mahalo | rare indigo soothing balm

mahalo the rare indigo soothing balm

With 29 clean, high-performance ingredients, Mahalo Skincare’s Rare Indigo Balm boasts big moisture, mega healing and heavenly scents — all in just a 1/3 pea-size pinch.

mahalo the rare indigo soothing balm

{Mahalo sent me a sample of its Rare Indigo Soothing Balm. It costs $110 for a 1-ounce bamboo and glass jar.}

Second only to oils, balms are my go-to for healing dry, itchy, temperamental skin. This winter, I’ve been cozying up with Mahalo’s Rare Indigo Balm for more than six weeks to experience its effects on my skin. The results have been nothing short of wonderful.

Before I apply this dense balm, I like to quickly warm it in my palms and cup my face, taking a big inhale before pressing it into my skin. (Do not over-apply! You seriously just need 1/3 pea size.) It’s a lovely evening routine that gets me into a state of relaxation and ready for dreamland — and my skin ready for restoration.

While Mahalo says you can use it both morning and night, I tend to use it most often at night because of how emollient it is. It takes a lot for a heavy-handed, non-morning person like me to exhibit restraint in the wee hours of 8 a.m. when I’m getting ready for the day.

The Rare Indigo Balm promises the following:

  • delivers youth-enhancing hydration and optimal moisture balance for a healthy complexion
  • calms inflammations, acne, eczema, rosacea, dermatitis and other skin irritations
  • lowers oxidation damage in stressed tissue
  • promotes skin’s natural healing abilities
  • helps to restore elasticity to dull, prematurely aging skin, fade wrinkles, age spots and reduce puffiness
  • empowers long-term skin health

mahalo the rare indigo soothing balm

The first bullet was a simple truth in my testing. This blue balm, with its dreamy consistency, got it right time and time again. Think soft, creamy, melt-into-your-skin goodness that will turn any oil addict’s head at first application. Moisture achieved.

In combination with other preventative skincare, my skin inflammation and acne seemed to remain at a low while using this balm. I won’t say that the balm combated my symptoms completely on its own, but it didn’t irritate at all. This claim definitely goes hand-in-hand with the idea of promoting natural healing abilities (hi, acne and patchy dryness), which is a win for The Rare Indigo Balm.

We’ll have to see about things like long-term skin health and wrinkles, but I can say that The Rare Indigo Balm, used nightly, helped me wake up to softer, more radiant skin that I almost didn’t want to wash or rinse during my normal morning activities.

Now, to scent. Probably one of the most important attributes when it comes to actually using a wonderfully crafted product. The Rare Indigo Balm smells like nothing I’ve ever smelled before. In the green beauty world, “herbal” is the typical description.

There’s something different about Mahalo’s balm. It’s not too sweet. It’s not too herbal. I can pick up a bit of lavender, but it’s not the typical soothing lavender scent. A few florals and hint of vanilla poke through, but there’s not one dominating note in this balm. I can almost get something new with every smell — and that’s the fun part about using it!

It’s quite mysterious, honestly. A mysterious, subtly sweet, spiked herbal concoction that soothes and softens the skin.

Though I don’t know if many of you can convince the men in your life to try a balm, if you can, this is one that may actually get some love. I’ve applied The Rare Indigo Balm onto my beau’s face several times (making him do the deep inhales and everything) and have, on more than one occasion, caught a whiff of his skin and said aloud YOU SMELL GOOD.

Oh yeah, that’s The Rare Indigo. Whoa.

