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Go Native Makers | Carly Low of Fair + Square Soapery

Written by on December 12th, 2018.      0 comments

Carly Low

Meet Carly Low, founder of Northland-based Fair + Square Soapery.

 

Our values - packaging

Written by Chelsea on December 10th, 2018.      1 comments

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A guide to the packaging we use.

Topics: packaging, recycling
 

Our new labels rock!

Written by on December 7th, 2018.      1 comments

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Introducing our new eco-friendly labels


If you've been following Go Native for a while, you'll know we're always looking for ways to reduce our impact on our increasingly fragile planet. We've got to the point now where almost all of our packaging is either recyclable or home-compostable, so we wanted to ensure our labels were recyclable too. We were stoked to discover some that are not only recyclable, but made from waste material in the first place, right here in New Zealand.  

Our new labels are:
 
  • Made from ground-down waste stone and offcuts used in the building industry, containing no wood fibre.
  • Recyclable and photo-degradable* (which means they break down when exposed to light)
  • Low in carbon emissions
  • Produced using significantly less energy that wood fibre paper
  • Generates no waste in its manufacture (water borne, air borne or solid)
  • Naturally white, requiring no water, acid, base or bleach to produce
  • Compostable if you can provide enough heat (so probably not home-compostable...but it's rock so that makes sense!)
 
* They're not bio-degradable, as rock doesn't attract insects or organisms to consume it.

As always, we'd love to hear what you think! 
 
 

Your tips for surviving the run-up to Christmas

Written by on November 28th, 2018.      0 comments

It's always coffee o'clock
 

Recipe | Scrub up cups!

Written by Chelsea on November 15th, 2018.      0 comments

Scrub up nicely with these handy individual body scrub cups. Have fun experimenting with different colours and scents, and wrapping creatively to give as gifts
 
You will need:
Small moulds (muffin tray works well)
Medium sized pot or pan

Ingredients:
½ cup organic coconut oil
½ cup organic cocoa butter deodorized
½ cup pumice
½ cup dead sea salt

Optional:
1 tablespoon of clay or colour of your choice
10-20 drops of essential oil of your choice






Scrub up cups recipe
 

How to make fizzy cocoa butter bath melts

Written by Chelsea on November 15th, 2018.      0 comments

 
Ingredients

70g organic natural cocoa butter
100g baking soda
30g citric acid

Method

Melt the cocoa butter, add the baking soda and citric acid and pour into little chocolate-type moulds or an ice cube tray.
Leave to set in fridge to harden. 
Pop one in the bath and watch it fizz and melt. Enjoy the divine aroma.

We highly recommend storing these in the fridge when you're not using them as they will melt in hot weather! 

If you use our organic natural cocoa butter you won’t need any other fragrance as the cocoa butter smells so divine.

If you want to add a fragrance (a few drops of essential oil, for example), then use our deodorised cocoa butter, so the cocoa butter odour doesn't overwhelm your fragrance.


 

How to make cocoa bath melts that fizz




 
 

A guide to hydrosols and how to use them

Written by Alice on November 14th, 2018.      0 comments

Hydrosols
From toning the skin to cooling hot feet, hydrosols have lots of practical uses. But what exactly are they? Alice gets to grips with her new favourite ingredient...
 

Easy Christmas gift ideas

Written by on November 8th, 2018.      0 comments

Christmas gifts

At Go Native we love making gifts from scratch, and hope this guide inspires you to find the time to make things too...

Topics: Gift ideas
 

Recipe – Pohutukawa and Sand soap

Written by on October 3rd, 2018.      0 comments

Pohutukawa
 

A nourishing layered soap, inspired by golden sands and the green and pink of pohutukawa trees at Christmas. 
 

The benefits of rosehip oil and how to use it

Written by Alice on August 28th, 2018.      0 comments

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The skincare ingredient of the moment, rosehip seed oil has gained huge popularity over the past few years, with celebs such as Kate Middleton and Miranda Kerr singing its praises. So what makes it such a powerful ingredient?
 

Go Native Makers | Lucy Suttor of Nicetouch Massage

Written by on July 23rd, 2018.      0 comments

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Meet Lucy Suttor! Actor, creator, massage therapist, proud business owner and all round inspiring woman. 

 

How to make solid shampoo and conditioner bars

Written by Chelsea on July 19th, 2018.      15 comments

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Win a Go Native Night Repair Serum for you and a friend!

Written by on June 27th, 2018.      0 comments

WIN!

Follow us on our new Instagram page, @go_native_nz! Tag a friend in the comments of this post to go in the draw to win one of our signature Go Native Night Repair Serums for you and a friend.

 
 

 
Topics: Win!
 

Go Native Makers | Awaken Therapies' Nadie Tillman

Written by on June 27th, 2018.      0 comments

Meet Go Native maker Nadie Tillman
When Nadie Tillman decided to return to the peace of Northland's Tutukaka Coast after living in Los Angeles for 10 years, she seized the opportunity to make a business from her natural surrounds. Her company Awaken Therapies draws on her Māori heritage to create natural healing balms, using primarily native New Zealand flora.
 

How different clays benefit the skin

Written by Alice on May 17th, 2018.      2 comments

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Topics: clays, mud masks , recipe
 
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