As Pure as Pure Fiji

As Pure as Pure Fiji

Although you may not be in Fiji physically, you have the opportunity to treat your skin & sense to the Pacific Island ways.

Reflected in the Pure Fiji products are, pristine environment, a bounty of fresh and natural ingredients, and traditions that have been in place for centuries – all utilised in a healthy way of living that comes so integrated in the Fijian culture. We would feel it impossible to maintain the enthusiasm we have for this product range, were we not convinced and assured that this product was of good quality…. but more than that – something special. A unique product, bringing a timeless secret of well being and health to our clients.

Looking past the product and understanding the brand itself has revelled a great sense of community and group spirit. The team of people that support the production process and the communities that provide the raw materials are a major part of this operation. Without this network of community connection, Pure Fiji wouldn’t have been able to survive and grow.

Pure Fiji’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility and corporate offices are located on a two-acre property in Suva, capital of the Fiji Islands. The Pure Fiji complex boasts an internationally renowned Day Spa, Health and Wellness Centre, Yoga, Pilates and Fitness studio, as well as a herb, spice and vegetable garden.

Pure Fiji is the only cosmetic manufacturing company in the South Pacific and passionately advocates premium natural products while respecting the Fijian people, culture and environment. Pure Fiji’s sustainable manufacturing practices help support several villages and funds schools, health care, nutrition and basic infrastructure for hundreds of people in Fiji.

Botanical ingredients such as the blend of nut oils are wild-harvested, which means they select the nuts from trees that grow in their natural habitat. This reduces the requirement for energy, dependent irrigation and fertilisation methods thus limiting their carbon impact on the environment. Leaves and herbs are collected by hand and distilled fresh on site for each batch of product  produced. Care is taken to only remove a few plants, flowers, or branches, so plenty remains to continue the supply.

The finest quality plant oils and extracts are utilised in every formulation. Pure Fiji products do not contain ingredients which commonly cause allergies or problems to sensitive skins and should therefore prove suitable for the vast majority of discerning consumers.

They also, do not test on animals & all bottles are PET grade 2 recyclable!

So when you next purchase a Pure Fiji product you can sleep peacefully at night, knowing not only that you have high quality natural based skin care! But that YOU are also supporting a company that positively impacts the people and economies of the local Fijian communities.

Welcome to the Fiji experience!!!


The Power of Pressure Points & Massage to aid winter ills & overall wellbeing!

The Power of Pressure Points & Massage to aid winter ills & overall wellbeing!

Following a recent client’s healing massage experience from one of our beauty and massage therapists, we wanted to share her story with you and to also let you in on some amazing facts about massage and why it’s so good for you!

One of our clients was recently overtaken by a heavy cold with all the usual unpleasant symptoms (congested sinuses, tickly, mucus cough, fluctuating temperature, fatigue). She was finding the cough, in particular, hard to shake, so Una (one of our master beauty/massage therapists) was called in to help!

Una got to work by first attending to the client’s pressure points on her feet – and much to the client’s surprise, she found it very tender in some of the spots Una was pressing. This was enough to give Una an indication as to what parts of the body the cold was affecting the client as well as the type, length and strength of massage the client needed. After Una had finished the massage, the client revealed “she instantly felt better”, and she “couldn’t believe how her cough practically stopped from then on”. “It was like something was blocked and Una was able to free up the congestion so it could drain away!”

We were over the moon that Una was able to use her skills and experience to help our client feel better!

So let’s start with pressure points…

In Chinese Medicine, feet have numerous pressure points that are believed to be powerful in regulating or maintaining good health. According to this practise, every part of the body is connected to one of the 15 pressure points on feet, and if these points are pressed correctly and for the right amount of time, cold and flu symptoms may be relieved.

When you mix pressure point work with massage, you get an amazing healing combination to improve overall health and wellness!

Now it’s time to find out about the many benefits of Massage and how it can help with winter ills?

Massage can help to stimulate lymph flow, which in turn enhances your immunity to allow your body to fight off, and keep out, bugs more easily!

Regular massage therapy has numerous benefits to help your body function more efficiently to fight off germs that often come about during winter.

