The cold weather is rattling your bones and icy sleet batters the windowpane. Just when you've had it up to here with winter, that pesky groundhog promises six more weeks! So you scroll through your Instagram feed, swooning over breathtaking sun-soaked beaches glittering with teal tides and sugar-white sands. You can nearly feel the warm rays on your face and the ocean mist peppering your toes…with these nine skin and self-care products handcrafted in the Hawaiian islands, your daydream is closer than you think!
Let us help you turn your far-flung fantasy into an immediate reality. We've put together a list of home and beauty products that will turn your living space into a veritable oasis. Each one is made in Hawaii, ready to deliver a love letter from paradise right to your door. So dive in!
1. Vitamin Sea Candle, by Mind Mana Creations (Oahu)
Maker: Harrison Tsai
Tired of slush and sleet? Let the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean cleanse your mind and mood. Mind Mana Creations brings the Hawaiian vibes to you with Vitamin Sea, a breezily scented candle that invokes fresh tides sprinkled with a fruity hit of Strawberry Guava. Topped with beachy baubles like an Octopus charm, natural seashells, and a Lapis Lazuli crystal chip, the entire jar is like a sweet souvenir from Oahu.
2. ‘ŌLENA Body Bliss Balm, by Oshan Essentials (Maui)
Maker: Shelley Leemor
Sweep sunshine right onto your skin with this ‘ŌLENA Body Bliss Balm from Oshan Essentials. This luxe skincare line for water babies treats your skin to much-needed rest and rejuvenation after a long day by the ocean. Everything is handcrafted on a 100% sustainable, 7-acre farm on Maui's northern shore, where founder Shelley uses the sun for power and rain for water. She uses fresh-grown fruits and roots like turmeric, guava, and coconut to bring you the tropical getaway vibes craved by your winter-weary soul.
3. The HAWAIIAN HYDRATION, by MAHALO Skin Care (Kauai)
Maker: Maryna Bundyuk
Like a tasty umbrella drink, your face will sip every delicious drop of this paradise-island skin care line. Inspired by the slow and mindful self-care ceremonies of the aloha spirit, The HAWAIIAN HYDRATION slathers summertime all over your snow-spent skin. Be sure to read up on the use instructions, named “Your MAHALO moment,” so you know how to squeeze every last soothing, nutritious, and luxurious moment into your morning beauty ritual.
4. Manako & Niu Candle, by L'atelier de Claire (Oahu)
Maker: Jee Hye Park
Honolulu is just a candle lighting away—with this Manako & Niu candle, you'll gently drift into a tropical daydream as your home fills with pineapple, mango, and sweet coconut milk. It's not just the scent that brings the love (read: aloha). L'atelier de Claire suspends local florals in a crystal clear gel wax outer layer to send your senses on a much-needed vacation.
5. Grounding Candle, by MONA Hawaii (Hawaii)
Maker: Sherrisa Keolanui
Sunny weekends, alluring earthy blends, and peaceful floral aromas. MONA Hawaii splashes everything special about the Hawaiian islands into chic, one-of-a-kind ceramic candle jars. Grounding is meant to encourage restfulness and tranquility, to slow down from the hustle and bustle and scoop up a sweet moment of selfcare. From the vessel to the beeswax, each element is the fruit of a passionate local artisan's work.
6. Organic Body Lotion, by Nalu Koa (Maui)
Maker: Stephanie Gray
Perk up dry, winter-trodden skin with this lush Organic Body Lotion. Pump a few dabs into your palm, and smooth the elegant, hydrating formulation along your arms, legs, and other troubled areas. The cheery Plumeria scent is the perfect calming start to another tempestuous winter day. It will instantly whisk you away to an afternoon of sparkly cerulean waters and windswept palm trees.
7. Maui Nui, by Artful Scents (Maui)
Maker: Jennifer Stephens
Banish the bluster and breeze wracking your window by inviting in Island-native florals like gardenia and plumeria. Grab a cozy blanket, a beach read, and this candle from Maui-based Artful Scents—the backdrop of your living room will instantly wash away into powder-white sands and sun-splashed azure waters.
8. Siren Brightening Serum, by Leahlani Skincare (Hawaii)
Maker: Oliver Klasovsky
Book a first-class ticket to the Big Island with just a few pumps of this sun-kissed Siren Brightening Serum! Ingredients like anti-inflammatory sea buckthorn honeymoon with ylang-ylang and jojoba for a silky smooth formulation that feels like pure liquid sunshine. Incorporate the golden blend into your daily beauty ritual for a just-back-from-the-beach glow no matter what weather howls outside your door!
9. Orange Blossom Jar Candle, by Sun Dog Candle (Oahu)
Maker: Claire Alley
There's nothing like taking a long, resplendent inhale at a sparking ocean oasis. Strike a match onto this Orange Blossom Jar Candle, and you'll roll out a fresh tide of fragrance in every room. Plus, your purchase will boost more than your mood—5% of all Sun Dog Candle sales are donated to local animal rescue and welfare organizations.
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