Your cuticles are the keepers of your nail health. Take care of your cuticles and they’ll reward you with strong, healthy nails. Oriwa Naturals can help in the care of your nails. The following diagram shows you where they are on your nail in case you didn’t know!
Cuticles provide a natural barrier to fungus and bacteria. They’re like little goalies, stopping the bad stuff from entering the nail bed and causing infection.
If you break this natural barrier, they can become inflamed and ragged. At the very least this'll detract from the perfection of your manicure. At worst, you could end up with the kind of infection that permanently damages your nails.
So, whatever you do, don’t cut them!
Cuticles are formed as the nail grows - it rips the underside of your eponychium (the skin at the base of your nails) and takes it with it. It grips hard to both the nail plate and the eponychium. This is what creates such a great seal.
If that grip is too strong it starts to pull the skin tight and stretch it out. It can also get a bit unruly at the base of the nail. So we remove them. Just NOT by cutting them.
A step-by-step on cuticle care
Step 1: Remove nail polish
Use a nail polish remover to remove any traces of remaining nail polish that are on your nails. Avoid using a remover that contains acetone. File and shape your nails to your desire before the next step.
Step 2: Apply cuticle moisturiser
Cuticle Moisturise and help massage away any dry cuticles or dead skin cells. It gives the nails an even, radiant and smooth finish and also helps to improve the skin’s suppleness. It also strengthens nails and keeps them healthy. Any of our Oriwa Naturals Moisturising Balms work well for this step.
Step 3: Push cuticles back
Soak your fingers in some soapy lukewarm water. This helps with the softening of the cuticles and also cleanses any impurities that may be underneath them. Gently pat dry your nails and start to carefully push them back with a cuticle stick. Once you’re satisfied with them, you can use a nail buffer to smooth down any long or overgrown cuticles.
Step 4: Moisturise Again
Rub in Oriwa Naturals Moisturising or Massage Balms into your cuticles. This helps keep them healthy, and keeps your nails healthy and strong.
Our Moisturising and massage balms come in 50ml tins, which are great kept in your handbag or car glove box or on the table next to where you watch TV or read your book. When you find yourself at an appointment, waiting in the car, or reading or watching the news, grab the tin and massage the balm into your cuticles and fingernails. When you do this on a regular basis you will be amazed how strong and healthy your nails become.
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A few people have messaged us how to open the Kawakawa Body Oil Lids as they don't pop up easily. We are aware of this problem, but unfortunately until shipping from overseas improves we can't change the bottles.
However there is a really easy way to open the Kawakawa Body Oil:
1. Unscrew the pump and pull it out of the bottle.
2. Hold tightly the white plastic at the top of the pump with a tissue
3. Look closely on top of the pump, there is an arrow.
4. While holding the white plastic bit at the top, with your finger, turn the pump in the direction of the arrow.
It should just pop up, replace the lid, and you're away.
As soon as things improve, we'll be researching and buying some brand new bottles.
Palm Oil, an ingredient that is doing so much harm, not only to the environment, but now also to our body according to new studies which have found how a fatty acid in palm oil affects the cancer genome, increasing the likelihood that the disease will spread in humans.
The reason why our beautiful makeup remover came about was simply because I was using a product from the body shop, and when I finally looked at the ingredient list, to my horror it had Palm Oil listed as the ingredient. That’s why I started making my own, which then became Oriwa Naturals Signature product, in fact all of our products are 100% natural and good for your skin without a trace of Palm Oil.
The Institute for Research on Biomedicine (IRB), conducted a study on mice, finding that palmitic acid promoted metastasis in mouth and skin cancers.
Other fatty acids called oleic acid and linoleic acid found in Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Flaxseed Oil did not show the same effect.
This was a rigorous and comprehensive study that suggests exposure to a major constituent of Palm Oil durably changes the behavior of cancer cells, making them more prone to progress from local to potentially lethal metastatic disease. Given the prevalence of palm oil as an ingredient in processed foods and in skincare products it may be time to check all the ingredients in your food products and skincare products to make sure you are palm oil free.
