Thuck – Kawakawa Balm


New Zealand Kawakawa Balm – a not-so-secret silver bullet for irritated skin.

Thick and rich, this Kawakawa Balm has a soft fragrance courtesy of its cold-processed hemp seed oil and New Zealand beeswax, and is especially good for super dry or cracked skin, or skin that’s crying out for nourishment. Hemp seed oil can help with developing smoother, happier skin and stronger nails. As with all kawakawa balms, it works great on irritated skin such as razor burn, bug bites and sunburn.

This brand new batch is the first iteration of a new & improved Thuck. What’s different:

  • The cold pressed hemp seed oil in this formula is now grown and pressed right here in Aotearoa! Hailing from Canterbury, this new oil is fantastically fresh and deeply nourishing
  • The kawakawa infusion now contains nearly double the amount of kawakawa previously included, giving this balm extra anti-inflammatory firepower
  • Also included in the infusion is meadowfoam oil, a fantastic lightweight oil that helps to moisturise the skin and extend the product lifetime
  • Beeswax for this batch was sourced super-duper locally here in Queenstown, and it’s richer, more golden, and more delicious-smelling than any of the otherwise brilliant sources to date!
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What the heck is Kawakawa Balm?

Kawakawa is a native New Zealand bush whose leaves have famously anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and analgesic properties. Treebrush Apothecary balms infuse these leaves into a skin-nourishing carrier oil, then blend with natural butters and waxes, a few choice essential oils, and packaged in convenient, reusable tins/jars. It can soothe and help to heal all manner of angry skin – bug bites, dry or cracked skin, chapped lips, cuts, scrapes, abrasions, eczema & psoriasis, razor burn, overwashed hands, and so much more. The limit is your imagination!

Why Thuck?

Thuck is a rich, creamy kawakawa balm that piles on thick (hence the name) but absorbs rapidly. Kawakawa leaves are steeped in deeply nourishing and soothing hemp seed oil, which is where its delightfully green colour comes from. The stiff, creamy consistency comes from kokum butter, renowned as a powerful emmolient and rapidly melting into the skin; the whole lot is bound with beautiful New Zealand beeswax. Finally, a dash of mānuka essential oil provides extra antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory power to this delicious balm.

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.

Weight 0.038 kg
Dimensions 5.8 × 5.8 × 2.2 cm

10mL "Mini" Tin, 30mL Tin, 60mL Jar


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