The Totora tree is one of the great wonders of New Zealand’s ecosystem. Renowned for its traditional use by the Maori people, its bio-active compounds have impressed the scientific and medical communities with their powerful efficacy.

Actera is pleased to supply the US cosmetic market in association with Essentially New Zealand, the international marketing arm of Mende Biotech. Their unique extract, Totarol™, is a potent antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound extracted from recycled Totora wood. 


Cosmetic brands using Totarol have found clinical benefits in the areas of

  • Anti-Inflammation (associated with acne)
  • Pore Minimization
  • Skin Lightening
  • Anti-Photo Aging
  • Anti-Cariogenic (oral care)