Who are we ?

You may be wondering where the brand comes from and who are the people who make it live… The products of this brand are designed in a laboratory in New Caledonia. For 30 years, they have been natural and offer all the benefits of plants traditionally used in the Pacific.

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🍃 Despite its small size, this laboratory controls the entire chain from the cultivation of certain plants, their processing to marketing, including research and development and of course manufacturing.

Richard and Alexandre met 20 years ago in Montpellier, when they were part of the same association of young researchers


After his PhD in plant biology, Richard has held several positions in the private and public sectors. Then he finally returned home to New Caledonia. His dream ? Valorize the flora of the Pacific and its island, whose plants he knows perfectly well and marvels every day at the biodiversity. Today, he is the manager of the laboratory that designs and manufactures Pacifico Nature brand products.

Alexandre, after his doctorate in neurobiology, worked for some time in Germany before returning to France.
His objective ? Finding solutions for those who suffer. After working in the areas of depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes, he is now interested in eczema and skin problems. He left his job to focus on marketing the Pacific ointment he co-invented with Richard, and the other products of the Pacifico Nature brand.

They were then joined by Geneviève, who discovered Pacifico Nature products during a trip to New Caledonia and fell in love with them. A quality engineer by training, she has brought her rigour to various positions in cosmetics, microelectronics and food processing.
Her ambition ? Make Pacifico Nature a flagship brand synonymous with well-being in France. She is now also working full time on this objective.

Geneviève and Alexandre working!

The noni, tropical wonder at the service of your health

The noni fights fatigue, gives a boost of energy and strengthens the body.

Noni (morinda citrifolia) has been used in traditional Pacific medicine for 2000 years and is known and recognized for its stimulating action on the immune system. It is used during the fall and winter to help fight bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infections. It can be used preventively to fight fatigue.

In the United States, doctors prescribe it as part of their medical practice. Their goal is to improve the general health of their patients, but also to treat many conditions such as chronic pain, fibromyalgia, fatigue, and even mood disorders.

Fruit du noni
Noni fruits become white with maturation

Traditionally, populations of the Pacific use all parts of the plant: leaves, roots, bark, flowers and fruits. It is consumed in the form of juice or capsules. Our capsules are made from Noni fruits harvested by hand in New Caledonia, then fermented and dried.

Boite de 50 gélules de noni
Directions for use: one capsule every morning for daily use, or as a 3-week course with 3 capsules per day.

The polyvalence of noni

Some people see noni almost as a universal panacea. It is credited with beneficial effects in chronic pain, osteoarthritis, lack of energy and fatigue, obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, menstrual disorders, diarrhea, infections, and even immunodeficiency and cancer.

It is difficult to prove these effects according to modern medical and pharmaceutical standards that require tens of millions of dollars in clinical studies. But if Pacific populations have been using it for millennia, it is because they have observed its effects empirically. In fact, a lot of testimonies from Westerners who discovered noni also show its effect on well-being and fatigue.

Many “modern” scientific studies confirm, at least in the pre-clinical stage, that noni could indeed have the virtues that tradition recognizes for it.

The noni at the service of your health

Consuming noni in the form of fruit, juice or capsule is therefore an excellent way to maintain good health. Obviously, the usual actions must be taken in parallel (eating healthy, drinking water, not smoking, being physically active etc…).

Hydration advice

When you have dry skin, such as in eczema, it is important to moisturize it well.
What do you think of first when you read this?
To hydrating creams?
Indeed, but there is another solution, unfortunately too often underestimated….

Boire de l'eau pour hydrater votre peau

Drink water !

What does the word “hydrate” mean? According to the dictionnary , this means “to provide water”.

A cream is not “hydrating”. No product applied to the skin “provides water”. Your skin is waterproof against water from the outside. Otherwise, you would “fill up” every time you take a bath or shower (imagine the scene!).

In the other direction, however, the skin allows water to pass through. Either in gaseous form (perspiration, evaporation) through the pores, or in liquid form (transpiration) through the sweat glands.

These water losses are normal and regulated when the skin is healthy. Dry skin, on the other hand, lacks sebum. Sebum is an oily substance that forms a film that allows the skin to keep its moisture. It therefore has an anti-dehydration effect.

