Saskia Missaar owns Aotea Embrace based on the remote Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf. With little local employment and just 852 people living on the island, Saskia started the business in 2009 making soaps, massage oils, calendula balm and lip balms. She now also makes a range of body lotions, hand cream and face moisturisers. All Aotea Embrace products are made with essential oils and home grown ingredients such as manuka honey, herbs, flowers, native plants and clay, giving her products the ‘Barrier’ touch.
Saskia sells her products to those with sensitive or dry skin and as gifts. She keeps her prices affordable. Starting the business was a real challenge with no banks on the island, limited water and limited transport to the mainland.
Visit Aotea Embrace online to find out more about where to buy products and what is available.
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