Meet Leah of Leahlani Skincare
Hello, Divas! Thanks for joining us for another installment of Behind the Beauty, where we give you a behind-the-scenes look at how the luxury green beauty we love is made. Today, we're chatting with Leah of Leahlani Skincare, one of our newest skincare lines and a cult hit on Instagram and elsewhere. We're so honored to bring this gorgeous, fresh, Hawaiian brand to you, so much so that we're giving you a gift! Read all the way to the end to see how to get your gift + learn about a little giveaway we're doing with Leah on Instagram.
What’s the origin story of Leahlani?
Authenticity, Intention, Connection. These are the true roots of Leahlani Skincare.
Leahlani is a journey that began with my struggle with severe cystic acne ten years ago. Recognizing that my body was out of balance, I set out on a quest for healing. Fate led me to Spa Luna, a holistic esthetician school on the Island of Maui. With no prior knowledge of skincare and never having had a facial in my life, I felt a strong pull to trust my intuition... so off we went. My husband and I packed all of our belongings and moved from Oahu to Maui to embark on this new journey. In life, we have so many defining moments... moments that change our very existence. My experience in the year I spent on Maui did just that: It changed my life.
For the next few years, I immersed myself in the world of holistic skincare, and soaked in as much knowledge and advanced education as I could. I became a Spa Director at the Hilton Spa on Kauai and also had the privilege of having my own private esthetician practice. Working one on one with my clients during this time proved to be my most valuable education. I have had the honor of touching hundreds of precious faces over the course of years in my practice, each face told a story of skin longing to be heard and longing to be healed. I quickly learned how valuable my hands truly are, and what powerful healing tools they make. There was a common thread intertwined within all of my clients, it was that everyone was searching for a way to learn to love and care for their skin.
Inspired, inspirited and intent, I set off to create a line of skincare that would transform a 'routine' into a 'ritual.’ Leahlani Skincare would not only heal my skin, it has expanded my heart in more ways then I can ever begin to interpret; connecting me to people all over the world through my precious potions.
My intention is that you fall in love with your skincare ritual, from the second you open each jar. I invite you to experience a unique way to care for your skin, using products that combine some of the most opulent and luxurious ingredients that ensure that every step of their use is a celebration for the senses. Each time you open your jar, I hope you can escape into moments of pure serenity and sensory bliss. From the pure tropical fragrances, soft shades of colors from mother natures palette, silken textures and effervescent bubbles of botanical magic, these moments are for you to savor.
When something is made by hand with love, you can feel it. Each jar and bottle of Leahlani harnesses that connection and is infused with aloha. Become inspired to care for your skin by setting the intention for healing, and each time that you touch your precious face, do so with tenderness and love.
Leahlani has developed such a big following! What makes you stand out in a sea of green beauty?
This is a great question. I truly love what I do, and I believe that can be felt by anyone who receives a bottle or jar of Leahlani.
Leahlani is a story, a personal journey. It was not a business venture and our growth has been 100% organic. When I look back on how it all began, it brings me to tears. Without sounding cliche, I would call it more of a divine intervention. Essentially, Leahlani is one of the greatest love stories of my life (besides my sweet Oliver). It has been an 11-year journey where I learned to heal and love myself, and transform my personal struggles and pain into something so beautiful and so much bigger then myself. I didn’t know it at the time, but all of the steps that I took to get to where I am today were perfectly aligned.
Being led to one of the greatest holistic esthetician schools ever, healing my own skin through formulating my own products, becoming a Spa Director at a Hilton spa on Kauai and running my own private esthetician practice on island. Each of those things had to occur in order for me to fully figure out what I truly wanted to do and what I was meant to do—and that was Leahlani. It reached a point where my esthetician practice was getting busy and the desire for Leahlani was expanding and I knew I couldn’t do both and I honestly couldn’t make up my mind of which one to let go of so that I could devote all of energy and passion to one particular thing. This is when divine intervention stepped in yet again, and the choice was made for me (there is a whole story attached to that for another time :)). I chose Leahlani.
There is a label on each of our products that says ‘from my loving hands to yours,’ the intention is there. Our entire line is made in intimate and small batches, in our gorgeous studio, AKA the “Mermaid Cove,” on the lush North Shore of Kauai Island. Each and every batch is infused with aloha.
This is really special to me. I also spend about four hours a day answering emails, providing my customers with individual consults, and walking them through a complete ritual with Leahlani that is tailor made for their precious skin. I believe that my background as a holistic esthetician is vital in my ability to formulate skin care. Without my formal education in skin and years of hands on experience working one-on-one with various skin types, there is no way I could have created a skincare line and felt confident in providing skincare consultations with my clients.
