Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wash and Glow

Ola's local bath and body line gets new look, products

Ola Tropical Apothecary

Julia Roberts in a gorgeous red dress and elbow-length satin gloves. Rachael Leigh Cook, also in a red dress, sans glasses. Anne Hathaway in a tiara. Then in Prada.

Meh.

Don't get us wrong, we love a good makeover. But we'd love them even better if they resulted in luxe, skin-nourishing products, like Ola's newly revamped bath and body line.

Now, this is a makeover. Sure, there are the obvious cosmetic changes like slimmer, light packaging and a cool, new logo with the Hawaiian island chain. But Ola also added two new products to the lineup. A mineral-rich body mist, made with Kona deep sea water in lush, tropical scents like maile and passion fruit, gives hair, skin and linens a refreshing pick-me-up (seriously, we can't stop spritzing this everywhere).

Then there are the bath rituals with naturally farmed Molokai sea salt. A soak in this moisturizing blend of amino acids, coconut milk and plant extracts will leave you feeling renewed, kinda like you just got a makeover yourself.

We also like the change in formulations: thicker lotions and more potent creams infused with additional organic, wildcrafted or locally sourced ingredients like noni, coconut, seaweed and bamboo.

Because (insert Full House music here) when it comes to makeovers, it's what's on the inside that counts.

Ola is available at several local retailers, including Fighting Eel, Cinnamon Girl, Blue Hawaii Lifestyle and SpaHalekulani, and online. Photo: Hawaiian Body Products.

Posted on Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in Permalink

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Lei Chic associate editor Natalie Schack has been a cultural anthropology student,museum worker bee and dabbler in graphic design. When she isn't scouting new fashion, compiling to-do lists or crafting puns, Natalie spends her free time dreaming up elaborate picnic ideas; "researching" via YouTube tutorials, blogs and Instagram; and dusting off her pith helmet for the next adventure life throws her way.


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