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Living Nature - Natural Skin Care From New Zealand

Living Nature: Ingredients

Using unique ingredients native to the rugged landscapes of New Zealand.


Renowned for its healing gel, Harakeke is one of New Zealand's oldest plants. Locally known as Flax for its similarities to the Flax plant found in the Northern Hemisphere, its large, grass-like fibrous leaves have been used for centuries to create everything from clothing to mats and nets. The calming, antiseptic gel has also been utilized for years to heal everything from cuts to burns.

Living Nature, taking its cue from local traditions, uses the gel of the Harakeke plant for its skin soothing and hydrating properties. It also makes a pure and natural alternative to petrochemically derived synthetic gels.


The fastest growing kelp in the world, bladder kelp, is giant seaweed found in the cool waters around southern New Zealand. With a height of up to 35 meters or more, kelp helps naturally shelter and protect small ocean creatures such as butterfish, sea snails, and lace coral. During its time in the sea, kelp absorbs plenty of rich nutrients that are later extracted for their many benefits. It's been used as everything from natural liquid fertilizers, dietary health supplements, and to boost levels of iodine, potassium, folic acid and vitamins A, B and D.

Nourishing kelp extract is used in Living Nature products to feed the skin and hair. In skincare, kelp's mild antiseptic properties cleanse and purify, while the silica found in the kelp helps build and maintain strong, healthy hair.


Named by the Maori, the people native to New Zealand, this flowering plant has traditionally been used to create a tea that helps relieve congestion and other cold symptoms. A truly unique plant, elements of Kumerahou, known as saponins, actually lather simply by rubbing the flowers and leaves together in water. This means that the ingredients in Kumerahou can clean skin without the lathering alkalis found in traditional soaps.

Living nature utilizes Kumerahou exactly for this purpose. Beyond lathering, the antimicrobial saponins act as natural defenders for skin and hair. For example, Kumerahou can naturally fight against the fungi associated with dandruff.

Manuka Honey

A key ingredient found in practically every Living Nature product, Manuka Honey has been used as a beauty and skin aid for centuries. Rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and other nutrients, antimicrobial Manuka Honey is one of the most biologically active and beneficial honeys found in nature and is known to fight infections and stimulate the immune system.

Not only does it encourage healing, this powerhouse ingredient acts as a humectant, drawing moisture into the skin while providing valuable nutrients to help cells metabolize. It also promotes quick tissue repair to fix past damage, while the lactic acid found in the honey smoothes away dead skin cells.

Manuka Oil

Originally used by the Maori to heal a variety of problems including burns, fevers, colds and skin disorders, Manuka Oil has long been prized for its potent healing properties. Extensive hospital research has found that it can be effective against the antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria (Methicillin-Resistant Staph. Aureus).

Living Nature extensively uses Manuka Oil to help combat irritations and infections cause by everyday micro-organisms, such as the ones that cause acne.


Part of an ancient group of New Zealand forests, the Totara tree evolved during the Jurassic period over 135 million years ago. One of the reasons it has lasted so long is its ability to be extremely resistant to decay due to its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. The healing compound Totarol, is ethically captured from the Totara tree and no trees are ever harvested to naturally create the compound.

A perfect skincare ingredient, Totarol is used in Living Nature products to help repair and combat environmental damage by fighting free radicals and protecting against oxidative stress.

Halloysite Clay

Found in the Matauri Bay in northern New Zealand, Halloysite clay is naturally created during the subtropical weathering process of ancient volcano domes that were created millions of years ago. It's famed for being one of the most pure and finest clays in the world. To utilize only the essential elements, Living Nature digs the clay from the ground and removes the silica sand, only leaving pure, powerful clay.

This clay is renowned for deeply, yet gently, absorbing toxins and impurities from the skin. These remarkable properties are especially useful in banishing excess oil, clearing blackheads and gently exfoliating to aid and nurture oily and acne-prone skin.


Originally found in the Mediterranean, Calendula is now grown all over the world. Named by the ancient Romans, who grew the herb in their gardens for its flowering beauty, it has been used for hundreds of years in everything from skincare products to soups.

Living Nature has captured this antibacterial and anti-inflammatory herb for its gentle ability to soothe and calm irritated skin.

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