Earlier this year, my family and I were selected to review some incredible products from Koru Naturals. Our experiences were so wonderful, and when the Schoolhouse Review Crew offered us a chance to review more unique products from Koru Naturals, we couldn’t have been happier! I’d love to share our experiences with three more Koru Naturals products: Skin Clear Cream, Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream, and Manuka Honey Propolis Soap.
What is Koru Naturals?
Koru Naturals is a company that is, philosophically, right up our alley. They create natural hair, body, and skin care products with ingredients (like emu oil, Manuka honey, or Blue Tansy Oil) sourced right from New Zealand. They use very few additives or artificial ingredients and all the oils are pure. In our first experience with Koru Naturals, we tried their Emu Oil and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm, both of which we continue to use today on our hands and skin. (If you’d like to learn more about those products, please click on the product names, and you can hear all about our experiences and why we think Koru is so great.) The company’s name, Koru, comes from the Maori name for the tiny curling frond of a fern’s shoot. This Maori word carries the meaning of strength, life, and peace.
Koru Naturals has an enormous array of natural body care products, and this time we tried their Skin Clear Cream, Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream, and Manuka Honey Propolis Soap. I’d love to tell you more about each one!
Skin Clear Cream is a cream that is particularly suited to acne-prone skin. However, it also works beautifully for the dry skin I have. It is a rich skin cream but it’s not too heavy, nor does it leave any residue on skin. It has a very light scent that’s easiest to describe as being lemony, but not exactly; the scent probably comes from its native New Zealand ingredients. Are you familiar with these?
- Manuka honey
- East Cape Manuka tree oil, which is antimicrobial, antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal
- Kawakawa and Harakeke, which are Maori remedies for skin issues
- Burdock, thyme and Canadian aspen bark
Interestingly, that last ingredient–the Canadian aspen bark–serves as a natural preservative. But the Skin Clear Cream contains no parabens, artificial colors or fragrances. And because it doesn’t have a chemical preservative, Koru Naturals recommends that you use the little spatula (pictured above in the cream, leaning against the side of the jar) to get the cream out of the jar. You should also have clean hands, to prevent cross-contamination. The jar I received contains 4 ounces, but it is really a LOT! You can see how much is in that picture above. And a little goes a long way.
I used the Skin Clear Cream as both a night cream and a day cream; the only difference being that I applied sunscreen over the cream in the daytime. It is rich enough to use at night, but light enough to use in the day. And, the light makeup I normally wear applied easily over it.
Koru Naturals says that this cream also enhances the skin’s elasticity. I guess you’d need a scientific study to really determine that, but I did feel that my skin looked healthier and better, and fine lines weren’t as pronounced. I also liked the scent, although I normally avoid scented products. It dissipated soon after I applied the cream.
In addition to applying the Skin Clear Cream on my face, I used it on my neck and also on the delicate décolleté area below my collarbones. And during the times I got a little too much cream on the little spatula, I’d use the leftovers on the back of my hands. It was really soothing! As we move into the colder and drier times of the year, I can tell that this rich cream is a boon for my skin. Fabulous!
**One thing to note is that the Skin Clear Cream is contraindicated for pregnant women. Please be sure that you don’t use this if you are.**
Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream is a long name for a fantastic cream. It is designed for topical use, to aid minor aches and pains. This was the major reason I was interested in this review. After I stand or walk for long periods of time, the bottoms of my feet often ache, especially at night. Which can keep a person awake! When I discovered that this topical cream might help with that, I was ecstatic.
Here are some of the key ingredients in this cream, and what they accomplish:
- Blue Tansy Oil–an anti-inflammatory essential oil
- Arnica Gel–anti-inflammatory and useful for bruises
- MSM–used for pain
- Emu Oil–anti-inflammatory, excellent moisturizer
- Aloe Vera–soothing
We have used arnica gel for some time and really appreciated it. And we’ve used emu oil and aloe vera. But MSM and the Blue Tansy Oil were both new to us.
I have to say that I LOVE this product. I am sure we’ll buy it again. It has really produced noticeable results on aching feet, and I’ve also used it on my knees when they’ve been sore. As a matter of fact, one night I woke up with my knees hurting (I had done a lot of walking the day before). I got the cream out (I was keeping it on my bedside table), put it on my knees, and went back to sleep. It has been a wonderful way to get some pain relief without having to take an OTC pain reliever.
I’ve used it most often at night, but I have used it some in the day. I have had to reapply it, though, when I have, within an hour or two. It is very soothing. The scent is rather minty but dissipates after application. And, it is for external use only. **Blue Tansy Oil is contraindicated for pregnant women, so please be sure you’re not using it if you are.**
Yes, this soap is actually made from honey and propolis! And the properties of the Manuka Honey Propolis Soap make the soap naturally antibacterial and antimicrobial, making it fantastic to use during cold and flu seasons. It has a scent which reminds you of honey.
It is probably also the cutest bar of soap that you will ever see. It comes in the 8-sided box above, and the 5-sided soap itself is shrink-wrapped in a thin sheet of plastic inside that. Before I opened it, I would walk past it where it was sitting on my bookcase and I would pick it up and smell it. And then I’d make my husband and son smell it too.
Sadly….and I really was sad about this. Once we opened it, the scent was really too strong for all three of us. I don’t wear perfumes or colognes (just the occasional body spray) because of allergies in our family. So although I’m sure the scent is absolutely natural, it was a bit too much for us. Still, it lathers beautifully and washes well. It doesn’t dry your hands out when you use it. And it’s made from fantastic ingredients.
I am a huge fan of Koru Naturals products. And, these newest three products to us only reinforced my great opinion of them. We will continue to purchase them. And I am happy to recommend them to you!
You may purchase Skin Clear Cream, Emu Oil and Blue Tansy Oil Cream, and Manuka Honey Propolis Soap at Koru Naturals. Go and visit them! You will be amazed at the cool products they have at this great company.
You can also click on the banner below and see what other Crew members thought of Koru Naturals products. They tried a variety of them, including some shampoos and conditioners, hair tonic, facial cleanser, toner, as well as what I reviewed.
And remember: these statements are not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, nor have they been evaluated by the FDA. I am, of course, a blogger and homeschool mama—not a doctor! 🙂