Kumerahou is native to New Zealand and grows in the temperate Northland climate. Rubbing the leaves and flowers of the kumerahou shrub together creates a natural lather to gently and effectively cleanse without breaking the skin's moisture barrier.
In pioneering days, Kumerahou 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 Maori medicine Kumerahou was used as a blood purifier and remedy for bronchial and kidney complaints.
The plant's high saponin content provides strong antimicrobial action, and also soothes and locks in moisture. Saponins are known to have beneficial properties on the skin and are active against the fungi associated with dandruff.
We use Kumerahou throughout the Living Nature range, as an alternative to harsh surfactants such as SLS that strip the skin of its protective oils. It's in products such as Vitalizing Cleanser, Purifying Cleanser, Purifying Hand Wash and our shampoos.
The New Zealand Kumerahou plant has the wonderful ability to lather by just rubbing the flowers and leaves together in water. Natural surfactants, known as saponins, offer gentle cleansing & strong antimicrobial properties to our cleansing products.
Ever feel like your skin needs a quick boost to help you face the day?
Our Skin Revive Exfoliant features a creamy Kumerhou-based cleanser along with natural Jojoba microbeads to give your skin a gentle and effective exfoliation to help you start the day revived - all in just 2 minutes! It's a great skincare 'multi-tasker', helping to lift and remove skin debris and dead skin cells to reveal newer, younger skin and help stimulate cell renewal. You can see and feel an immediate difference.
Exfoliation also helps optimize uptake of a mask treatment or your daily Living Nature hydrating toning gel and moisturizer. It's particularly beneficial for oily / acne-prone skin and can be used more frequently to achieve noticeable results.
Of course, being Living Nature it is BDIH certified 100% natural and cruelty-free, with the added benefit of 'beating the bead' - there are no nasty plastic microbeads to damage our marine life or environment.
Gentle Makeup Remover is a highly effective but extra-gentle cleanser to instantly soften and remove makeup. Its non-drying and skin-calming formulation is a soothing infusion of cleansing Kumerahou, hydrating Harakeke Flax Gel, and nourishing Active Manuka Honey. Ideal for the delicate eye area, it is fragrance and allergen free, making it suitable for sensitive skin.
Purifying Cleanser is a light, foaming cleanser that removes impurities and excess oil while rebalancing natural moisture levels. Purifying Manuka extract and gently cleansing Kumerahou leave skin balanced and clear.
Vitalising Cleanser is a creamy cleanser that gently removes all traces of make-up and impurities without stripping your skin of protective oils. With moisturizing and antimicrobial Active Manuka Honey and naturally cleansing Kumerahou, your skin is left clean, dewy and soft.