Welcome to River Bush Block, I am Rachel the owner, creator, grower, photographer and everything else in between.
I live under the majestic Pirongia Mountain (in the Waikato) with my husband and two boys, we live on a lifestyle block which allows me to grow the majority of the plant material used in our skincare products.
I have been making my own skincare products since I was a teenager. I have really sensitive skin and things like preservatives, synthetic ingredients and fragrances really upset it. Artificial Fragrances give me an instant headache and seem to be in everything, so when I discovered Essential Oils I fell in love. I learnt about aromatherapy and how to make my own unique perfume blends, one of those blends I still use today.
In 2015 I started selling some of my excess products on Trade Me and quickly discovered there was market for good quality natural skincare that was affordable. In 2016 River Bush Block was born. There have been some major overhauls like incorporating my love of gardening, herbs and natives into our skincare products and our beautiful new labels and logo.
River Bush Block might seem like an unusual name for a skincare company. I wanted a name that meant something, that reminded us of where things come from. River Bush Block describes the land where the botanicals grew from. At the back of our property we have the gorgeous Kaniwhaiwha Stream that runs down from Pirongia Mountain, there is also bush that surrounds the stream that is sustainably harvested from. Block refers to the land that we live on and continue to look after so it can continue to grow and flourish.
Thank you for your support and following along on our journey and hope you enjoy our natural handcrafted skincare products.