Iconic local beauty brand delivers the best of NZ for your skin

Identifying natural ingredients that offer nourishing and transformational skin benefits has been a major focus for brands in recent years, but Wild Ferns has been doing it since 1951.

That’s when the New Zealand owned-and-run family business behind the brand committed to promoting the benefits found in ingredients unique to Aotearoa for health, beauty and wellbeing. That substantial knowledge has only grown and flourished, spanning three generations and informing Wild Ferns’ skincare range.

Each product offers unique beneficial properties found in the likes of Manuka Honey 80+, bee venom, mineral-rich Rotorua Mud, New Zealand flowers, kiwifruit and lanolin.

The certified Manuka Honey 80+ used in 25 products of Wild Ferns’ Manuka Honey skincare range is high in antioxidants, so it helps defend against free radical damage – key to keeping skin in great condition. It also has naturally antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and is rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, making it fantastic at gently nourishing, soothing and healing all skin types, but especially sensitive skin.

A major further benefit from our flying friends is bee venom, renowned for creating a younger looking complexion and used in Wild Ferns’ New Zealand Bee Venom skincare. With 18 biological active compounds including peptides and enzymes, bee venom helps stimulate cell regeneration, collagen and elastin production, helping to firm and plump facial tissue. Wild Ferns ensures no harm is caused to the bees.

And if you’ve ever experienced one of Rotorua’s world-renowned mud baths, you’ll know the smoothing, softening properties of its geothermal mud. The mineral-rich, therapeutic mud is used in Wild Ferns’ Rotorua Mud range of face packs, scrubs and moisturisers, fantastic for clearing excess oil, minimising congestion and balancing skin.

Wild FernsÂź Skincare originates from Parrs Products Ltd, a 100% New Zealand-owned family company, established in 1951.

Available at selected Gift, Garden and Pharmacy outlets nationwide or online at


The Most Exciting New Beauty Arrivals This Month

The new season brings a host of exciting new beauty arrivals to try.

This time of year the new beauty releases arrive in a flurry and though it should be a time when buying for others is on our minds, it can be hard to resist picking up one or two of the best new developments for ourselves!

Skincare innovations continue to abound as the results of years of research come to the fore, while stunning new makeup  releases and tempting limited editions inspire a touch of fomo as we reach for our credit cards!

Diptyque Biscuit Candle

Heralding the arrival of a tidal wave of Christmas Limited Editions and gift sets, Diptyque’s holiday offerings are always a must to seek out for gifts or for your own enjoyment. It’s the latter for us with this gorgeous ‘Biscuit’ candle, intended to mimic the smell of holiday baking with notes of gingerbread, spices and patchouli. If you regularly burn the popular pine scented candles during the festive season, consider this your 2021 update!

Guerlain Rouge G Luxurious Velvet Lipstick

Guerlain’s Rouge G collectable cases are dressed for the season with tweed and houndstooth options that enclose the first offering from new creative director of makeup Violette Serrat. Rouge G Luxurious Velvet lipsticks are silky and velvet-matte with an intense punch of colour. 

Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex

Estee Lauder’s new release has a name that’s a bit of a mouthful, but its long-winded nature serves to indicate the science involved in this clever new eye treatment and the significant research the brand put into it. Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex calls on a number of years of research into mechanobiology, in particular the impact the movements the muscles around our eyes make on the formation and deepening of wrinkles in the area, and the potential to minimise these changes. The thin serum-like concentrate is applied with a stainless steel applicator inspired by cryotherapy that cools the area and reduces puffiness while a lightweight, flexible visco-elastic polymer matrix and an infusion of multi-molecular weight hyaluronic acids wraps the area in what the brand calls “cushioning support” against those repetitive movements. 

L’Oreal True Match Nude Plumping Tinted Serum

Already gaining a lot of buzz online, L’Oreal Paris’ True Match Nude Plumping Tinted Serum will likely be a summer hit. The lightweight, dewy, very-sheer base has plenty of hyaluronic acid to help skin retain moisture and delivers a healthy radiant skin appearance without looking OTT or leaving skin dry, powdery or flaky. 

Clinique Smart Clinical Repair Wrinkle Correcting Serum

If you’re looking for an all-rounder serum to help improve skin tone and texture, this is a good one to try. Clinique have pumped a lot of effort into its development, designing a peptide-rich blend that also contains a potent but gentle retinoid and hyaluronic acid. All-in-all it aims to tackles the signs of aging and improves radiance and bounce to skin.

Face Halo Glow Skin Set

Reusable makeup ‘erasers’ made of soft durable fibres that remove makeup with the need for additional products have become increasingly popular given the fact they do away with the need for excess skin care or disposable cotton pads and wipes. One of the most well known brands, Face Halo, has now launched a new pink trio that offers three different textures designed to remove makeup, deep cleanse and exfoliate the skin. Each pad only requires water to work and is re-usable for up to 200 washes.

Bondi Sands Self-Tanning Foam 1 Hour Express , Self Tan Eraser Gel & Self Tanning  Face Mist 1 Hour Express

Bondi Sands has long dominated the fake tanning market but that doesn’t mean the brand is happy to rest on its laurels. This month it launches two new fast-developing formulas. Bondi Sands 1 Hour Express Self-Tanning Foam is a fool proof option that can be left on for as little as 30 minutes for a light tan or up to three for the darkest result. Spritz 1 Hour Express Face Mist for an instant burst of hydration and quick developing colour. When you’re ready to do it all over again, for a fresh canvas start by removing remnants of your old tan with the new Bondi Sands Tan Eraser Gel. Based on the brand’s previous Tan Eraser Foam, the gel formula removes your self-tan in as little as 5 minutes while nourishing the skin with hydration, ready for the next coat. 

Clarins Supra Lift & Curl Mascara

We’re always excited to try and new mascara wand shape and this is no exception! It’s designed to define and scoop up lashes to encourage lift and curl. The formula is smudge-proof and calls on Bitter Orange wax to protect lashes and keep colour in place.

Urban Decay Naked Cyber Eyeshadow Palette

Yes, Urban Decay are still pumping out eye shadow palettes under the Naked brand name, although the shades are less subtle than they used to be! That being said the shimmering duochrome shades in this set are right on the money when it comes to the trend for for inventive eye looks right now and there are plenty of ways to wear the colours in an understated manner, such as smudged just along lash lines.

Rochas Girl EDT

This light and pretty new release comes with a host of call-outs that will likely appeal to a younger consumer, hence the name. Fresh and bright with an opening of neroli, blackcurrant and pink pepper that settles into white flowers and soft sandalwood and cedarwood. Intended as an ‘ode to freedom and wellbeing’, the vegan, 90% natural-origin formula is contained in a vessel with partly recycled components. The brand will donate 1% of global sales to environmental organisation  1% for the Planet. 

Trinny London Lash2Brow

Trinny London, the straight-forward makeup line from Trinny Woodall has been an unexpected success that becomes clear when you begin to use her products. Designed to be multi -use and suit anyone, of any age, they have become mainstays of our kits. The latest release, Lash2Brow, combines mascara and brow gel in one neat, dual ended package to define, and lift your lashes and groom and gently colour brows. The mascara is black and comes combined with one of five different brow shades ranging from Latte (light brown) to Espresso (cool dark brown).