Native to New Zealand, Kūmarahou is quite simply the world's most natural soap. Rubbing the leaves and flowers of the kūmarahou shrub together creates a natural lather to gently and effectively cleanse without damaging the skin's moisture barrier.

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The plant's high saponin content provides strong antimicrobial action, and also soothes and locks in moisture. The presence of saponins in plant tissue is recognised as an important defence mechanism against microbial attack assaponins exhibit strong antimicrobial activity. Saponins are known to have beneficial properties on the skin and are active against the fungi associated with dandruff.

In pioneering days, Kūmarahou was called 'gum diggers' soap' as the gum diggers would mix the flowers with water to clean the sticky gum off their hands. In traditional Māori medicine Kūmarahou was used as a blood purifier and remedy for bronchial and kidney complaints.

We use Kūmarahou throughout the Living Nature range, as an alternative to harsh surfactants such as SLS that strip the skin of its protective oils.

This cleansing plant is so gentle and effective it seems magical. But it's not magic; it's nature.


  • Kūmarahou is native to New Zealand and grow in the temperate Northland climate


  • Flowers and leaves are hand picked. A fresh tincture (brew) is prepared for each product production batch

Parts Used

  • The leaves and the flowers