Palm oil is grown in tropical regions in both Asia and South America, and it is the most consumed vegetable oil on the planet with 72% of the worldwide products used in the food industry. A 2015 report by the roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil estimated the worldwide use would more than double by 2030 and triple by 2050. It’s a cheap substitute for butter so it’s especially common in dough and baked foods and everyday pantry items such as Nutella and biscuits.
We recently wrote about Palm oil in our blog with a plea to stop using it as it’s destroying our environment and our health. Many companies hide palm oil in their products by listing it as an ingredient that doesn’t look like palm oil – such as stearic acid.
To avoid buying products with Palm Oil, you need to learn what it might look like on the labels. These can be deceptive. The EU made Palm Oil labelling compulsory, but elsewhere it can hide behind a variety of different names. They include…
INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil, Vegetable Fat, Palm Kernel, Palm Kernel Oil, Palm Fruit Oil, Palmate, Palmitate, Palmolein, Glyceryl, Stearate, Stearic Acid, Elaeis Guineensis, Palmitic Acid, Palm Stearine, Palmitoyl Oxostearamide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-3, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Kernelate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate/Sulphate, Hyrated Palm Glycerides, Etyl Palmitate, Octyl Palmitate, Palmityl Alcohol
CONTAINS: Palm oil
It’s also often listed just as a ‘vegetable oil’ which can appeal to vegetarians and other health conscious types – but it’s far from that.
It’s often used in beauty products such as lipsticks, soap and shampoo.
So next time you do your shopping, flick your eyes over the packaging and look at the labels carefully. Look after our rainforests. If we stop buying the products with Palm Oil in, then we can make a dent in the number of plantations being planted by the method of slashing and burning rainforests around the world. Plus, not only will the environment be healthier, so will our bodies.
And rest assured – there is no palm oil in any of Oriwa Naturals products.
Our Kawakawa Body Oil is a blend of gold medal oil from Isobel Olives, infused with Kawakawa leaves from sunny Marlborough and Apricot Kernel Oil. Every bottle of this incredible Body Oil is handmade here in Christchurch.
Every ingredient has great benefits for you skin. We researched the ingredients thoroughly to get the best outcome. .
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
For centuries, extra virgin olive oil has been used topically to relieve every day skin ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties because it is packed with antioxidants and vitamins. It hydrates the skin by building the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent loss of moisture. It has a high proportion of vitamins K and E, and high polyphenals which protect against free radicals which damage the skin. This makes it effective in aiding common skin disorders such as Acne, Psoriasis, Eczema and Diaper rash.
Kawakawa has been used also for centuries in traditional Maori medicine in New Zealand. It is used to ease digestive issues, relieve pain such as toothache, heal cuts and soothe irritated skin. When used in skincare products, it works to draw out impurities while at the same time delivers an anti-inflammatory, antifungal and healing effect. It works to strengthen the skin, while restoring hydration and providing intense nourishment. It is perfect for skin prone to eczema and acne, or if your skin is overly dry or overly oily as it calms and restores balance. it also alleviates itchy skin.
Apricot Kernel Oil
Apricot oil is light and easily absorbed because it resembles the skin's naturally-produced oil sebum. Apricot oil helps to improve skin tone, maintain softness and radiance of the skin. It also nourishes the skin and lowers the appearance of face wrinkles, fine lines and blemishes (that's the Vitamin C and E working in partnership). Apricot oil is also naturally high in Vitamin E which boosts the skin’s ability to retain elasticity and clarity by helping to protect cells from damaging free radicals (such as environmental pollutants), promoting a more radiant complexion.
Apricot oil is light and quickly makes skin soft and smooth due to its Vitamin A content. It goes deep into the skin and provides a long-lasting moisturisation. Its fatty acids act as non-greasy emollients to nourish and restore dry skin. This makes apricot oil one of the best skin-nourishing, plant based ingredients in our handmade Kawakawa Body Oil . The oil’s natural linoleic acid (omega 6) content also strengthens the skin’s barrier function and its oleic acid (omega 9) content softens skin and gives a satin-like feel.
