Friday, July 24, 2009

It's a Good Time for Tropicals

Isn't it a nice time for tropical scents? "Hawaii's premiere organic skin care products" come from a company called Malie Organics (mah-lee-ay). They offer hand soaps, room fragrance diffusers, soy candles, body washes and creams, aroma mists, and more. Here's what they have to say about their ingredients.

"At Malie Organics, we’ve created a sustainable approach to providing the purest, natural ingredients our island paradise has to offer. Our reverence for the land and commitment to the preservation of natural resources guides us in our organic farming methods and in harvesting our wild tropical plant life. We ensure that the fertility of our rich volcanic soil is never depleted. Our highly sensitive “wild-crafting” methods allow the precious flowers from our pristine rain forests to thrive in a state of constant renewal. True to our Hawaiian roots, all of our ingredients are sourced here.

Everything in Malie Organics is safe and nontoxic, with absolutely no petroleum, mineral spirits, sulfates, or parabens. Because of our commitment to your health, wellbeing, and the environment, we only use all natural, organic, and wild-crafted ingredients.

Finally, we translate the purity of the most fragrant flowers and fruits in the world through our advanced hydrosol distillation process so that you enjoy the aroma-therapeutic benefits of each botanical in every product."

Sounds nice? They have my stamp of approval!

Here are some of the scents I love. Pikake come from the exotic star-shaped pikake (Hawaiian jasmine), which is prized for the buds that are strung into fragrant leis. Its name derives from “peacock” because the exalted Hawaiian Princess Ka‘iulani loved the bird and the flower. I love them both too! This tropical scent is heavenly. Malie claims it to be an anti-depressant. I guess the thought of sitting next to a tropical pikake plant in its native habitat would be a picker-upper.

Plumeria is another of my favorites. Think jasmine, gardenia, and citrus, and you'll get the idea. It's lush. Kokee is a newer intro. It has a very "green" fragrance. Purchases of the Kokee products benefit the Kokee Resource Conservation Program. You can read all about it on the Malie site.

To give you an idea of pricing, the hand soaps, which last a very long time, are $20, and the soy candles are $30. The products are available at the Malie Web site, Art with Flowers at the Tysons Galleria in Virginia, and even Amazon (must have been karma). If you can't dash off to Hawaii or another tropical location, do the next best thing and bring the tropics to your home!

Photo courtesy of Malie Organics.

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