Our Story

Since we've been doing this for a while now I thought it would be time to reflect on where we've come from and why we do what we do.

Before I started my journey with Five Elements, I was a teacher. A student of mine had severe eczema and was scratching herself to bleeding point, a condition that had plagued her for many months.

Driven by Compassion

Driven by compassion, I became motivated to research the skin health benefits of plants that I found growing locally in Marlborough, around my property near the Pelorus Bridge Reserve.
     Many years ago I had studied botany and this scientific background come in useful in my research of the plant species growing around the pelorus region.

Pelorus Riverbank

From the sunniest part of New Zealand

The Marlborough region gets the most sunlight in New Zealand and is well-known for its vineyards, where grapes flourish (Blenheim has the highest average sunshine with 2475 hours per year).
   But it's much more than just grapes that soak up this solar energy, converting it into useful antioxidants, and active ingredients that represent nature's medicine cabinet.

Walking along the Pelorus Bridge

Powerful Herbal Healers

Through my research I identified five botanical ingredients that were well known for their healing properties, and created a herbal skincare formulation for the student, and named it Five Elements Skin Tonic.
     I gave it to her to try and after just one week of daily application, the condition had completely cleared.

It was the rapid efficacy of this product that prompted a trial of the product on problem skin complaints from dry skin to psoriasis.
     These positive outcomes and encouraging feedback from others, led to the manufacture and sale of this product.

We've since expanded what we do and now make a range of natural products designed to help restore and maintain hair and skin health. All of them contain herbal extracts from plants grown on our herb farm in sunny Pelorus valley.

With benefits that have been known since ancient times, the effectiveness of these ingredients has been backed up by numerous scientific studies.

Elemental Extracts: Ginkgo, Rosemary, Olive, Rumex and Plantago

Above: Five Powerful Herbal Healing Extracts from plants grown in Marlborough are the unique component that go into all Five Elements products. Ginkgo, Rosemary, Olive, Rumex and Plantago.

Our Values

In doing what we do, we've stuck to some key values, listed below.

Conservation & Sustainability
We care about the environment and our ‘Clean, Green Image’ and we are prepared to ‘Put our money where our mouth is’. We donate a significant proportion of our profits to support conservation projects, and every purchase contributes towards this cause.

Cruelty Free. None of our products are tested on animals, except on willing humans.

Natural Health & Wellness
We believe in doing things the natural way. Our products contain all natural ingredients carefully selected to enhance your skin and maintain optimal skin health.

Made in New Zealand
We value our Kiwi heritage. Our plant extracts are grown on our herb farm which is located in the sunny Pelorus Valley, Marlborough, in the South Island of New Zealand.

Do you have a skincare concern?

If you would like to discuss a skincare concern or question about our products, don't hesitate to get in touch by sending me an email through the link below.
    I also run a reflexology and natural therapy clinic, and have extensive experience on the toll that stress and other lifestyle factors can take on the skin. I have experience dealing with hundreds of cases, and would be happy to discuss your individual requirements.

Email: karen@five-elements.co.nz to get in touch. 


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