New Zealand Botanicals
Aotearoa (Land of the Long White Cloud)
New Zealand is a land of sunshine, smiling people, beautiful coastline, green rain forests and snowy mountains. Aotearoa or Land of the Long White Cloud, as it is known to its indigenous Maori people, is a small, diverse and remote group of islands where nature and technology coexist in harmony. Because of their isolation, the islands of New Zealand have developed a unique and precious offering of land and marine flora, which Moana have successfully combined, and introduce to you with love (or Aroha as it said in Maori).
The Kōwhai is one of the best known native trees in New Zealand. The leaves have traditionally been used for their cleansing and soothing properties.
Harakeke (New Zealand flax)
One of the ingredients in Moana's skincare products is Harakeke extract (New Zealand flax), a nectar which offers far more anti-inflammatory and hydration benefits than Aloe Vera. Recent studies also reveal that Harakeke contains high concentrations of oleic acid, palmitic acid, linoleic acid and stearic acid, and smaller contributions of triacylglycerol’s, phytosterols and antioxidants. Phytosterols are known for their anti-irritation and anti-inflammatory properties. Fatty acids from Harakeke are also attributed with repairing, moisturising and soothing damaged skin.
New Zealand Maori people have been harvesting this precious plant for decades and refer to the Harakeke as a family group (whanau), because it grows in a fan like fashion, with each layer representing a family segment; infancy, childhood, parenthood and grandparents.
Kawakawa oil & Kawakawa extract
Known as the pharmacy of the forest, Kawakawa has been in use by New Zealand Maori people, as an ointment against skin problems such as eczema, inflamed and irritated skin, eruptions, bruises, boils, ringworm, scalds and sunburn, among other commonplace malaises.
KawaKawa oil and extract are nature’s remarkable secret for their ability to sooth and heal.
Manuka Honey needs no introduction due to its anti-microbial properties, but less known is its ability to combat the signs of ageing, sooth irritated skin and assist with cell regeneration.
This active honey is a powerful and effective anti-septic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent.
Mamaku Black Fern
Mamaku is the name of the giant black ferns endemic to New Zealand, which are responsible for protecting the entire native forest from water loss.
Used by New Zealand Maori people as a poultice, Mamaku extract also helps protect and hydrate your skin while promoting healthy cell renewal.
Moana is able to synthesise key components of this majestic fern to help your skin retain water and resist dehydration. The Mamaku's ability to regenerate and stimulate cell growth and repair DNA strains make it a precious plant which is sought after worldwide.
New Zealand Botanical Oils
Moana Skincare uses botanical oils from plants, fruits and trees grown in New Zealand. The country's volcanic soil, extraordinary eco system and the DNA structure of most plants and trees adds incomparable qualities to all Moana products.
The incorporation of cold pressed oils such as Kawakawa, New Zealand grown kiwifruit, avocado, hemp seed oil and olive oil added to our marine glycans ensures the rapid absorption of all of these precious nutrients, helping support cell growth and regeneration.