About some of the natural ingredients used in Lanikai products
Aloe Vera is an excellent treatment for skin conditions such as burns and eczema. Aloe contains many minerals vital to the growth process and healthy function of all the body’s systems, including the skin. Soothe and heal sunburns too and contains cooling properties similar to menthol.
Awapuhi is a Hawaiian ginger also known as shampoo ginger or white ginger. The clear liquid in the mature flower heads is excellent for softening and bringing shininess to the hair. It can be left in the hair or rinsed out.
Although not native to Hawaii, avocado is plentiful here, and our sharwill avocadoes are delicious. As most of us know, avocado has “good fats” in it. The avocado is really a fruit since it has a stone. Its oil is rich and extremely penetrating, full of vitamins A, D and E, lecithin, as well as potassium. It is often called “the youth mineral.” It also contains proteins, lecithin, beta-carotene and more than twenty percent essential unsaturated fatty acids. The fatty acids contained are palmitic, palmitoleic, stearic, oleic, linoleic and linolenic. Avocado oil is also high in sterolins, which are reputed to reduce age spots, help heal sun damage and scars. Sterolins, also called plant steroids. help to soften the skin and impart a superior moisturizing effect. It’s great for dehydrated or dry skin, helps with excema and psoriasis and some say it helps with regenerating and softening skin tissue.
Besides reminding us of summer and suntans, coconut oil is considered to be extremely stable, and therefore does not deteriorate or turn rancid easily. Island populations have long considered coconut oil to be a healing and beneficial oil, one which helps with age spots, wrinkles and other skin damage. A natural antioxidant, when used in shampoos and conditioners, coconut oil promotes healthy hair and actually helps prevent damage from some harmful UV rays.
Hawaiian Cane Sugar
Premium Hawaiian turbinado sugar from all natural cane.
Kukui Nut oil is (cold) pressed from the kukui nut grown throughout Hawaii. This unique oil penetrates, moisturizes and helps renew the skin for a natural healthy look and feel. Kukui Nut Oil offers quick effective relief for dry and chapped skin, oily skin, psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, insect bite itch and acne. Gentle enough for babies, to relieve diaper rash and cradle cap. Coconut oil is high in the essential fatty acids linoleic and linolenic. It is said to boost the barrier function of the skin to help water retention.
Many people appreciate lavender ( Lavandula angustifolia or Lavandula officinalis) for its aromatic fragrance, used in soaps, shampoos, and sachets for scenting clothes. The name lavender comes from the Latin root lavare , which means “to wash.” Lavender most likely earned this name because it was frequently used in baths to help purify the body and spirit. However, this herb is also considered a natural remedy for a range of ailments from insomnia and anxiety to depression and mood disturbances. Research has confirmed that lavender produces calming, soothing, and sedative effects. Lanikai Bath and Body’s Hawaiian Lavender is made from the essential oils of french lavender, and combined with Hawaiian healing oils including kukui.
Noni is believed to fortify and maintain cell structure and can be used topically. Its anti-inflammatory and histamine-inhibiting effects can help fight allergies, skin conditions and inflammation.
Pacific Sea Salt
Sea salt is loved for its health-enhancing minerals and therapeutic properties. Adding a little sea salt to the bath can stimulate circulation, ease muscle cramps, help relieve stiffness in joints, arthritis or back pain, and soothe achy, legs and feet. Sea salt helps cleanse and detoxify the largest organ in the body, your skin.
Shea butter is naturally rich in Vitamins A and E as well as essential fatty acids and other vitamins and minerals. Shea butter is an intense moisturizer for rough skin. It offers a low level of UV protection and because of its emollient properties, it is a perfect ingredient for skin care products. Wonderful to use in the summer as a moisturizer before and after sun exposure.