Here are just some of the health enhancing benefits that may be gained from regular massage:

  • Promotes efficient blood circulation and tissue regeneration,
  • Helps to relieve stress, alleviate depression and anxiety,
  • Releases endorphins—the body’s natural painkiller
  • Improves flexibility and range of motion,
  • Improves posture
  • Reduces post-surgery adhesions and swelling
  • Reduces muscle spasms and cramping
  • Relieves migraine pain
  • Relaxes and softens injured, tired muscles
  • Assists with shorter, easier labor for expectant mothers
  • Promotes deeper and easier breathing

It is also proven that stress ages us faster, and since massage helps manage stress, it’s a great excuse to treat yourself to massage! The physical and emotional benefits of even a single massage therapy session is amazing, however, by increasing your visits to make massage a part of your regular wellness plan will in turn help keep you healthy and youthful.

Apart from the main function of Tramadol, it can be used off-label for improvement of other disorders. Depression and anxiety are the most common non-indicated uses of the drug. Contact your doctor or visit online doctor at to ensure the safety of the medication in your exact instance.

We offer a range of massage options to relax, rejuvenate or recoup; from back, neck and shoulder massage to scalp massage, hot stone massage to pregnancy massage and more!

If you’re wanting advice on choosing the right massage for you to achieve the results you’re looking for, our team is professionally trained in advising and delivering the best suited massage for your requirements!

Bring on the magic of massage! Your body and health will thank you for it.

Keeping the effects of autumn and winter away from your skin!

Keeping the effects of autumn and winter away from your skin!

So the cooler mornings and dark evenings have set in….autumn is here and winter is looming…but it’s not all doom and gloom…this time of the year brings plenty of fun change to our lives! Not only do the trees glow beautiful golden hues, and we get to bring out our fab winter wardrobes with boots, stylish jackets and warm winter makeup colours, but we also get to revamp our skincare regime! Just like our clothes, we need to swap our skincare products to suit the season so we continue to radiate all year round!

Firstly let’s take a look at how this change of season effects our skin…

Cooler autumn and winter weather tends to be drier and have less humidity than summer. The drier the air the more moisture is sucked from our skin, which is why we often experience dry and flaky skin, as well as ezchema, in winter!

If you work in an environment with a blasting heating system all day, this again reduces humidity, resulting in dehydrated skin.

The cooler seasons can stop us feel as thirsty as in summer, which can result in a lower level of fluids being consumed! This is an obvious one as the less water we drink the more dehydrated we become. If a person is completely healthy and has no physical problems, Cialis 20 mg not cause any significant changes in diastolic and systolic pressure of the human body, if you compare it to a placebo in a lying and standing position. Also, there are no special changes regarding the patient’s heart rate. There is no change in the ability to recognize color differences. Visual acuity, state of pupils and eye pressure remain almost unchanged. Therefore, there is no cause for concern.

Lastly, although hotter showers and baths on chilly mornings and evenings make us feel warmer, and are a lovely way to relax, they can strip our skin of its natural oils, leaving it feeling tight and dry!

So how do we overcome these factors?

Richer, more nourishing skincare product alternatives are key to ensuring your skin is protected from drying out and staying hydrated! And we’re not just talking about your face…your whole body needs nourishing moisture during autumn and winter!

Pure Fiji is one of our miracle workers at not only defending your skin from the elements, but also feeding it the nutrients it needs to be healthy, for a softer, smoother complexion. If you have used this range before you will know exactly what we’re talking about! Check out all the goodness that is packed into this amazing, heavenly scented range…

‘Pure Fiji products are made up of exotic drift nut oils and powerful plant actives! Cold pressed coconut, dilo, macadamia and sikeci nuts revered for their medicinal and beautifying properties contribute pure, unadulterated nourishment, moisturisation, nutrition and protection. Sugar cane, pineapple, papaya, passionflower and green coconut are freshly harvested too and processed within hours to preserve their fresh bounty of naturally occurring nutrients. The blend of Deep-sea plants provide protection from the inevitable aging effects of the sun and the inimitable Ngi grass contribute to the formula for enhanced hydration and drastically improved moisturisation!’

