the herb farm

Since its establishment in 1993, The Herb Farm has been a family owned and operated business based in Ashhurst, Manawatu. All of their 100% natural products are developed by qualified herbalist Lynn Kirkland, who is also the founder of the company.

Their products are all made in their onsite manufacturing room, but the wonders of the herb farm property don’t end there. They have extensive onsite gardens, where many of the herbs used in their range are grown. You can experience the ultimate in natural pampering at their beauty retreat, including facials, body treatments, and aromatherapy massage. You will also find a cafe boasting locally produced, organic ingredients, and a retail store where you can explore their full skincare and healthcare ranges.

One of the many things that makes this business an instant favourite is their commitment to sustainability. The Herb Farm follows numerous policies for sustainable purchasing, waste and recycling, and transport. All of their processes meet Good Manufacturing Practice standards (GMP), and they have won various awards for these efforts (more info on their policies and awards can be found here). They define sustainability as, “…minimising our impact on the planet while maximising our impact on the people who live on it”. How cool!

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Our samples from The Herb Farm!

My favourite product so far from The Herb Farm is the Rosehip Face Cream. I can’t say enough how much I adore this stuff! I have combination skin, which is an annoying mix of super dry patches and super oily patches, and have found this to be quite effective in balancing my skin. It is soft and smooth to apply, and leaves my face feeling nicely moisturised without any greasiness. A little really goes a long way with this cream. I have the 60ml tub, which I have been using for about 4 weeks. I use it every day and still have 3/4 of it left!  While they do not claim that this product improves acne, I have certainly noticed less breakouts since using it. I wash my face with warm water and use the Rosehip cream morning and night. Once empty, the little tub can either be recycled or repurposed.

Finding a natural deodorant that actually works can be a bit of a struggle, but luckily The Herb Farm can help with that, too! I tried their Fresh Natural roll-on deodorant and was immediately a fan. It has a very pleasant and subtle scent, leaves no marks on clothing and I can rely on it to last all day. It is not an anti-perspirant but I do not notice any excessive moisture or sweating when I use it, so it’s great to finally have a replacement for traditional deodorants , which can be full of nasty things!

Their vanilla and orange lip balm was next on the list of things to try, and I was certainly not disappointed with this either. First of all it is delicious. I definitely contemplated just straight up eating some the first time I used it. So maybe this is actually a negative – it tastes almost too good. It will leave your lips feeling super soft and the orange is very refreshing. The packaging can also be recycled or repurposed once it is empty, just like the face cream.

The final thing I sampled was some of the Soothe and Heal Cream, which was made in partnership with Waihi Bush Organic Farm. I have quite dry skin on my arms and suffer from a bit of dermatitis on my hands in the colder months, and this product provided almost instant relief for both of these ailments.

In case it wasn’t already obvious, I am now a very devoted fan of The Herb Farm! I would very much recommend having a look at their website and trialling them for yourself. While you’re there, take a look at their Toxic Load Questionnaire – it’s a cool little exercise to help you identify where you are potentially being exposed to toxins, and how you can improve your overall wellbeing by eliminating these possibilities. They can also be found on Facebook and Instagram, so feel free to give them a follow for product updates, giveaways and natural health information.

 – EB 🙂

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