About Kara Kawa Marlborough Sounds hillside where Kawakawa is harvested
About Kara Kawa Marlborough Sounds hillside where Kawakawa is harvested
About Kara Kawa Marlborough Sounds hillside where Kawakawa is harvested

About Kara Kawa

How is Kara's 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 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.

About Kara Kawa inside the workshop

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?

Kawakawa is harvested by hand in the Marlborough Sounds.
Kara’s process respects New Zealand’s heritage, ancestors and future generations by honouring Māori tradition and sustainable practice.

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

We take only what’s needed and return any spare flora to the Earth. Honestly, there usually isn’t excess as we use all of the plant, including the stalks.

Harvested Kawakawa is washed in clean water before processing.

About Kara Kawa Kawakawa leaves

About 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.

For more on Kawakawa’s incredible benefits, read this complete guide to Kawakawa’s therapeutic qualities.

Kara’s 5-star-rated Kawakawa Healing Balm is powered by plants for ultimate skin relief, check out Kawakawa Healing Balm Uses for more information about this balm.

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