Lemongrass Essential Oil
Lemongrass is an antioxidant. It has anti-inflammatory properties which help skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Research studies have also found it to be: antifungal, antibacterial, antimalarial (insect repellent especially when used with Ylang Ylang, and provides some pain relief.
Lime Essential Oil
Technically, Lime essential oil is not an essential oil, but a cold pressed oil similar to Olive Oil. It has know to reduce stress, boosts mood and energy, It has anti bacterial, anti aging, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil
In a study evaluating the antioxidant properties of essential oils, ylang ylang interestingly stood out as containing substantial anti-inflammatory properties. When massaged into your skin, it can be calming and has shown to reduce blood pressure used daily in massage. It has also been shown to exhibit potent anti-biofilm activities. Biofilm, the slimy film of bacteria that adheres to slick surfaces is becoming more of a public health concern because of its role in infectious disease and importance in a variety of device-related infections. Biofilm formation of Staphylococcus aureus is also a mechanism of drug resistance. Of 83 essential oils that were evaluated in a 2014 study published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, ylang ylang oil was a Top 3 performer, destroying upwards of 80 % of the biofilm produced by S. aureus. The implication is that ylang ylang may make a good home-based topical oil for protecting against certain types of bacteria and potentially virus and other microbial organisms, especially on our skin. It is also a powerful bug repellent, especially when used in conjuction with Lemongrass essential Oil.
In conlusion, our blend of the above makes our Kawakawa Body Oil a bottle packed of goodness for your skin. Perhaps we've found the secret fountain of youth elixir! You won't know until you try!
Kawakawa has been used in traditional medicine by Maori for hundreds of years (Rongoa Maori). In recent times there have been scientific studies that prove that Kawakawa has anti-inflammatory activity that help a variety of conditions. Consequently, the medicinal uses of kawakawa by Māori in rongoā are supported by the anti-inflammatory activity observed. This study provides novel scientific evidence to support the cultural practice of Māori. (Ryan 2014).
Kawakawa is a common plant found throughout New Zealand in lowland forest. It is distinctive because of its heart shaped leaves, often riddled with holes from insect damage.
It has been recorded as being used internally to tone the kidneys (as a hot tea), and help with stomach problems. Externally it was used for cuts, wounds, boils, abscesses, and nettle stings. It was also used for Arthritis and other aches and pains, including toothache. When Kawakawa is thrown on a campfire and burned, it reputedly kept mosquitoes away.
Historically, medicinal uses were observed in early New Zealand. Early settlers to NZ recorded Kawakawa applied to neuralgic affections, the leaves and fruit were chewed for toothache. Pulped leaves were applied to swollen faces, and to rheumatism. Decoction of young leaves, twigs were taken for stomach pains. Also taken for several days for gonorrhoea. Leaf and bark used for cuts and wounds. It was observed that Kawakawa helped skin disorders, and to heal cuts and wounds. Other observations in the 1800 to 1940s were: cure of boils, dressings for bad wounds, intestinal worms, bladder complaints, scabies, eczema, venereal disease, serious bruises.
In a footnote, Skinner (1888) says 'From my own experience this elaborate mixture ... is quite unnecessary. The great virtue contained in the leaves and succulent shoots of the Kawakawa shrub .. is quite sufficient in itself to deal with the most serious bruises and abrasions. A jug or basinful of these leaves steeped with boiling water, and the mixture applied rather hot to the bruise, has great curative powers.'
Oriwa Naturals pick fresh Kawakawa leaves from sunny Marlborough and infuse these leaves into an Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a high Polyphenol content at 10% Kawakawa Leaf by weight.
The Polyphenols in the Extra Virgin Olive Oil are naturally occurring compounds found in plant based foods and work as antioxidants. This means they neutralise free radicals that potentially damage the body’s cells. Studies show that polyphenols also fight inflammation. The plant polyphenols possess anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, anti-oxidant properties and DNA repair activities, and that can be used for the prevention of variety of skin disorders caused by excessive exposure to solar UV light.