A “moisturizing” cream is the same: it has an effect “anti-deshydration” either by blocking the pores of the skin, or by providing the fatty acids that the epidermis needs (or both, like our tamanu balm). Under no circumstances does it provide water. Some moisturizing creams or ointments do not even include water in their formula!

Water comes from the inside, the creams just help not to lose it. For a good hydration of your skin, DRINK WATER !
Our advice: a glass of water in the evening before going to bed and a large glass of water in the morning when you get up. It’s an excellent habit that you can’t do without after a few days, you’ll see.

Stress and skin

Causes of stress are an important trigger for eczema. It can be hard to identify and reduce the sources of stress. Meanwhile, a solution exists.

Stress has a direct influence on the condition of the skin. In particular, it is known to trigger eczema attacks. Stress is not THE cause of eczema, but it can make things worse. In other articles we will see what the causes and possible factors are. Many people do not have a skin problem, but end up with an eczema attack after a particularly stressful event.

Just at work, there are many sources of stress: a presentation to be made in public, a meeting with your superiors, an end-of-year interview, a terrible boss, difficult customers, pressure, harassment, a recalcitrant computer, colleagues too present, long working hours, frustration, micro-management, lack of recognition, conflicts, lack of resources to do your job properly, uncertainties, risk of dismissal, etc. The list is endless….

Image showing a stressed man in front of his computer

It can also be long in private life: mental workload, daily tasks, financial difficulties, loneliness, couple life, education of children, teenagers, illness, studies, transportation, a clogged sink, paperwork, taxes, parents, step-parents etc….

The picture looks very gloomy, but the good news is that most of us can still handle situations well. Unfortunately, it can happen that at some point we can no longer contain everything and that the excess stress is expressed on the skin.

How stress can trigger eczema

Eczema progresses in flare-ups. Whether chronic or occasional, stress can be the trigger for an eczema attack. In adults, it is mainly hand eczema that is very sensitive to stress. As several studies have shown, stress is correlated with worsening symptoms. In particular, itching is amplified (1). And besides, it’s a vicious circle because eczema becomes an obsession and it’s a source of anxiety. Anxiety causes stress and stress makes seizures worse.

It’s not just eczema: stress causes a hormonal imbalance that affects the entire endocrine system, but also the nervous and immune systems. It can therefore trigger or aggravate the symptoms of certain diseases, including eczema.

Scientific interlude: The corticotropic axis is a hormonal system that regulates many functions in the body. These hormones (ACTH, CRF, Glucocorticoids), when overactivated as in stressful situations, amplify inflammatory reactions by activating immune response messengers such as interleukins 4, 6, 10 and 13, as well as mast cells (2). In fact, there is a new injectable drug for severe eczema that blocks interleukins 4 and 13. Many other stress mediators are correlated with itching intensity (2), but the scientific interlude is already long enough 😉

Conclusion

All these biological mechanisms explain how stress can actually trigger eczema attacks. The best way to reduce eczema is to try to reduce stress, but we will see about that in a future article. In the meantime, to break the vicious circle: stress ➡️ eczema ➡️ anxiety ➡️ stress ➡️ eczema… there is a solution: relieve the itching with Pacific ointment: less itching ➡️ less anxiety ➡️ less stress ➡️ less crises… we enter a virtuous circle.


Références:
(1) The role of psychological stress in skin disease. Kimyai-Asadi A, Usman A. J Cutan Med Surg. 2001 Mar-Apr;5(2):140-5. (pubmed)
(2) From the brain-skin connection: the neuroendocrine-immune misalliance of stress and itch. Arck P, Paus R. Neuroimmunomodulation. 2006;13(5-6):347-56 (pubmed)

A treasure from the Pacific

Tamanu is a tree that generously provides fruits whose oil has anti-bacterial and healing properties that have been used for centuries.

Do you know the Calophyllum Inophyllum?

The Tamanu is a tree found throughout the Pacific tropical belt, but also in Southeast Asia and throughout the Indian Ocean. Depending on the country, it has different names:

  • Tamanu in French Polynesia,
  • Takamahaka in the Marquises islands,
  • Kamani in Hawaï, 
  • Dilo in Fidji,
  • Muu in Viet-Nam, 
  • Cashumpa in India, 
  • Fohara in Madagascar…

With all this, you have everything you need to win your next Scrabble game!

The Tamanu is a tree growing on marine shores that usually attract rather tourists than plants.

