What is Kawakawa Balm?
Kawakawa is a native New Zealand bush, famous for its anti-inflammatory properties. Often consumed as a tea or used as a poultice or in a balm, most Kiwis have encountered kawakawa at some point.
It also has an analgesic (painkilling) reputation, and is considered to have antimicrobial properties too. It’s one of the most incredible plants in our native bush!
Treebrush Apothecary cold infuses dried kawakawa leaves into a variety of carrier oils, then blends them with a selection of plant butters, waxes and essential oils to create a delightful range of kawakawa balms with strengths and use-cases all of their own. Kawakawa balms help to soothe irritated and inflamed skin, can help with healing, and provide a protective barrier on the skin. The most popular uses are on bug bites, as lip balms, and on conditions like eczema.
Thuck is a rich, creamy kawakawa balm that piles on thick (hence the name) but absorbs rapidly. Kawakawa leaves are cold infused in locally sourced New Zealand hemp seed oil and meadowfoam oil, then blended with kokum butter, super locally sourced New Zealand beeswax, a splash of mānuka essential oil and a bit of Vitamin E – all to create a balm that is deliciously thick and creamy and smells wonderful.
- Hemp seed oil is high in Linoleic and Alpha-Linoleic fatty acids; regarded as having anti-inflammatory properties and deeply nourishing, hemp seed oil is fantastic on irritated and dry skin, and skin that’s crying out for moisture and nourishment. It’s also fantastic on nails, cuticles and hair. Treebrush Apothecary’s cold pressed, spray free hemp seed oil is sourced from Canterbury, New Zealand.
- Kokum butter is rich in antioxidants and Vitamin E. Super hard at room temperature but melts readily at skin temperature; this gives Thuck its thick, non-greasy, fast-absorbing consistency.
- Beeswax is what sets this balm solid, so it doesn’t blurk out at you when you open the lid. Beeswax helps to protect and moisturise the skin as well! Treebrush Apothecary sources the beeswax for Thuck locally in Queenstown, and this source in particular smells wonderfully sweet.
- Mānuka essential oil is renowned for its antimicrobial effects; we source oil with high triketone levels to enhance the antimicrobial effect.
Thuck is great for irritated, dry or angry skin, and absorbs quickly – if your skin needs a condition upgrade, this is the balm for you. Give it a try if you have: cracked heels or elbows; eczema or itchy and irritated skin; chapped or cracked lips; dry or damaged cuticles; sore, overwashed hands; or razor burn. Kawakawa balm may also help with minor bruises and joint pain.
Which size to choose
One of the big differences between Treebrush Apothecary’s offerings and the rest of the pack, aside from superior texture and divine creaminess, is size options. Seriously. We understand that sometimes you just want to try a bit of everything, and sometimes you want to share a tub with the whole family!
10mL “Mini” tin: Aside from fear-of-commitment sized, our 10mL Minis are pocket-sized, lip balm-sized, whoops-there-you-are-sized, glovebox-sized, Santa mode-sized, take-on-an-adventure-sized! The most popular size sold. Grab this if you want to try before committing to a bigger vessel, compare products against each other, or want several to share around as gifts.
30mL tin: This is the one to get when you’ve got a favourite in the range, or want some mileage beyond just lips! If you’ve got quite a few places you like to load kawakawa balm onto, or you’re sharing, 30mL will last you a wee while. It’s also perfectly sized to slip into hiking packs, beach bags, or handbags for busy people and adventurers.
60mL amber jar: The serious business size. Some folks absolutely swear by kawakawa balm and use it in all manner of places. Some use it as a massage balm. Some have a pot for the whole family. In every case, this size is the one filling these boots!
To use: take a small amount of balm and gently massage into the affected area until it absorbs. If the balm is cold, you may find it easier to run your fingernail across it backwards. It can also be used as a lip balm – a little goes a long way.
Ingredients: Kawakawa-infused hemp seed oil, kokum butter, beeswax, meadowfoam oil, vitamin E and mānuka essential oil.