FAQs

Where does Lemon Myrtle (Backhousia citriodora) grow?

An Australian native plant, Lemon Myrtle is a rainforest species that grows in deep volcanic soil in areas with a high rainfall The plants are very sensitive to extreme conditions and do not tolerate frosts.

Does the plant's sensitivity to extreme conditions affect the product?

No. Its sensitivity has no effect on either the product’s longevity, or its quality.

Where do you source the Lemon Myrtle?

Our Lemon Myrtle plantations are located in the hinterland of northern NSW. Because of a high rainfall, sub-tropical climate and deep, fertile volcanic soil, this area is recognised as the best agricultural land in Australia.

How is Lemon Myrtle cultivated?

The trees producing our Lemon Myrtle are grown using organic processes. No chemicals are used on the plantations and intensive farm management practices are employed to maintain the plantations in perfect order, free of chemicals.

 

Specifically, mulch is used heavily under the trees to duplicate the ground cover of the rainforest. The use of organic fertilisers— including worm juice and worm castings—and intensive inter-row management to control any weeds or infestations which may contaminate the plantation is undertaken.

What are the major benefits of Lemon Myrtle?

The Rideal-Walker test assesses the anti-microbial activity of a plant by examining the phenol co-efficient of a number of essential oil components such as citral, using bacteria salmonella typhii as a test organism. The test (in which the higher scores are best) awards Lemon Myrtle oil a co-efficient rating of 16; Tea tree a score of 11; and Eucalyptus citriodora scores 8.

 

Research carried out by Dr Jenny Wilkinson, Senior Lecturer in Physiology, Biomedical Sciences & Pharmacy at Australia’s Charles Sturt University, shows that essential oil distilled from the Lemon Myrtle leaf has strong anti-bacterial and anti-fungal characteristics. This, together with its unique fresh lemon/lime fragrance, makes it a truly wonderful essential oil.

Can I use 100% pure essential Lemon Myrtle oil on the skin?

It is not recommended to use the 100% essential oil undiluted on the skin. Dilute pure Lemon Myrtle oil in a cream or carrier oil before applying to skin. The Pure Lemon Myrtle oil can be used in an oil diffuser or burner or used sparingly in cooking and baking.

What does Lemon Myrtle smell like?

Lemon Myrtle fragrance has a distinctive fresh lemon scent.

Do your products contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate?

No. Our products do not contain Sodium Laurel Sulphate. This is one reason people seeking a more natural alternative enjoy our products.

How does Sodium Laurel Sulphate affect people?

Sodium Laurel Sulphate can cause cataracts, corneal damage, improper eye development in infants, dry skin, liver toxicity, dermatitis, mouth ulcers and impaired hair growth. It can also cause nitrosamine formation, which is carcinogenic.

What is the Active Jarrah Honey ingredient in your Skin Cream?

Jarrah honey is sourced from Eucalyptus trees that are unique to Western Australia. The honey has high antibacterial and antimicrobial activity, derived from natural enzymes. Studies have shown that due to its high hydrogen peroxide level, it can inhibit Golden Staph Bacteria. Jarrah honey has one of the highest antioxidant levels worldwide, and has medically proven healing properties.

What do people say who have used your products?

We have numerous testimonials from people stating that our Lemon Myrtle products have assisted skin ailments, particularly dermatitis.

Animal Testing?

We are 100% animal testing free. Animal based ingredients are not used in our products (vegan friendly) with the exception of our lip balm which contains beeswax.

Do you use Palm Oil in your soap?

The Lemon Myrtle Soap is the only product of ours that contains ingredients derived from palm oil. The palm oil is sourced from a 70 year old plantation on one of the Indonesian islands, which was previously a rubber plantation that has been converted to a palm plantation when synthetic rubber reduced the demand for natural rubber. This plantation has been certified by RSPO as a Sustainable Palm Oil Plantation and therefore does NOT impact on orangutan habitat.