Celebrating 3 Decades in Business

Is it time to question what's in your cosmetics?

janine matchittIn a retail world where the words ‘Natural’ and ‘Organic’ are used without merit, Viola Organics have a strong reputation following more than three decades of manufacturing their own range of truly, certified organic skin care products in New Zealand.

Organic Certification is your best assurance of quality ingredients. With independent annual auditing and non-toxic clean down processes we can guarantee that the end product has not come into contact with any synthetic chemicals throughout the manufacturing process.

Here at Viola, we ensure the integrity of our products in a simple way – we source, create and manufacturer them ourselves, by hand, in small batches. We do this because we care about our range, how they are created and most importantly, ensuring a quality fresh product for our customers.

My mother started this business in 1986 following a cancer diagnosis and reoccurrence, and 28 years later, both the business and mum are going strong. We still work as a family on what is more than a business for us, but also a way of life and something we are very passionate about.

A chemical-free life has shown great benefits for my family and we want to share that with our valued customers.

We achieved Bio-Gro Organic Certification in July 2003 and are proud to be one of only a select number of companies worldwide producing pure organic certified skin care. We are a member of Bio-Gro New Zealand Ltd, which is affiliated with IFOAM (International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements). This gives you, as our valued customer, the confidence and trust that we only use the purest organic ingredients available; that no dangerous chemicals are used to clean our processing equipment; and the majority of our packaging is recyclable, with limited use of plastic as we prefer the safer option of glass.

We live, breathe and love our products and have faith in them to deliver what you need in keeping with the ethics of our company. We are proudly New Zealand made and we love what we do.

Enjoy our products and if you have any queries, please feel free to contact me,

Janine Matchitt
Managing Director
Viola Organics Ltd


Viola’s company philosophies include sustainability, recycling, honesty and integrity in an industry that is being overrun by opportunists. Thank you for visiting our online shop and for supporting NZ Made.

About our products

Viola Organics have a huge range of certified organic products in our online shop and each of those products comes with its own story to how they were created.

Proven detailed research and time, and all backed with the honesty of the Viola brand – our products range from skin care for your body and face through to special items for your baby and even your pets.

Established in 1986, the name Viola Organics came after its founder would decorate each jar of cream by sticking a dried viola on the top of its lid. As the years have gone, the dried viola’s have been replaced with professional branding in recyclable jars and containers – but the products are still the same tried and true formulations made by hand in small batches by the Viola Organics team, right here in New Zealand.

Did you know that up to 80 percent of any product you place on your skin may end up in your bloodstream? It is up to you to make the right choice for your skin, and therefore your health.

In many cases, your skin can gain greater benefits from using natural organic certified oils and nut butters than using chemically-produced skin care ingredients. Good hydration is the key if you want to look younger than your years and our Viola Organics range can quench your skin’s thirst and plump up your complexion, improving fine lines and giving you a more youthful complexion.

Skin cell renewal takes place approximately every three weeks when we are in our 20s. However this actually slows to a renewal rate of around nine weeks when we reach our 40s. We recommend the use of a gentle exfoliator to speed up this process, aiding rejuvenation and allowing your skin to find its natural glow.

Don’t place a burden on your health – use organic, natural ingredients to make a difference to the wellbeing of your skin.

Over the counter products can often leave your skin feeling silky and smooth after just one application – have you pondered to why this is? Consisting mainly of water, animal glycerine (think rendered down animals), mineral oils (petro-chemical by-products); these can make your skin feel great momentarily without actually taking effect to the layers of skin that need it most.

Viola Organics skin care and range of products is simply skin care the way nature intended it to be – simplistic yet effective, without chemical fragrances and fillers, and proven to gain great results on most skin types.

Viola Organics – your honest, sustainable way to get great skin – backed by the integrity of being certified organic by one of the world’s leading organic organisations.

We are always happy to hear from you – contact us with any questions, or head to our online shop to discover our great range of products.

Why Skin Needs Tender Loving Care...

When you consider that up to 80% of what you put on your skin may enter your bloodstream and leach into your system, it’s important to make the right choices.

