Oil of Aloha

by Kezia on September 9, 2008

I’m back from Kauai. OK, I actually returned a few weeks ago. I’ve neglected my Beautiful Tuesdays posts, and I apologize. Here’s what happened. After a fabulously relaxing, idyllic tropical holiday, my relationship ended — and it wasn’t my choice. Anyway, the last few weeks have been rough. For my own mental health, I needed to keep a healthy distance from Internet.

But all is not lost. I’ve made being good to myself my number one priority. Of course for me that includes (sorta budget-friendly) beauty indulgences. I paint my toenails while watching Sex and the City reruns and let my Pangea Organics Japanese Matcha Tea mask work it’s magic during Season 5 of The Wire (thank God for Netflix). I also have fabulous, loving, kind-hearted girlfriends who have had my back.

Hawaiian Beauty Secret
And since I can finally talk/write about Kauai without crying, I want to share a skincare discovery. Despite my best efforts, I burned my back and shoulders (but not my face!). On a whim I bought a bottle of kukui nut oil from Oils of Aloha in Princeville. I slathered it on my burnt parts and I didn’t peel and the redness subsided quickly. Since then I’ve used it as a nighttime face and body moisturizer. It absorbs quickly, doesn’t cause breakouts and makes my skin look glowy. I seriously love this stuff.

What Makes it So Great?
Kukui nut oil is loaded with essential fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory, healing and hydrating. It contains 78% oleic acid, 19% linoleic acid and 6% palmitc acid.

Kukui oil has been used in Hawaii for centuries to protect, heal and nourish skin that has been exposed to the elements-harsh sun, drying winds and salt water. It’s also beneficial for these conditions:

  • Burns – including: sunburn, windburn, radiation burns, and heat induced burns.
  • Eczema
  • Chapped skin
  • Psoriasis
  • Mature and prematurely aged skin
  • Dry skin conditions
  • Acne
  • Scars
  • Lesions
  • Dry hair and scalp


{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Jana TheJunction September 9, 2008 at 1:13 am

That sounds really great…Would love to go to Hawaii someday.


2 WendyB September 9, 2008 at 5:16 am

You’ll find someone better!


3 gail September 9, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Thanks for your post, its good to have you back (although I’m sorry to hear about your break-up. And I agree that is is wise to stay away from the net, although after my divorce I found some insightful info, I also found some painful info). I listened to alot of ABBA back then! Do you know a place in San Francisco where we can buy this great Kukui oil or where it can be ordered from? I would love to try it.


4 Sandra September 10, 2008 at 6:48 am

I’m with WendyB! You’re too hot for this nonsense.


5 Sarah (oaktree) September 10, 2008 at 12:45 pm

I am sorry to hear about your break-up also, i hope you are feeling a lot better, and thank you for posting still also :)

that oil looks well nice! i love the packaging. It sounds like wonder oil!


6 Kezia September 10, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Thanks for all your kind words. Much appreciated! :-)


7 Kezia September 10, 2008 at 1:22 pm

@Jana: I’ve lived on the west coast for 15 years and this was my first trip to Hawaii!

@gail: Alba Botanica makes a nice organic kukui nut oil. Here it is on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Alba-Botanica-Organic-Ounce-Bottle/dp/B00149QL9K
In SF, I’ve seen it at Whole Foods, The Real Food Co. and Rainbow.


8 gail September 11, 2008 at 8:26 am

Thank, Kezia, for the info. I’ll check it out!


9 Amy May September 15, 2008 at 4:05 pm

Aww, Kezia. So sorry to hear this, but hopefully you’re feeling much better about it now. Glad your taking care of yourself! x


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