My name is Roimata, mum to 4 plus a few more and wife to Harrington.
Our journey with soaps began with our first born who had severe eczema. Our girl reacted to different foods and cleaners and would often breakout with eczema flare. We used prescription medicine but decided to stop when it began changing her skin pigmentation. I vividly remember my mum always asking why I didn’t use our rakau (trees). I had been taught Rongoa Māori (Māori medicine) from a young age and being the tutu (I dont know how to translate that) that I am, I delved into re-learning everything again, with mum as my guide, I couldn’t go wrong.
A good friend of mine showed me how to make a basic cold press soap. I attended a few soap making classes and was convinced that I could make soap that our family could use. I wanted to use Rongoa Māori as the basis of our soaps which meant I had to learn how each plant reacted with the soap making process.
9 years later, I am still on my soap making journey and still discovering beautiful ways to infuse my love of Rongoa into our soaps. Sometimes my experimenting fails dramatically and literally blows up in my face but 90 percent of the time it’s a success.
I hope you enjoy the soaps as much as we do.
Kia tau te rangimarie ki runga i a koutou.