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Mānuka Oil vs Mānuka Honey

Manuka oil skincare

Every New Zealander knows about mānuka honey - but mānuka oil? It’s the unsung hero of the skincare world, with its benefits and healing properties yet to hit the mainstream.  

Here at Raw Nature though, we’ve long been advocates for this essential oil - which is why it’s the hero ingredient in most of the products in our range. 

Misconceptions circle these 2 manuka products with many consumers either assuming that the oil comes from the honey - or not knowing that a mānuka essential oil even exists! We’re here to set the record straight - because once skincare consumers understand the benefits of mānuka essential oil, they’ll never want to use anything else! 

Mānuka Oil vs Mānuka Honey 

While both mānuka honey and mānuka essential oil are derived from the same mānuka plant, the honey is produced by bees that pollinate the mānuka tree and the oil is the result of a distillation process using the twigs and leaves. 

The mānuka essential oil is completely vegan in that no bees were involved in the process, making it vegan-friendly!

Benefits of Mānuka Oil

Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, mānuka oil makes for a brilliant skincare all-rounder. It’s: anti-bacterial, anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral and a powerful antioxidant. 

It’s 1000x more powerful than mānuka honey and 30x more potent than Australian Tea Tree Oil. 

It’s also an effective all-natural alternative to the toxic ingredients found in mainstream skincare products, making it an important ingredient in our Raw Nature formulations!


The bulk of our products use mānuka oil because of it’s countless applications:

  • Bug bites and stings: you’ll find it in our Bug Balm 
  • Banishing dandruff and brightening hair: you’ll find it in our Dry Shampoo
  • Helping with eczema and psoriasis: you’ll find it in our Deodorants  
  • Minor skin infections and rashes: you’ll find it in our Lotion Sticks 
Now doesn’t that sound like just the natural ingredient you’re looking for in your natural skincare routine? Shop our range of mānuka oil-based products now.

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