The Nectar Body & Bath Story
Hi . . . my name is Andrea. Over ten years ago, nectar was born in a kauri cottage at Howick Beach near Auckland in New Zealand, when I discovered by accident, that using a handmade soap made without harsh chemicals relieved my son’s long-term eczema. It’s been a long road . . . .
My second son Nathan was born in 1997 and from the earliest times he suffered from extensive and continual eczema mainly on his wrists, elbows and behind his knees. The agony he experienced every single day in the bath or shower, the constant scratching of his raw skin and general irritability he felt, added to the overwhelming guilt that I suffered because I was unable to help my boy, who was in such pain on a daily basis.
I frequently consulted with doctors, specialists and even holistic health professionals, trying all sorts of remedies and absolutely NOTHING helped to relieve the agony he felt every day. I hadn’t really considered that the highly detergent-based, triple-milled soaps and body washes I was buying, could be the origin of his discomfort.
He was twelve when I realised the nightly screaming in the shower had actually ceased and his skin was beginning to repair itself. I soon realised it could possibly be the result of him using a bar of hand-made organic soap that I had been given by a friend!
That realisation has since led me on a personal journey away from mass-produced and unfortunately, sometimes toxic and hormone-unbalancing personal care products and back instead to nourishing the largest organ we have . . . our skin.
I began by heavily researching and then making some handmade soap products for my family. Nathan’s skin continued to heal and improve so quickly, and his irritation and pain, and my feelings of helplessness, all disappeared!
I knew I was onto something here. I continued to research and develop more skin and body care products, sharing them with family and friends. In the early years, I sold at markets and in-home parties in our area and met more and more parents that had the same gut-wrenching experiences as our family had. So many customers reported back that our products were helping them too.
And our customers also wanted another thing – sustainability of the products they choose to use. The absolute travesty of our planet’s pollution crisis needed to impact the way we did business at nectar. Being a bit of an eco-warrior myself, it was a natural progression to make every effort to source organic and/or sustainable ingredients and packaging materials, ensuring our products are 100% friendly for you, as well as for our environment.
The growing demand from family, friends and a rapidly increasing loyal customer base meant I needed to take a big risk, put aside my other long-term business and concentrate on nectar – putting it online to help people access our products in the easiest possible way.
I chose the word ‘nectar’ for my brand because, to me, nectar represents the ultimate, most delicious substance in the whole world!
It’s also a vital, super-rich liquid produced by plants, that attracts and provides a valuable nutrient source to pollinators like butterflies and bees. And we would have no life on earth without our pollinating friends!
In the end, it just seemed like a great brand name that spoke of everything I would personally want in a skincare product.
Over the years, our range of products has increased from a small selection of handmade soaps to an extensive range of skin and haircare products for the entire family – and even some for our precious doggos.
To those of you who are already familiar with nectar, and have used our products before, thank you for your ongoing support, it is very much appreciated. I am totally aware that it is with your help that nectar has become such a success, and with you by our side, it will continue to grow and expand with something for everyone!
By the way, Nathan is now 22, and he is working with me full-time to manage and grow this business.
Be kind to yourself and the planet. Andrea x.