Mahalo for Gratitude: Interview and Giveaway

Congratulations to Amy Shavelson on winning the giveaway! Both Maryna and I have been so incredibly moved by your words and stories. Thank you so very much!

I think it was inevitable that I was going to love Maryna, the creator behind Mahalo Care. Not only does she make some of my favorite products, but she is a spunky Russian, with a brunette pixie cut: we are practically twins! Of course, her excellent taste in haircuts is not the real reason why I adore Maryna, but rather it is her passion and the sense of radiant joy that infuses her every action. In my review of Mahalo Care, I talked about the intention that can be seen behind Mahalo products and I can tell you with no exhagerration that Maryna’s joy and passion practically radiate from every bottle and jar. I wanted to interview Maryna ever since we met at ANFGB and we recently sat down for a Skype chat over cups of Sun Potion tea (for me) and coffee (for Maryna). We were thousands of miles and 6 hours apart, but it felt as though I was chatting to a dear friend across a kitchen table.

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Small Miracles: Coconut Oil (But Not the Way You Think)

My posts tend to be rather long (I do ramble on, don’t I?), so in this series of short posts I am going to highlight some of my favorite products that pack a strong punch despite their smaller size.

I did not want to write this post. I first thought of it before I even started the blog, but when the time came, I couldn’t do it. It was just too personal, too intimate, too embarrassing. What changed my mind is that I had two women I love – two women with different lifestyles and different bodies and of different ages and experiences – tell me that what I shared with them changed their lives. This knowledge changed my life as well. In fact, it was the thing that convinced me that green beauty was the way to go, that nature could offer solutions to seemingly unsolvable problems. The crazy thing is that for every article, listicle and post titled “20 Amazing Ways to Use Coconut Oil” and “Miracle Uses for Coconut Oil” and “You Won’t Believe This One Simple Trick Using Coconut Oil”, I never saw a single reference to what I am about to tell you. So I figured what the hell! I need to get over my hangups and spill the beans. And if you are TMI-averse, I would suggest this as the perfect place to stop reading.

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Mahalo Skincare: Greetings from Paradise

It kind of boggles my mind when I think about it, but green beauty has now been around long enough to have its heritage brands. Companies like Kahina, RMS, La Bella Figura, Josh Rosebrook, Ilia, May Lindstrom and a few others have spent years building their brand, bringing out new products and refining their packaging, and now they are able to compete with conventional luxury brands, not only in the hearts of consumers, but even on the shelves of department stores. As proud and happy as this makes me, however, one of the things I love about green beauty is its constant ability to surprise and delight with new discoveries. One such discovery was Mahalo Skin Care. A beautiful and ambitious brand out of Hawaii, it seems to have gone from 0 to 60, taking no time in growing from a plucky upstart into an elegant and adored green beauty superstar. I was fortunate to experience all of Mahalo’s tightly edited lineup, including a very special new release, as well as meeting its gorgeous founder Maryna (she’s Russian! Yay!) and Mahalo products have all become cherished skincare staples. 

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