Honua Skincare is not a brand I'd heard of until recently, but I immediately fell in love with the concept of the brand and simplicity of the line.

Created by esthetician Kapua Browning to use on her clients, Honua Skincare began on the islands of Hawaii, and is now based in California. Honua Skincare is committed to supporting local farmers, using 100% natural ingredients, and all of their packaging is either 100% compostable or recyclable, created with windpower and using vegetable-based inks.

Available in Australia from One Fine Secret, a clean beauty store based in Melbourne & online. This gorgeous space evokes a sense of calm, and founders Kayla and John are both so lovely to chat with. One Fine Secret carries a carefully curated selection of Australian & international brands, ensuring the products are truly natural, cruelty free & effective.

I've been using the Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream & Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water, and my review of both is below. I also have a giveaway for both products at the end of my review, so make sure you enter that!

Join the Secret Circle to get 10% off your first order at One Fine Secret.

The packaging for both of these products is so beautiful — I love the frosted glass and branding and they look gorgeous in the bathroom/vanity. The boxes are also quite unusual, unfolding like you're unwrapping a present. 

Aside from the gorgeous colours of the products (who ever said no to a pink cleanser), I love when I can see exactly how much product is left, so I know when I need to repurchase, rather than getting caught short the evening you're wearing a face full of makeup and waterproof eyeliner ;)

Honua Pa'akai Cleansing Cream | SHOP

If you aren't already using a cream cleanser, what are you waiting for? They are generally more gentle on the skin, leaving it refreshed, soft and supple, and Honua's Pa'akai Cleanser is no exception. 

With Hawaiian salt, aloalo (hibiscus) and limu (seaweed extract), this cleanser deeply cleanses the skin without leaving it feeling stripped, tight or squeaky. The AHA acid from the hibiscus will help to refine pores, texture and uneven skintone.

Apply to 2-3 pumps to dry skin, massage, then add a splash of water to emulsify and transform it into a creamy milk, before rinsing off.

This cleanser is very refreshing on bare skin, and also works well to remove makeup, but doesn't leave any residue behind. It's gentle enough to use daily — I only cleanse once per day (just a water rinse in the morning), but if you feel your skin needs it, you could use this twice daily without over-cleansing the skin. I think this cleanser would suit all skin concerns — it is good for my blemish-prone skin, aids in balancing oil production, yet is still gentle enough for dry and sensitive skin types.

Honua Hawaiian Beauty Water | SHOP

Described as an exfoliating 'glow potion', the Hawaiian Beauty Water is a gentle, natural acid exfoliant. If your skin is rough, uneven in tone or texture, congested (blackheads), has little bumps that you can feel under the skin or lacklustre in appearance, then it would benefit from something in your skincare routine that gives the skin a chemical exfoliation.

Honua uses 3 types of acid exfoliants (AHA, BHA & enzymes from papaya, hawaiian sugar & willow bark) that do all the work for you to gentle exfoliate the skin and leave you with a healthy glow.

Hibiscus (which is in both products) is a powerful antioxidant that helps to even skin tone and tighten pores. It has regenerating AHA Acid qualities without the irritation and contains mucilage to leave skin feeling plump and hydrated. This toner also contains Coconut Water to hydrate the skin.

How often you use the Hawaiian Beauty Water depends on your skin. I've been using it 2-3 times per week. If your skin is dry or sensitive, start out using it once to twice per week and see how you go from there. For normal to oily skin types, you can use it up to 5 times per week.
Spritz onto a cotton round and apply to the skin. It's also great to use pre-makeup application to give the skin a quick cleanse and ensure a smooth canvas.

You can mix 2 pumps of the Beauty Water with the Cream Cleanser as a quick mask, apply to the skin for 15mins before massaging and rinsing. I love doing this when my skin feels like it needs a more thorough cleanse or refresh (like after a workout), but I don't have time for or need a clay mask.

How quickly you see results of brightening, evening of skin tone & texture and refining of the pores will depend on whether or not you're already using a chemical exfoliant. For me, I saw results within a few days. The Hawaiian Beauty Water has really helped to fade a few dark spots of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation I'd had for months (dark or red marks from blemishes).

Allow up to six weeks to notice the changes to your skin, which allows time for a full cell-turnover cycle. Often an acid exfoliant makes a subtle, but noticeable difference to the skin.

Overall & Giveaway 

I love both products and will continue to use them regularly. Another point I love about Honua Skincare is that is sits at about mid-price range, so it's more accessible than many other brands. 

I've partnered with One Fine Secret to giveaway the Honua Skincare Pa'akai Cleansing Cream & Honua Skincare Hawaiian Beauty Water to one lucky reader! Scroll down for details on how to enter.

Giveaway NOW CLOSED 

Entry is simple!

  1. Follow both @libertygreenau & @onefine.secret on Instagram
  2. Sign up for the Secret Circle at One Fine Secret (form is just below the homepage banner)
  3. Let us know you have done both steps in the comments on Instagram or below by leaving your name & instagram handle (so we can find you!)


T&C's: Must have an Australian shipping address. Giveaway ends 14/02/19. Winner will be contacted via the email address used to join the Secret Circle. Winner will be contacted & announced with 5 business days of giveaway end. Giveaway is in no way associated, endorsed, sponsored by or affiliated with Instagram. 

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