If you’re on Instagram and follow green beauty bloggers (or just beauty enthusiasts in general), you probably know of Leahlani, the skincare line made in Hawaii by an enthusiastic, positive, adorable mad scientist of mother nature- Leah. (You remember me raving about the line in this post I did last year.) Leah recently launched new products and a shiny new website, both of which took years in the making. I reached out to her to see what products might work best for my dull postpartum skin, and of her recommendations here’s what I got.
I collect masks like I do pink lip glosses so when I say Meli Glow $48 is a totally unique skin experience, that’s really saying a lot. It’s a delicious mix of organic Hawaiian honey, rose clay, and bits of strawberry, guava, banana, grapefruit, with a few nourishing oils. It’s basically edible. It’s not clay, it’s not drying, and it doesn’t leave your skin tingling red. Instead it feels just like honey with a sweet fruit scent that brightens, clarifies, hydrates, every time I use it- which has been about twice a week. Because it’s so gentle and nourishing, you can’t overdo it. It will never strip, dry, irritate, or even cause breakouts. It’s like a morning smoothie for the face that gives the same healthy results. I don’t see myself ever being without this one.
She was so passionate telling me about Mahina Evening Replenishing Elixir $68 that I couldn’t wait to get it. It’s not the usual serum – its primary oils are special ones dense with nutrients, vitamins, and healing properties like Morenga, Marula, Passionflower, Prickly Pear and Chia. It smells like a tropical heaven, warm and floral. It feels completely unlike anything else which is what I emailed her right after I first used it to let her know how special I thought it was. My face looked radiant but not greasy and felt so soft. I loved everything about it right from the start which made it such a pleasure to use. The problem for me (as it has often been after this pregnancy) is that I had some breakout with it. I patch tested around my face with no luck, so I gave it to a friend who’s now obsessed with it. I think that phase with my skin has now passed (hormones!) so I’d love to go back to using it as well as trying a few more because so few lines use the caliber of ingredients as Leahlani does.
Next up for me- Bless Balm, Citrus and Citrine Toner, and Champagne Serum. I probably won’t be going again to Hawaii anytime soon, so I’ll let Leahlani be the next best thing.