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Handmade by Karen

Karen is on a journey to reduce waste, leave a smaller footprint, and live a more minimal life. She loves making things – cooking, fermenting, knitting, crochet, pottery, skincare products, household cleaners, and soap. It’s part of her journey to be kinder to herself and the environment by using fewer chemicals and natural products that produce little to no waste going to landfill. Karen uses everything she sells and loves it all.

All the products used to create the products are sourced from nature. Clays, spices, botanicals, herbs, seaweed, superfoods, coffee, butter, oils, essential oils, and more. Hand created with love and care to nourish skin and care for the largest organ. Without the use of artificial colors, synthetic fragrances, and damaging chemicals. Palm oil-free, as while this provides hardness in soap, it’s destroying the wildlife environment and displacing villagers.

Handmade by Karen is a zero-waste, eco-friendly, and sustainable mindset business. Packaging for soaps sold online is with paper and cardboard, no plastic. Everything is made by hand, with love, in small batches or to order.

Her business also recently featured in the NZ Herald.

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Handmade by Karen makes handmade home and beauty products including:

  • Cloths / wipes / scrubbers
    • Cleaning combos
    • Dish washcloths
    • Face & body combos
    • Hemp & cotton scrubber
    • Reusable face wipes/make-up remover pads
    • Soap sacks
  • Haircare
    • Conditioner bars
    • Shampoo bars
      • Lemon & tea tree
      • Lavender
      • Mint & rosemary
      • Ale & oat
      • Sample pack
  • Laundry
    • Laundry soap
    • Laundry powder
  • Skincare products
    • Face wipes
    • Facial cleansing bar
    • Natural shaving soap
  • Soap
    • Minis
    • Pooch: For your dog
    • Flavoured soap
      • Chamomile, calendula & white peony root
      • Charcoal twist
      • Ceder & lavender
      • Kawakawa & charcoal
      • Lavender & patchouli
      • Lemon & poppy seed
      • Orange & patchouli
      • Orange & spice
      • Rose tea
      • Sampler pack
      • Violet leaf

100% Natural: no palm oil, synthetic or unnatural ingredients used. Soaps are all scented with essential oils, and coloured with natural botanicals.


Havelock North

NZ Made

All products made locally in New Zealand


Shipping available throughout New Zealand

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