I am a super sensitive and intuitive person, I have always kept to myself and have led a very quiet and peaceful life, which is why Kauai felt like home the minute I stepped foot onto her. I have only recently started stepping out of my shell, taking baby steps outside of my comfort zone and Leahlani has helped me to do this. I cannot wait to start doing meet and greets so that I can give a million aloha hugs to all of our beautiful customers who I have had the privilege of connecting with over the years. I am warning you all now, I cry happy tears on the regular. In the event that we ever meet and exchange an aloha hug, there will be happy tears being shed by me. :) 2016 has surpassed my wildest dreams of what I envisioned for Leahlani, and this is only the beginning! I have some pretty amazing things I have been manifesting, watching these dreams come to fruition in the following year + is going to be nothing short of magical.
Do you have a favorite product in your line? Or at least a favorite ingredient? What is it and why?
Hard question! My favorite changes from time to time with the seasons or depending on what my skin is needing at the time. Lately, my skin savior has been Bless Balm. Her silken, pink velvet texture has been my skin savior with all of the traveling we have been doing the second half of the year. My favorite way to use her is by massaging a pea-sized amount into my skin and then stepping into a steamy and hot shower. The steam helps soften the pores, and allows the rich butters and beauty oils to absorb deep into the skin. I cannot tell you how soft and supple this ritual will leave your skin. Total and absolute bliss.
What are your top three must-have beauty products that you can shop at EcoDiva Beauty?
I love Oui Shave. My sweet friend Sarita gifted me the razor and I am obsessed. Who knew shaving could be such a gorgeous ritual? I shave every day, and it has always been more of a chore until I discovered Oui. I am a sucker for gold anything.
I was also gifted the Hynt Beauty Nocturne Mascara from my sweet friend Janny and it is my favorite mascara!
I love that you carry Thoughtfully Magazine. Their magazine is absolutely gorgeous, I love all of the articles and beautiful photos they have. Leahlani was featured in Issue 6 and I cannot tell you what an honor that was, plus their founder, Brandie Gilliam, is an absolute sweetheart that exudes aloha.
What do you recommend people start with if they haven’t experienced Leahlani yet? What’s your hero product?
I would recommend trying the Honey Love as an exfoliating cleansing mask. This one product saved my skin and truly helped to transform my complexion, not only did she help to clear my cystic acne, but she helped to heal the scarring that was left behind. Enjoy her 1-3x a week, I promise, she is a game changer.
The next would be Bless Balm, everything about her is magic. Her pink velvet texture, sweet aromatic scent of orange blossoms and blue tansy and how she leaves your complexion soft as silk.
The Mermaid Mask, she is a cult favorite and will help to purify and renew the complexion and gives you that beautiful ‘I just got a facial’ glow. The beauty with the Mermaid Mask is that she can be enjoyed as often as you like, think of her as a ‘green smoothie’ for the skin. What makes her extra magical is that many of her ingredients come from the soil and nectar of Hawaii!
And definitely our elixirs, our Aloha Ambrosia Elixir was specifically formulated for AM use. She is feather light, absorbs like a dream and leaves your skin supple without weighing it down. She also makes a beautiful primer under your makeup.
Mahina Elixir is our beauty-sleep in a bottle. She will replenish the complexion, plump the skin cells and deeply nourish, giving you that aloha glow when you wake up!
What inspires you?
This beautiful island I live on, she has been my greatest muse. And connection of the heart and from the heart. That was my favorite part of being an esthetician and is my favorite part of Leahlani Skincare, connecting with each and every one of you.
Do you have any other products in the works that you can share about?
Oh my goodness yes! We have been working on quite a few new products. Two we had planned to launch in 2016 but we were unable to do so. Here is what I can tell you: They are phenomenal and 100% pure bliss for your skin and senses. Our entire team is obsessed and we cannot wait to share them with the world! Soon. :)
Thank you for sharing, Leah! Now, Divas, it's your chance to try Leahlani with a special gift: Through January 2017 (or while supplies last!), spend $75 on the line and receive a FREE 30 DAY SAMPLE PACK of Aloha Ambrosia and Mahina day and night elixirs in a sample set (30 day trial of each).
AND: Follow along on our Instagram on Friday, Jan. 20 for Leahlani Skincare's takeover, including a big giveaway! #ecodivalovesyou