Island Flowers

Celebrate the natural beauty of Great Barrier Island with our island-inspired body care range.

Great Barrier Island, a haven of native fauna and vibrant flowers, is a place where nature's beauty knows no bounds. Every spring, the island's coastline bursts into colour as the "island flowers" bloom, offering a bountiful nectar supply for our bees.

More than a century ago, local botanical artist "Fanny Osborne" found inspiration in these unique blooms - Manuka, Pohutukawa, Kowhai, and Hibiscus. Interestingly, this was right around the time when beekeeping began to flourish on the island. Fanny's artistry captured the essence of the island, and her legacy lives on.

At the heart of our products lies the pure, active, and skin-loving Manuka Honey sourced from Great Barrier Island. We combine this with the nourishing goodness of Olive and Macadamia Oil.

Fanny Osborne created stunning and intricate flower drawings that are native to Great Barrier Island. Fanny lived on the island in the early 19th century and began by sketching flowers in the sand, gradually progressing to painting them with meticulous detail. Despite raising 13 children, she continued to produce numerous paintings, which is truly impressive. Fanny was a mother, painter, and teacher all at once!

Today, Fanny's book and paintings are considered collector's items, with her original works displayed at the Auckland Museum. The "Island Flowers" range focuses on the island's native flowers.

The flowers of particular interest are native

This is a large tree which grows on the coastline around New Zealand. From late November it bursts into flower which are a deep red. It is often referred to as "New Zealand’s Christmas Tree" due to flowering at Christmas. It has a unique fragrance

This tree has beautiful has long tube like yellow fragrant flowers which smell like honey suckle and vanilla. The native birds simply love these flowers along with the bees!

This particular type of Hibiscus is only found on Great Barrier Island. Its wide open petals with dark yellow stayman makes it a very attractive sub tropical flower.

We have "partnered" the above New Zealand flowers with other flowers & fruit from around the South Pacific creating a unique fragrant fusion.

  • Pohutukawa & Paw Paw
  • Kowhai & Vanilla
  • Hibiscus & Lime

We have had a fabulous response to the fragrances which I am sure you will find are very refreshing and will appeal to the young at heart. It's all about "celebrating Great Barrier Islands flowers" which burst into colour each summer just as we hit the beaches.

All products utilise pure active Manuka Honey, Olive Oil and Macadamia Oil to nourish and sooth the skin.

Fanny Osborne – Botanical Artist – Great Barrier Island (1852 -1934).

Fanny Malcolm was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on 29 January 1852, the second of 13 children of Emilie Monson Wilton and her husband, Neill Malcolm, a barrister. When Fanny was six years old the family moved to Great Barrier Island, 56 miles north-east of Auckland, where Neill Malcolm began cattle farming and bee keeping at Rosalie Bay. It was here that Fanny spent her childhood and early adulthood. The property her father acquired was extremely run down and life there was hard and isolated.

The Malcolm children were educated by their mother in reading, writing and arithmetic. After lessons they were taken to the beach for recreational activity, which included drawing. Fanny's creative talents were first nurtured by drawing pictures in the sand. Emilie Malcolm recognised the talent in her children and gave it scope by providing proper art materials purchased from Auckland. Apart from these early sketching activities Fanny was given no training in art.

In 1874 Fanny married Alfred Joe Osborne, whose family farmed at Tryphena, about seven miles from Rosalie Bay; the ceremony was performed by Bishop William Cowie at Bishopscourt, Parnell, on 15 January. Both sets of parents had disapproved of the match, forcing the lovers to keep their affection a close secret. After their marriage Fanny and Alfred returned to the island to settle on the Osborne farm at Tryphena, where they raised 13 children: eight sons and five daughters.

It is not possible to ascertain when Fanny Osborne began to produce her exquisite watercolours of the Great Barrier Island flora, for she did not usually date her paintings. Her husband was well educated and probably encouraged her in her choice of subject matter with his extensive knowledge of the local plant life. By the 1920s her work had become quite well known and she was selling sets of paintings and single works from her home at Tryphena. Her most creative period was probably after her children had grown and her family responsibilities had lessened.

From both scientific and artistic points of view, Fanny Osborne's paintings of the flowers of the indigenous trees, shrubs, vines, and herbs of Great Barrier are exceptional and superbly crafted examples of botanical illustration. They are accurate in every detail, and yet simultaneously communicate the beauty and delicacy of the specimen. They also provide valuable historical documentation of the plant life of the island. One of the species depicted, Elytranthe adamsii (New Zealand mistletoe), is now extinct. The largest collection of her work is held by the botany department of the Auckland Institute and Museum. Fanny lived on to the age of 82 on passed away on the 12th March 1934. Fortunately, five of Fanny daughters inherited her talents and carried on the family tradition.

Today we honour Fanny as it is her unique drawings which   inspired me to create our “Island Flowers” range. We are probably both very fortunate to have a place like Great Barrier Island which is blessed with such unique fragrant flowers that inspired us both in the beginning.