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Kohana Origins

Kohana was born out of love for the beautiful tropical islands of Hawaii. Christie Wanlass and her family began visiting the Hawaiian islands more than twenty years ago. She fell in love with the beauty of the islands and has never felt quite so welcome or at home. Dealing with severe eczema her entire life, she was always looking for effective skin care products that would moisturize and heal her dry and cracked skin. Upon her first visit to the island of Kauai, her skin responded to the sun, the humidity and the minerals of the deep blue Hawaiian waters of the Pacific. Her skin felt healthy and deeply moisturized by the natural elements.

After several years of visiting the islands, Christie began experimenting with some of the tropical oils and butters on her own skin. She found dry skin relief and improvement in her eczema when making simple salves formulated with kukui nut oil and mango butter. These simple experimentations have evolved into what is now Kohana, a line of luxury spa products formulated to nourish and rejuvenate the skin.

Mission Statement

Kohana Skin's mission is to create exceptional bath and beauty products made with fair trade natural and organic ingredients. Organic aloe vera juice, green papaya fruit enzymes, macadamia nut butter, coconut oil, kukui nut oil and Hawaiian red alaea salt are some of the unique ingredients that have been incorporated into our beauty products. We utilize only pure essential oils, flower extracts, hydrosols and botanicals to create our exquisite scents. To embody the Hawaiian spirit in our product packaging, we have incorporated the beautiful artwork of renowned Maui artist Ken Loyd. We are a cruelty-free company and do not support animal testing.