We went to Kailua Beach on Saturday and it wasn’t really a swim in the ocean kind of day…
Overcast, windy and cool — not the best day for the beach
So we headed into town to see what was there… and found a Whole Foods. Whole Foods is one of those stores that is my nemesis. I can never spend less than $100 there. But, there we were and so we shopped.
I looked for local beauty products and found several.
Native Hawaiian products scored at Whole Foods
I am usually a fairly minimal fragrance person and like things clean and green. Pikake has become my scent of passion over the past week. It just makes my nose happy.
Our neighbor’s pikake bush
Our neighbors have a pikake bush and they are as fragrant as they are elegant. The shower gel by Hawaiian Bath and Body captures that scent without being overly sweet. And the Bungalow Glow lotion (in Seaside Pikake) by Bubble Shack Hawaii also has gotten that fragrance just right. The shower gel cleans without being drying and the lotion makes my skin super soft and silky with no stickiness.
Five stars for both products. They were not cheap — but nothing here is. However, they smell fabulous and work very well.
The next find was Honey Girl Organics.
The sampler kit, the facial wash and a few extra freebies from the skin care associate at Whole Foods.
This was the only line of Hawaiian-made skin care they carried. The sales associate said she liked the toner, but the creams were too rich for her 20-year old skin. However, she said her mother back in Oregon couldn’t get enough of the Night Cream.
Mom likes it. That’s good enough for me. Sold!
My skin has been breaking out around my chin for the past month or so. I thought it was due to the super dry conditions in San Diego. But it has gotten worse since we moved to the super humid and hot weather in Hawaii. The shift has been a challenge for both my skin and my husbands… both of us have had increased numbers of break-outs.
Enter Honey Girl Organics.
Concentrated skin nutrition made with: raw honey, beeswax, propolis, bee pollen, royal jelly, blended with organic extra virgin olive oil and essential oils
CRUELTY FREE ABSOLUTELY NO: parabens, glycerin, fragrance, hormones, silicones, petroleum products, artificial preservatives, fillers, multisyllabic additives, unnatural additives
This line claims its products not only moisturize and condition the skin, but that the honey, bee pollen and propolis are anti-inflammatory and help heal skin irritations and acne.
Their ingredients are simple: Hawaiian grown honey, beeswax, extra-virgin olive oil, bee pollen, royal jelly and propolis. You could practically eat their products.
I got the Facial Cleanser and the Skincare Kit (body cream, face and eye cream, lip balm) and two free samples from the Sales Associate: Night Cream and Extra Sensitive Night Cream.
I am not usually one who spends money on cleansers since they just need to clean your skin and are rinsed off too fast to do anything else. But the ingredient list intrigued me and it’s the early part of the trip so I still have some cash, so I got it.
Ingredients: Purified water, organic extra virgin olive oil, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, and essential oils. Hive ingredients are harvested from our holistically managed beehives.
You need to shake the bottle before using because the ingredients tend to separate. Just one pump gives the perfect amount to massage all over the face. Then you take a wet washcloth and wipe away the cleanser and all your make-up and dirt. I tried it, and it worked! I usually remove my make-up first with a cleansing cloth (love the Up & Up ones from Target), and then cleanse my skin — and given that I am now wearing a ton of waterproof sunscreen under my bb cream and sunscreen powder, that will not change. But I did try the single cleanse with this product and it DID remove all my make-up and leave my skin feeling soft and fabulous.
The night cream (and the extra sensitive night cream) is a fairly thick golden cream. I can see how the young salesgirl with oily skin might shy away from it.
Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, purified water, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, Royal Jelly, rose oil, other essential oils.
During the day, I use the Face and Eye Cream which absorbs quickly. It’s not as effective an eye cream as other products, but it works very well as a facial moisturizer.
Ingredients: Organic extra virgin olive oil, purified water, Beeswax with pollen & propolis, Raw Pupukea Honey, oil of rose, Royal Jelly, Vitamin E, other essential oils.
I was a little skeptical of slathering such thick products on my breakouts, but I tried it. The next morning, the inflammation had gone down significantly and by the end of the next day, the pimples were gone. After 3 days of using Honey Girl products, I am happily without any breakouts! And my skin is soft, moisturized and glowing.
The prices are comparable to other mid-range products such as The Face Shop or Vichy. Not cheap, but not ridiculously expensive either. I know that when my trial sizes run out, I am heading back to Whole Foods to find the full sizes!