Website News

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Apologies to all who were unable to access the website for a while. We were hacked and transported to some bogus system. This problem has now been resolved.  Adding to the problem I had no internet or landline for the best part of a week when a contractor, supposedly mowing the verges, managed to take out the grey box containing all phone lines and connections.  The whole street went down as I found out later and it took Chorus a week to get us up and running again. Thank goodness for cellphones.

I’m looking at upgrading the website, making e-commerce easier  and upgrading WordPress, just waiting on a few details.


Ecobasik Foaming Soap

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Ecobasik Foaming Soap


This is a great bathroom product.  I use it for shaving, hand washing, even in the shower.

I no longer need to buy shaving cream. I just press down the nozzle and put some on my hand, no need to splash water on my face first as with normal shave cream.  Put it straight on the face. It’s a bit strange at first as you can actually see yourself,  not  being  covered in cream like you’ve been swiped with a lemon meringue pie.  A quick rinse of the blade and start shaving. When finished, rinse off like normal.

When washing your hands put straight on hands, rub them together as normal, then rinse off when finished.  Great if you’re on tank water or need to cut down your water bill.

Best thing is, the soap is no more expensive than what is sold in supermarkets.

Plus it made from all natural ingredients so has none of the dangerous stuff you get in some of the other flowing soaps on the market.

January Special on Oasis Sunscreen

Friday, January 3rd, 2014

For the month of January only, I have cut the price of Oasis Sunscreen SPF30 by $5 on the 250ml tube. It is now available for only $34.95.  Get yours now while I’m feeling generous.

We Have a New Range of Household Products

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

I’m delighted to announce that I’ve finally managed to find a range of household products to replace Earthwise. I am now stocking Ecobasik Brand Powder Laundry Soap, Fabric Softener Rinse, All Purpose Cleaning Soap, Powder Dishwasher Soap, Dish Washing Rinse Aid plus a Foaming Soap.

All products are made here in New Zealand at Kerikeri, all are 100% natural, contain no synthetics or even palm oil and have not been tested on animals. No artificial fragrances or colours either.

Details of each are on the website.

What are we Cleaning Ourselves with?

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013



I was looking at a liquid body wash readily available in supermarkets, browsing through the list of ingredients, and having never heard of some of them, decided to find out what these ingredients really were.  What I discovered horrifies me.


The ingredients:  Water, Sodium Laureth Sulphate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coacamide DEA, Polyquarternium 7, Glygol Distearate, CocamideMEA, Laureth10, Fragrance, Mineral salt, Citric Acid, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.


Water:      No problem with that, essential to life


Sodium Laureth Sulphate:

Along with Sodium Laurel Sulphate it is used widely to make products foam.  Used in labs to break down blood cells, can stay in the body for up to 5 days. Found in toothpaste, shampoo, bath and shower products.


Ammonium Lauryl Sulphate:

A good base for cleaners as it disrupts hydrogen bonding in water. Allows salts, greases, etc, to readily dissolve. BUT High concentrations may cause irritation to eyes and skin.


Cocamidopropyl Betaine:

A synthetic surficant derived from coconut oil and used in shampoo and hand soaps and as a thickener in cosmetics. Has antiseptic properties.  Associated with irritation and contact dermatitis.


Cocamide DEA/MEA:

Used to thicken shampoo, body wash, facial cleanser and give it a nice consistency. Made from coconut oil mixed with diethanolamine.  (This is the DEA part, which is a chemical used as a wetting agent and provides a rich lather.)

Readily absorbed through the skin from detergents, it has been linked to major increases in liver and kidney cancers and inhibits fetal brain development by blocking the absorption of chloline, a nutrient required for brain development and maintenance.  Nasty


Polyquarternium 7:

Used as a catatonic conditioner for hair and a moisturizing ingredient for skin. Has the ability to remove tangles and straighten hair. Considered quite safe in hair products.


