Getting adventurous – Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Body Care

Have you ever tried „Frog Hot Pot“ or „Fishhead Curry“?

Me neither.
But it was a close call when we were in Singapore.
When traveling, eating my way through traditional food is right there on top of my list, and I have had my fair share of questionable experiences, but I draw a line when something completely grosses me out.

Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Body Care
That being said, New Zealand wasn’t quite as challenging when it came to food. 
So to make sure I would get my share of unique experiences, I decided to try some New Zealand exclusive body care.
Choosing a tough life, I know.
Wild Ferns is part of Parrs Products Ltd, a New Zealand based (obviously) family company, established in 1951 and based in Auckland.
The Wild Ferns skin- and body care is divided in several lines:
– Manuka Honey
– Kiwifruit
– Lanolin
– Native Flowers
All these ingredients are New Zealand grown and harvested and targeted at different issues.
And even though these things are hard to come by when living outside New Zealand, the homepage lists some international sellers if you are desperate to try them.
I went for two products from the Manuka Honey line, Conditioning Hand Crème (yes, thats how they write it) and Sweet Indulgence Body Butter. 
The honey used is declared to be AAH 650+, which seems to be a marker for the anti-inflammatory properties. 650+ is said to be high, thus being effective. (Don’t quote me on that, as far as I know there is no research to back up that claim.)
Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Conditioning Hand Crème
Conditioning Hand Crème:
I got 85 ml for 13,95 NZ$ at a souvenir shop.
Inside the pot is a lovely, whipped looking cream, smelling like honey (who would have thought) with a subtle floral hint.
It applies smoothly, sinking in within two minutes, just leaving a barely noticeable residue on my hands.
The ingredients are lovely blend of oils (Sweet Almond, Wheat), butters (Cocoa, Shea), above mentioned honey and Vitamin E. Also contained are alcohol, fragrance and preservatives, but overall nothing really disturbing.
One thing I really liked was the added Titanium Dioxide (physical sunscreen). Nothing that I look for when buying hand creams, but something I probably should use more often on my hands.
Wild Ferns New Zealand Manuka Honey Sweet Indulgence Body Butter
Sweet Indulgence Body Butter:
This one contained 195 ml and retailed for 22 NZ$, again at a souvenir shop.
While the Body Butter looks the same as the hand cream, it is much richer and firmer in texture. The smell ist the same floral-tinted honey.
When applied, it has a rich feel to it and needs some working in, otherwise it leaves white streaks on the skin.
The BodyShop Body Butters feel similar, but sink in  a lot quicker.
Body Butter applied without working it in
But after some massaging, you are left with super soft skin, smelling warm and sweet. I love it especially around bedtime, because the scent transfers slightly to my sheets, making the bed smell of honey.
The ingredients are similar to those of the hand cream, but contain bees wax and jojoba oil on top, as well as silicones and lack the sunscreen.
Overall a much more pleasant experience than drinking tea made of Yak butter, I assure you.
Your turn:
What do you do when visiting a foreign country?
And what was the most exotic thing you ever tried?

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  • I just try to eat all the local food! So far so good.

    XO Naomi in Wonderland

  • I lived in New Zealand for a year many moons ago – such a stunning country! I love their natural skin care lines. Recently I tried The Cream and thought it was lovely. The strangest food I've ever eaten was a Camel Steak in Australia – it was gross!!
    Becca | theBeautyInbox

  • Yak tea? Yuck! This body butter sounds really lovely. The butterier the better, I say.

  • Hm, sounds good. I like that it has honey as well… much rather prefer that than drinking tea made of Yak butter. very odd xD When I visit a foreign country I find out if they have a Sephora.. so I can visit it and buy loads of makeup from brands I can't find back here 😀 lol

  • I am terrible at using hand cream unless my hands are super dry. And as a matter of fact I am terrible at applying lotion to my body as well but with this body butter I think I would do a better job. All the ingredients sound great!

  • Totally agree with you on Sephora!

  • Wow, that sounds so interesting! I love the smell of honey even if I'm not overly fond of the taste, hahaha

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  • Swati Sharma

    nicely reviewed dear…

  • Fishhead curry is amazing! LOL! When we visited Shenzhen, China to take our wedding pictures, we was almost served donkey balls. I kid you not. Thank goodness the guide who was with us told them no, that we wouldn't appreciate the dish.

