Today I’d like to share with you two products I have fallen in love with from the Mahalo skin care range. To be honest, a few months ago I had never even heard of this brand before and I’m sure it’s very likely neither have you. My cousin purchased these items for herself but unfortunately, it didn’t work for her. Instead of gifting it to her mum or sisters, she chose me to try them out YAYYY! We have similar skin concerns so I was more than happy to give them a go.
The prices of the Mahalo skin care products are quite steep and not something I would have forked out money for. The only skincare products I’ve ever spent this much money on has been medicated or prescribed by my dermatologist. The Mahalo skincare products are made to be luxurious with careful consideration to tackle skin issues. They are made with Hawaiian botanicals, are clinically tested, and their innovative formulas promote youthful and glowing skin.
About the brand
MAHALO Skin Care is a botanical-based facial care line, offering high-performance, luxurious skin treatments that target skin inflammations, environmental damage, prematurely ageing concerns and offer nutrient-dense support for a healthy, and glowing complexions. Our unique skin formulas combine the ancient knowledge of Polynesia, Western and Eastern healing, with the modern scientific advancements in natural beauty technology to deliver an experience inspired by Hawaiian approach to slow, mindful beauty rituals, and luxurious self-care.
Taking skin care experience to a new level, the synergy of our curative skin treats is achieved by using the finest natural ingredients combined with clinically tested actives and refined, remedial aromatics that awaken beauty and sophistication. Working with organic, and raw botanicals we source many of our ingredients directly from the co-ops, bio-dynamic farms, as well as grow and process many of the ingredients ourselves. Our oils are extracted either via the cold press method or using the proprietary supercritical CO2 extraction method, a gentle oxygen and solvent-free process that delivers the purest, and most potent extract that retain the near-identical chemical profile of the raw plant. Each of MAHALO products is crafted by hand in our private studio on Kauai, Hawaii, the USA under high standards of beauty manufacturing practices.
Above all, behind each MAHALO product is love, passionate dedication to our craft, and desire to provide you with the most efficacious and luxurious skin care experience. Our intention is to inspire you to crave your beauty ritual, every day.
We create the best products we can, for you.
Just based on reading those words, that is how I felt the first time I tried the products for myself. Like I wanted to bathe and envelop myself in it, in its scent and feel the textures all over my body. It calms me and makes me feel glorious using these lavish products. If you want to know more about them, then keep on reading. And FYI, Mahalo means Thank you in Hawaiian.
The Mahalo skin care packaging is uniform across the board. The unusual, simple yet gorgeous, bamboo containers are sustainable to the environment and keep the sunlight from degrading the ingredients in the inner glass jar. The logo, name, and caption etched into the side. The containers are not too heavy and feel very sturdy. They are quite bulky so depotting a small amount is better for travel.
Promoting the ‘green’ way of thinking, all ingredients used in Mahalo products are natural and sourced from the rich islands. Mahalo takes advantage of the exotic plants and minerals in the volcanic regions in keeping up with ancient traditions and customs. These products are hand-blended in small batches with ingredients harvested locally.
Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm – $110 for 30ml
When I think beauty balm I think of BB cream, cos that’s what BB stands for right. I could not have been more wrong. The Mahalo Rare Indigo Beauty Balm is a solid cream that melts in your hands. It reminds me of the hardened coconut oil you use for cooking except it’s a dull violet-blue shade. When opening the lid, the first thing you notice is the gorgeous fragrance. It’s described as “Crisp with vanilla-sweet undertones, highlighted with refined florals of rose, helichrysum, ylang-ylang, chamomile, and iris.”
You need a little spatula to dig out a pea sized amount of product but I prefer to use the top of my fingernail. When rubbing it between my hands it feels oily and greasy like it will clog pores. No fear. All the oils used in the Mahalo skincare are either low or non-comedogenic. I’ve been using it as the last step in my nighttime regime as a moisturiser. It glides on to the skin as the warmth melts the product and feels silky to the touch. It’s decadence at its best. It takes a while to absorb completely so it can mess your pillow if you’re headed straight for bed.
