Hawaii, USA: Ylang-Ylang and Pendulum Potion

I’ve always loved Hawaii. My father took me there for wellness retreats over the years growing up. It was the first place I tried yoga, experienced a macrobiotic diet, and learned to scuba dive. The thought of Hawaii fills me with happy memories. While my father eventually retired to Kauii, and passed on there, my aunt and uncle still live in Kona. My favorite thing about visiting them (other than their hugs and getting to spend time with them) is that they greet me with a lai of fragrant flowers built with plumeria, ylang ylang, jasmine, and tuberose – all fantastic skincare ingredients. 

Given my father was also a skincare creator, we searched the islands for interesting ingredients in our time together. Hawaii is where I learned about the benefits of plants like kukui nut, taro, and macadamia for skincare inspired by Hawaiian heritage.

While probably best known as a classic Hawaiian chocolate topper, the oil of Macadamia nut is a fabulous skin healer, rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids. 


The skincare product I most rely on to transport me directly to the Hawaiian islands and some of my happiest travel memories is a cleansing oil from May Lindstrom called The Pendulum Potion.

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