The Truth About Oils

Posted on September 29, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

Have you been put off the idea of putting oil on your face because you think you’re going to have a massive breakout? Think again! This ancient beauty secret dates back to over 5,000 years ago when the Egyptians used oils on their face and body to fight wrinkles and preserve their youth (including the Queen of Beauty, Cleopatra!). Beauty oils have had a major resurgence back into the beauty market over the last five years, and it’s easy to see why! Packed full of nourishing nutrients, oils help us to cleanse, moisturise and deeply hydrate our skin – and they’re so easy to incorporate into your skincare routine.

Before you leap straight in, it’s important to note that not all oils are created equal. The cosmetic industry have been using mineral oil in creams, lotions and potions for years, but we now know that this refined petroleum by-product is an ingredient that we most definitely want to avoid. Why? Mineral oil coats the skin like plastic wrap, disrupting the skin’s natural immune barrier and inhibiting its ability to breathe and absorb moisture and also prevents moisture (and toxins) getting out. Your skin’s ability to produce sebum (its own protective oil barrier) can be affected, leaving your skin dry, with signs of premature aging more emphasised.

Plant oils on the other hand are packed full of essential vitamins, fatty acids and minerals, providing your skin with skin enhancing nutrients. Pure plant oils are highly compatible with the skin, absorbing easily and quickly, while nourishing and hydrating deep within.  They also provide a protective barrier which helps prevent moisture loss and guards against the drying effects of the environment. Some plant oils have anti-inflammatory properties that help to calm down irritated skin, such as Rosehip Oil, Rose Oil, Avocado Oil, to name a few. Rosehip Oil has been hailed as one of mother-nature’s best kept secrets, and we know why! In addition to amazing anti-inflammatory qualities, it also boasts anti-aging and antioxidant qualities that help fight signs of aging.

There are many excellent plant oils to choose from, so make sure that you choose a high quality oil, preferably certified natural or certified organic.

So what’s the best way to apply them? The way you apply facial oils and the amount you use is almost as important as the formula itself. If you’re new to using oils, start slowly with just a drop or two. Pure plant oils are so concentrated, you really only need a small amount. If you can still feel a residue on your skin 10 minutes after you’ve applied, you may have put on too much!

It’s best to apply your plant oil after the skin has been freshly cleansed. Oil will hold that extra water on the skin and help the skin to rebalance itself faster. Heavier oils such as Avocado Oil are great to use at night, while lighter and more absorbent oils such as Jojoba Oil, during the day. If your skin is oily, you may want to skip using oils during the day altogether and save this special treat for your night-time routine!

Warm the oil in your hands and smooth over your face and neck, especially over any areas of concern. Want to make your oil go further? Add a few drops to your night cream for that extra coverage and extra nutrient boost.

Keen to give one a try? At Living Nature we have blended some of the best anti-aging organic oils into one harmonious combination - Radiance Night Oil. Packed with organic healing oils such as Calendula, Jojoba, Rosehip, Rose and Frankincense, our 96% organic Radiance Night Oil will leave you with rejuvenated, firmer and younger looking skin.

Posted in All skin types, Anti Aging, anti-acne, avocado oil, Beauty Oils, Beauty tips, Blemish-prone skin, Facial Oils, Radiance Night Oil, Sensitive Skin

Skin care tips for sensitive skin

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

An estimated 50% of women and 30% of men suffer from sensitive skin, and it’s on the increase. The use of synthetic ingredients and fragrances used in many popular skincare and makeup brands has often been the cause of many of these sensitive skin issues.

While switching to gentle, natural skincare products to care for your sensitive skin is very important, so too is adopting some lifestyle habits that are guaranteed to benefit your skin.

  1. Skin reflects inner health so it’s important to look after it from the inside too. Drink lots of water to help flush away toxins and rehydrate. Drinking water with lemon has amazing health and beauty benefits, detoxifying and beautifying the skin from within.
  2. Avoid excess caffeine and alcohol, which dehydrate the skin.
  3. Eat lots of nutrient rich vegetables, especially green, chlorophyll-rich, leafy vegetables and Omega 3 and 6 essential fatty acids – great for acne sufferers. Foods rich with Vitamin C and E are beneficial for the skin as they serve as excellent antioxidants.
  4. Manage your stress. Stress can make your skin more sensitive as your immune system is compromised.
  5. Smoking damages collagen and elastin fibres, contributing to wrinkles and decreased circulation, making the skin look dull and lifeless.
  6. Minimise sun damage risk by wearing a large hat and protective clothing. Choose a fragrance-free, natural sunscreen to keep your sensitive skin protected, but keep in mind that the higher the SPF, the higher the concentration of sun-filtering chemicals, which may trigger allergic skin reactions.
  7. Always remove makeup before going to sleep. Gently cleanse your skin every night to allow it to breathe and renew.
  8. Treat your skin with love and care. Be gentle - cleanse gently, pat it dry (no harsh rubbing and stretching), nourish and protect it daily.

We recommend keeping your skin care regime simple in both process and ingredients. Our Sensitive Range is free of fragrance and allergens and contains only the purest, gentlest certified natural ingredients, including Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Harakeke Flax Extract and Avocado Oil. Simple, yet effective.

