There's nothing I love more than discovering innovative ingredients that have an extensive history in the world of skincare. Manuka Honey was used for centuries by the Maori people in New Zealand before it was passed on to European settlers by Captain Cook upon his arrival. This natural skin treatment oil contains incredible benefits for both your body and your skin.
What is the difference between Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey?
Manuka Honey is made in New Zealand and derived from bees pollinating the native Leptospermum tree. This precious honey has much higher antibacterial activity than regular honey. The antibacterial properties are due to increased enzyme levels found in the natural formulation!
You may have noticed that Manuka Honey can vary significantly in price, and this is due to the Unique Manuka Factor levels. The UMF rating is dependent on the level of antibacterial activity in a particular jar of honey. The UMF labelling indicates the medicinal properties of honey. That number can range from UMF 5+ to UMF 20+. The higher the UMF rating, the more antibacterial activity manuka honey has — and the more potent it is. Top-tier Manuka Honey usually sits somewhere between 10 and 18.
Manuka Oil is obtained from sustainably harvesting the leaves from the Manuka trees and extracting the oil through steam distillation. According to Manuka Biotic, Manuka Oil is 100 times stronger than Manuka honey when compared gram for gram! It's even 30 times stronger than Tea Tree Oil! This incredible oil is an effective antibacterial, anti-fungal, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory ingredient. However, one of the most significant differences between Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil is that Manuka Oil is entirely vegan! Since the production of Manuka Oil doesn't involve bees, Manuka Oil can be used by those who do not use products made from animal or animal byproducts.
What are the skincare benefits of Manuka Oil?
Manuka Oil is packed with antibacterial properties, making it ideal for fighting off bacterial growth. This bacteria is often the cause of unpleasant skin conditions such as blemishes and breakouts. Manuka Oil can also be used as an effective way to treat damaged skin and scarring caused by acne, thanks to its ability to promote the regeneration of new skin (cell turnover).
Which Manuka Oil products do we stock?
Nourished Life stocks 100% New Zealand made Manuka Biotic products which contain only Certified Organic Manuka Oil. Manuka Biotic products are produced by a family-owned farm in the Coromandel Mountains, with each product formulated using only natural ingredients. That means no added fragrances or other hidden nasties!
Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser
The Manuka Biotic Natural Face Cleanser gently removes bacteria or dirt to leave you with a clear complexion, making it ideal for anyone with sensitive skin. It's formulated with Organic Manuka Oil and blended with nourishing essential oils including Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Oil which may help soothe acute skin conditions such as dry skin. It may also be great for acne-prone skin thanks to the antibacterial and antioxidant properties. This all-in-one cleanser may help reduce ageing thanks to Witch Hazel which keeps skin looking youthful and hydrated!
Manuka Biotic Natural Light Day Cream - Face
After cleansing, it's essential to follow up your skincare routine with a nutrient-rich moisturiser that feeds your skin. The Manuka Biotic Natural Light Day Cream uses a hydrating formula ideal for all skin types, including dry and acne-prone skin. It's made with rich ingredients, including Manuka Oil, Camellia Oil and Vitamin E, which may help protect your skin against free radical damage!
Manuka Biotic Organic Manuka Oil Shampoo
The Manuka Biotic Organic Manuka Oil Shampoo is the ultimate product to deep clean without causing irritation! This shampoo reduces skin irritation while Manuka Oil delivers deep condition for both the hair and scalp. Filled with nutrients including pro-vitamin B5 and nourishing ingredients like Moroccan Oil and Balm Mint, your locks will be left feeling stronger and shinier than ever before! It's perfectly paired with the Manuka Biotic Organic Manuka Oil Conditioner that delivers natural goodness to even the most sensitive scalps.
Kiwiherb Manuka Paint
Kiwiherb Manuka Paint uses the power of Manuka Oil to rejuvenate damaged skin and nail, along with Horopito and Thyme to promote restoration. This natural treatment is a simple combination of hard-working ingredients and can be applied three times daily. It may also help improve the overall look and feel of your skin and nails.
Kiwiherb Manuka Mouthwash
Manuka Oil can even be used to fight the odour causing bacteria that result in bad breath! The Kiwiherb Manuka Mouthwash contains a powerful combination of Manuka and Tanekaha, which ward off common oral bacterias. It's also formulated with naturally flavoured Aniseed, Peppermint and Liquorice, which leaves your mouth feeling fresh and clean! To use, dilute 2-4 ml into 20-30 ml of water. Then rinse in the mouth for up to 1 minute.