Meet the Sophora beauty therapy team


My name is Kirsty Ethynes and I own and operate this wonderful beauty therapy salon on the Kapiti Coast.

As a wholesaler of tanning and beauty products, my partner Janis and I wanted to share these direct to clients – so we opened Sophora in 2013 when we moved to Paraparaumu.

We’re passionate about providing more natural products and non invasive treatments, so it is a pleasure to share our years of experience in beauty, skincare and tanning with you.

Of course we can’t do it alone – we have a team of qualified beauty therapists who share our values and will look after you with friendly and consistently good service. We think they are our gems, we hope you do too!



The Sophora name

Sophora is the botanical name for Kowhai. We started using the Kowhai flower in our company logo back in 2006 because, at that time, we sat in our office and looked out at a magnificent Kowhai tree that would attract up to a dozen pairs of Tui in the flowering season.

We love the linkage with using the logo both for the company and our beauty salon and we think Sophora has a beautiful ring to it.


Your skin is your body’s largest organ

Our skin is what holds us together, acts as our waterproofing and insulating shield, it regulates body temperature, protects us from sunlight, produces Vitamin D and so much more.

Our skin is not only exposed to the many stresses of the environment, it gets stressed from what we put in and on our bodies and of course, age.

Looking after our skin keeps us looking good and it helps keep this important organ healthy too. Here at Sophora, our services and products will ensure that you can take the best care of it.

Your satisfaction is guaranteed

Here at Sophora, we’re so confident in the services, products and advice we provide, that we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

If there’s a product or service you are not completely satisfied with, please let us know and we’ll do what we can to remedy a solution you are happy with.

Proud to be a finalist…

We’re thrilled to be a finalist in the Electra Kapiti Horowhenua Business Awards. These awards encourage and celebrate business success.
It’s a rigorous process with independent judges by business experts so it’s quite an achievement to get to be a finalist. Congratulations to all the 25 finalists.