Naturally nourishing: the Te Awamutu home of small-batch organic skincare

For Liz Neale, it all began with a desire to create something truly special for her sensitive skin – something that not only brought results, but also nourished and nurtured the skin with the goodness of nature. Seeing skincare products with extravagant claims and sometimes questionable ingredients sparked a fire within her to do better, to offer something natural, genuine, and effective. The result? Bodytreats.

What do you make?

I make a range of fresh handmade natural skincare products: creams, balms, scrubs, salves, butters, and serums. All of my products are made in small batches and designed to hydrate, soothe, replenish, revitalise, and heal your skin from face to toe.

How did you get into making skincare products?

My journey began with meticulously researching ingredients and scrutinising product labels. I started experimenting with crafting a few products for myself and family members, which quickly grew into a passionate obsession. I enrolled in an organic skincare formulation course to learn the basics, but much of my learning has been self-taught through trial, error, and the fine-tuning of each recipe.

Your favourite ingredients?

I adore working with cold pressed organic oils, they have so many wonderful and nourishing benefits for all skin types. Hyaluronic acid is the most extraordinary ingredient, not only does it suit every skin type, it is so effective from the very first day of use. Other favourites are niacinamide, Co Q10, and a range of clays. I specifically choose ingredients that are known to be effective and functional.

What do you enjoy about the creative process?

I’m passionate about the entire journey, from researching and formulating to the trial and error process. My absolute favourite part, though, is witnessing the transformation in a customer’s skin. It’s incredibly rewarding to see how the products can boost confidence and contribute to overall well-being.

What has been a highlight of your creative journey so far?

As the founder, I am deeply involved in all aspects of the business from research to administration tasks, to designing and making all the labels and social media content. While it is a lot of work, and often a juggling act, I find joy in every part of the process. This hands-on approach ensures that every product leaves the studio carrying the essence of Bodytreats.

A favourite quote:

“Your skin lets you know when it is happy.” – Bodytreats.

Is there a philosophy behind your work?

The quote above reflects my belief that healthy and contented skin radiates its own beauty and glow from within. It’s not just about superficial transformations: it’s about achieving skin that is genuinely well-nourished and cared for. I absolutely stand by this philosophy as I create products that aim to bring health and happiness to the skin.

Bodytreats stands apart from other skincare options due to its commitment to crafting organic, high quality skincare products that are safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Meticulous attention to ingredient selection, dedication to handmade craftsmanship, and the personal touch I infuse into every aspect of the business create a unique experience for my customers.

Your favourite feedback from a customer:

Customer feedback is the heartbeat of Bodytreats. Every review and message I receive is a source of inspiration and validation that the products are making a positive impact. It’s truly humbling and fulfilling for me to hear about the improvement in a customer’s skin.

What are you currently listening to?

Heehee! I’m a big true crime fan, and like to listen to stories while I mix and stir and label…

What is the last handmade item you bought and what attracted you to it?

While attending a local market recently, I spotted a stall selling unique handmade jewellery made from old coins and cutlery. I bought a ring made from a 1956 3d coin, which I haven’t taken off since I bought it, and a lovely silver pendant made from an old silver teaspoon for my sister. Supporting other small businesses who hand-make their products is super important to me; I like to know I have a unique, quality item that has been lovingly handmade, and that they may have done a happy dance getting the sale.

Why do you think it’s important to buy handmade and/or locally made goods?

Small businesses are the backbone of communities, fostering unique craftsmanship and personal connections. Supporting a small artisan business not only encourages economic growth but also celebrates creativity and authenticity. It’s about choosing products that come with a story, a face, and a heart behind them.

What’s in store for the rest of 2023?

I’m thrilled to share that we are in the process of renovating a new studio space, which will be the heart and soul of the operation. The new space will symbolise the growth and transformation of the business, and I absolutely cannot wait for it to be finished!

Special offer for Felt readers!

Liz has kindly offered Felt readers 10% off any of the luscious skincare in her Felt shop, when you enter the voucher code MEETMAKER10 in the voucher code field at checkout. This offer is valid throughout the month of September 2023. Thank you Liz!

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