See our full Sensitive Skin range here :

Throughout August, when you purchase a Sensitive Night Moisture ($38), you will get a Sensitive Day Moisture for FREE!! Saving $38!

Posted in anti-acne, avocado oil, Beauty tips, Blemish-prone skin, Certified Natural Skincare, harakeke flax gel, Healthy Skincare for women, natural skincare, new zealand botanicals, organic coconut oil, Sensitive Skin

We've won gold!

Posted on July 07, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

We are delighted to announce that our Jet Black Thickening Mascara was awarded Gold for ‘Best Mascara’ in The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards for 2016!

The Green Parent Natural Beauty Awards honour the very best natural and organic beauty brands in the UK. An independent review panel of eco beauty experts test thousands of products, from over 100 natural and organic brands, to find the best, most effective beauty products and treatments on the market.

To celebrate, we are giving away a Jet Black Mascara when you spend $49 or more at www.livingnature this month! Valued at $41, our unique fragrance free mascara thickens the lashes for beautifully healthy and not-to-miss eyes.

*Cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion.

Caring for acne-prone skin

Posted on June 01, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

The oil in your skin is one of your most valuable assets. Provided it is well looked after, it can be a blessing as often it will age better and can look younger for longer. When the oil glands of the skin are out of balance, which could be due to hormonal fluctuations, lifestyle, diet etc, skin can be prone to congestions, blackheads and breakouts. We all know that feeling when we look in the mirror and we’re confronted by a recent breakout.

So how can you manage and balance the oil in your skin and help reduce further outbreaks?

  1. The first step is to avoid substances that clog the pores, such as mineral oil, a clear, odourless oil derived from petroleum that is widely used in cosmetics. Read your ingredients in the products that you’re using and if there’s anything in there that you’re not sure of, do some research.
  2. Cleanse the skin thoroughly every morning and night. Even if you haven’t worn makeup during the day, being exposed to the environment allows dust and dirt to settle on the skin, which can then become a breeding ground for bacteria. Steer clear of harsh soaps, as they can strip the protective layer of the skin and cause irritation.
  3. We recommend to exfoliate twice a week to remove the dead skin cells, making sure that you choose a gentle exfoliant over any coarse scrubs. Rough substances can cause small cuts on the skin surface, which sensitises the skin, pushing oil deeper into the skin tissue, creating possible openings for bacteria to spread. Using a cleansing mask once or twice a week, after exfoliating, will also be extremely beneficial, drawing out any deep-seated impurities and blockages and helping to refine the pores.
  4. Hydration! Increasing the amount of water you drink is a great way to flush out internal toxins and hydrate your skin from the inside out. Putting hydration from the outside in through toning and moisturising is also highly beneficial. Toning flax based gels are the ideal way to add vital hydration and added nutrients, while also healing and soothing the skin. We recommend using a Toning Gel every morning and night after cleansing, and then following with a light moisturiser to ‘lock-in’ the hydration. Again, read the ingredients of any moisturisers that you use. A ‘light’ moisturiser will absorb easily into the skin, avoiding any clogging of the pores.
  5. Avoid touching and picking at pimples. This brings harmful bacteria to the area, spreading the infection and can potentially result in scarring. When a pimple has an unsightly ‘head’ on it, we suggest you wash your hands well and cleanse your face.  Do not ‘squeeze’ the pimple until it ‘pops’ as this bruises the skin and causes scarring. Rather take a new sharp pin, dip the tip into pure Manuka oil to sterilise it and gently prick the top of the pimple to open it.  Discard the pin into the rubbish bin (do not reuse on other pimples as this will spread the infection). Wrap some tissue paper around each finger and gentle pull the skin away from the pimple site and slightly ‘twist’ the skin. This will ensure that the infection will all come to the top, allowing it to be removed with a tissue, making sure no skin tissue is bruised and damaged and no re-infection can occur.  Re-infection often comes about with squeezing due to the debris being forced down, rather than up onto the skin surface. We recommend applying Manuka Honey Gel to the area (read below for more info on this miracle healer).
  6. Adopting a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables, high in roughage and essential fatty acids, sufficient minerals and vitamins, creates a far healthier metabolism and has much stronger healing power. One of the best ways to make an impact on the skin is by supporting the health of the body.
  7. Change your pillow case regularly. When your pillowcase isn’t changed regularly, a build-up of dirt and oil from the environment as well as your skin and hair touching the pillow is transferred back to your skin. This can clog pores and cause blemishes. All that precious cleansing, toning and moisturising could go to waste!
  8. Gentle exposure to the sun can be very helpful for acne sufferers, but of course needs to be onitored carefully – early in the day or late afternoon is best.
  9. The Magic of Manuka – known for its exceptional healing properties for the skin, Active Manuka Honey is a miracle beauty ingredient. It is antimicrobial, helping to protect the skin against bacteria, and it also has humectant properties, helping to draw moisture to the skin and maintain the skin’s moisture levels. That’s why we’ve used it in our best-selling Manuka Honey Gel. A proven way to manage acne, our potent blend combines Manuka Honey and Manuka Oil to help protect, cleanse and soothe the skin.
  10. Smile. You’re still beautiful, inside and out. Put on your favourite outfit and lippy and go out into your day with a gorgeous big smile on your face. Chances are that people will notice your radiant smile more than any blemishes you may have.
  11. For more information and to view suitable products for acne-prone skin, read here


