New Zealand NZ Fusion Botanicals™ was founded on the concept of ethnobotany, the relationship between people (“ethno”) and plants (“botany”). The skin care products that we create are delicate combinations of plant extracts, sustainably harvested from around the world, in formulas that honor and respect the ancient knowledge of the indigenous people who taught us about botanical skin care.
Botanical ingredients, often from organic sources, are the cornerstone of our skin care lines. Every ingredient serves a purpose to the effectiveness of the product; we never use artificial colors, artificial fragrances or toxic preservatives. From our initial roots on the New Zealand and Australia aboriginal knowledge about plants and skin care we have expanded to include knowledge about plants and beauty throughout the world and through the ages. In addition to ingredients from Australia and New Zealand, we currently incorporate ingredients from Hawaii, Africa, the Caribbean, and America, creating a powerful fusion of the best plant-based skin care secrets from across the globe.
NZ Fusion Botanicals™ does not use any animal products or animal testing. We are strictly a botanical company, creating hydrating plant-based skin care products suitable for discerning customers, regardless of gender, who seek soft, healthy, blemish-free skin without the use of synthetic ingredients. We take care in procuring fresh ingredients grown in their native habitats, purchasing only what we need for a small batch of each product at the time of production. We never keep large quantities of ingredients on hand, which ensures the products are always fresh when they reach your home. To maintain the vitality of the natural plant ingredients in each of our products, our processing techniques are minimal, keeping intact the integrity of the plants in their natural state.
What is ethnobotany? Simply put, ethnobotany is the study of how people and cultures (“ethno”) relate to plants (“botany”). Drawing upon the sciences of botany, anthropology, phytochemistry, sociology, medicine and agriculture, ethnobotany delves into the way that people’s lives across all cultures are directly linked to the botanical world. The survival of the human race has depended on the instinctual desire of people to learn how to use plants and plant-based materials for food, shelter, medicine, cosmetics, religious ritual, and even play!
Ethnobotany was coined as a scientific term in 1895 when American Botanist John William Harshberger used the term to describe his own studies of plants as they were used by primitive and aboriginal people. Modern day ethnobotanists continue to seek information about plants as held by indigenous people world-wide from knowledge passed down by their ancestors.
Many ancient plants in their native habitats are coming into an international spotlight as modern approaches to medicine, and in our case, skin care, return to a more natural, holistic approach; an approach known by our ancestors be effective and healing. We strive to integrate new findings about the plant world into our work, while preserving the old botanical knowledge that is the foundation of our company.
More recently we have become interested in perfumes, particularly solid fragrances. Perfumes derived from plant sources are as ancient as potions to beautify and treat the skin. The first perfume chemist recorded was Tapputi, who lived in Mesopotamia around 1200 BC. We proudly embrace the perfume concepts of cultures around the world.