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Nature's super antioxidant
Mar 08, 2017

Nature's super antioxidant-Totarol

Totarol is a naturally produced diterpene that is bioactive as (+)-totarol. It was first isolated by McDowell and Esterfield from the heartwood of Podocarpus totara, a yew tree found in New Zealand. Podocarpus totara was investigated for unique molecules due to the tree’s increased resistance to rotting. Recent studies have confirmed (+)-totarol’s unique antimicrobial and therapeutic properties. Consequently, (+)-totarol is a promising candidate for a new source of drugs and has been the goal of numerous syntheses.

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Totarol is nature's super antioxidant, Totarol is 3 times stronger than Vitamin E, and a potent force to neutralise free radicals linked to skin ageing.


Totarol is a compound from the heartwood of the Totara tree, and makes the wood extremely resistant to decay due to its antimicrobial and potent anti-oxidant activity. The compound is extracted from recycled Totara using supercritical solvent-free extraction, so no trees are felled for its harvesting.


The Totara tree is a giant of the New Zealand forest. It's a member of the ancient Gondwanaland group of plants collectively known as Podocarps, which evolved during the Jurassic age some 135-195 million years ago. The resistance of the Totara wood to decay meant it was used extensively by New Zealand's early European settlers for the wharf pilings and fence posts that now provide the raw material for Totarol extraction.


Totaral is utilised in Living Nature products  such as Rich Day Cream and Nourishing Night Cream to protect against oxidative stress and free radicals which break down skin cells, and for its powerful antimicrobial properties.


Source / Harvest


Sourced only from high quality recycled organic Totara wood and bark

No live trees are felled to produce Totarol


Critically extracted from old recycled bark and wood

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Chemical Names

Totarol;(+)-Totarol; 14-Isopropylpodocarpa-8,11,13-trien-13-ol;

Molecular Formula


Molecular Weight

286.459 g/mol



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