Koru Naturals – Review

Using natural products is a choice we make whenever possible. With a bit of research, we can usually find a natural alternative for various issues. Our home has its share of skin and hair issues and we are always looking for ways to improve healthy skin and hair. Koru Naturals has two products that we have been using for the past several weeks: Emu Oil and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm. I’d love to share a bit of our experience with you.

Koru Naturals is a company that brings many natural products and resources of New Zealand to be available for those of us in the United States, Canada, and even some European countries. The products they offer include teas, soaps, and more. You can very easily locate items via a simple online catalog or a handy search option.

Emu Oil

I must confess that before these products were brought to my attention, I had no idea of emu oil or the benefits of it. It has turned out to be a surprisingly beneficial oil. Emu Oil is derived from the fat of the emu and is a thick, almost creamy oil that serves well as a moisturizer. It can be used on skin and hair in a variety of ways.

We used the Pure Emu Oil directly on our skin. Due to the thickness and creaminess of the oil, I had to use very little to be effective. My daughter used emu oil when she had a slight acne breakout and dry skin on her face. She found that it moisturized those dry patches quickly and brought relief. It appeared that the emu oil also reduced the redness of the acne breakout. We were out of our normal acne treatment so this was a lovely discovery!

The Emu Oil was also used on the hair of my daughter who has really thick and coarse curly hair. We are always working to keep her hair moisturized and healthy. While Koru Naturals gives directions for washing the emu oil out of the hair, I actually applied it to my daughters wet hair and left the oil it. Due to the thickness of the hair, we had no issue with oily residue or anything. I think we actually need to use a bit more; it is long and thick! She had no issue with skin irritation which is a huge plus.

Koolpurrie Restoring Balm

Koolpurrie Restoring Balm is a balm created from emu oil and lanolin. This balm is designed to be used on dry, damaged, and cracked skin. The combination of the emu oil with lanolin creates a thick, soothing balm that has no odor.

I used the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm mainly on my hands. I am constantly washing my hands and using hot water. It doesn’t take long, especially in the winter, for my skin to become severely dry to the point of being painful. I found that the restoring balm worked great to soothe the damaged skin and helped to heal it as well. I loved that I could use it as often as needed with no worries. Emu oil and lanolin – nothing that was going to create a secondary issue with my dry skin! I have used lanolin over the years for various issues and find that the emu oil added in really helped in the ease of use and distribution over the skin.

My little ones also benefited from the Koolpurrie Restoring Balm. My fair skinned children often get “hot spots” on the backside of knees and the fold of the elbow. When it flared up and became red and irritated, I just took a bit of the balm and applied. My son (5) commented on how quickly it made his skin feel better. I debated on using the pure emu oil or the balm and decided that the “coating” the balm would provide would be better since these areas would rub against clothing.

Overall, we enjoyed using the Emu Oil and Koolpurrie Restoring Balm. I really love the balm and look forward to continuing to use it on my hands and feet. Since it takes so little at each use, we can all use it for various “hot spots” and skin irritations. The emu oil will probably stay with the girls’ hair and skin care products since they used it more than I did. We are going to continue to play with application amounts for my daughter with the dry, curly hair.

Other products from Koru Natural were reviewed by other Crew Members. Need a good lip balm or natural shampoo and condition? Check out what others thought about Koru Natural products. Have you ever used Emu Oil? I’d love to hear how!

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And the Birthday Girls

Once we wrap up Caleb’s and Sam’s birthdays, we have a short break to regroup and then it is time for Hannah and Sarah to party!

We had to do some shifting around since we had quick travel plans that started on Hannah’s birthday. I had a conference with the two girls to work out a plan that would save my sanity.

Hannah’s birthday was Saturday the 22rd and Sarah’s birthday was Thursday the 27th. Yes, Sarah’s birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year. She was not thrilled. Sarah is not a big fan of turkey.

Here was the plan: On Thanksgiving Day we would celebrate both birthdays. At lunch we would have Sarah’s birthday meal of burger and fries. In the afternoon we would have two cakes because they could not agree on that point, lol. Then dinner would be a full Thanksgiving meal because that is what Hannah wanted. No problem. Ahem.

Hey, birthdays (and Thanksgiving) come once a year so why not do it in style? We had lots of leftovers and that is a beautiful thing!

Happy Birthday to my Hannah Joy! She is a bundle of energy and joy. Loves to be outdoors in the woods or riding her bike. Super smart and witty. She brightens up our home so much!

Happy Birthday to my Sarah Bear! She has matured greatly in the last year. She likes to be busy and right in the middle of life. She loves to take care of Ezra and is a great big sister. I love how she if full of questions. She is a hard worker and a delight.

Painting Rocks

I am always happy to encourage activities that involve imagination and creativity; whether at the table with pencil and sketch pad or outdoors with wood and rope. When Lydia and Hannah asked if they could paint their rock collection one hot, summer afternoon, I was happy to oblige their request.

Mermaid and a Frozen inspired scene

For some time, Lydia and Hannah have been collected “smooth” rocks in all shapes and sizes. They used them often when playing with their peg dolls to make gates, tables, and forts. How would they paint them?

Rock People and a Hobbit Hole

I happened to have some paint pens from another project that I gave the girls to use.  They quickly set up a spot to paint and the creativity began. I must say that they did a fabulous job.

Flower and Ring by Bekah, Viking Ship. Sea Shell and Walnut Shell added for fun.

Now that they have painted their rocks, the hunt is on for more smooth rock canvases…