kūmarahou & mānuka hand and body wash | aotea


Kūmarahou Soap - A Gentle, Healing Hand and Body Wash

Pomaderris Kumarahou, has a very high saponin content. Saponin is a surfactant, which means that it can foam into a lather, 100% naturally. Most soaps contain chemicals to do this. Kūmarahou was traditionally referred to as gum diggers soap, as the gum diggers of the 1800s would use kūmarahou and water to remove kauri gum or tree sap from their hands when they were working. This soap is beautifully soft, very healing and 100% natural.


Aotea was founded in 2017. We are inspired by mātauranga māori (māori knowledge) and this knowledge manifests itself in our range of therapeutic skincare. Aotea is the māori name for Great Barrier Island and it is here where we are from and where we grow the native flora we use (and extract their oils) and spin these into the products in our range. This is all done by our team on our papakāinga (land).
What is important to us is that what we do brings opportunity to the community where we are based on Aotea. In light of which we have decided (despite the difficulty) to grow, extract and manufacture all the products rather than outsource this. We are also proud to say that for every year we have been in business we have provided scholarships to our rangatahi māori to attend high school and we are in the process of creating more jobs for whānau.
What is also important to us is spearheading the science that will give credibility to the anecdotal history and knowledge māori have for the healing flora of Aotearoa. We now have a committed R&D team to determine innovative ways to not only extract some of the plant agents in the flora we use, but also undertake clinical tests of these plant agents. 

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