Here in Maui, grooming lines are to die for. Most local brands are all natural or 100% organic, infused with local ingredients and plant extracts. There's nothing like bringing the essence of Hawaii home with you in a shampoo bottle, particularly Hotel Hana Maui Spa's Shampoo (which you can buy online).

First, let me tell you about Hana. It's about as real as Hawaii gets, removed from most of the crowded tourist areas, a small town with only 5,000 inhabitants. While half of that population are ex-pats, they have lived here for decades and contribute to the local culture and traditions, ensuring Hana stays as close to old school as can be. (You may be familiar with Hana as the road to get here—Hana Highway—is touted as one of the most scenic drives in America by top experts and publications). There's a smatter of B&Bs but the Hotel Hana Maui is a luxury property, offering 66 cottages that look out onto the Pacific. The award-winning spa is an even further sanctuary from this sanctuary, and their own bath and body line is top notch, including the Hana Maui Shampoo, bringing the true essence of Hawaiian scents.

The key ingredient that really had me is the 'Awapuhi, an indigenous flower (Hawaii's ginger) that is known to prevent moisture loss. The scent is rich and exotic, and the benefits are great for hair to repair dryness. The shampoo is light and lathers quite nicely. Sure, I can get 'awapuhi in other shampoos, but the magic in the bottle is the real thing, manufactured and made here on the island. There's also extracts of chamomile, henna and rosemary to help soften, moisturize and nourish. Henna, additionally, helps fortify the shampoo.

Hotel Hana Maui Shampoo isn't completely all natural but I love the scent and the fact the 'awapuhi in the product is actually from here. Buy direct ($15) from Hana.


Deionized water, ammonium lauryl sulfate, cocamidopropyl betaine, cocomide DEA, glycerin, extracts of 'awapuhi, chamomile, yarrow, rosemary, burdock, henna, hops and calendula, olive oil, polyquaternium 7, citric acid, methylparaben, propylparaben, tetrasodium EDTA, methylchoroisothiazoline, methylisothiazolinone, sandalwood and ginger essential oils, botanical fragrance.