Kūmarahou & Mānuka Hand & Body Wash
A gentle wash containing Kūmarahou and Mānuka was formulated to effectively clean without stripping the skin. Kūmarahou has a very high saponin content, which works as a surfactant and lowers the surface tension between the grime on your skin and the water you’re washing it off with, making the grime come off easily. Most conventional soaps and washes use chemicals to do this.
Kūmarahou was traditionally referred to as 'gum diggers soap', as the gum diggers of the 1800s would use Kūmarahou and water to remove kauri gum or tree sap from their hands when they were working.
Aotea have also included Mānuka Oil in their formulation as it is a powerful natural disinfectant. This hand and body wash is beautifully gentle, very healing, and 100% natural.
- Made in New Zealand
- A gentle and soft hand and body wash
- Suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin
- Naturally cleanses without stripping the skin of its natural oils
- 200𝗆ℓ or 500𝗆ℓ
Dispense 1 pump of soap on your hands, lather and rinse thoroughly. If using it as a body wash, dispense 2 pumps and massage onto the skin from neck down then rinse thoroughly.
- Kāmarahou and Mānuka Water
- Potassium Cocoate
- Vegetable Glycerin
- Potassium Oleate
- Mānuka Oil
- Potassium Castorate
- Sage Oil
Pomaderris Kumarahou possesses a plant agent called Saponin. This plant agent is a natural surfactant, meaning it can be developed into a soapy lather. Aotea do this and also infuse their own anti-bacterial manuka oil into the formulation. This makes for a super cleansing, 100% natural soap. It is effective at removing dirt and kills bacteria on the skin without breaking down the barrier of the skin and stripping it of its natural oils.
What is important to them is that what they do brings opportunity to the community where they are based on Aotea. In light of which they have decided (despite the difficulty) to grow, extract and manufacture all the products rather than outsource this. Aotea is proud to say that for every year they have been in business they have provided scholarships to their rangatahi māori to attend high school and they are in the process of creating more jobs for whānau.
What is also important to Aotea is spearheading the science that will give credibility to the anecdotal history and knowledge māori have for the healing flora of Aotearoa. They now have a committed R&D team to determine innovative ways to not only extract some of the plant agents in the flora they use but also undertake clinical tests of these plant agents.