Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Pure Fiji Body Butter

Pure Fiji Coconut body butter
Pure Fiji is a line of body and hair care products that use traditional South Pacific and Fijian blends to nourish, moisturize, and beautify skin and hair.  Marketed as a way to "bring paradise home!", the blend of Virgin Coconut Oil, Dilo, Sekeci and Macadaemia oils used in their products is a potent natural source of Omega 3′s and 6′s.  This blend is rich in Lauric Acid, an essential fatty acid that is found in breast milk.  The Pure Fiji blend is similar in structure to skin's naturally occurring oils, helping with absorption, and has natural anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities which help skin to boost it's own natural defenses.  The essential fatty acids in the blend also act as a natural antihistamine, helping to sooth itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin.

Coconut Milk & Honey, Pineapple, Coconut, and Mango Pure Fiji body butters
Pure Fiji is made in the capital city of Suva at a state-of-the-art facility where passive solar dryers are used and nut oils are wild-harvested and cold pressed in the villages that supply them, an indication of the eco-system consciousness of the company.  Spa linens and staff uniforms are sun dried, eliminating the need for electricity. Other green practices include recycling the chaff and seed casings from the nuts into the factory gardens – which acts as a nursery for Pure Fiji’s tree planting programs along the coastline.  This garden also supplies fresh flowers for the spa and fresh vegetables for the factory staff.  The Pure Fiji blog goes into more detail on the company's philosophy and practices - it sounds like a lovely place to work!

The body butters are rich and creamy and do a great job at moisturizing and soothing skin. In addition to the exotic nut oil blend, they contain milk proteins, soy, and passionflower.  Out of the 10 available fragrances, I've tried and loved the four pictured above.  I get more compliments when I wear the Coconut or Pineapple than any other body butter I've worn.  These are quite scented and have good staying power, so if scented products aren't your thing, steer clear.  The Milk & Honey fragrance is the mildest and the Mango the strongest, and I had a spa worker who told me she mixes the Coconut with the Mango or Pineapple when she wants to cut their scent a bit, as the Coconut calms them down. 

These lovelies cost from $34.95 to $39.95 depending on the scent, and can be purchased online at Pure Fiji, other online retailers, or at spas that carry them.   

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