From body sugar rubs to remove dry, rough skin, to deeply moisturising body oils and butters, our Pure Fiji range is most definitely a tried and trusted range for keeping your skin beautiful this winter. If you can’t make it into our salon, you can check our range out and purchase it online here…

As well as looking after our skin from the outside, we must also pay close attention to what we feed our skin from the inside! There’s nothing like tucking into healthy soups and herbal teas when it’s cold outside! Not only do they warm you up and their liquid content helps to keep you hydrated, they’re also a great way to give you vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are essential for glowing skin! One of our favourite soup recipes right now is Bestow Beauty’s Roast Cauliflower Soup! It is packed with vitamin B5, which the Bestow team explains ‘is an important vitamin for collagen formation and necessary for your skin to have a healthy oil production’. Here’s the recipe…


1 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, quartered
1 medium size cauliflower – florets
4 garlic cloves
, peeled
4-6 cups vegetable stock (low salt)
juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp curry powder
1 tablespoon parsley, finely chopped
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees celsius. Shake the cauliflower florets, onion and garlic cloves in a plastic bag with the olive oil. Place all on a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes until the cauliflower is golden brown on the edges.

Remove from the oven, add to a food processor with all the other ingredients and process until smooth. Add more stock if you like a thinner soup.

Pour into a saucepan, heat for 10 minutes over a medium heat and serve.

If you would like advice on picking the best products to suit your skin this autumn and winter, please pop into our salon anytime and have a chat with one of our expert beauty therapists. We also offer a Specialised Skin Analysis & Diagnosis service using our OBSERV Diagnostic Device, which checks the health of your skin so we can prescribe the right treatments and products for optimum results. It is a perfect time to take a closer look at your skin, so if you’re interested in this service, find out more about the OBSERV here




Bestow beautiful skin from within!

Bestow beautiful skin from within!

With the start of a new year we have put our thinking caps on about what we want to achieve this year and how we are going to further enhance our services to our clients to help them achieve great results! New Year’s resolutions often include something to do with our health – eat healthier, exercise more, get enough rest and so forth. So here is one of our missions that we are excited about for 2017 to help our clients achieve beautiful skin from within!

With the arrival of our edible cosmetic range, Bestow Beauty, last year we have learnt so much about nourishing our bodies with the right foods to achieve radiant, glowing skin and our overall health. Our bodies are exposed to many damaging effects from today’s environment and fast paced, technology filled lives, so now’s the perfect time to start protecting ourselves! It is evident what we put into our bodies effects our wellbeing, so we are so excited to have Bestow Beauty available to you. Here is a bit about Bestow Beauty and how this incredible range works to bestow beauty and health from within (the natural way!).

Around 10 years ago Bestow Beauty founder Janine Tait was alarmed by the amount of radiation we were suddenly exposed to from new technology, such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops. Knowing radiation increased the amount of free-radicals and how they eroded health and damaged skin by breaking down collagen and speeding up the ageing process, Janine got to work to come up with a way to tackle this problem head on. Discovering it was pretty impossible to escape these devices and their damaging free-radicals, Janine decided to instead protect her body by increasing her anti-oxidant levels. ‘Anti-oxidants are incredibly valuable compounds which neutralise free-radicals in the body’. This was the beginning of something truly amazing – and to cut a long story short, the creation of Bestow Beauty Powder and Bestow Be Cleansed, followed by Bestow Berry Beautiful! We are completely hooked on these delicious, beautifying blends of nutrient-rich plant powders. They are packed with antioxidants to bestow health and radiance to your skin. Full of minerals, vitamins and amino acids, they are beneficial for skin, body, hair and nails. The cool thing about these ultimate health boosting powders is you get to be creative with how you eat them – add them to your favourite smoothie (our Bestow Recipe books and Journals have amazing smoothie recipes!) or juice, yogurt or cereals. Our Bestow range doesn’t stop there too, Janine and her team have produced many more beautifying products including Beauty Oils, Capsules and Organic Teas. The Bestow Recipe books and journals are also packed with healthy, tasty recipes (all refined sugar free) and advice and tips on achieving health from within, using food. Check out one of the many Bestow Beauty smoothie recipes below and if you have a favourite smoothie recipe we would love you to share it with us!

We love Bestow Beauty and all that they stand for and we look forward to passing on to you the goodness this brand brings to our Clinic. To find out more about our Bestow Beauty range check out our online shop on our website, pop in and see us at 134 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North, or phone us on 06 358 8745.

Bestow Beauty Smoothie:

1/2 quantity of filtered water or coconut water

1/2 quantity of apple or pineapple juice

1 banana

1 pear or apple – can be pealed if preferred (optional)

1 dsp of Bestow Beauty Oil

1 dsp of Bestow Beauty Powder

A handful of leafy greens (kales, silverbeet, spinach)

1 handful of frozen or fresh dark berries (optional)

Place all the ingredients in a blender to mix. Rotating your leafy greens each week will give you maximum health benefits.

