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Manuka Oil Production
To produce Arapawa Island manuka oil, foliage is trimmed off wild-sown manuka trees, trees grown without the use of any pesticides or chemicals. After trimming,
the tree remains alive and healthy and can be trimmed again in one or two
We Distil White and Red Manuka Oils Separately
"Manuka" actually refers to two species - Kunzea ericoides ('kanuka' or 'White Manuka') and Leptospermum scoparium ('manuka' or 'Red Manuka'). Unlike some other manuka oil producers, we distill red manuka and white manuka (kanuka) oils separately. This lets us combine or separate the properties of the two oils as best suits each product. We can also offer both oils in pure form for separate sale.
We Use Gentle Steam Distillation
At Arapawa Island Manuka we use a gentle ambient-pressure distillation process. It is common to use super-heated steam for fast oil extraction, but while our lower temperatures take longer, they result in a much nicer and more fragrant oil, without heat damage or a 'burnt' smell.