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!