All things Chrismassy from Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat

All things Chrismassy from Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat

We are gearing up for a fun and fabulous festive season at Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat, with an exciting whirlwind of Christmas parties, special occasions and beautiful weddings to prepare for.

There is so much to update you on. Read on for our latest news as well as beauty tips for the coming summer.  And, although it is a busy time of year, I know how essential it is to find time for some restorative peace and quiet, or pampering, too. Our new spa packages may provide just the retreat you need. 

I would like to thank all our wonderful clients for your support over the past year. I wish you a safe and happy holiday season and wonderful Christmas times with your families. 


Slow Beauty

One of the big changes at the salon this year has been Pania Ryan
Beauty Retreat becoming a member of the slow beauty movement.
Slow beauty is a world-wide movement away from the quick-fixes of the past that included invasive approaches like surgery, injected treatments and chemical peels – treatments that sometimes did more harm than good. 

Instead, slow beauty embraces a more holistic health-based beauty philosophy with good nutrition, hydration and healthy lifestyles part of the essential mix. The focus is on dermo-nutrition, wellness and genuine skin health from the inside out.

With a background in aromatherapy, Pania has always preferred using nature-based, proven and safe products in her salon, so slow beauty is a perfect fit, melding seamlessly with many of the products and treatments already offered.

But just because the philosophy is called slow beauty, it doesn’t mean slow results – far from it. Our treatments and products still offer long-term skin benefits, just with none of the risks.


A beautiful idea for Christmas presents

A gift from Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat is a wonderful way to pamper someone special this year. Gifts range from small stocking fillers, all the way to an unforgettable spa package to pamper and restore.  Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat gift vouchers are available for any amount and are beautifully presented in an envelope and Christmas ribbon.

Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat also has sumptuous Decléor Paris gift packs that sell out every year, skin nourishing Joyce Blok Summer Essentials packs for glowing, hydrated skin and an impressive range of Pure Fiji gift packs for a gift to enjoy for months to come.

A new name in spa treatments: Aspar

At Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat we have added the Aspar treatment range to our spa packages. Botanically active and essential oil based, Aspar products are specially formulated for use in spa treatments for hydrating and nourishing the skin, or to relax and unwind the body.

Made in Australia, each formulation in the range is free from parabens, lanolin, sulphates, SLS, mineral oils, artificial colours and fragrances. The Aspar range is used at the Aurora Spa at the Gold Coast’s Palazza Versace and on all Qantas first-class flights. Originally developed as an antihypertensive, Sildenafil has been approved for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. But the history of Viagra has not ended: a large body of data has been accumulated, including clinical data, indicating that Sildenafil and other phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE-5) can be used to treat cancer, cardiovascular, neurodegenerative and even infectious diseases.


Digital skin scanning

Our new OBSERV digital skin scanner allows therapists to examine the skin layers below the surface – beyond what can be seen by the natural eye – record images and show changes over time. But most importantly, it allows us to observe areas of concern and help you choose the right products to maintain and improve the condition of your skin.

Skin scanning technology means we can also offer seasonal consultations for a skin ‘check-up’, or to review products and gauge progress. If you haven’t tried this new technology yet, you will be amazed at what it can do!


You can now shop at Pania Ryan any time online

Exciting news! Our virtual salon has arrived.  Not only can you keep up to date with the latest salon news and beauty information on our website, you can now shop online.

Thinking of that special gift to pamper somebody, or running low on skin care or beauty supplies? You can now purchase Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat gift vouchers and all of your favourite skin care products from our clinic at our online shop on our website. Shop now


Beauty news and more at

Along with online shopping, there are more changes to come at in the New Year. We are fast becoming your one-stop-shop for health and wellness, beauty and fashion as well as, of course, everything skin care.

Bookmark us now: our online presence is growing and you don’t want to miss a thing! Keep up to date with our latest promotions and news on our website, or by following us on our Facebook page


New treatment menu

We have updated our treatment menu at Pania Ryan, including a new range of spa packages and facials.  Come in, de-stress and let our wonderful staff pamper you from head to toe.


