The Apothecary Story


Apothecary founder, Elly Toft is a Naturopath and Medical Herbalist (B.N.H.M., M.N.Z.A.M.H.).  

Elly has drawn on her extensive training to produce the Oamaru Apothecary range of Healing Creams and Balms, Medicinal Herb Teas and Tonics.


The Oamaru Apothecary is also the home of Elly's range of Natural Skincare, Hoheria Botanicals. 


All products are produced by hand in small batches in the beautiful Victorian Historic Precinct of Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand.

The Hoheria Botanicals Story

Hoheria is the botanical name for the New Zealand native Houhere (Lacebark).  This graceful tree has been used in traditional Maori Rongoa (medicine) for it’s demulcent (soothing) and healing action. In late summer the Houhere blossoms with a mass of delicate creamy white flowers.

Hoheria Botanicals is a range of natural skincare products hand crafted using the finest plant oils, plant extracts and essential oils.  Where possible organic ingredients are sourced and only the finest therapeutic grade essential oils are blended to maximise the products healing benefits.

These ingredients are formulated and blended to produce a range of skincare designed to smooth, soothe, nourish and balance the skin, increasing radiance and wellbeing.  Our products and their ingredients work on more than the skin, with plant extracts and essential oils that have the ability to alter one's emotional and spirtual wellbeing.


The formulations are gentle and suit all skin types.  However we recommend patch testing before use, especially for those who have known allergies.

Our products are 100% natural, handmade with love at the Oamaru Apothecary, Oamaru, North Otago, New Zealand.

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