I was recently given some products from a 100% natural New Zealand brand called “Sven’s Island Natural Remedies” to try out. As always, I only share about products and brands that are authentic and ethical, and that I love. Since being introduced to the Sven’s Island products, these guys definitely make my list of recommended brands to try.
Sven’s Island’s mission is to make it easy for people to take care of themselves naturally. They promise to always put the welfare of the environment, their customers and community first. They’re also committed to improving the lives of people who live in rural poverty. Every purchase of Sven’s Island products gives another person a chance for a better quality of life, through their ‘Seeds of Good’ programme. That’s pretty neat.
As far as brands go, they’re one of the good guys. After doing some research on the company, here’s some things I found most interesting about Sven’s Island Natural Remedies…
Who is Sven?
Farmer, gardener, inventor and sage of all things natural.
Sven is a once-upon-a-time farmer who lives on a remote island off the coast of New Zealand, where he grows unique plants and trees (which end up in the Sven’s Island skincare products).
Where is “Sven’s Island”?
You and I may know it as Great Barrier Island.
The island is located 60 nautical miles off the coast of New Zealand, making it one of the most pollution free spots on the planet. This isolated location means the island is naturally protected from pests and other nasties (like herbicides and pesticides).
Native trees and plants grow wildly on more than 2,500 acres, along 43 kilometers of pristine coastline.
What’s the story behind Sven’s Island Natural Remedies?
Back in the summer of ‘85, a local boy got a splinter in his eye – a splinter from a mānuka tree.
This is not good news when you live on an island and you’re two days from a doctor! The worst was feared, but when the splinter was removed the boy’s eye was absolutely fine.
News quickly spread of the ‘Mānuka Miracle’, and when Sven heard the story he became amazed by the healing properties of this unique tree. It was from then on that he was on a venture to uncover the therapeutic secrets that lay hidden within the native plants of the island.
Now, after years of tinkering and experimenting, Sven and another family member, Mark, have developed a “no-nonsense” range of 100% natural personal care products – Sven’s Island Natural Remedies.
Currently, the range includes products for your lips, face, feet and body (and baby!). Here’s a little about the products that we got to try…
Miracle Mānuka | Medi-Salve All Body Ointment
This product is incredible, and my favourite of the bunch. It truly is miraculous.
During winter I often get a little bit of psoriasis on my arms, so as it started to appear this year I dabbed a bit of this on. Within a couple of days it was gone, and hasn’t come back since.
I tried it on the stretch marks I got during pregnancy, and although they weren’t bad to begin with, I’m pretty certain they faded quite dramatically within a few days of using this stuff on them!
I also tried it on a wee cut from a knife in the kitchen one night. By morning it had started to heal over much sooner than I would normally expect.
The formula contains organic mānuka leaf oil which has antibacterial qualities, with organic chamomile leaf and calendula extract that act as a potent anti-inflammatory. And then there are the antiseptic properties of palmarosa oil to fight minor skin irritations. It’s all held together with beeswax and is a really nice consistency to apply.
If you want to try only one thing from this brand, this is the one to start with.
Skinny Dip | All Body Skin Repair Lotion
My first impression: a little goes a long way. Unlike many of the body moisturisers I’ve used over the years, you only need the tiniest squirt of this stuff to cover a large portion of your body.
It’s super soothing (great for after shaving your legs!) and is perfect for dry, irritated or sensitive skin (thanks to the organic purple kumara leaf extract and kawakawa in it).
It smells good (in a natural, no-nasties kinda way) and it’s so nice knowing you’re using something natural and good for your skin (as well as being an eco-friendly, ethically made product).
Bubba Calm | Super Sensitive Baby Cream
Like with the Skinny Dip body lotion, this is the kind of product you can use on your babe and know that it’s naturally soothing and good for his/her skin. It’s super sensitive, non-greasy (a definite bonus!) and fragrance free. Perfect for an after bath massage.
It contains extracts from kōhūhū leaf – something that New Zealand’s native Maori have used to heal for centuries. As well as sweet chamomile flower and oat kernel extract for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Find Sven’s Island Natural Remedies
Online // www.svensisland.com
In Christchurch // Aura Gift Shop at Pascha, 6 Elgin Street, Sydenham (next door to Hello Sunday Cafe)
Elsewhere // Find your local stockist by checking HERE
Website // www.svensisland.com
Facebook // Sven’s Island -or- Sven’s Island – NZ
Instagram // @svensisland
*”All Natural, Always” photo courtesy of the Sven’s Island website