Travel Beauty: Natural Hydration from Weleda

Weleda Gardens – Bouxwiller, France

As many of you know, the cleaner the beauty, the better my skin. I’m all about finding the most natural (even better *organic*) beauty and travel products or services on the market. I want farm-to-table and farm-to-face, baby!

Since the 1920s, Weleda’s 50 acres of Biodynamic gardens — The Weleda Biodynamic Gardens in Schwabisch Gmund, Germany – are some of the largest in Europe (with additional farms across Europe!). Their farming principles inspire high-quality products and as a recipient of the UEBT certification for “Sourcing with Respect,” this assures consumers that biodiversity is protected along the company’s supply chain.

So, as one of my favorite brands, Weleda, approaches its 100th anniversary, when I read that they’re introducing a new Sheer Hydration facial line I wanted to share. The new products are formulated with Prickly Pear Cactus Extract from the volcanic soils of Mexico and Aloe Leaf Juice (and you know how much we love Mexico). Fast-absorbing, weightless, breathable moisture leaves skin feeling hydrated for up to 24 hours, so check it out!

Sheer Hydration Daily Dew Lotion ($23.99/ 1.0 fl oz)

This lightweight facial lotion is great for all-day hydration. Ingredients include Prickly Pear Cactus Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Witch Hazel Water. This is great for normal to combination skin.

Sheer Hydration Moisture Mist ($14.99/ 3.4 fl oz)

I call this the “spa mist” because it smells like you’re instantly transported to a spa. Instant spa vibes. Instant hydration. Oil-free, this mist is said to boost skin, leaving it soft for up to 12 hours. Perfect for use before and after makeup application. Key ingredients are in line with the other products in this line: Prickly Pear Cactus Extract, Aloe Leaf Juice, and Witch Hazel Water. Works for all skin types!

www.weleda.com

Hawaiian Beauty Secret: UA Body Botanical Skin Repair

UA Body’s Botanical Skin Repair

We’re back by popular demand! After giving birth to a baby and taking a break during the Covid-19 pandemic (let’s face it, no one in their right mind was really traveling), it’s time to pick up where we left off and offer our readers some of the beauty tips and travel secrets we’ve learned during this hiatus (both physical and virtual). One of them comes from our home state of Hawaii and we have to support the aina because… Hawaiian pride. Originally created to combat dry, cracking skin from the use of harsh sanitizing liquids, UA Body’s Botanical Skin Repair was made popular by Covid-19 for the use of moisturizing the hands and the face.

But here’s why your homegirl loves it. The smell! Not too strong, but not unscented, they infuse calendula, comfrey, chickweed, and red clover botanicals into sweet almond oil, then blend avocado and shea butters scented with lavender, thyme, sage, rosemary, and healing essential oils to aid in cellular repair. The result is a light, delicious vacation-esque cream that fortifies the skin with true botanical oils without leaving a greasy residue. Think of this as a cream with the potency of a salve.

Because of its high concentration of botanicals as essential oils, you want to avoid putting it on any open cuts or wounds, but it does works really well to soothe eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, bug bites, skin irritations and rashes, dry or flaky skin and skin that has been ripped bare of its natural oils. So, next time you think you need some thick greasy solution to solve your skin woes, think again. This light cream does the trick and makes me long for the days windsurfing Kanaha.

Retails for $36

Beautiful Beach Hair… without the Beach

beach hair

Aquis Waffle Luxe Hair Turban 

I’ve been meaning to write about this simple, yet amazing towel for drying hair that is my latest obsession. Say hello to…

AQUIS Lisse Luxe Hair Turban ($30) and the AQUIS Waffle Luxe Hair Turban (Price ($40) which are made with an innovative fabric woven from ultra-fine fibers called AQUITEX. Why is this important? Frizz, my friends. It helps to eliminate what drying your hair with a regular terry cloth towel produces. The lightweight material has superior water-wicking capabilities that is gentle on your hair. The Lisse is designed for delicate hair, while the Waffle is designed for thicker hair. Either one you choose, these turbans quickly and gently dry to a damp stage, with less friction, minimizing damage. I have curly hair so I love the fact that I can run my fingers through my hair to ‘comb’ it while in the shower, apply product and wrap. My hair has definitely been less frizzy and it’s so much easier than trying to tie a towel on my head.

