After years working at top jewelry and fashion brands, Alice Kim left the corporate world and founded Elizabeth Mott, a line of cruelty-free makeup and skincare. She later left Manhattan for a radically different island experience: Hawai'i–moving with her then boyfriend, now husband, Viraphanh who grew up here in the islands. Surrounded by translucent waters and nature’s vast treasures, Alice drew inspiration from our state’s diverse ecosystems, native plants, rich culture and aloha spirit. In 2015, she established Hanalei with her husband, to bring the experience of Hawaiian beauty to people everywhere through simple, restorative skincare.
Hanalei creates gentle products, inspired by Hawai‘i’s lush, tropical landscape and native botanicals. Made with treasured tropical ingredients including pressed kukui nut oil, aloe, papaya, lavender and raw cane sugar, its unique formulations are perfect for everyday use and for any skin type.