Olive Oil contains at least 30 different phenolic compounds including oleacein, tyrosol and hydroxytyrosol. By definition, high phenolic oil contains at least 250mg polyphenols per kg of oil. The EVOO that Oriwa Naturals use is 298 per kg of oil.
The combination of Extra Virgin Olive Oil and infused Kawakawa leaf makes a great healing oil and we use this in our Nurture - Kawakawa Skin Soother, and our Spa Escape Kawakawa Body Oil.
Dogs love rolling in all sorts of stuff, especially dead things or poo. If your dog lives in the house with you, this can be challenging to get the smells out, so dog shampoo is obviously the answer. But what are the things to look out for when choosing a dog shampoo that is safe for their skin?
We know that there are lots of harmful chemicals in skincare for humans and there’s a real drive to go back to basics and choose natural. Natural is better for us and better for our environment.
Harmful substances that can be found in some creams and lotions we’ve all used in the past, are endocrine disrupters, carcinogens and irritants. Many companies add ‘fillers’ that aren’t natural and are an irritant to the skin, just to make their product last longer.
So if you’re going with natural products for yourself, it goes without saying that we should take the same care with our pets.
Like humans, a dog’s skin is the largest organ and it accounts for 12-14% of his body weight. It acts as a protector from environment, gives a sense of touch, and regulates his temperature. Anything you put on his skin can be absorbed into his body, and by licking his fur and skin, any product residue could be ingested. (at least us humans don’t groom ourselves with our tongue so that danger for us is not a priority!)
A dog’s skin is thinner and more sensitive than humans and his fur coat also regulates his temperature but also protects it from UV and physical damage.
The pH of a dogs skin is also different to humans. Human skin is slightly acidic and normally around 5.5 whereas a dog’s skin is much closer to being neutral – like water. This is why you need to use natural products on your dog, as any chemicals can be an irritant. Over time an acidic product can strip away natural oils leaving dry skin and a dull coat.
So what should you look for in a dog shampoo?
The pet industry is not regulated, so there is no legal requirement to list ingredients on pet products. Avoid products that have no ingredients listed. If they can’t share their list, then there is most likely an ingredient in there they are hiding. You are best to pick one that has a short list of ingredients of things you recognise.
The ingredients to avoid in a dog shampoo, are similar to the ingredients we would avoid in our own shampoo. Some examples are:
Fragrance or Parfum. Most of these are artificial and can include hundreds of undisclosed scent chemicals and ingredients including phthalates (endocrine disrupter). They have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, breathing difficulties and potential effects on breeding.
Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate (SHMG) is a preservative used in many commercially available products, including shampoos, conditioners, soaps, moisturizers, body sprays, baby wipes, room sprays, cleaning agents, and pesticides. It is in a class of chemicals known as formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Notably, members of this class have been associated with allergic contact dermatitis, possibly due to the agents themselves, the formaldehyde they release, or both. Studies on SHMG in animals have demonstrated potential for sensitization and dermatitis, and formaldehyde-allergic patients have been reported to improve when products containing SHMG are avoided. Patients and providers need to be aware of this preservative. (source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20233550/)
Sodium laureth sulphate. Sodium laureth sulfate (sometimes referred to as SLES) is used in cosmetics as a detergent and also to make products bubble and foam. It is common in shampoos, shower gels and facial cleansers. It is also found in household cleaning products, like dish soap. And it’s found in Dog Shampoos as well. It may be contaminated with measurable amounts of ethylene oxide and 1.4-dioxane. Ethylene oxide is a known human carcinogen which can harm the nervous system. It’s been classified as a possible developmental toxicant and can interfere with human development. Naturally it would do the same to your pet. It’s an environmental hazard as it doesn’t easily degrade and can remain in the environment long after it’s rinsed down a drain. 1.4-dioxane can be removed during the manufacturing process by vacuum stripping, but ther eis no easy way for consumers to know whether products containing sodium laureth sulfate has undergone this process.
Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone. These can be hard to pronounce, but they can be even harder on the body. These common preservatives are found in many liquid personal care products, and have been linked to lung toxicity[, allergic reactions and possible neurotoxicity. The risk of irritation to skin eyes and lungs is considered high, and there are suggestions that it might be neurotoxic. It’s banned or highly restricted for use in human cosmetics in some countries.