    I love the sounds of the body butter, think I'll search online and see if I can purchase it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • i wouldn't be able to stop myself from licking this cream off my hand! looks like it's gonna smell wonderful! 🙂

  • Kat Horrocks

    Wow, my hands are so dry at the moment and could really do with this. I need something thicker than my regular hand cream to massage in overnight. I need to find an alternative to this in the UK!!

    Kat |

  • Uh, donkey balls! Great thing you had a local there to warn you. I really don't want to know what I have eaten already just because I misunderstood what people told me!
    But on the other hand, I never got sick, so it can't have been too bad.

  • This may be the first time I hear someone saying they don't like the taste of honey.
    But I am the same with coffee: I love the smell but could never bring myself to actually drink it.

  • Moisturizing my body is a must for me, my skin gets so dry during winter time! Usually I use the Body Butters from TBS. They are amazing, too.
    Have you tried them?

  • Sephora is always on my list, too.
    The Yak butter tea wasn't that bad actually, but drinking a whole cup upset my tummy a little…

  • Yes, I like my Body Butters buttery and my tea butter-free, I know that now for sure!

  • A whole year? Lucky you. It is so beautiful there! And they have lots of organic stuff, be it food or skincare, I really like that.
    Why did you move there?

  • Any excuse to eat all the food will do, at least in my case. But trying cosmetics is a question of honor!

  • Maireem Maneje

    OOOOhhhhh this sounds very interesting. Love love the smell of honey 😛 I think the most exotic thing I have ever done was eat a cricket lol cringe* 😛
    Nice post darling

  • I worked there on a gap year when I was 23 before travelling around Oz and South America.. good times!

  • I have not. I am telling you I am terrible 🙁 Which scent is your favorite?

  • My most used is Shea Butter, because it smells warm, but isn't overpowering, but my actual favorite is the LE scent "Spiced Vanilla". They brought it back three years in a row for christmas, but stopped last year. Gladly I have still four backup pots…
    It was the one I used when I met Mr. Loca, so this is like "our" signature scent.

  • I regret not taking a gap year when I was that age.
    Oz is beautiful, too, but I preferred NZ. As far as South America goes, I have only been in Chile for four weeks, but have to go back visiting at least Peru and Argentinia!

  • This sounds sooo lovely, bet it smells amazing! When I visit a foreign country I'm always sure to eat like the locals 🙂

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  • I'm really glad I did it – life is so busy now I can't imagine a time in the near future when I'll get to go back!

  • Same here…

  • Ha so I'm not big on frogs either, but I get fish head curry. I'm not a pro at eating fish, but fish head is actually considered a good part in certain cultures!

    The body butter sounds yum! As for the most exotic thing… I've had snails. Do they count?

  • I really have severely dry hands at the moment and I'm always on the look out for good hand cream! This one actually sounds quite promising – especially when it sinks in so quickly ☺

  • What a lovely body butter! This sounds ideal for my dry skin xx

  • It looks thick but based on your review it leaves your skin soft

    So i think it's great for dry skin like mine


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  • Mary María

    Super cool! Have a nice day honey!!

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  • Dressed With Soul

    Du bist wirklich experimentierfreudig, das mag ich! Also was ich in fremden Ländern auf jeden Fall vor allem ausprobiere, das ist das Essen. Was ich vermeide, soweit es geht, ist Kleidung oder Schuhe zu kaufen – da ich praktisch noch nie erlebt habe, dass mir meine Einkäufe daheim noch gefallen 🙂 Ich wünsche Dir einen schönen Abend.

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  • Csenge Orban

    I would try the kiwi one but the honey seems amazing as well! Unfortunately we don't have this brand in my area :/ but anyways thanks for sharing maybe one day I will stumble upon it. Have a wonderful day! Kisses from Hungary xo

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  • I've never had the chance to try beauty products from New Zealand, so this is quite interesting for me. I love trying new food when I'm abroad (;
    Nati xx

  • I would have loved to try all the ranges (Bee venom, how cool does that sound?), but I had limited packing space…
    Hope you are having a great day, too.
    How is the weather at Hungary?

  • Oh, das kenne ich. Ich habe so viele Impulskäufe im Schrank, die wirklich nur abends an der Strandbar erträglich sind…
    Dir auch einen schönen Abend.

  • You too, Mary.

  • Thank you Dora.

  • It is great for dry skin, I think it would work great on eczema, too.

  • It is awesome for dry skin, and the smell is delicious.

  • There are more nourishing hand creams out there, but none that absorb so quickly.