Here’s the full ingredients list:

cannabis sativa (hemp)*, astrocaryum murumuru*, orbignya oleifera (babassu)*, sclerocarya birrea (marula), vitis vinifera (grape seed)*, camellia japonica (tsubaki tea seed)*, aleurites moloccans (kukui)*, euterpe oleracea (acai)*, proprietary infusion of organic herbs*, polygonum tinctorium (indigo), rosa damascena (rose otto)*, matricaria chamomilla*, achillea millefolium (yarrow)*, helichrysum italicum*, citrus aurantium var. bergamia (bergamot fcf)*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender)*, boswellia carteri (frankincense)*, abelmoschus moschatus (ambrette hibiscus), cananga odorata (ylang ylang)* ,ubiquinone (coenzyme Q10), daucus carota (carrot seed)*, tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (vitamin C ester), non-gmo mixed tocopherols, vanilla planifolia, iris pallida

My only critique of the ingredients listing is the inclusion of the proprietary blend of organic herbs. I want to know what’s in it — both for my nose’s curiosity and for the purpose of avoiding potential allergens.

Beyond that minor callout, Mahalo’s Rare Indigo Balm is a lovely addition to the luxury green beauty market. The quality of ingredients (nearly all organic and local and wild harvested) and the use of skincare savior vitamin C ester, in the form of tetrahexyldecyl ascorbate (used by respected brands like YULI and Odacite) merit the three-figure pricetag.

Are there other balms that are just as great? Of course. It’s a matter of scent, pricing and experimentation. And Mahalo’s made it onto my list of recommended balms for you to try — especially if you want something beyond herbal that’s subtly sweet and smartly formulated.

Have you tried anything from Mahalo? What face balms do you like? What textures do you prefer in face balms? Tell me in the comments!


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  • Absolutely gorgeous! I can’t wait for the chance to try it out.

  • lynne

    Ooh, this looks good enough to eat. I keep hearing about Mahalo, you have just tipped me into more serious consideration to try–thanks! (well my wallet is not saying thanks….. :)

    • You’re welcome! :)

      • lynne

        Whoa I ordered almost $200 worth of products and had a crazy bad customer support experience with the owner. I ended up cancelling my order as I can’t imagine using her products now:( Bad energy!

        • nicole

          I’m curious what your experience was? This isn’t the first I’ve heard and have been debating trying this line myself but I’m now worried about it based on these concerns people are reporting!

  • Amy

    Nice review. I have heard a lot about this balm too. How would you compare this with Laurel’s balm (specifically the day one)? I’ve received samples of Laurel’s daily balm and it is quite luxurious feeling and transforms wonderfully into an oil. Also, I am a little bit confused about how to use balms. I am Vietnamese and have oily (sometimes acneic skin) and (am 30 years old, yikes!) so I am not sure if I should be using balms. Will it be too much oil for my skin? How would a person with oily skin best incorporate balms into their skincare ritual? Cleanse, toner, creams, oil, then balm? Then sometimes the osmia spot treatment. Do oily folks like myself need to use balms at all? Or is it a once/twice a week thing? Sorry for all the questions…

    • Thank you! Laurel’s balms are absolutely exquisite and remain my favorite. I’d say Laurel’s balms are smoother than Mahalo’s, but the Mahalo scent is extremely different. Laurel’s line is very herbacious while the Mahalo balm is subtly sweet and floral. So, if scent is a big factor to you and you don’t care for herbals, then Mahalo could be a good one to try.

      I use balms in the winter (it gets extremely cold and windy in Kansas City) to protect my face from chapping. I like them for both day and night, but for day, it really depends on how my face feels in the morning. If you use oils on your skin, you can use a balm. A balm is typically a mixture of butters and oils, and sometimes even flower waxes. You just have to experiment to see what texture you like. I’d suggest even starting out with plain shea butter to see if your skin agrees, since shea is very popular as a base for balms.

      As for order, I’d just suggest the following: Cleanse, tone, true serum (not oil serum), balm, oil. This is because the balm is thick and likely has a butter component to it. If you seal your skin with an oil first, the balm will not really penetrate but instead just sit there. I think that’s fine for a windy day if you just want some defense, but for night, it’s kind of a waste.

      So, in conclusion, it depends on your skin :) I am combo/oily too, but get dry patches in the winter and need extra moisture and protection, especially around my cheeks and mouth. Hope this helps!