What it claims to do
The RARE INDIGO helps to:
• deliver youth-enhancing hydration and optimal moisture balance for a healthy complexion
• calm inflammations, acne, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and other skin irritations
• lower oxidation damage in stressed tissue
• promote skin’s natural healing abilities
• restore elasticity to dull, prematurely ageing skin, fade wrinkles, age spots and reduce puffiness
• empower long-term skin health
What it actually did
Honestly, the only thing this did for me was calm my breakouts. I’ve been struggling with hormonal acne for a while now. I even went on a course of Roaccutane (you can read about my journey here) over a year ago to help. It’s since returned and it’s so painful most days. The Rare Indigo Beauty Balm helps with inflammation and eases the pain. I usually wake up with the breakout almost gone and my skin feeling hydrated. With winter upon us, my skin really needs it. As for the rest of the claims, so far nothing amazing. I think it has hidden benefits which you only see after continued use.
I know the price is crazy expensive but with the little amount I use each day, the website states it should last me around 4-6 months.
Mahalo The Petal Hydrating Mask – $95 for 100ml
The Petal Mask is truly like nothing I’ve ever tried before. Not just the weird texture, but what it contains and how it works. First off, it smells like a garden of roses, very strong and for me unfortunately not very appealing. Floral scents aren’t really my thing. It looks like jelly in the jar and is a mission to scoop up. It reminds me of hardened jelly that cracks as you try to scoop it up. In my hands, it crumbles into a smooth paste which is easy to apply.
The Mahalo Petal Mask contains 28 active ingredients to nourish and replenish the skin. A sophisticated blend of oils along with low molecular hyaluronic acid for easier absorption and Amazonian white clay to tone the skin. The aroma is described as “sweet, floral, gentle and uplifting. Layered notes of rose, vanilla, jasmine and ylang-ylang, rounded by a gentle and sweet honey aroma.”
The active enzymes gently exfoliate the skin and can cause redness from the boost of blood circulation. It can be used daily, 5 minutes for sensitive skins, 3-5 minutes for daily exfoliation or kept on for 15-25 minutes before a function for an enriching treatment.
What it claims to do
The Petal Mask helps to:
• brighten, revitalise and tone for an improved, smooth texture
• deeply hydrate for a plump, glowing appearance
• gently remove dead skin and stimulate cellular renewal
• manage problem-prone skin by clearing bacteria that cause inflammation
• balance oil production
• reduce the appearance of pores and fine lines
What it actually did
I’ve been using it twice a week for 15 mins each time and so far have noticed drastic results immediately afterwards. My skin looks clearer and brighter, and my breakouts are soothed. My skin feels more plump and hydrated resulting in a glowy appearance.
The idea of daily exfoliation seems a bit excessive to me so I will continue to use it only twice a week. With continued use, it should last me around 6 months. Again the price not the prettiest thing about it.
To be honest, after using these products I might decide to purchase some more from Mahalo. I’m sure there are cheaper alternatives on the market but this is solely based on luxury. Also, if you’re someone who is concerned with the environment and dislike supporting major corporations, then this would make you happy. On the other hand, if you want to know exactly what it is you are putting on your face, knowing it’s all natural and organic, then you will truly love this.
I’m at a crossroads now where even though I am enjoying these products, it’s not helping me completely. Whilst it does calm my breakouts, soothe my skin and make it more radiant, it’s not really tackling the root of the problem. I’ve decided to change my current skincare routine and start using products from The Ordinary range. Everyone is raving about them and I’ve purchased 6 products so far. I will begin using them in the next few weeks to see if they help.
As part of the regime, I have gotten an SPF moisturiser which I will use in the mornings. I will continue to use the Mahalo Rare Indigo as my nighttime moisturiser before bed. I will also continue to use the Mahalo Petal Mask occasionally if needed.
Where to Buy
All products can be purchased off the Mahalo Care website and they do offer international shipping.
I would never recommend purchasing such expensive skincare because I’ve used more affordable products from brands like Clinique, Estee Lauder, and The Body Shop which also work just as well. But if you want to splurge and feel like you’re on a tropical island every night when you wind down then you will appreciate this with every ounce of your being like I do.
Mahalo for reading!
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