What are the good ingredients to look for?
Natural ingredients like Vitamin E, Honey, or Manuka Oil. Oatmeal can be good for relieving itcy skin and hers like calendular can soothe irritations.
Essential Oils like Eucalptus, and Cedarwood are great for making your dog smell nice.
Vinegar as a natural deodoriser.
The most important are natural oils such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Joboba or Sunflower Oils. These are great for your dog skin and coat, and will not only keep them moisturised, but also condition them.
Oriwa Naturals have developed a Dog Shampoo with natural ingredients for your member of family. It’s so lovely we even have humans using it, although it’s definitely developed for dogs.
Our ingredients are:
Biodynamic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Vinegar and cedarwood and peppermint Essential Oils.
Our dog shampoo bar is safe to use and really conditions your pets coat. It's packaged in a muslin bag which helps dry it out after use. Providing your pet doesn’t roll in poo or dead animals, he’ll be gorgeous looking and smelling for nearly a week.
Here's Harry our Labradoodle after a lovely bath with Oriwa Naturals Dog Shampoo Bar protecting the soaps for us and giving much the product the nod!
You can pick yours up here. https://www.oriwanaturals.co.nz/store/p14/Dog_Shampoo.html#/
When it comes to Oriwa Naturals - the container is the only main difference.
I’ve had so many people come up to me and say – "oh no – I don’t use Lip Balm". I then explain that although our Lip Balm is in a lip balm tube, it’s moisturising and repairs your lips, 100% natural – but it is just the same as a lipstick as it has a strong solid colour.
Lipstick has been around for quite a long time. The earliest suspected use of lipstick was in ancient Mesopotamia. There were mentions of the first lipstick being made out of crushed gemstones like garnet or the crushed shells of beetles. As time passed, formulas for lipsticks became less gemstone and more nourishing ingredients like oils and pigments. It was during the 19th century that the iconic red lipstick gained its popularity amongst the limited shade range of the time.
In contrast to lipstick, lip balm is more commonly used for routine care of the lips. Lip balm is primarily a wax-cream mixture that will provide hydration and repair for lips that are experiencing irritation, dryness, or cold sores.
Our Lip Balms are essentially a Lipstick and a Lip Balm rolled into one. With the main ingredient Extra Virgin Olive Oil, it’s extremely moisturising. Vitamin E and Manuka Flakes are also added to keep your lips in prime condition. The added colour is not just a sheer colour which you would find in most Lip Balms, but a solid colour from Mica, which is extremely safe on the lips as it’s a natural product.
Not only do your lips stay moisturised and conditioned, but you get long lasting colour with only a couple of touch ups needed during the day. By using the Lip Balm container, it means we can make them up quickly in bulk, as well as keep the costs right down helping to keep them affordable for everyone.
We now have 9 colours to choose from, and for those that don’t want colour – we also have a natural.
The natural is really versatile, you can use it on your lips, on dry patches of your skin, to repair a scratch in your wooden table, or a scratch on leather shoes or bags. It even takes the pain away from a paper cut and helps heal those quickly.
Our Lip Balms can also be used for Bronzers and Blush, a little on your cheeks and then blend in makes it perfect.
With 9 colours and a Natural – there’s definitely one there for you.
You might be wondering why I'm writing about a wildlife park on a website that is predominantly about skincare, but there is a link - so bear with me.
Firstly - a few weeks ago I wrote a blog condemning Palm Oil and how to avoid it. Global Palm Oil production puts pressure on wildlife by destroying their habitat. Parks like Orana Wildlife Park and other zoos around the world play a really important conservation and education role for the survival of these endangered animals.
Most councils in New Zealand support their Zoos, realising the importance of conservation of not only global species but also NZ species. The Zoos/Parks attract visitors from out of town, provide lots of education programs for schools and play a really important role. We all prefer animals to be in the wild, but the truth is, humans are a horrible lot and do so much harm that zoo's are now some of the only places to see animals that have gone extinct in the wild.
