Australian Aborigine culture dates back more than 40,000 years, making Aborigines the oldest surviving culture in the world. Although Aborigines never developed a written language, and never formed cities or farmed the land, they did conquer many of the social problems the rest of the world is still facing today, like overpopulation, wars, the destruction of the environment, and the use of non-renewable resources.
Australia—the world’s largest island and smallest continent—is also the driest land mass overall. So Aborigines learned thousands upon thousands of years ago how to truly live off the land, utilizing native nectars and superfruits—like Kakadu Plum, Lilli Pilli, Quandong, and Emu Bush—to help them combat the harsh climate of Australia’s desert interior.
The folks at Yurrku, inspired by the ancient wisdom of Aborigines, have developed a line of personal-care products that harness the power of these native Australian plants and share it with the rest of the world. The Yurrku Utopia Night Cream in your spring Yuzen box contains some exotic-sounding ingredients you might not have heard of yet, but once you try the product, we’re certain that these ingredients will be your new best friends:
Banksia is an iconic native plant that has cylindrical, brush-like flowers. The flowers produce an abundance of nectar that is high in antioxidants and keeps skin hydrated.
Jacaranda is a flowering plant with violet blossoms that contain flavone glycosides, which are strong antioxidants that help combat dangerous free radicals.
Wild Rosella has bright red petals that are commonly used for making jellies and dessert garnishes. In skincare applications, Wild Rosella, which is high in antioxidants and organic acids, helps promote skin elasticity.
Manuka Honey is the nectar of the manuka tree. Manuka Honey, with the help of rosehip oil and kelp, helps soothe and repair irritated skin.