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Recipe | Spiced Gingerbread hand wash and lotion

Written by on April 13th, 2018.      0 comments

How to make gingerbread hand cream

Recipe | Spiced Gingerbread hand wash and lotion


Nothing beats the scent of gingerbread baking the oven, which is why we've fallen in love with this easy to make hand wash set recipe, fragrant with cassia, ginger and clove bud essential oils.  
 

5 natural remedies for a good night's sleep

Written by on April 2nd, 2018.      0 comments

Sleep blog Natural sleep remedies

To celebrate the changing of the seasons - and that delicious extra hour in bed as the clocks fall back - here are some of our favourite natural sleep remedies and rituals to recreate at home.
Natural sleep remedies
1. Aromas for sleep
Creating an association between a particular fragrance and bedtime can be an easy shortcut to sleepiness. Here's how you can easily perfume your bedroom:
 
  • Make your own homemade pillow mist to spray before bed. Fill a 60ml amber bottle with distilled water and a few drops of Geogard 221 preservative, plus 10-15 drops of your chosen essential oils. Lavender, vanilla, ylang ylang, bergamot and Roman chamomile are all popular stress-relievers.
  • Scent the whole bathroom in one go by popping a couple of drops of soothing essential oil (mentioned above) in the bottom of the shower tray before having a shower. The steam will fill the bathroom with a calming aroma.
     
  • Light a scented candle (we love NZ maker Crushes' lavender and lemon "Bonne Nuit" candle). The flickery glow of candlelight, and low lighting generally, is known to be soporific.
 
 

Go Native Makers | Lavender Abbey founder Jan Abernethy

Written by on March 25th, 2018.      0 comments

Lavender Abbey

A decision to move to the Wairarapa for a more self-succifient life saw Jan and her partner Stuart found Lavender Abbey, growing lavender for essential oils and beauty products. We asked Jan to share her natural cosmetics journey, including some of the challenges and highlights along the way.
 

Video tutorial | Cocoa butter belly balm

Written by on March 15th, 2018.      0 comments

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These nourishing cocoa butter belly balm sticks are perfect for expectant mums! They're designed for use before, after and during pregnancy, with the gorgeous natural scent of organic cocoa butter...
 

Introducing our new facial serums

Written by on March 13th, 2018.      0 comments

 
Introducing our new pre-blended facial serums, designed to repair and replenish.

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Go Native Makers | Hair, make-up and nail artist Tanya Barlow

Written by on March 12th, 2018.      0 comments

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"There's an incredible freedom and feeling of accomplishment in making my own products" - Auckland-based hair, make-up and nail artist Tanya (aka @HelloTanya) shares her natural cosmetics journey, and the advice she's picked up along the way.


 
 
Hi Tanya! Tell us a bit about yourself – where do you live, and what do you do for a day job?
Hello! My name is Tanya, and I'm a freelance hair, make-up and nail artist! I have a home-based nail salon in Mount Eden where I regularly see nail clients when I'm not doing make up for photoshoots or film/television...
 
 

How to make a balancing cream cleanser

Written by on March 1st, 2018.      0 comments

Cream cleanser
Balancing cream cleanser

Hydrating and balancing while still cleansing, this creamy formulation removes grime and make-up nicely without over-drying. Use with a hot muslin face cloth.
 
 

Meet the team | Liz

Written by on February 7th, 2018.      0 comments

Team member Liz
2018 means a couple of new faces at Go Native, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to introduce them to you! Alongside her work at Go Native, Liz is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in English and theatre studies.

My day usually begins with a walk/run with my good friend Tim along the waterfront, followed by a much-earned coffee, and ends with pilates or...
 

Meet the team | Chelsea

Written by on February 7th, 2018.      4 comments

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Meet Chelsea, daughter of Go Native founder Elinor, actor, and long-time Go Native employee. 


What's something people would be surprised to learn about your job?

You get surprisingly strong! We’re lifting large quantities of products around the warehouse everyday so, yeah, Alice, Elinor, Liz and I are basically the Amazonian warriors from Wonder Woman...

 

Meet the team | Alice

Written by on January 30th, 2018.      0 comments


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Meet Alice, a former-food editor and beauty product hoarder. 

My day usually begins with...a bunch of unread Whatsapp messages from family back home in the UK to reply to, and ends with...a cup of valerian tea and half a page of the same book I've been attempting to read for a year...
 

Meet the team | Go Native founder Elinor McEwan

Written by on January 22nd, 2018.      0 comments

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2018 means two new faces at Go Native, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to introduce and (re-introduce) you to the whole team, starting with Go Native founder Elinor McEwan.

My day usually begins with...feeding our two cats to make them happy, and ends with...making sure there’s enough food out for them; they are former strays so get panicky if there is no food in sight, and come and tell me about it!
 

Tingly and effective homemade muscle rub with essential oils

Written by Elinor on January 21st, 2018.      0 comments

Homemade tingly muscle rub

 

There's nothing quite as confronting as a set of stairs or a heavy bag of groceries a day after exercising a bit too hard. This easy, homemade muscle salve cuts right to the chase, penetrating deep into the muscles with a fiery but soothing tingle. 


Ingredients
60g olive oil
15g beeswax
10g eucalyptus blue gum essential oil
5g capsicum oleoresin
5g camphor essential oil
5g cajeput essential oil    

Method
Melt the beeswax and olive oil gently. Add the rest. Stir.
Pour into a container or tube and leave to set.



(Note: Heat gently, only until beeswax is melted. Do not heat in microwave.)

 
 

Green clay mask

Written by Elinor on November 21st, 2017.      0 comments

Green clay mask

Water Phase
160g water
Oil Phase
18g avocado oil
8g emulsifier NF
6g conditioner pellets
Last Phase
35g green clay
1.5g Geogard 221
few drops geranium essential oil
Method
Separately, heat the Oil and Water Phases until the former is melted.
Cool down until both phases are at 65°C.
Pour the Oil Phase into the Water Phase and blend with a stick blender until thick.
Add the Geogard and essential oil. Blend.
Add the green clay and blend.
Spoon into a 200ml pot.
To use: Spread on your face with clean fingers. Wash off after 10 minutes. Great for dry, sensitive skin.







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Botanical cream

Written by Elinor on November 13th, 2017.      0 comments

Botanical cream with rose geranium & ylang ylang

(Makes 200g)
Water Phase
115g water
25g rose hydrosol
25g lemon verbena hydrosol
25g calendula extract
Oil Phase
20g conditioner pellets
15g organic shea butter
10g pracaxi oil
5g argan oil
5g meadowfoam oil
Last Phase
2g Geogard 221
2g rose geranium & ylang ylang essential oils
Method
Heat Water Phase to 65°C.
Heat Oil Phase separately until melted. Cool to 65°C.
Pour Oil Phase into Water Phase and blend until thick and creamy.
Add Last Phase and blend again.
Spoon into pots.
This rich cream has a soft, silky feel and is quick to absorb.









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Velvet cream

Written by Elinor on November 7th, 2017.      0 comments

Velvet cream

Water Phase
160g water
12g hydrolysed wheat protein
Oil Phase
25g organic shea butter
20g conditioner pellets
20g organic coconut oil
12g calendula infused oil
Last Phase
2g Geogard 221
2g lavender essential oil
Method
Heat Water Phase to 65°C.
Heat Oil Phase separately until melted. Cool to 65°C.
Pour Oil Phase into Water Phase and blend until thick and creamy.
Add Last Phase and blend again.
Spoon into pots.
Quick to absorb with a soft, velvety feel.




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