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A Koala Sanctuary And Babo Botanicals: Supporting Wildlife And Female Farmers

Posted on March 30 2020

Koala mom and baby in a tree

Australia is across the world from us here at Babo Botanicals, but a certain farm there is near and dear to our hearts!

A few years ago, we began a partnership with Down Under Enterprises not only because we wanted their high-quality eucalyptus, but also because we love the koala sanctuary where the eucalyptus is grown.

The relationship between Babo Botanicals and the koala sanctuary started in New York City. The founder of Babo Botanicals, Kate Solomon, and the founder of the koala sanctuary, Dee-Ann Prather, met at The Supplier Show at the Javits Center.

We loved what we heard about the koala sanctuary and we think you will, too!

Volunteer at a koala sanctuary

Down Under Enterprises Koala Sanctuary

Down Under Enterprises boasts a farm as well as a koala sanctuary, and it’s quite a special organization for more than one reason.

The koala sanctuary got started a few years ago when eucalyptus trees were planted along a lagoon, a natural water source for koalas. If you didn’t know, koalas love to eat eucalyptus leaves! In fact, that’s basically all they eat.

Now, the eucalyptus trees have grown large enough to support an entire koala population and even more have been planted. Because these trees are a food source for koalas, this encourages the animals to use the natural habitat as a safe way to travel in the area.

So, simply by growing these eucalyptus trees, Down Under Enterprises has fortuitously created a sanctuary for koalas near the backend of their sprawling farm.

What else makes Down Under Enterprises a pretty cool place? Not only is their farm a sanctuary for wildlife, but it’s also family-run and woman-owned. Plus, they use 100% renewable energy on the farm.

Their values of traceability, sustainability, and staff-empowerment shine through in everything they do.

Woman farm owner Dee-Ann Prather

And, last but not least, this farm is great news for Babo Botanicals and your family! Why? The same eucalyptus trees that provide for koalas also provide the eucalyptus we use in our Babo Botanicals products.

At this point, you might be asking yourself what the koalas can eat if their yummy leaves are harvested to make the great Babo Botanical skin care products you know and love. But don’t worry; the koalas are still cared for!

The eucalyptus leaves are safely removed from the trees, with every effort made to preserve the koalas’ food source. So, the farm and the harvest of eucalyptus leaves is a win-win for people and animals alike.

And that’s exactly why Babo Botanicals jumped on board with Down Under Enterprises!

Babo Botanicals’s Commitment To The Earth

Here at Babo Botanicals, we are committed to two things: nature and your family. What we do and what we produce reflects those two priorities.

We love supporting nature and wildlife right here in our own backyard at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. We have created an edible schoolyard (sounds cool, right?) where we teach gardening skills and the importance of the nature all around us!

Another way we like to care for the earth is by making products that won’t harm it, like our sunscreen that won’t bleach the coral reefs.

kid applying coral reef safe sunscreen on dad

In addition to making products that won’t harm the environment, we also like to give back to the earth — and specifically Australia — through our eucalyptus products.

We donate 10% of Eucalyptus product sales to WIRES (Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service), Australia's largest wildlife rescue organization.

Speaking of our Eucalyptus Remedy product line, we’d like to brag on the benefits of eucalyptus to help you understand why we wanted to incorporate it into our products!

Benefits Of Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is a fast-growing evergreen tree that’s native to the great down under of Australia.

man working in the field at a koala sanctuary

We humans benefit from the eucalyptus tree in several ways — by using the leaves themselves, eucalyptus oil, and eucalyptol. The benefits of eucalyptus are many, but here are four of our favorites:

  • It’s antibacterial and antifungal
  • It can decrease and clear mucus
  • It soothes dry skin
  • It promotes relaxation and helps relieve anxiety

Our team at Babo Botanicals was drawn to eucalyptus for several reasons, but primarily because we love how it calms and relaxes the body, providing more restful sleep. Plus, it helps congestion and cough, and when those are under control, everyone sleeps more soundly!

Two of our favorite products, made with eucalyptus from Down Under Enterprises, are our 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash and Eucalyptus Remedy™ Organic Soothing Chest Rub.

3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash

Eucalyptus essential oil is known to help aid sleep and relieve coughs, congestion, and colds. With this 3 in 1 Shampoo, Bubble Bath, and Wash, you and your little ones can soak in the natural vapors of comforting eucalyptus, peppermint, and rosemary oil.

Key Plant ingredients for sensitive skin

This plant-based formula gently cleanses hair, scalp, and skin and moisturizes delicate skin. Carefully formulated to be safe for kids and also for the most sensitive skin, this product is ideal for the whole family!

Babo Botanticals Eucalyptus Bubble Bath

The only people who should avoid this product? Babies under three years old, due to the peppermint oil.

And, since it’s EWG Verified™, we’re proud to say that this product is safe for both your family and the earth!

Eucalyptus Remedy™ Organic Soothing Chest Rub

As we mentioned above, eucalyptus is a great way to relieve cough and congestion. So it’s only natural to use it in a chest rub!

Babo Botanicals’s USDA® Certified Organic Soothing Chest Rub gently calms, relaxes, and soothes for a more restful sleep. To benefit from the natural vapors of organic eucalyptus, lavender, and rosemary oil, just massage it onto your chest, neck, back, and feet.

Our chest rub is made without harmful chemicals or petroleum, so you can also use this product with confidence on sensitive skin and on your little ones who are three years old or older.

Koalas And Your Family

kid sleeping

What do caring for koalas and caring for your family have to do with each other? For us, everything! 

We love creating eucalyptus products that help you care for and comfort your family. And we are proud to do so in partnership with a farm that protects koalas by growing eucalyptus trees!

Getting on board is easy. Check out Down Under Enterprises and stock up on 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash and Eucalyptus Remedy™ Organic Soothing Chest Rub.

Just by using our eucalyptus line, you’ll be caring for your family and giving back to the planet at the same time!

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