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About Us

Banks & Co and Pacifica Skincare were created to reflect the unique environment of New Zealand and its place in the South Pacific region. It is a profoundly South Pacific range – tapping into original New Zealand plant extracts and unique ingredients, while also reflecting upon its place in the world and drawing on the scents and colours from the wider Pacific region.

Banks & Co celebrates the heritage and the work of Sir Joseph Banks, Botanist. He travelled on the first English voyage of discovery to New Zealand in 1769, with Captain James Cook. In New Zealand and later in Australia he catalogued many native plants for both countries. This was a “tour de force’ of early botany, much revered. The Banks & Co collections reflect some of the plants he documented – many of them unique to New Zealand or the South Pacific.

Over the years, Banks & Co has built upon its knowledge and products to become one of New Zealand’s leading skin care and gift brands. Banks & Co has continued to explore the frontiers of plant extracts and the company now celebrates many flora of the world, while emphasizing New Zealand’s indigenous native flora and extracts and special ingredients such as Manuka honey.

"Our products reference nature, including their beautiful packaging. We see it as our place in the world to showcase New Zealand through Banks & Co products made here, in and from New Zealand. We search locally and then the world for the best possible ingredients – as natural as we can get them." explains Jenny Agnew (CEO)

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"We do not test on animals, we use no animal oils or extracts in our skincare products and we use a natural preservative system . It is our continuing policy to review our ingredients and to use natural and plant based ingredients wherever possible."

Banks & Co crafts true beauty for your home, hands, bath and body. Our collections are inspired by New Zealand, the South Pacifica and places that are the most beautiful on earth. Our products are infused with botanical extracts, gorgeous tinctures and essential oils. They bring protection and care to dry skin and bodies. Our home products such as room diffusers and candles are delicately scented, designed to create a new mood.

We love New Zealand and we’re working hard to keep as much of our production in New Zealand as possible. Our beautiful products are all made right here using local extracts wherever possible, and made by our very experienced local manufacturers.

We try and use as many local producers and raw ingredients as is possible so that we can keep our transport costs down. We sometimes need to import components and ingredients simply because we just can’t get it here! We recycle as much material as possible, using and re-using packing materials over and over again to reduce our footprint on this fabulous planet.

Jenny Agnew CEO & Founder

Jenny founded Banks & Co in 1998 and has continued to drive the company nationality into becoming a New Zealand icon.

Jenny is now focussing on growing the lucrative tourist and international markets.