It's only fitting that on Hawaii's Garden Island (as Kauai is dubbed), there should be a beauty brand capitalizing on the indigenous flora of paradise by bottling it. The heavenly fresh scents were bright, subtle and unique. After getting involved with a bottle Erika had in her house, I had to pick up my own bottle of Malie Organics Organic Mist in Koke'e ($40). Don't you love how Hawaiians love a glottal stop more even than Carrie Underwood does in my new favorite song Undo It?
(Boy, you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it)
This green scent is soothingly natural and will kick your winter cabin fever in the gut with a simple spritz.
I also picked up Malie Organics Island Ambiance Reed Diffuser in Mango Nectar ($69), which smells delightfully of a fresh peach/mango combo, not the saccharine-laced synthetic version reminiscent of '90s Victoria Secret-style body splash. This scent sparkles and thrills me when I come home from a weekend away. The saleswoman told me that this diffuser will last over a year thanks to its strong, concentrated juice and I don't doubt that I won't have to stock up again when I (hopefully) hit up Hawaii again this January.
Between the lush, dazzling scents of the island and Kauai's stunningly smooth radio station FM 97, which manages to play a line-up of fabulously appropriate late-80s slow jams you'd forgotten about that you thought only you loved--for example, The Jets' Crush, Gloria Estafan's 1,2,3,4 and Breathe's Hands to Heaven--I can totally understand why so many people get pregnant on their Kauaian honeymoons.
Purchase Malie Organics products at malie.com.
Disclosure: I purchased these items myself.
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