Picture of a Tamanu tree on the beach
Tamanu in its natural environment: the beach

There are about a hundred varieties of calophyllum. It is Calophyllum Inophyllum which is of medicinal interest.

In Oceania, the act of healing is sacred, as are the plants that serve to heal.

Among them, Tamanu occupies a predominant place. A conquest of territory was formalized by the planting of a Tamanu. Until the arrival of the colonists and Christianization, it was even taboo and its wood could only be used to make sculptures of idols.

Finally, its wood was used, the forests decimated and its traditional use forgotten. But memory seems to be recovering, and the Tamanu and its virtues are back in the spotlight.

The virgin Tamanu oil we use meets certain preparation and composition criteria that are not common to all oils on the market.

What do the fruits of Tamanu look like?

Photos de près d'un tamanu où l'on peut voir ses fruits pas encore mûrs
Feuilles et fruits du Tamanu

The picture above shows it: the fruits of Tamanu look like nuts, both in size and shape. Even when ripe and fallen from the tree, they do not contain oil. To obtain oil, they spend 2 months of vacation in the sun, (on the beach with tourists).

Many producers use furnaces to accelerate drying and oil production.
Not ours.

During drying, the fruit loses about 1/3 of its weight. Approximately 10kg of oil is obtained from the 100kg of fruit produced by a tree each year.

Pacifico Nature uses this force of Nature

Tamanu oil has an emerald green colour and has a characteristic strong but not unpleasant smell. It is used in a number of our products, particularly in Pacific ointment. It exploits its extraordinary anti-bacterial and healing properties, combined with the essential oil of niaouli to relieve the symptoms of eczema.

The skin, this fascinating organ

The skin has three vital functions: protection, sense of touch and emunctory. It is often affected by a condition called Eczema

Just like the heart, brain or liver, the skin is an organ. It is even the largest of all our organs (1). The skin represents 7% of the weight of the adult human body. An organ is defined by the role it plays in the body. The skin has several vital roles.

Picture representing the hands of a doctor examining the skin of a patient
The skin is fascinating

The roles of the skin

  • Protection: this is its first function. The inner environment of our body has a very fragile balance. It is completely isolated from the external environment, except for the digestive and respiratory systems. The skin forms a barrier that protects the inner environment from everything that comes from the outside: heat, cold, water, infections etc…
  • It is also the organ of one of the senses: the touch. Touch, referred to as one of the five senses, is actually much more complex. If we define a sense as a category of perception, what we group under the term “touch” includes several of them. The skin contains different types of receptors: they react to pressure and vibration (mechanical receptors), heat and cold (thermo-receptors), or pain (nociceptors), unpleasant, but essential for survival.
  • Its last, less known role is that of an emunctory, i.e. the excretion of waste. Other emunctories of the body are the intestines, lungs, kidneys and intestines. The skin produces sweat, which also serves as a thermal regulator.

Eczéma, a common condition of the skin

One of the hypotheses regarding eczema is that it would be the outside, visible part of a problem existing on the inside. As an emunctory, the skin would serve as a “rescue” elimination channel when others can no longer do their job. This hypothesis is not proven, but can be used as a basis when looking for the causes of eczema. One way to help your body would be to test different foods, eliminate some, add others… to help cure your eczema.

In the meantime, you can relieve your skin by applying moisturizers. Pacific ointment, in addition to moisturizing, also helps to relieve itching, fight infections, and heal. It is the most complete treatment to fight against the symptoms of eczema, until the cause is found.

The skin is a vital organ, this is why people with eczema are so distressed. It is therefore very important to take care of it to preserve its functions.


(1) Interstitium, recently discovered, may in fact be the largest organ in the human body. It had never been characterized until recently, although its existence had been suspected for a long time.

A king of New Caledonian savannas with multiple powers

The niaouli is the emblematic tree of New Caledonia. Discover its history and the properties of the essential oil obtained from its leaves.

Imagine a fabulous treasure, which would be within reach. This Eldorado is a simple tree, but what a tree! Indeed, the niaouli is the most widespread tree in New Caledonia, it covers almost half of the main island called Grande Terre. Niaouli abounds in the western plains, as well as on the hills and sometimes on the slopes of the high mountains.