For wavy beach hair without having to go to the beach, you can buy yours here:

Sephora

Travel Beauty Picks 2017

I’ve been a fan of French skincare line, Decleor, since my early days doing research and working in beauty selling advertising in Elle and Vogue, so when I tested out some new products that looked perfect for travel and (work travel) deprived skin, I had to see what they were all about. Decleor really focuses on high caliber essential oils and purification that feels perfectly Parisian… in simplicity and sophistication. Here are my two wins ready for your carry-on.

Decleor Aromessence Marjolaine Serum

I’ll say this right off the bat. Even though it’s formulated for dry or very dry skin, it’s the kind of elixir that you can also put on oily or combination skin without breaking out. We LOVE ’em. With 100% pure essential Oils, this daytime serum has a refreshing scent that delivers intense and instant nourishing, while also regulating lipid production. The serum contains Marjolaine, Lavender, Myrrh, Rosemary, and Orange Peel Essential Oils to soothe inflammation, brightens dull complexion, dehydrate, and promotes elasticity and firmness. Use in the morning after cleansing by warming just two drops (that’s all you need!) in the palm of the hands, gently applying over the face and neck, and following with skin care cream. Plus, it smells delicious.  Price: $73

http://www.decleorusa.com/aromessence-marjolaine-nourishing-serum/

Decleor Aroma Purete Imperfections Roll On

Our other top pick is this portable little roller ball treatment for blemishes that packs well, doesn’t need to be checked, and cleansed my weary traveler skin to reduce those red acne spots I get from changes in latitudes, attitudes, and hormones. The refreshing formulation (with my favorite scent, Madagascan Ylang Ylang), soothed my skin while on – or off – a flight. Other ingredients include Sage, Rosemary, Lavender and Lemon Essential Oils to give the skin (and nose) a sense of health and freshness. A perfect little pick-me-up to leave skin purified and clean. I followed the directions to apply to blemishes 4 to 5 times a day and definitely noticed a difference. Just make sure you remember to do it often. The portable size helps with that as it easily slips in a handbag and, I’ll admit, it was really enjoyable to use as the natural aromatherapy oils give the olfactory senses a boost, which in turn stimulates the brain and mood. Price $32.

http://www.decleorusa.com/our-products/face-products/imperfections-roll-on/

Smell Like Summer in the Middle of Winter

gardenia perfume

What can I say? In the dead of winter, all I can think about are islands. Any island will do, but I’m partial to scents you find in the Hawaiian islands. So, if I can’t jet off to Maui, the next best thing is to recreate my island goddess with some island escape scents. One of our favorites is Malie, a brand of scents which takes inspiration from Hawaii’s natural beauty and relaxed lifestyle. Offering all-natural organic, Hawaiian luxury spa and beauty products, they embody the magnificence of Hawaii and its tropical flora. So, if you’re looking to travel and want to bring the islands with you, looking for a gift for someone to lift their spirits, or simply want to smell like the islands when you need it most, below are some top picks for you this cold, cold winter.

Jet Set Gift Set – Enjoy a spa-worthy experience wherever your travels take you! The perfect gift for the girl on-the-go, this TSA-friendly set includes a 2.5 oz Malie Body Cream, Body Wash and perfumed Shampoo and Conditioner nestled in an easily transportable travel bag. Available in two signature Malie fragrances: Plumeria and Mango Nectar.
$39.50

Island Ambiance Gift Set – Whether you’re traveling for the holidays or planning a staycation, this TSA-approved trio of Malie’s signature reed diffusers will turn your space into a fragrant tropical getaway. The set features three travel-sized, alcohol-free, pure perfume oil-based reed diffusers in three best-selling Malie fragrances: Plumeria, Koke’e and Pikake.
$73.00

Eau de Parfum – Available in all six of Malie’s signature aroma collections, these fragrances channel the essence of paradise in every drop. Housed in a beautiful glass bottle, the organic aromas will softly linger throughout the day, leaving behind a subtle, alluring scent.
$45.00

Perfumed Shampoo & Conditioner – Indulge in the “aloha spirit” with every hair toss. A nourishing blend of botanical ingredients leaves strands silky-soft, while the tropical aroma lingers in the most beautifully subtle fashion, ensuring you’ll turn heads when you walk by. Available in Plumeria and Mango Nectar.
$23.50

Body Cream – Give dull, dehydrated skin the nourishment it needs with Malie Organics Body Cream. Skin is left soft, smooth, and naturally glowing. Available in five signature Malie scents.
$32.00

www.malie.com