Your skin will benefit more when using natural organic certified oils and nut butters rather than chemically produced skin-care ingredients. Good hydration is the key if you want to look younger than your years. Plump skin with healthy skin cells will produce a younger, more youthful complexion.

Skin cell renewal takes place approximately every three weeks when we are in our 20s. However, this slows to a renewal rate of nine weeks once we reach our 40s. We recommend the use of a gentle effective exfoliator to speed up this process.

Choose your skin-care products wisely as studies have shown that natural ingredients actually make a difference to the wellbeing, rejuvenation and appearance of the skin and do not place a burden on your health.

"Organic" vs "Natural"– what is the difference?

There is a big difference. “Organic/Natural” means low or minimal amounts of chemicals are used, and “Organic Certified” means no contact with chemicals from the beginning to the end.

“OrganicCertified” ingredients are derived from organically farmed plants, processed and packaged without any chemical interference. No wonder there is consumer confusion. With very little industry regulation, beauty manufacturers can make any claim they like as long as they are not "intentionally" misleading consumers. So they might have an organic slogan or promotion but have only one organic ingredient amongst a cocktail of synthetic ones.

What about preservatives, colours and fragrances?

preservatives colours and fragrancesIt may be true that commercial skin-care products can smell nice, feel silky, absorb easily and keep for a very long time, but have you ever wondered what effect these substances may have on your health?

Preservatives such as methyl paraben, ethyl paraben and propyl paraben and all derivatives do prevent enzyme production and spoiling, but unfortunately when this is applied to the skin it may continue its preservative action. These additives may be taken up by your bloodstream and can be detrimental to your overall health.

Mineral Oils which are petrochemical by-products and synthetically processed are known to asphyxiate the skin, blocking pores and preventing it from breathing. These oils are often used because they are cheap to produce and initially create a nice silky feel on your skin. Long term, the skin suffers dryness and dehydration.

Viola's Answer: In our view, it makes so much sense to feed your skin and body with only the best-quality organic oils and natural plant extracts whenever possible. Not only are you supporting and encouraging your own health, these oils have been found to produce far better results in skin cell improvement and in fighting the signs of aging.

What products best suit my skin type?

Acne Prone Skin

Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, Lemon Dew Toner, Avocado Deluxe Cream, Rejuvenating Day Lotion, Anti-Acne Oil, Cleansing Facial Steam, Honey Facial Mask, Renew Exfoliator, Silky Eye Cream.

Do you suffer from enlarged pores, regular breakouts or oily T-Zone? Beware! Excessive cleansing can over-stimulate the skin, producing more oil as compensation. Recommendation: Gently cleanse and tone twice daily, moisturise in the morning and allow the skin to breathe at night. Treatments like Cleansing Facial Steam, Renew Exfoliator or Honey Facial Mask 1-2 times per week will be of great benefit.

Oily to Normal Skin

Cream Skin Cleanser, Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, Lemon Dew Toner, Avocado Deluxe Cream, Rejuvenating Day Lotion, Facial Oil, Honey Facial Mask, Renew Exfoliator, Silky Eye Cream.

Does your skin appear uneven in tone with some enlarged pores and occasional breakouts? Adopting a twice daily ritual of cleansing, toning and moisturising will assist in minimising these conditions. Recommendation: A light day cream and a slightly richer night cream will provide the right balance of hydration for your skin type.

Normal to Dry Skin

Cream Skin Cleanser, Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, Rose Dew Toner, Avocado Deluxe or Chamomile Moisturiser, Rejuvenating Day Lotion, Elderflower Night Cream, Rosehip Elite Cream, Facial Oil, Honey Facial Mask, Renew Exfoliator, Silky Eye Cream.

Have you noticed your skin sometimes feels tight and dry? Maybe dull in appearance with varying pore size? It is very important to cleanse, tone and nourish your skin daily. Our lightest moisturiser in the range is Rejuvenating Day Lotion. Chamomile Moisturiser is ideal if you prefer something slightly richer. Elderflower Night Cream or Rosehip Elite Cream will provide maximum hydration at night.

Mature Skin

Cream Skin Cleanser, Hydrating Cleansing Lotion, Rose Dew Toner, Chamomile Moisturiser, Elderflower Night Cream, Rosehip Elite Cream, Facial Oil, Silky Eye Cream, Honey Facial Mask, Renew Exfoliator.

