Friday, February 27, 2015

Koru Naturals Review

We received Pure Emu Oil and Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner from Koru Naturals to review! These products are simply amazing and really helped our family! We have always tried to stay away from body products that are filled with harmful chemicals, because we all suffer from skin sensitivity and they are better for the environment, so I love that these products are all natural! 

Koru Naturals is a New Zealand company that brings the ancient traditions and natural recipes of the Maori culture to the rest of the world. Koru is the Maori name for a newborn, unfurling fern, which represents new life, growth, strength and peace. Many of their products use Manuka honey, lanolin and oils like rosehip, tea tree, emu and manuka. They use only the best ingredients and their products are certified that there was no animal testing. They believe in only testing their cosmetic products on humans. 

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Emu Oil is a traditional Australian Aboriginal natural oil. The oil is milky white and thin. It spreads really easily and a small amount goes a long way (seriously! use less and see how it goes). The Emu Oil is an incredible moisturizer and penetrates skin and hair. You can use it as a topical moisturizer, it does not clog pores (which many lotions do!) and it's hypoallergenic (great for people who have extremely sensitive skin). You should always use this oil externally and only on unbroken skin. If you put on too much it will feel greasy. So always start off with a small amount (a drop or two) and then work more into it if you need. For example, I only use 1 drop for extremely dry hands or 2-3 drops for long hair (2 drops for long, thin hair and 3 drops for long, thick hair). We used it in the bath once and the directions suggested a teaspoon, but we only used about 5 drops. It also works wonders on dry feet! We added 3 drops to a bucket of hot water (not burning hot, just hot enough to be comfortable) and soaked our feet for about an hour - so relaxing! (If you cover your legs and feet in a thick blanket it will really lock in the heat and completely defrost you on a freezing day!)
My son, who has extremely sensitive skin on his face, was able to use the Emu Oil to help moisturize his skin. Usually we use a comfrey cream or lotion bar to help soothe it (we still use the comfrey cream before bed), but now we start the day off with a drop of Emu Oil rubbed into each cheek. The weather in our area has been really cold this winter and we happen to live in what is now the "snowiest city in America." They're now saying we may break a record for coldest winter in recorded New England history. So the combination of super cold air and extra sensitive skin means that Munchkin's cheeks are usually red, dry and feel like they are burning. The Emu Oil helps to keep his cheeks moisturized for much longer, usually lasting several hours. And on the plus side, it's really difficult for him to wipe off the oil. He doesn't do it purposely, but he uses his sleeve to wipe his mouth while eating (terrible habit, but he always forgets to use his fabric napkin). Which means that if he has any cream or lotion on his face, it eventually gets wiped off throughout the day. The oil is thick enough that it really sticks to his face. Water basically slides right off it. 

The Emu Oil is also great for extremely dry hands, which is a problem I have. I only use a single drop and rub the tops of my hands together. I typically do this before bed, because I don't want the oil to rub off on anything (like my crafts) during the day. The Emu Oil also works amazing on dry scalps, which is an issue Albz has. He uses it about twice a week, usually after a shower. I definitely do not suggest using this oil before you shower, simply because it will prevent you from using shampoo or conditioner and it feels really greasy when it's wet. I usually use it as a leave in conditioner. The directions say to use 2-3 drops and start at the tips and work your way to the scalp, but I usually start from the scalp and work my way down. It's just easier for me that way and I haven't noticed much of a difference. 

Emu Oil is available in a 2 oz, 4 oz, or 8 oz bottle. Prices start at $9.85.

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The Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner combines honey, lavender, chamomile, peppermint and rosehip oil into the perfect blend to improve hair health. The smell of this is shampoo and conditioner is so refreshing! It will really wake you up in the morning. 

I was especially excited to try out the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner! It has been really hard for me to find shampoo and conditioner that is sensitive enough for my skin. Most just leave my scalp itchy and that drives me crazy. For months I just used raw apple cider vinegar and baking soda. It worked and it was a relief from regular, cheap shampoo. But honestly, I much prefer an herbal blend. Not only does the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Condition smell great, but it works amazingly well! The scent doesn't set off my allergies and the soap is mild and doesn't cause any irritation.

Munchkin and Bean both love this shampoo and conditioner as well. Bean likes that it is made with honey and smells like "a garden." Munchkin likes the minty smell. Albz has used it a few times and has seen improvement with his dry scalp and dandruff. And the kids have all commented on loving the way their hair smells good after a bath.

Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner can be bought as a set for $14.95 or separately for $5.75 each.

We absolutely loved both of these products and cannot wait to try others from Koru Naturals in the future. The Koolpurrie Restoring Balm would be wonderful on dry hands and feet during the winter, the Pure Lanolin Lip Balm would be perfect for chapped lips and the Pure and Simple New Zealand Lanolin Cream will stay on my list if I ever get pregnant again. Lanolin cream is a must for new mother's! Ok, not a must, but it definitely helps! And not just for mom's, but on babies too. It's very effective in preventing and soothing diaper rash. Nth to mention all the wonderful Manuka honey products! I absolutely suggest checking out Koru Naturals products!

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