Updated: Oct 2, 2018
Kumarahou ( Pomaderris) In the Far North of New Zealand, it was well known as the Gumdigger's Soap. Back in history when the Gumdiggers of the Far North of New Zealand were digging the kauri gum they would use kumarahou flowers to clean off the sticky residue of the gum. They found that it was better than using any chemicals or handwashes.
They would wash their hands by rubbing the flower heads with water in their hands and it would produce a soapy consistency. During the months of September and October the kumarahou comes into flower for only a short few weeks displaying the most beautiful golden bursts of massed flowers and producing a nectar that bees can't resist.
Go ahead and try it as a natural cleanser for your face. Pick some flowers and rub them in your palm with some water. Kumarahou contains saponin which will produce a soapy consistency. The flowers will clean the pores and exfoliate the skin. Its a beautiful natural way to clean and cleanse your face first thing in the morning.