Get Hawaii Under Your Skin

For centuries, native Hawaiians looked no farther than their own backyards for beauty treatments. Follow their wisdom and lather up, moisturize and get your skin glowing with deliciously fragranced and sustainable, natural products that are all made-in-Hawaii. Here are some of our favorites that you need to take home with you:

Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals
Getting anxious that your vacation is coming to an end and you’re having to go back to work? It’s always hard to transition back into the daily grind after a blissful time in paradise, but the Awa Scalp Soother from Hawaiian Rainforest Naturals (pictured) might make it a little bit easier. Infused with awa root, an herb that has been used throughout the Pacific Islands for centuries as a natural sedative; and essence from the ti plant, whose leaves are known to have medicinal purposes, this cream will melt away stress and worries when it’s massaged in. Robin Williams, co-owner of the Big Island-based company, said the product has been a hit with men. The Awa Scalp Soother contains 75 percent organically grown ingredients and no synthetic fragrances. The line also includes gender-tailored lotions, botanical mists and bath crystals under the labels “Soul of a Woman” and “Soul Fire for Men.” At Bare Foot Massage, Aqua Waikiki Wave, 2299 Kuhio Ave., 808.926.8899; Blue Hawaii Lifestyles, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.949.0808; The Kahala Spa, Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., 808.739.8938; Na Hoola Spa at Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., 808.237.6330; Polynesian Cultural Center gift shops, 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy., 808.293.3053; Sedona, Ward Center, 1200 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.591.8010.

Kahuku Farms
This family-run farm on Oahu’s North Shore has been in business for four generations, growing everything from eggplant to papayas, orchids and heliconia flowers. Using the bounty of nature available to it, it recently launched its own line of bath and body products that are sold exclusively at Kapiolani Community College’s weekly Farmers Market. The mango papaya soap is hand-cut and gently cleanses with the added benefit of natural papaya enzymes, known to have exfoliating properties. The bar smells like a fresh, ripe mango. Saturday Farmers Market, Kapiolani Community College, 4303 Diamond Head Rd., open 7:30-11:30 am. www.kahukufarms.com.

Indigenous Soap Company
These rich soaps are crafted in small batches by a husband and wife team here on Oahu who fell into the business serendipitously. What started as a fascination with how soap is made developed into a complete collection of fine, vegan-friendly soaps that “lets the land take care of you” with ingredients such as kukui nut oil, limu (seaweed), olena (tumeric) and essential oils. The company is one of few in Hawaii’s bath and body universe that is native Hawaiian-owned, and the ingredients that appear in Indigenous’ soaps follows the Hawaiian tradition of laau lapaau (healing with herbs). The popular “aina” soap is said to have antiseptic and lymph-stimulating properties, and the rosemary peppermint bar promises an invigorating shower with menthol crystals that add a tingling experience. At Bishop Museum, 1525 Bernice St., 808.847.3511; Blue Hawaii Lifestyles, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.949.0808; Marie’s Health Foods, Waikiki Shopping Plaza, 2155 Kalakaua Ave., 808.926.3900; Na Mea Hawaii, Ward Center, 1050 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.596.8885; Whole Foods, Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave., 808.732.7736.

Ola Hawaii
Meaning “life, health and well-being” in Hawaiian, this boutique line is produced in the town of Hilo on Hawaii’s Big Island. The company prides itself on only using ingredients that can be found in the Hawaiian Islands and sources their herbs, plants and flowers from local farmers. Ola carries everything from body washes to candles, body butters and aromatherapy oils, and the line is used at high-end spas such as The Kahala Hotel & Resort (a favorite hideaway for celebrities and heads of state). The tropical bath soaks come in a lovely coconut shell that you’ll want to keep out on the bathroom counter. At Blue Hawaii Lifestyles, Ala Moana Center, 1450 Ala Moana Blvd., 808.949.0808; The Kahala Spa, Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave., 808.739.8938; Na Hoola Spa, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, 2424 Kalakaua Ave., 808.237.6330; Spa Luana,Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Hwy., 8080.293.6000; Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk, 223 Saratoga Rd., 877.683.7401; Whole Foods, Kahala Mall, 4211 Waialae Ave., 808.732.7736.

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