Malie Organics (formerly known as Malie Kauai) is based on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, known as "the Garden Isle," and its products draw their inspiration and their ingredients from the dense vegetation of Kauai's rainforests. "Malie" is Hawaiian for "calm, serene, tranquil," and the company places a lot of emphasis on the natural origins and aromatherapeutic benefits of its various skincare, bodycare, and home fragrance items.
This Body Cream's formula includes familiar ingredients like aloe vera, chamomile, and jojoba seed oil, as well as more characteristically Hawaiian extracts of coconut, kukui seed, and awapuhi ginger. It's available in four fragrances: Coconut Vanilla, Koke'e, Mango Nectar, and Plumeria. According to Malie, all the scents are created through a hydrosol distillation process, capturing the "spirit" of the local botanicals. Plumeria, also known as frangipani, is a flower prized for its fragrance and traditionally used in Hawaiian leis. I've never been to Hawaii or smelled an actual plumeria plant, so I can't vouch for this scent's fidelity to the flower; but it's a very feminine fragrance, on the strong side without being overwhelming, and it's definitely sweet. Its plumeria note comes across as a bolder cousin to magnolia, creamy and a little bit lemony, but it never feels as heady as a gardenia or tuberose fragrance. It also has a bright, fruity aspect, like a sorbet blended from mango, pineapple, and maybe a few raspberries.
Plumeria Organic Body Cream could be worn as a delightful complementary layer beneath Ormonde Jayne Frangipani (although Malie's interpretation of the flower is much fruitier), L'Artisan Parfumeur Ananas Fizz (to bring out the lotion's pineapple note), or Monyette Paris Coquette Tropique. Malie also offers plumeria-scented body wash, liquid hand soap, soy candles, reed diffusers, and room spray, so that you can create a complete tropical-garden ambiance wherever you are.
Malie Organics Plumeria Organic Body Cream sells for about $27-30 (7.5 oz). For buying information, see the listing for Malie under Perfume Houses.
See also: Malie's Organic Coffee Macadamia Body Polish.