This time, Addison and I received products from Koru Naturals, a US based company that specializes in all natural skincare and beauty products. For more than 10 years, Koru Naturals has been bringing some of the best beauty products that they found in New Zealand to America. Both of us have been using Emu Oil, but I let Addison take the Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner to her bathroom where I haven't seen it since.
For several years Addison has battled teenage greasy hair. She tried all sorts of shampoos, shampooing with dish detergent, and even a month of no 'poo. None of her previous attempt at controlling the grease helped much at all. I'm happy to report that her hair looks better than ever since she started using the Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey products. She agrees that the new shampoo and conditioner is far better than anything else she has tried. She also reported that she only needs a tiny smidge of each one when she showers. The 8 ounce bottles looked small when she first saw them, but she's certain they'll last every bit as long as the economy size bottles of baby shampoo that I had been buying for her.
We loved the Emu Oil even more than the shampoo and conditioner. Emu oil penetrates the skin easily and moisturizes powerfully. When I first received my bottle, I shook it up and put a tiny drop into the palm of one hand. It was more than enough to cover both my hands. For a few weeks, our bottle of Emu Oil stayed on the kitchen counter so that we could reapply throughout the day. Addison says that this oil works better than anything else she's tried for her extremely dry hands. The Emu Oil soaks in quickly so she doesn't have the heavy, greasy feeling that keeps her from reapplying other moisturizers.
The Emu Oil works for much more than just an awesome hand moisturizer. I've started using it on my legs after I shower. It only takes a drop to make my legs look and feel more like human skin and less like a scaly desert. (It's been warm enough here to run in either shorts or capri-length running tights and my legs were starting to show how harsh some of my windy runs had been.) The Emu Oil also works much faster than any other lotion, cream, body butter, etc. that I've ever tried. I don't have to wait for the moisturizer to soak in; I can smooth on some Emu Oil and then immediately put on a pair of skinny jeans without having the fabric stuck to sticky lotion residue.
I don't often need a face moisturizer, but I've used our Emu Oil a few times over the past month. It works especially well when I use it for small, extremely dry spots like the patches of eczema on my eyelids or slightly chapped cheeks after running in the wind. When I used the Emu Oil all over my face, it worked well and didn't leave a too-greasy feeling at all. I rarely need that much moisturizer, though, and I'm not one to add steps to my beauty routine just because.
I have also used the oil as a leave-in hair conditioner. It took a bit of practice to figure out just how little it takes to moisturize my shoulder-length hair. Basically, I use a drop on my legs another drop on my hands after I shower. Just before all of the oil has soaked into my hands, I run them through the ends of my hair. Perfect!
Since I can use the same bottle of Emu Oil to moisturize my dry legs, soothe the eczema on my eyelids, condition my hair, and soften my hands, I carried a much smaller toiletry kit the last time we traveled.
Koru Naturals Emu Oil is the new workhorse in my beauty routine -- I've never found a product that has so many uses and does them all so well.
A two-ounce bottle of Emu Oil costs $9.85, and it looks like it will last a long, long time. The Manuka Oil and Manuka Honey Shampoo and Conditioner costs $5.75 for each eight-ounce bottle.