As your skin matures are you experiencing the feeling of tightness and dryness and possibly surface capillaries? Are you sensing a loss of elasticity and suppleness? As we mature, our skin needs moisture-rich creams to continually replenish and feed skin cells. Our recommendation is Chamomile Moisturiser for day and Elderflower Night Cream before bed. Rosehip Elite Cream can be used morning and/or night if preferred.

Sensitive Skin

Due to the organic nature of our creams we feel that everything in our range is suitable for sensitive skin. Depending on the type or reason for your skin’s sensitivity we recommend that you patch test all products before you use them. Every ingredient is listed alongside each product we sell apart from our Essential Oil blen



Shea Butter– What a Treasure!

Shea Butter (also known as Karite Nut Butter) is a remarkable treasure which features in many of Viola Organics skin -care formulations as it improves skin suppleness and elasticity and promotes healing.

Karite Nut Butter is a vegetable fat extracted from the Shea Almond contained within the fruit of the Shea tree, which grows wild in areas like West Africa. The precious Shea Almond contains many elements beneficial for the skin, such as essential fatty acids (EFAs), notably oleic acid, stearic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid. These are known for their moisturising, softening, anti-scarring and anti-inflammatory properties.

Shea Butter also contains vitamins A, D, E and K which are recognised for the effect they have against skin ageing, as well as being rich in phytosterols for protecting and regenerating. Organic Shea Butter is farmed organically and processed without chemical or industrial extraction, this ensures that the end product still retains a very large percentage of its quality and vitamins. Commercial processing has a tendency to destroy these qualities.

Jojoba Oil– rich and pure!

Jojoba Oil (pronounced ‘ho ho ba’) is extracted from the Jojoba desert plant bean which has the ability to retain water during hot and very long droughts. We have incorporated this oil into as many formulations as possible. When used in cosmetic preparations, it not only acts as a humectant (i.e. attracts and retains moisture on the skin surface), it also creates a protective film over the skin.

It has a very fine consistency, resistant to rancidity and readily absorbed by the skin. It contains protein, minerals and a waxy substance that mimics collagen. Sounds terrific… it is!

Jojoba oil is actually a mixture of long chain monounsaturated liquid wax esters. They are structurally different from triglycerides, which are what most of the other seed oils are made of. Technically speaking, it isn’t really an oil after all.

Refined and pure jojoba oil
Processed and pure jojoba oil

Jojoba oil is extracted from seeds of the jojoba plant, scientifically known as Simmondsia chinensis, which are indigenous to southern United States and northern Mexico. Pure jojoba oil has a bright, golden color whereas processed jojoba oil is clear and transparent. It has a high shelf life and can be stored for long periods as it is a relatively stable liquid. It does not oxidize easily and will not turn rancid compared to other oils because it does not contain triglycerides, unlike most other vegetable oils such as grape seed oil and coconut oil.

Jojoba oil is rarely sold in its pure form . The total area planted with jojoba plants in the United States is about 45,000 acres and it takes three years for the seed to grow into a plant. Ninety-five percent of them end up in personal care or health products, blended with other ingredients. The main bulk of jojoba oil is farmed in Israel and Argentina and exported.

In the 1960s, the sperm whale was becoming an endangered species because they were being hunted for their oil, which is comprised of ninety percent wax esters. Back then, they were widely used in thousands of health and cosmetic products. When importing whale oils into the United States was outlawed in 1971, jojoba oil was discovered. It was found that jojoba oil is far superior to whale oils, also known as squalene, in many ways and is more beneficial to human health. Today, it is prominent in a wide variety of products.

So why Jojoba Oil?

Sebum and skin structure

What makes it so unique compared to other seed oils is that jojoba oil is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin because sebum is also largely comprised of wax mono esters. In most cases, it can act as a substitute while giving similar or added benefits compared to sebum.

Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. This means that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It is also not an irritant, so it can safely be used around the eyes and on the skin. In addition to that, it does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do. Jojoba Oil is very safe to use for all ages.

It contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and many other natural minerals. Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin. Jojoba oil is an antioxidant and protects you from the damaging effects of free radicals.