Kia ora, I’m Amanda!
I live in the wonderful ‘Garden City’ of Christchurch, New Zealand, which is where I handcraft my beautiful range of Natural Zest products.
My journey to creating Natural Zest Skincare goes back a long way. From a young age I suffered with dry skin and my face would often feel ‘tight’. After trying a number of major skincare products, I found that I was still unhappy with the results. My skin would often react to the products, become red and even sting at times. This was causing me to feel self-conscious, and my skin very uncomfortable.
Some years later, as luck would have it I visited an alternative therapist who introduced me to the use of essential oils in creams. To my delight my skin improved!! From there my fascination with essential oils grew, and I embarked upon a Diploma in Aromatherapy. This opened my mind to the healing nature of plants and the amazing benefits of their properties in skincare. I gained my qualification in 2002 and became a registered aromatherapist.
From this point on, I started adding essential oils to the creams that I bought. However I started to become more and more inquisitive about the ingredients used in mainstream skincare. I found in order for me to have complete confidence in the products I was using, I needed to formulate my own products. This way I would know exactly what ingredients I was using and where they were sourced from.