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About Us

Passionate About Natural High Quality Beauty Products

In 2007 we boarded a plane for Rarotonga with our two children, unsure of what lay ahead. We’ve always loved the place, as it is both the birthplace of Susan’s dad, Te Amaru Rangi Tuoro, and where we were married.

Walks on the beach by the crystal blue Pacific, kissed by the frangipani and ylang ylang scented breezes inspired our dream to build a company. It would draw on Susan’s experience as a beauty therapist and with a hair salon and spa in Auckland. It would uncompromisingly be based on natural local products, manufactured locally, creating jobs for Cook Islanders. To guarantee that the topical Cold Pressed Coconut Oil needed for our products was premium quality, we pressed it ourselves.

Things fell into place rapidly.

The help of others has been invaluable. Dr. Olga Garkavenko a Biochemist wrote the product formulations and taught us how to manufacture the products in Rarotonga. Miranda Waple, CEO from The Six Senses Group, had global skincare experience helped shape branding and marketing.

Even on this idyllic island we don’t stand still: we are always looking at product developments, new ingredients, and new textures.

Rito Cook Islands range of skin care products and cold pressed coconut oil is born out of our desire to create clean natural products that hold the essence of the Cook Islands.

Please enjoy.