Nothing American evokes exotic beauty more than the Hawaiian Islands.  In Hawaii, beauty is a connection to nature.  Oils used to cleanse and moisturize, scrubs to exfoliate and polish, and flower and herbal essences to heal. Smooth skin, silky hair and an inner glow stem from ongoing interaction with the ocean, the rainforest. Hawaiians look to their immediate surroundings for their beauty secrets.  Algae, sea salt, and coconut oil are nature’s gifts.
Not only can coconut oil be ingested, but also it also holds external benefits. In the hair, coconut oil provides shine, and treats and prevents dandruff. At home, experience Hawaiian beauty with a hair mask.  Scoop out about a handful of organic, unfiltered coconut oil and massage it into your scalp, working it through to the ends of your hair with fingers or a comb.  Leave the oil in overnight (cover your pillow with a beach towel92102g04tzxIPLNJJQRIKJNOKKNK) and shampoo your hair the next morning.  Instant gloss. When used on the skin, coconut oil heals and prevents dry, chapped areas.  Apply it on your cuticles, or massage it on the heels of your feet and elbows. The bountiful fruit has anti-aging properties, helping to decrease fine lines and wrinkles.
Alba Botanica, a local natural skincare and beauty line, makes green tea, gotu kola and aloe moisturizer for a light, seamless glow. Coconut milk shampoo gives the hair a silky glow. A gardenia deep conditioning mask infuses locks with plant-sourced keratin nourishment.
Tuberose, the Hawaiian “rose,” grows abundantly on the islands and is used in candles (from Diptyque to Tocca to small local soy wax based lines), perfumes (Chloe by Karl Lagerfeld, Amarige by Givenchy), and of course, leis. Its scent is opulent, rich and fresh yet velvety—Roja Dove deemed tuberose “the harlot of perfumery.”
Looking for the perfect bronze of Hawaiian goddesses—there’s the Macadamia nut oil, Kukui nut oil and Kona coffee extract-based Maui Babe browning lotion for a subtle, Makena glow. Yves Rocher has come out with a new line utilizing authentic Monoi, which means “scent oil” in the Polynesian language.  Their body mist gives legs a healthy shine, and a fresh Hawaiian hibiscus scent—not a bad way to soak up the loveliness of a warm “Aloha.”
Beauty, grace, spirituality of a natural paradise -in America, at that- is infectious. Its difficult to go somewhere with dense natural beauty and not feel lightened and invigorated in the process. Hawaii gives you a little bit of its allure. There’s a mix of the Patrician and the relaxed; of 2,000 year-old traditions and daily moments of artful, nature-gifted grace. You can’t necessarily bring the beauty with you; but can channel its energy, and look back to its calm, relaxed, harmonic state.

July 2013

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