Glycol Distearate:

A combination of ethylene glycol and stearic acid. Has a high foaming capacity and is found in liquid soaps, hand sanitisers, bubble baths and body washes. Ethylene glycol is used to make anti-freeze, de-icing solutions for cars and aeroplanes, hydraulic brake fluid, lacquers, resins, wood stains and synthetic waxes.

It was used during World War II by Spitfires and Hurricanes to stop their engines freezing and is used in bars to keep beer cold but not to freeze. I’ve even stuck my fingers in it and it has quite a thick consistency. However since I have no intention of taking an outdoor shower in Antartica, I’m not sure of its value in my body wash.


Laureth 10:

AKA Polyetheline Glycol Ether of Lauryl Alcohol. A chemical emulsific, that supports the formation and stabilisation of an emulsion.  Declared safe in cosmetics subject to concentration or use limitations.



Carginogenic and toxic. Synthetic fragrance can have up to 3000 separate ingredients.


Mineral Salt:

An inorganic compound, required as a nutrient by living organisms. Necessary for good health.


Citric Acid:

Food additive. Natural acid found in many fruits



A preservative that has amazing antibacterial properties. Kills yeast and fungi. It was first used in the cosmetics industry in the 1970’s and also used as a preservative for glue, paint, fuels, soaps, chemical cleaners and detergents.

In high concentrations can cause chemical burns, irritate skin and nearby membranes. It has now been removed from many cosmetics and should not be used by people with sensitive skin.



Used as a preservative in cleaning products, laundry detergents, liquid dish detergents, cream cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, window cleaners, floor cleaners, counter sprays, stain removers, air fresheners, room sprays, carpet shampoo and wipes.

Prevents bacteria, fungi, mould, mildew, sapstein and algae from forming.

Also used in paper mills, oil field operations, metal working fluids, water-cooling treatment systems and building materials such as adhesives, paints, resins, emulsions and wood products.

Its also used in almost any personal care product – shampoo, conditioners, diaper creams, body washes, moisturisers, sunscreens, shaving cream, feminine hygiene products and mascara.

It is a highly corrosive chemical, toxic when ingested, inhaled or applied to skin and eyes. Suspected of being a neurotoxin.

It’s toxic to freshwater, estuaries and marine organisms.

There have been restrictions placed on it for use in cosmetics in Canada and Japan, it’s use is monitored in the USA by the FDA and EPA.


Manufacturers will say that the quantities they use are minute and therefore safe. But they don’t state the amounts used on their list of ingredients so we don’t know how much is being used. Many products such as body washes, soaps, shampoos, conditioners and cosmetics are used daily, over a long period of time.


Makes you wonder?

NZ’s first Natural BB Creams are here

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

Red Rata has obtained stock of Oasis BB Cream that are 4 products in 1, your daily moisturiser, mineral foundation, anti-aging treatment and sunscreen SPF25. Minerals provide flawless coverage and concealment of under-eye circles, blemishes and discolourations. While you are faking it he vitamins, natural actives and sunscreen work over time to correct skin issues and protect from premature aging. You can wear these incredible creams alone after cleansing or toning, or over your serum or moisturiser. Powder can be applied afterwards, depending on how glamourous you want to look today.

Available in 50ml pump packs in Caramel tint (medium skin tones, powder finish), Cream tint (light skin tones, powder finish), or Honey tint (suits most complexions, dewy fresh finish), BB Cream is full of natural skin enhancing ingredients such as pomegranate, natural vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin B5, apricot kernel, rosehip, jojoba, calendula, hyaluronic acid, red grape, shea butter and sweet almond.

More details available of the Red  Rata website and find out how to apply by visiting oasisbeautynz on You Tube.

