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About Us

Lotus Oils is a family owned and operated business in Central Hawkes Bay specialising in quality 100% pure essential oils and blends.

Our Mission

Lotus Oils is a family owned and operated business in Central Hawkes Bay specialising in quality 100% pure essential oils and blends. We also supply raw materials and cosmetic containers for skincare and soap, focusing on plant-based, 100% natural products.

Our mission is to help you harness the power of nature, by sourcing the amazing products nature has created. We are firm supporters of embracing sustainability and natural products for our health and wellness. 

We strive to supply the highest quality natural products and to use New Zealand sourced products where we can. 

Our Sourcing

Whether you are a soap maker, developer of your own skincare range, beeswax wraps entrepreneur or you want a premium fragrance for your home, Lotus Oils has the ingredients you need.

At Lotus Oils, we aim to go the extra mile and source skincare ingredients that are not readily available in New Zealand. Our team is friendly and caring and are there to offer advice.

Since 2006 we have sourced from one main supplier in Cochin India. We also have other trusted suppliers in Australia and New Zealand. Our products come from countries where native plants and trees grow best climatically and seasonally to bring you the highest quality essential oils and raw materials possible.


Our ethos in life is to be creative, experiment, have fun and impart knowledge and life experience onto others. We are always learning and evolving.

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Vicky and Michael Harding bought Lotus Oils in 2006 from Auckland, and brought it down to Central Hawkes Bay. They have grown their business from humble beginnings in their small farm shed, to a custom built factory nestled in their picturesque countryside. Starting with an essential oils range, Lotus Oils has grown to include other specialty products with the range now including a wide variety of raw materials and cosmetic containers

Vicky was Born in Wales, she came to New Zealand with her family as a young child, and grew up in a small town in Hawkes Bay. After visiting Haumoana beach in the 1970’s and being concerned by the sewerage floating in the sea, Vicky decided to do a Bachelor of BioTechnology at Palmerston North in hopes of using her skills to improve the water ways. Alas she found the Engineering quite difficult and changed to a Bachelor of Food Technology, which has been very helpful for understanding the products we source in Lotus Oils today. But that idealistic young woman is still inside which guides her moral compass.

Michael was born and raised in Central Hawkes Bay on the very farm that Lotus Oils is now operating on. Coming from a long line of farmers with a grass roots attitude, Michael changed careers as an adult into Real Estate. He has now retired and is now actively involved in the operation of the business, his handy work can be seen in the beautiful wooden shelves supplied to our stores and the latest technology in the packing room.

People often ask Vicky why they bought Lotus Oils, after having three children she decided she wanted to use her degree in a meaningful way. When the opportunity arose to buy Lotus Oils it ticked a lot of their boxes and allowed her to work from home, while still being there for the children. Now they are all grown up and helping in the business.

Both Michael and Vicky are keen conservationists and are caretakers of 15 acres of original New Zealand native bush at their property.

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