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Totarol is a powerful natural antibacterial and antioxidant obtained from the totara tree (Podocarpus totara). 
totara tree

It is the antibacterial and antioxidant properties of totarol that give totara wood its renowned durability and resistance to decay.

Totarol is especially active against gram positive bacteria. This includes bacteria associated with tooth decay, the acne causing bacteria Propionibacterium acnes, and methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

It is also reported that totarol also has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties.

purified totarolWe extract our totarol from recycled totara heartwood using organic alcohol (which we make here on-site). The alcohol extract is dried and the resin obtained is then purified by fractional vacuum distillation.

The resulting pure totarol is a white powder (it is often described as a light brown or yellow powder but this is impure totarol).  Our highly purified extract is free of unwanted impurities and contains only the active totarol component for optimum effectiveness. 

We use our highly purified totarol in many of our cosmetics as the sole preservative agent.  A totally natural preservative system.  Totarol can be used in cosmetic and health care preparations for its antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects.   

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