Long Hot Summer

Monday, March 11th, 2013

It’s been an interesting and frustrating few months in which I’ve moved home twice. The house in which I’d lived for 12 years was sold and I had to move and get rid of 12 years accumulations. I was only in my new place two months and had to move on again finally ending up in a new place in the country although only 10 km from the East Coast Bays. With internet access down for several days with both moves it has been frustrating at times but now everything is up and working and its a pleasure to wake in the morning to se the mist lift over the lake and the Pukeko squabbling amongst each other as they usher in the day.

Lovely Lisa has agreed to keep an eye on the facebook page and will keep it up to date, so if you have any questions ask her and she will pass on to me those she can’t answer.

With the long hot summer we’re experiencing sunscreen is an absolute must, we have plenty of the Oasis natural sunscreen in stock, both in the 60ml bottle and 250ml tube. Its SPF30+ and in used by climbers on Mt Everest so it is good. We also have Rhino Repair for rejuvenating your skin that may be suffering from the extended great weather. There is also a great selection of Tui Balms for soothing arts of the body that may have been over extended in the hot weather. Have a look through the website and see what you like or need.

Finally if you’re on tank water like me, you’ll be watching the car get grubbier by the day. Around this neck of the woods, finding a rain cloud has the same odds of winning lotto as the weather doesn’t look like changing anytime in the near future.

Stay cool and stay safe.



Saturday, February 4th, 2012

Scammers are improving from the old days of the Nigerian scammers promising you millions of dollars for helping them extradite money from accounts of people conveniently killed in car accidents or by insurrections. I must have turned down millions by not taking advantage of of the lotteries I won by not even buying a ticket. And there’s the employment opportunities where all you have to to do is bank some cheques for an overseas company and take a percentage for your troubles. Great idea until you get a visit from the FBI or Interpol and are charged with money laundering.

However there is a new one coming out of China which on first reading seems plausible. A “so called” domain name registration company tells you that there is a company in China that wants to register your domain name with a China or Asia suffix and they are giving you first opportunity to take advantage by registering ahead of them. As my domain name “Red Rata” is quintessentially New Zealand, I was puzzled until I did a Google search of the company wanting to register my domain and found it was part of a worldwide scam which even if they only got a couple of hundred dollars from each person fooled it could mount up to a tidy sum. Some of these scammers have a short memory as after being told what to do with their offer, it is repeated a couple of weeks later.

Finally we have those local triers, who claim to be using your name long before you registered it. However as they never registered the name, this is where they fall down especially when the name has been registered for several years. A good reason for going through the legal formalities, you have the rights and they don’t have a leg to stand on.

Hope the summer gets better.


Hi there from Ross

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Well it’s been an interesting couple of months since taking over from Susan which went off without a hitch.

I’ve spent that time  sorting out a few background details,  familiarising myself with the website, working out some of the payment processes and getting generally acquainted with how it all works.

There are a couple of additions to what is stocked with Herb Farm providing the Travel Essentials Pack and the  Ultimate Travel Pack for those people on the go who don’t want to take massive amounts of stuff when they travel. Also Oasis is now producing the family size sunscreen in a tube.

Mother-well have now stopped producing their baby products to concentrate on the holistic side of their business so there will be no more Tiny Tangerine or Bubble Bee Baby Soap. I have 1 only Tiny Tangerine left and 3 Bubble Bee soaps. Once they are gone there will be no more. So be in quick if you want them.

In the changeover there have been a couple of delays in getting product out for which I apologise. I do not intend it to happen again if I can avoid it.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas and a fabulous 2012.

Slainte,  Ross

Spring Favourites

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A natural essential for spring!


For those of you who get Hayfever, have you tried the amazing Botanica Hayfever Gel. This is the best, I find I need to take way less anti-histamines when I use this. You rub a small amount of the gel inside your nose and it stops all that itchiness, running nose and sneezing. A small tube that is easy to keep in your pocket all hayfever season, don’t be wihtout this.

Enjoy spring, no need to spend all your time sneezing. Try this super natural essential and you will be smelling the daffodils every day.