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This post, Experiencing the Benefits of Manuka Honey and Emu Oil from Koru Naturals, was made possible with the chance to review Emu Oil ($9.85 for a 2 ounce bottle) and Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner ($14.95 for the set) from Koru Naturals. NOTE ~ The Shampoo and Conditioner is no longer available from the company (May 2018 update) You can find a similar product listed on my Amazon Influencer page.
While I might only share products that fall into the ‘beauty’ category on occasion here, our family does use its share of them. I have a strong preference to find items that work well and are more natural in origin. Hearing about Koru Naturals and their participation with the Schoolhouse Review Crew this year had me knowing I just had to test them out. I hope you’ll enjoy our short review of what we received for review and consider looking into the company and their products.
About Koru Naturals, Manuka Honey and Emu Oil
Koru Naturals brings the ancient traditions of New Zealand with modern technology to bring products to the world marketplace which emphasize the use of natural ingredients compared to many commercially produced products in the United States. The company also strives to have a high intrinsic value to the unique products offered. The name and symbol, Koru, is the Maori name given to the newborn, unfurling fern frond which is meant to symbolize new life, growth, strength, and peace. Products offered include active manuka honey, lanolin, tea tree, manuka oil, rosehip oil and Rotorua mud products.
Used by Australian Aboriginals, emu oil is derived from the adipose (fat) tissue of certain species of emus and contains vitamins, minerals, and the essential fatty acids Omega 3 and 6. As it is not clarified, the emu oil from Koru Naturals is milky white in appearance with each batch analyzed to confirm that all essential ingredients are present at the natural concentrations. Emu oil has several properties which are attractive to its users. It is effective as a topical moisturizer as it is highly penetrating to the skin and works well on hair. Additionally, it does not clog pores and hypoallergenic. A little dab of the emu oil will do you, so if it feels greasy after application you’ve used too much.
The shampoo and conditioner set I received contains the ingredients manuka oil and manuka honey which help to rid hair of impurities, act as a natural antiseptic, and will leave your hair full of vitality and shine. Unlike some shampoo and conditioner products, this one instructs that you massage the shampoo mostly on the scalp and allow to sit for 3 minutes. Then, you follow up with the application of the conditioner with it remaining on your hair for about a minute.
My Thoughts on Koru Naturals, Manuka Honey and Emu Oil
While I do not consider myself an expert in the use of natural products for beauty and health purposes, I do believe I have had more exposure than many average Americans. However, when I saw emu oil listed as one of the anchor products of Koru Naturals, I was a bit puzzled. I hadn’t heard about people using oil from this particular animal and wasn’t sure what to expect.
You know how everything has its own odor? Well, the emu oil definitely does, only I just don’t know exactly how to describe it. It is fairly mild and not off-putting for me, but in the shampoo and conditioner, I could still detect it under the combined smells of lavender, chamomile, peppermint, and rosehip.
I completely agree that a little dab will do you on the straight emu oil. My youngest son has been battling some eczema issues on his hands this winter and I only needed a few drops per application to cover the affected area. I was pleasantly surprised that his skin improved dramatically after just a few applications of the emu oil. (Sadly, my camera had an error in writing and ‘ate’ my photos to show you before and after pictures.) Reading how some people are using the emu oil to lessen the appearance of wrinkles, I am seriously thinking I’m going to be the next tester in the house.
I was the only one using the shampoo and conditioner. If you like a good lather, this is not a product for you. But, if you want hair that shines and seems to go longer between washings without getting greasy, then definitely give this one a test hop. I almost think the use of this product combination helped to remove residue from my hair as my hair color seems to be a bit lighter than it had been. As I was already using a natural shampoo which did not lather, the transition to the Manuka Oil and Honey Shampoo and Conditioner was easy for me. Although it felt odd to have the shampoo sit for 3 minutes before rinsing, I’m not going to argue with the final result.
What types of more natural products for health and beauty do you use in your home?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the Koru Naturals post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this and other self-paced courses.