Posted in Active Manuka Honey, anti-acne, Blemish-prone skin, Certified Natural Skincare, Healthy Skincare for women, Kumerahou, Manuka Honey Gel, natural skincare

We have a brand new company video

Posted on May 04, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

For 29 years, Living Nature has produced 100% natural, safe and effective products to both the New Zealand and overseas markets and has evolved to become a leader in natural beauty innovation and safety.

Based in Kerikeri, in the beautiful Bay of Islands, we are New Zealand’s original natural skincare company and we continue to stand by our company mission which has remained unchanged since 1987:

"To create a sustainable, profitable, ecological, educational and inspirational business that impacts on the individual by promoting healthy vibrant skin; on the community by creating employment; on the country by featuring the uniqueness of our plant resources and earning export income; on the world by being a model of ethical, honourable business and solving inherent 21st century problems in a way that inspires the human spirit."

Our newly updated brand video will tell the rest of the story.

The Importance of Toning

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 0 Comments

Is toning a necessary step in your skincare routine? We think so!

Toners haven’t always had a great reputation over the years, with many traditional products containing alcohol, known for stripping the skin of its natural oils and drying out the skin, leading to skin irritations, flare-ups and premature ageing.

Combine this with the fact that many of us spend our days in artificially heated or cooled environments, possibly not drinking enough water and consuming caffeine and alcohol, and we are dealing with seriously dehydrated and lacklustre skin!

Enter - a high quality, alcohol-free Toner. Putting the much-needed moisture back into the skin is one of the key qualities of a good toner. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Hydrating the skin is an important component of your skincare regime and can result in improved skin elasticity, smoother texture, less fine lines and wrinkles and an even tone.

Living Nature’s Certified Natural, alcohol-free Toning Gels boast ingredients such as New Zealand’s Harakeke Flax Gel, Active Manuka Honey and Larch tea extract to repair dehydration by drawing moisture into the skin. Known as nature’s super skin hydrator, Harakeke contains a high quantity of natural skin nutrients and polysaccharides - naturally soothing, hydrating and cooling the skin. Independent in vitro tests show Harakeke Gel to be more hydrating, moisturising and healing than aloe vera, which is why we use it extensively in our range as an alternative to petrochemically derived synthetic gels.

A good, quality Toner can also restore the skin’s pH level. pH levels are an indication of the acidity level of your skin and are measured on a scale of 0 to 14, with 7 being considered a neutral reading for your skin’s pH level. Toners are effective at balancing the skin’s pH level, which can help your skin to be less prone to oiliness and infection, and creating a more vibrant and smoother appearance.

Toning helps to calm and balance the skin and prepare it for your next important step – applying a night cream or moisturiser. Applying a cream after toning helps to ‘lock’ in all the goodness and hydration of your Toner. Cleanse / Tone / Moisturise. Your skin will love you for it.

During April, purchase any of our Hydrating Toning Gels and you will receive a FREE Cleanser (valued at $40)!! This promotion excludes our Sensitive & Natural Being Ranges. Visit

Introducing two Organic RED lipsticks to our range - Wild Fire & Pure Passion!

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Gillian Hornell | 1 Comment

After years of innovation and research, we are now delighted to launch the first, New Zealand made, Certified Organic and 100% Natural red lipsticks, to complement our existing range of nine ever-popular shades.

With research showing that we can ingest up to 1.7kgs of lipstick over a lifetime, it is important that your lipstick contains only safe, natural ingredients.

Available in two on-trend shades of red, our smooth, semi-matte lipsticks are 100% natural, organic and fortified with moisturising organic Coconut Oil, organic Beeswax and organic Carnauba Wax, designed to nourish and rejuvenate the lips, whilst providing long-lasting colour that suits most skin tones.

Wild Fire Unleash your free spirit with a dash of Wild Fire and tackle your day with a wicked confidence. A warm, classic red, with an orange undertone, this semi-matte lipstick can be worn day or night, anywhere and everywhere.

Pure Passion : Conjure up a feeling of sophistication and mystery and let the romance begin. A rich, deep semi-matte red with a subtle crimson undertone,
Pure Passion is a ‘must have’ for every woman’s makeup bag.

Our lipsticks are hand crafted and individually flamed to a perfect finish by our experienced team in Kerikeri, and packaged in a black, soft touch case. The new lippies are also gluten free, cruelty free, 100% natural and certified COSMOS Organic.

At our recently reduced price of NZ$33, our new lipsticks can add that bit of glamour and indulgence to your day, while also looking after your health.

Posted in COSMOS organic, Healthy Skincare for women, Living Nature cosmetics, Natural lipstick, new lipstick, organic, organic lipstick

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