Our Story Began in 1988

Carol Priest started as a small New Zealand family business, specialising in the formulation, manufacture and marketing of herbal skincare products. To ensure they remain fresh and retain their beneficial properties each product is hand-prepared in small batches.

This small scale production means we can be flexible and innovative, offering you the latest developments in natural and certified organic skincare as they become available.

Truly Natural

Each product contains a unique and simple blend of proven botanicals. No mineral oils are used. Instead, oils and emulsifiers extracted from plants act as carriers for the principal ingredients.

This has necessitated sourcing raw material from throughout the world, including New Zealand, to ensure purity, naturalness and quality are of the highest order. However, 'natural' also refers to the production process, which in our case, involves preparing by hand each product in small batch lots.

Carol Priest Natural Cosmetics

what does this mean?

Many skin and body care products claim to be 'natural' or 'contain natural ingredients' or even have the word 'natural' as part of the product name. In fact, very few products on the market today are truly natural containing at least some artificial ingredients. This suits mass production and enables the cost of production to be minimized. Real natural products need to be preserved naturally which is hugely problematic and the primary reason that most skin care ranges cannot be described as natural. Unfortunately, the use of the word 'natural' is not closely regulated in the same way as the word 'organic'. Consumers, therefore, need to be particularly vigilant when selecting a skin care product if they value 'natural'. All ingredients should be displayed on the label and be easily identified as being of natural origin.


"Using superior botanical ingredients and environmentally responsible methods, our mission is to handcraft a range of natural skin care products to nourish the body and indulge the mind."

- Carol Priest

Natural Sources

All colours are derived from natural sources. Synthetic fragrances, responsible for most allergic skin reactions, have been replaced with the subtle, natural fragrances of unadulterated essential oils. It is this careful selection of the purest ingredients that ensures a natural, and certified organic and professional range of skincare products, unrivalled for freshness, quality and impressive results.

Manufactured Exclusively

While we manufacture in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand (using local and imported botanicals) we export all our production overseas. It would be fair to say we are New Zealand's best kept skincare secret in our homeland. The demand for our products overseas has been strong for coming up to 30 years. We are looking forward to continuing to work with our overseas distributors and seeing what the future holds for many more years to come.

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