New loyalty cards

Also out now are new loyalty cards for Joyce Blok and Decléor. When you purchase 10 Joyce Blok home care products or 10 Decléor products, you can earn a free gift.


Don’t burn your cold shoulder

A new trend in fashion is garments that show off the shoulder, with
strapless tops and dresses hitting high fashion. Sometimes the cold
shoulder look is a peasant-style top that can be worn on the shoulder
or slipped down a notch for a pretty, romantic look.  In New Zealand’s harsh sun this means more care is needed to apply sun protection on the shoulder, neck and back – all areas at high risk for burning and sun damage.

The best way to maintain a younger looking skin and protect against skin cancer is always to apply sun protection and reduce sun exposure. See the team at Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat for the latest skin protection products from Coola and New Zealand-made Joyce Blok, as well as auto bronzing creams for sun-less tanning. 

(Off the Shoulder by Ketze-ke)


Romancing the new summer looks

Summer fashion will be rocking a 1980s romantic revival with flared or bell sleeves, bright prints, florals and frilled designs this year. Floaty silhouettes, cool pastels and the return of 90s silk slip dresses are making it easy to get in a summery mood.

And although candy-coloured pastels are still huge, a hot colour for your special occasion wear this season is a spicy chilli red, which looks extra glamorous in the sun when combined with gold accessories.

Bright colour is still in fashion for the lips and nails this summer, too, with new nail shades ranging from bold fuchsia pink to pops of bright blue, yellow or coral.

Festive food

Love the Christmas festivities but wanting to reduce your refined sugar intake?  A healthy spin on the traditional banoffee pie could be the answer.  Here’s a recipe to try, courtesy of Lauren Parsons from her new book “Real Food, Less Fuss”.

Banoffee Pie: 


3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 cup rolled oats

½ cup desiccated coconut

½ cup raw cashews

8 dried dates


1 cup raw cashews

1 ½ cups dried dates

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 large banana


2 bananas, sliced

¾ cup Greek yoghurt


  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C (320°F). Place the base ingredients in a food processor with an S blade and combine to form a crumb. Press down into a lined spring form tin or pie dish.
  2. Bake for 6-8 minutes until light golden brown then allow to cool.
  3. Meanwhile blend the centre measure of cashews for 2-3 minutes, pausing and scraping down as needed to form a paste. Then blend in the dates and vanilla. Lastly add the banana and blend until smooth. It is quite a sticky mixture so give your blender a break if it is heating up.
  4. Once the base has cooled, pour the filling in and spread it out. It can be very sticky so use a metal spoon that has rested in a cup of boiling water to spread it evenly. Keep chilled until ready to serve.
  5. Top with a layer of thinly sliced banana (saving some for a garnish) then a layer of Greek yoghurt spread out to the edge of the outside ring of banana slices. Garnish the centre with a few remaining pieces of banana. Go to for a step by step demonstration video.


Fun facts for Christmas

Bing Crosby’s Christmassy tune “White Christmas”, by Irving Berlin, is the best-selling single of all time, with over 100 million sales worldwide since 1942.

During the Christmas shopping season, nearly 28 sets of LEGO are sold every second around the world.

Before turkey, the traditional Christmas meal in England was a pig’s head and mustard.

Many parts of the Christmas tree can actually be eaten, with pine needles being a good source of Vitamin C.

The tradition of putting holly in Christmas decorations actually looks ahead to the Easter story. The holly in a wreath symbolises Christ’s crown of thorns, while the red berries represent drops of his blood.

Gold-wrapped chocolate coins commemorate the original St Nicholas who is remembered for giving bags of gold coins to the poor.

Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was invented for a US firm’s Christmas promotion in 1938.


Christmas hours

In the run-up to Christmas the salon hours are:

Monday 9am – 4pm, Tuesday 9am – 6pm, Wednesday 9am – 9pm, Thursday 9am – 8pm, Friday 9am – 6pm, and Saturday 9am – 4pm.

Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat closes for the year at 2pm on Saturday December 24, and reopens in 2017 at 9am on Wednesday January 4, 2017.

The last day for treatments is Friday December 23 – so book now to avoid disappointment.

We wish you all a very merry Christmas – relax, have fun and look after yourself. Once again, we thank you for your amazing support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Pania and the team at Pania Ryan Beauty Retreat

134 Fitzherbert Avenue, Palmerston North

Ph: 06 358 8745