Island Botanicals

Hawaiian kukui nut oil

History: The kukui tree has always had spiritual significance to Hawaiians, giving them hope for renewal. Hawaiians have long used every part of the kukui tree – leaves, bark, nuts, flowers, and sap. Our signature ingredient, kukui nut oil is a skincare powerhouse. Traditionally, kukui oil was used by native Hawaiians to treat a wide assortment of ailments such as sunburns and rashes. With essential fatty acids and vitamins A, C, and E, kukui oil helps relieve dryness and restore hydration.

Hawaiian sugar cane

History: Sugar cane has been part of the Hawaiian landscape and culture for hundreds of years. Historians believe Polynesians brought sugar cane with them when they voyaged to Hawaii in the late 1600s. Growing anywhere from 4 to 12 feet tall, sugar cane was traditionally consumed by chewing on its stalk to extract the juices. Native Hawaiians also used sugar cane medicinally to disinfect wounds and treat asthma, sprains, pains, and heart problems. A skincare superstar, sugar cane is used in Hanalei’s products for its exfoliating, smoothing and brightening benefits.

 

Hawaiian Noni

History: Noni, also known as Indian mulberry, has many uses in Hawaiian culture. Traditionally, noni was used medicinally. Each part of the plant was used for a different purpose – the leaves were used in teas as a tonic, the fruit was used to treat boils and digestive ailments, and the sap was used to treat scalp problems. Today, noni has been shown to have high levels of antioxidants and immune-stimulating properties. Noni is a key ingredient in our Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser and Island Aloe Gel because of its moisturizing and anti-aging benefits.

Papaya Enzyme

History: Papaya was introduced to Hawaii in 1910 by the botanist Dr. Garritt P. Wilder. There are two varieties of this tropical fruit – Hawaiian and Mexican. A good source of Vitamins A and C, Hawaiian papayas are pear-shaped with bright orange or pinkish flesh. After the ringspot virus devastated papaya production in the 1990s, scientists developed the “rainbow papaya” variety, which makes up most of the papaya grown today. Featured in our Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser and Island Aloe Gel, papaya brightens and moisturizes skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.