It was with absolute horror that I read that Christchurch City Councils refused to support Orana Wildlife Park in their current round of funding and in the past five years they have only been given $350,000. In comparison, Wellington Zoo got $5.9m of funding for 20/21 year and Auckland Zoo got $12m in the last 2 years.
Orana Wildlife Park is the only open Zoo in New Zealand so provides a unique experience to the visitor. It has recently opened an Otter enclosure, and on Monday broke ground on a $1.4M White Rhino Conservation Centre, which is part of a global effort to help save rhinos from extinction.
I was so furious with the Christchurch Council, I immediately emailed Orana Park and even though I'm a teeny weeny tiny business, offered 50 free Natural Lip balms that they can sell in their shop to help raise money. I challenge other businesses to do the same to help out this vital park that all Cantabrians, indeed all South Islanders should be proud of.
I dropped them in yesterday - so please, go in to the park, see the Otters, the Silverback Gorillas, the beautiful Cheetahs, the wild dogs and meercats. It's really worth it and while you are there - buy one of our Lip Balms and support the park. If you can't get there - please head to Orana Parks website and hit the donate button. You'll be doing the world of good to these endangered species.
Stuff article about funding rejection.
Being at our Oriwa Naturals Market stall each week allows me to talk to 100s of women every month about their skin, and what they do to keep their skin young. I talk to a wide range – from women who don’t wear makeup at all, to those that wear a lot, and everyone in between. Although our makeup remover primarily takes makeup off insanely easily, from foundation, to waterproof mascara and eyeliner, it also rejuvenates and softens the skin, so you don’t actually need to wear makeup to get the benefits from it. We now have a strong following of people that will use nothing else, even those that don’t wear make up who swear that their skin is softer and younger looking. And that is the result we want. Happy Customers who are loving their rejuvenated softer skin.
Often I get people who say they forget to take their makeup off before bed, and I know I also have been guilty of this i too. It’s easy to do – too tired, a busy day, a late night, too much to drink – there can be a number of reasons. But try not to make this a habit as it’s really bad for your skin for quite a number of reasons. You are really putting your skin at risk.
The risks you take by not removing makeup are:
And don’t forget that by not removing your makeup, you’ll end up with makeup stains on your pillowcase, which over time will stain.
It’s winter, and we are having cold polar blasts throughout the country. Many of us might have irritated or dry chapped lips. So what causes them, and do Lip Balms help?
Having dry lips is not a new affliction, people have been trying to soothe them for centuries. Lip Balm using beeswax, Olive Oil and other natural ingredients have been reported as early as Cleopatra’s time around 40 BC. There’s even reports of human earwax being recommended as a remedy for dry cracked lips. I promise you, there is no ear wax in our Lip Balms!
Our Lips are constantly exposed to the elements – sunlight, wind, air and cold weather. They have to put up with our lifestyle, food, cosmetics, biting, picking, rubbing against clothes, kissing and much more. They are pretty hardworking and need to be tough! Lips don’t have hair follicles, sweat, saliva or oil glands so they’re prone to dryness as they have a lower ability to hold water than the rest of our skin.
There are many causes of dry lips – Skin conditions or infections such as coldsores or herpes, allergies, medications which impact the salivary glands, tongue injuries, dental issues, poor oral health - these can be brought on by eating disorders for example. Nasal congestion, such as a common cold, cold weather or wind which removes moisture, persistent licking which can create a wet-dry cycle that excessively dries out your lips. This dryness can also lead to pain, itching or stinging.
If your lips are dry due to adverse weather conditions, then certain balms can help protect the lips. Drinking adequate amounts of water can also help, because this prevents dry skin in general. Try and choose Lip Balms with natural ingredients that moisturise your lips.
There are ingredients in Lip Balms that can make things worse so avoid Lip Balms containing the following ingredients....
Be sure to stop biting, picking or excessively licking your lips.
Staying hydrated and applying a bland lip balm should be a routine incorporated into your everyday lifestyle for healthy, protected and moisturised lips.