Why choose Ash & Ivy?
Our reason for being...
Ash & Ivy came about due to my need to create safe personal-care products after having suffered for many years with reactions to soaps, deodorants and shampoos available on the market. I tried everything to help my sore, red, swollen and itchy skin. I found out that I can actually use soap, deodorants and shampoo but only if they do not contain chemicals such as triclosan, sodium laurel/laureth sulfate, EDTA, propylene glycol, synthetic colours and fragrances. I discovered this when I made my first bar of soap with organic oils. I was excited to find I could have beautifully clean hair and skin which was not stripped of its natural oils.
Over several years, recipes have been trialled and formulated to gain the best results. Our products are formulated with natural, organic, and locally grown plant oils and extracts. The ingredients are selected based on the clinically proven therapeutic properties of plants. These have been carefully combined to deliver genuine benefits for your skin. - Melissa (Founder of Ash & Ivy)
Why Organic Ingredients?
We choose to use organic or spray free oils, essential oils and extracts to manufacture a pure product which has not been grown with pesticides so that you can be sure you are not coating your skin with toxic residues.
An important concern (not only for your skin but for the environment) is the prevalence of ingredients such as Triclosan (an antibacterial agent) in personal care products. This toxic ingredient is widely used in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes, hand sanitisers and general cleaning products. This ingredient may be appropriate for circumstances needing antibacterials (such as cleaning hospital environments or your bathroom and toilet) but is not necessary for everyday use in personal care products.
Organic oils are more expensive to produce but we believe it is worth it to prevent these chemicals from getting into our bodies and natural environments.
We are proud to include herbal extracts from Phytomed, New Zealands' leading manufacturer of herbal extracts, a company with Gold Standard manufacturing practices uniquely accessible to Naturopathic Practitioners and Medical Herbalists.
We are also committed to using as little plastic as possible in our packaging, opting for recyclable glass and biodegradable unbleached paper/cardboard.
Our very own qualified Naturopath Brigitte (BNatMed) (NZCertSCP) has guided the creation of our products and as the 2019 recipient of the Phytomed Award for Excellence in Herbal Medicine she was recognised for her unique passion and knowledge of the power of herbal medicine.
"It is important to understand the properties of plants to safely use them in manufacturing, which is why each extract is examined in clinical trials to be sure of their efficacy as well as what to be cautious with.
Herbal medicine is an amazing way to re-set your body's natural functions, for instance skin defense. Your skin has it's very own microbiome (bacteria) which helps to protect you from pathogen colonization and supports cutaneous immune system function. In other words we are instrumental in determining our own health, based on what we eat and what we put on our skin. When our skin comes into contact with chemicals such as parabens, sulfates, non organic and petroleum based ingredients, our skin microbiome becomes less and less able to resist unwanted bacteria. Therefore, this can result in common conditions such as eczema, fungus, dry and scaly skin, acne, rashes, blisters and many more. These chemicals not only affect external health, but can affect internal health too - such as endocrine disruption, but that is a whole other story.
To summarise this - your health is important. So why keep buying products that don't reflect that? Make yourself and your loved ones a priority by choosing products that are helpful, and not harmful." -Brigitte
Brigitte & Mel
Ash & Ivy Artisan Organics Ltd is based in the heart of Lake Karapiro (the photo in the background), in Cambridge New Zealand. We are surrounded with beautiful NZ native plants such as Kawakawa, Kowhai, Harakeke, and Poroporo and are proud to include some of these natives in our own infused oils. We are fortunate to have a local bee farm supplying us with Kanuka/Manuka honey and beeswax to use in our products from Tui Bees https://tuibees.co.nz/
Website created by Brigitte Coles with Wix.