Many, if not most, of the personal care products found on grocery and drugstore shelves are full of questionable, unpronounceable ingredients.
We use more natural options like essential oils and coconut oil as much as we can, and I’m always interested in trying out new products from companies that are more natural-minded. Kaitlyn (17) and I have had the opportunity to try out several products from Koru Naturals for the last couple of months.
Koru Naturals features natural skincare products from New Zealand and Australia with manuka honey, manuka oil, emu oil and lanolin as the main ingredients. They generously sent us their Skin Clear Cream, Manuka Honey Propolis Soap, and Argan Oil and Sandalwood Hair Tonic. I’ve used all three, and Kaitlyn has tried both the Skin Clear Cream and the hair tonic.
So what do we think?
I’ll go through each product individually, tell you about it, and tell you what we liked about each one and how they worked for us.
Skin Clear Cream
The Skin Clear Cream is meant to be used as a moisturizer, and is ideal for acne prone skin. The main ingredients are raw, unpasteurized Manuka Honey and pure steam-distilled East Cape Manuka Oil. In addition to these, it also contains:
- Kawakawa and Harakeke (two traditional Maori skin condition remedies)
- Burdock Root (a mineral rich Chinese root used traditionally for skin conditions)
- Thyme (a natural astringent and anti-inflammatory extract from leaves)
- Canadian Aspen Bark (a natural preservative)
The cream is supposed to improve the appearance of blemished skin and promote skin elasticity, and regular use will help restore the skin’s natural moisture barrier, which has often been damaged by acne and acne medications, and help protect against further damage. It contains no parabens, artificial colorants or fragrances.
My skin tends to be pretty dry, but last month I had a weird breakout. I used the Skin Clear Cream for over a week, and while it seemed to help with the breakout, I noticed that it was a little too drying for my “mature” skin, so I backed off to using it only every couple of days, and only where the breakout was the worst, using my usual rosehip oil on the rest of my face. I really liked the smell and the silky texture. It felt good on my skin, I think I just don’t have quite the skin type that can benefit most from it.
Kaitlyn, on the other hand, is really liking this stuff! Her skin tends to be on the dry side for a teenager, but she still doesn’t need a heavy moisturizer. It’s perfect for her to wear under her makeup, and even seems to be helping soothe her “problem” areas, helping past breakout to heal. I think it may become a regular part of her beauty routine.
Manuka Honey Propolis Soap
I’ve been the sole user of the Manuka Honey Propolis Soap. Both Manuka Honey and Propolis are reputed for their natural intense moisturizing and skin protective properties, so they seemed like a good fit for my “on the dry side” skin. I’ve been using this as my main soap when I shower. It lathers up nice and rich, and has worked really well for shaving my legs, leaving them less dry than they usually are. Very nice stuff!
Argan Oil and Sandalwood Hair Tonic
The Argan Oil and Sandalwood Hair Tonic is meant to help tame dry and/or frizzy hair and add shine to it, and it also serves as an aromatherapy oil, with a blend of Australian Sandalwood Oil, Helichrysum, Bergamot, and Pink Grapefruit essential oils. Both Kaitlyn and I have a natural wave (although hers is curlier than mine), and tend to get “frizzies”, especially in our humid South Texas climate! I’d long heard that argan oil is great for you hair and skin, and I’ve kept a bottle of it on hand and used it regularly for quite a while. This hair tonic works just as well, with the added benefits of the aroma and the convenient pump dispenser (my pure argan oil is in a glass bottle with a dropper, not quite as handy for applying to the hair!). We’ve both enjoyed having it on hand to help tame the flyaways, and will keep it around in the future.
All three of these products have impressed me, and Koru Naturals has several other products that I’m interested in trying. I really appreciate companies like them that strive to produce personal care products that use healthy, natural ingredients, and do my best to support them. I’m looking forward to trying out more from them!