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Go Native Makers | Gareth Edwards of Dark Heart Beard Co

Written by on December 19th, 2018.      0 comments

Gareth Edwards Go Native maker

With his natural skincare company Dark Heart Beard Co, Gareth Edwards is on a mission to "enable beardnedness and inspire greatness".


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 new labels rock!

Written by on December 7th, 2018.      0 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

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

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


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


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


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 – NZ Pohutukawa Beach Christmas CP Soap

Written by on October 3rd, 2018.      0 comments


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.      0 comments

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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.

5 organic ingredients for natural baby skincare

Written by on May 17th, 2018.      0 comments


Feel confident about what's going into your baby's skin

By making your own simple skincare products, not only will you save money, you’ll know your family isn’t being exposed to any hidden, harsh chemicals. At Go Native we supply all the raw ingredients to make your own cruelty-free balms, creams, shampoos and so much more.

See our top five organic baby care ingredients by clicking the link below. 

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.