When Dana Roberts launched her Malie Organics line of spa products, she was looking to share the healing properties of botanical elements found throughout Hawai`i with those who would appreciate them most. She found a symbiotic partnership at Halele'a Spa in the St. Regis Princeville, where, as far as she knows, they are the only spa in the world to use taro for body treatments.
"The well-traveled visitor, which is who will be coming to this gorgeous hotel, is really looking for results out of a spa treatment in addition to relaxation," said Roberts at the unveiling of Halele'a last weekend.
So how do these well-versed spa aficionados reap the benefits of Malie's product line? It's all about the hydrosols, according to Roberts. She explains that a hydrosol is the concentrated liquid removed from a plant at peak ripeness, which can deliver a powerful blast of antioxidants (yes, the same stuff that wellness experts are telling you make blueberries, pomegranate and chocolate so good for you). These hydrosols are then packaged with other certified organic ingredients in lotions, oils or body butters, so that your therapist can infuse it in to your skin. Sold yet?
If not, consider this: Roberts (along with her husband Shawn) are taking gathering much of their ingredients from the disposed cherry that remains after a coffee plant is picked, which then extracts "the goods" from what was formerly 15 million pounds of organic waste matter. Armed with botanical knowledge the Roberts learned from Kaua`i kapuna Rita Fox, and the processes executed by Maui chemist Stephen Schorr, the completed product is all the rage the St. Regis' new spa.
In addition to coffee cherry extractions, Malie makes use of hydrosols from Hawaiian plants that include maile and plumeria.
"We offer a clay ritual with cava, blue-green algae, noni and maile cream that literally pulls toxins from the skins, while it boosts it with antioxidants," said Roberts.
Malie products found throughout the Halele'a Spa include body washes and shampoo, soy candles, a mist, mango body butter, diffuser and various cream soaps.
"The well-traveled visitor is really looking for results out of a spa treatment in addition to relaxation," said Roberts at the unveiling of Halele'a last weekend at the St. Regis Princeville.