  • Snails aren't that exotic when you live at the French border, I guess, but as with the fish head it is probably down to the place you live at. And despite it being a delicateness in France, I am not too keen on frogs, either.
    That body butter though smells like you could eat it.

  • This is such a great way to get in contact with people and culture. Everything comes down to food.
    What was the most exotic thing you had?

  • A cricket? Where on earth did you get to eat that?
    Come to think of it, we have a special restaurant serving insects at Frankfurt. They are said to contain lots of protein and barely any fat, but nevertheless… I think I´ll pass.

  • Hmm most recently I had morcilla in Spain. It was so tasty, but I would have never thought to order it myself!

  • Ah, I ate that one once and really liked it. Before I started eating pescetarian I liked this kind of sausages. Funny enough, because my husband, who is a hunter, can't imagine ever eating one go them…

  • Tailored and true

    Ooh sounds like such nice lotion! I love that you tried some local goods!

  • Trying local foods is definitely one of my favorite things about traveling. This body butter sounds lovely!


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  • The products sound lovely! I also like to try local Beauty Brands when traveling… and the foods of course get me as well. Never been to New Zealand, but would love to go some day, hope you had a great time!

  • I just loveeeee body butter – isn't it the best thing ever?!

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  • Duaa Arshad

    Totally wish I could try this product. It looks so amazing..

  • So many foodies here, I love it!
    Beauty products in NZ are usually very pricey, even the ones we get cheap at the drugstore, but I just couldn't resist. Where did your last journey take you?

  • I couldn't have left without trying them. In my luggage were a lot more goodies to give me great memories now that I am back home.

  • What was the most exotic thing you tried? Food or makeup wise?

  • We had a great time. If you get the chance, definitely go there, it is amazing. Where did your last vacation take you?

  • Absolutely. Usually I use the ones from The Body Shop. Which one is your favorite?

  • And it smells divine!

  • I didn't know that products in New Zealand are so pricey. I went to Spain on my last trip (:

  • Something about the taxes. I was really shocked, as a regular L´Oréal foundation is about 40 € over there, as much as a Chanel one here in Germany.
    Spain sounds great? Do you speak Spanish?

  • Oh, that's REALLY pricey. Yes, I speak a little Spanish.

  • Years and years a go when we went to Mexico, my husband made me try escargot for the first time, without telling me it was escargot and escamoles (ant larvae) also without telling me what it was. I've also tried frog legs at a Thai place once. 🙂

  • Csenge Orban

    Last week it was so warm, we had 27 degrees Celsius, but now it has cooled down to 13. But it's quite pleasant. How's the weather like where you are?

  • Same. 26 degrees last week, now around 16. But it is still sunny, so I enjoy my time outdoors.

  • Wow, you are quite adventurous when it comes to food. Did you like the taste before you knew what it was?

  • Sadly I don't speak any Spanish, only English and French, but I would love to learn some more languages.

  • Haha I actually did, it wasn't too bad. I did finish the escargo but not the ant larvae, once I knew what it was haha 😉

  • I really love this one from a local store called Jane Gee, I think she sells it online also, but it's a grapefruit body butter that she makes by hand and it's to die for.

  • Sounds lovely.

  • I am more into subtle scents, too, i don't like them to compete with the fragrance I am wearing.

  • looks like a product that I would love to get .

    when visiting a new country : I love visiting and try to understand their culture etc and obviously trying their exotic foods.
    The most exotic thing I tried? hand made sushi in Tokyo ! they were the BEST !! forget the one from M&S , YoSushi or Tesco haha! and when I was in Nouvelle Calédonie (French island above New Zealand) was a giant blue lobster (was half the size of my body) !!!!!!! It was caught by my oncle (he live over there) while fishing in the local lagoon 🙂

  • Wow, hand made sushi? I´d love to try that to some day, I am a big sushi fan.

  • I have no idea how I landed on this post just out of nowhere but I really enjoyed reading it!
    I’ve been to New Zealand in 2012 and honestly, I purchased the exact same two products in the souvenir store. Manuka always reminds me of the months I lived in NZ, thanks for bringing back the joyful memories.

    Cheryl | SwissBeautyTalk

    • You are welcome. How long did you stay in NZ? And are you planning on going back some day? I would love to, if only it wasn’t as far away…

      • I stayed for three months but it’s already the third time I’ve been there. I’m sure I’ll go there again, I have family living there so I’ll be willing to make the long journey again..