An explorer by nature, Kati Kasza travelled widely as an adult. Over time, she observed that her skin had a remarkable capacity to remember. It remembered air-conditioned interiors, time-zone changes and nights of abbreviated sleep. Products that promised to suppress the visible effects of stress left her skin unchanged. So, drawing on her family background, Kati resolved to look for her own solution. Her belief in the power of plants to promote lasting beauty inspired her creation of Evolu, a simple yet potent skincare system, custom-designed to nourish and restore balance to the skin's natural mechanisms.
"Botanicals were an everyday part of my upbringing.
My passion grew from my this."
Born into a family of Hungarian emigres to New Zealand, Kati Kasza gained her understanding of the health benefits of plants from her mother, a trained botanist and herbalist. From her father, one of New Zealand's winemaking pioneers, she acquired her appreciation of quality ingredients and the power of blending them well. Arriving in their adopted country, Kati's parents explored the unique environment of Aotearoa New Zealand and added new understanding of its native flora to their deep knowledge of botanicals. This knowledge has passed on to Evolu's founder who applies it when sourcing Evolu's ingredients from New Zealand and around the world.
"Evolu helps put back what is lost. It replenishes nutrients,
boosts natural defences, renews hydration and vitality".
Vitamins, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and water-binding agents occur in botanicals in abundance. These are the elements essential to keeping your skin balanced, youthful and radiant. Ongoing research, globally and here in New Zealand, is providing scientific proof that applying these natural plant constituents makes a measurable difference in the health and vitality of the skin. When researching our botanical actives, we apply these insights from the latest in skin science to select the most hydrating, renewing and soothing ingredients.
"We have so many special plants, and generations
of knowledge, to draw on"
New Zealand has a unique natural environment that has evolved from millions of years of geographical isolation. Many of its plant and marine species are found nowhere else on earth, and the indigenous Maori population have acquired centuries of knowledge of the health and nutritional benefits of New Zealands native botanicals. Among the many indigenous plants used in our formulations are widely-occurring species such as Harakeke, Mamaku and Kawakawa, whose proven properties include the ability to aid healing, soothe inflammation and restore moisture.
"For enduringly beautiful skin, the priority is hydration, pure and simple"
Aotearoa New Zealand is celebrated for being an unspoiled country covered in lush green forests, snow-capped mountains and vast open spaces: so it's little wonder that its artesian spring water is among the purest in the world. Evolu harnesses this fantastic resource, blending our botanicals with a foundation of pure New Zealand spring water to maximise their moisture-keeping benefits and maintain the natural hydration of your skin.
"Careful blending ensures every Evolu formulation
is greater than the sum of its parts."
One of the secrets to the performance of Evolu products lies in the founders understanding of how botanicals work when blended together. Perhaps her upbringing explains why this comes so naturally, but the advantages are apparent in every Evolu product. Kati's careful selection and intuitive blending works on the principle of any successful recipe. Superior results come from fine-quality ingredients, combined in ways that complement each other for maximum effect.
"Evolu keeps things simple.
Your skincare should work for you. Not the other way around."
To help you achieve balanced, healthy skin, we believe simpler formulations work best. Our view is that a longer list of ingredients doesn't necessarily make a better product. When only the most effective and essential actives are chosen to do the job, each can be used in concentrations that ensures it has the utmost potency - maximising its benefits to your skin. Our simpler is better philosophy also helps keep the evolu line uncomplicated and easier to use.
"An ethical approach is core to our culture".
These are the principles that guide our operations and actions:
We're always conscious of lessening our environmental impact, inspired by the mantra 'reduce, re-use, recycle'. We don't claim to be perfect but we strive to make progress where we can, in measurable ways. Evolu is a CarboNZeroTM certified organisation, an annually-audited accreditation which gives us a framework for measuring and reducing our carbon footprint.
As a sponsor of the Sweet Louise Charitable Trust healthcare organisation, for whom Kati Kasza is an ambassador, Evolu takes pride and personal interest in helping contribute to the support and care of sufferers of secondary breast cancer.
No animal ingredients
We derive none of our ingredients directly from animals, although animal-friendly ingredients such as beeswax and manuka honey are used in some of our formulations. All our products are suitable for vegetarians.
We select only the purest plant oils and extracts and use them at levels and in combinations that maximise their effects.
Botanical formulations typically blend plant oils in a water base. Over time, with everyday use, this can pose a significant safety risk of microbial contamination. For this reason we use broad-spectrum preservatives, of the highest quality and at absolute minimum concentrations, to ensure product safety. We consider natural alternatives whenever viable, and some of our products formulated without water are preservative free.
What we don't use
We don't use any genetically engineered extracts, and we don't test on animals.
We take care to consider all our packaging is best for its purpose and seek to use recyclable materials whenever possible to minimise its impact on the environment
Our products contain no parabens, petrochemicals, minerals, phthalates, sulfates, artificial colours or fragrances, and no animal ingredients other than beeswax.