t compromise the environment.
How is kawakawa harvested?
Care is taken to not break branches, disrupt the surroundings, or over-pick plants. We pick only the leaves with the most holes and only a few from each tree.
The looper caterpillar favours potent kawakawa leaves, leaving holes as they forage. These are the leaves we pick, as they are rich in active medicinal compounds
Kara Kawa Packaging
Minimal, eco-friendly packaging is always at the forefront of Kara Kawa products.
From formulating and manufacturing to posting the finished product – Kara leaves a minimal footprint. During manufacture, Kara actively sources compostable, biodegradable, reusable, and recyclable products like piping bags, cling film, and glassware.
Packaging is minimal and recyclable – including compostable cardboard, recyclable plastic tubs, glass tubs and bottles, and kraft card packaging printed with natural vegan ink.
Where possible, containers are abandoned altogether – for example, Kara’s Shampoo Bars, Conditioner Bars and Shave Bars.
Finished products are delivered in compostable postage bags.
Kawakawa Healing Balm Uses
Kara’s 5-star-rated Kawakawa Healing Balm is powered by plants for ultimate skin relief.
It’s a hardworking multitasker, the type of product you keep on hand for every occasion: chapped lips, dry cuticles, cuts, grazes, aches or pains. As a natural multipurpose salve, use it for any and every part of your skin that experiences dryness, pain or swelling.
Its ideal home would be in your handbag, nappy bag, car glove box, first-aid kit, travel bag or on your bathroom counter.
4 Modes of Action, One Balm
Based on the traditional use of Kawakawa:
– Hydrates and seals in moisture
– Calms inflammation and irritation
– Prevents and combats bacterial and fungal infections
– Relaxes muscular cramps
For more on Kawakawa’s incredible benefits, read this complete guide to Kawakawa’s therapeutic qualities.
You can read all about Kara Kawa’s harvesting and extraction process here.
We’re not one for bragging, but here’s why our customers love Kawakawa Healing Balm…
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