History of the Niaouli

Photo d'un tronc de Niaouli
Photo d’un tronc de Niaouli à l’écorce parcheminée
Niaouli en fleur
Niaouli en fleur

In the past, among the Melanesians, it was customary at the birth of a child to wrap him in Niaouli bark in order to ensure his strength and protection. This bark called “niaouli skin” is made up of very thin sheets of paper, reminiscent of sheets of paper, and increasingly moist from the outside in.
Even today, the bark of the niaouli is still used as a covering material for the huts. When rolled up, it also gives long-lasting torches.

While humans have been using this plant for centuries, local wildlife also benefits. Indeed, twice a year during its abundant flowering, its white flowers, rich in nectar, are visited by birds, especially parakeets, who love it. Bees make it an excellent and highly sought-after honey.
The foliage of the niaouli is composed of characteristic leaves that allow it to be identified with 5 veins like the 5 fingers of the hand.

Properties of the Niaouli

These leaves, in the shape of small spears, have other properties that have always been used by Melanesians in New Caledonia. Thus, the leaves were once used to purify water and relieve everyday aches and pains. Traditionally, the vapors obtained from the leaves placed in the water were breathed by the whole family gathered around the fireplace for collective preventive inhalation.
In case of injuries, the niaouli leaves were chewed and applied as cataplasm. The applications of crushed leaves were also used to treat rheumatism, but also fevers when used as an infusion.
It is therefore at the heart of its leaves that all the power of Niaouli is concentrated. The remarkable properties of niaouli leaves come from the essential oil they contain, which has been extracted in New Caledonia for more than 150 years. A large number of our brand products contain niaouli essential oil.

Niaouli essential oil

Photos Feuille de Niaouli
Feuilles de Niaouli

The leaves of niaouli give when properly distilled, a quite abundant essential oil, very aromatic, with a pleasant camphor smell.
The numerous traditional knowledge related to the use of niaouli has been confirmed by the first scientists who studied its properties and even today its remarkable properties are being studied and confirm the relevance of traditional uses.
The essence of niaouli has indeed a set of antiseptic properties that gives it a great healing power and has allowed it to be recognized in the French pharmacopoeia.

In addition to its high antiseptic power, niaouli essence is characterized by an absence of toxicity. The essence also creates a feeling of freshness that instantly eliminates the pain caused by inflammation, decongests inflamed tissues and thus gives a feeling of well-being. These properties are added to the ones of the Tamanu in the Pacific ointment that reduces eczema symptoms.

Emblematic tree of New Caledonia

With its whitish twisted trunk, knotty branches, and grey-green foliage; the silhouette of the niaouli always catches the eye. It is a part of the daily life of the inhabitants of New Caledonia who often identify with it, with all the services it provides on a daily basis, it is almost a member of the family. Niaouli is more than just a plant, it is pure New Caledonia, in all its magic and contrasts.

Forêt de Niaouli dans les marais
Forêt de Niaouli dans les marais

The first naturalists who became interested in New Caledonia from the beginning came up with the idea that niaouli leaves purified the air and the marshes where they fell and that niaouli and its leaves in particular were one of the causes of the country’s health.

If the niaouli dominates New Caledonian landscapes, it is because it is a robust tree, which adapts to many environmental conditions, from wet swamps to dry, arid savannah.
When bush fires occur and everything has burned, the niaouli can survive because of its unique skin that makes it fire-resistant. After the fire has passed, when everything is blackened, the niaouli is ready to repopulate the devastated soil by depositing his seeds which will then germinate at an astonishing speed.

Thus, New Caledonian nature has done things right and it is through niaouli that its wealth crystallizes, acting all at the level of men by promoting health and well-being from an early age, but also acting throughout the territory by providing a healthy environment and unique landscapes.

Welcome!

Welcome to Pacifico Nature’s blog. You will find information on plants traditionally used in the Pacific. We will also share tips on how to take good care of your skin. You will also find tips in general to take care of yourself and your well-being.

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For several decades, Pacifico Nature products have been highlighting plants from the Pacific and New Caledonia.

The manufacture of our products is artisanal. Despite our small size, our activity covers the whole chain. This begins with research and development of the products. We grow some plants and transform them into an ingredient. Then, we manufacture each of our products with our own formulas. Finally, we market them.

The brand’s roots go back to the lands of New Caledonia and in 2019, we inaugurate the sale in Metropolitan France!