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Mailelani on a mission

Mailelani is an expression of the abundant blessings Polynesians have enjoyed for generations. Like the coconut itself, we see Mailelani as a gift from heaven. That’s what our name means.
For us, creating our natural skincare products and making it available to you is our mission – something good for everyone involved. Mailelani was birthed in 2005 as an initiative to provide income, first to the rural area in Samoa, through products manufactured with local ingredients by the local people.

Handmade coconut skincare from Samoa

Soft, glowing, healthy skin is at your fingertips with Mailelani organic coconut oil skincare from Samoa. Mailelani skincare products are naturally made with organic coconut oil (or suau’u popo as we call it here in Samoa) and other tropical ingredients. Handmade from virgin coconut oil, this range of pure skincare products are full of natural goodness. Your skin will feel smooth and supple, with a lingering tropical fragrance.

Our virgin coconut oil is ethically sourced from farmers and villagers in Samoa and handmade by our small local team. The coconut oil used in Mailelani skincare products is certified organic. Virgin coconut oil is luxuriously nourishing and easily absorbed by your skin, helping it look youthful, soft and glowing. When you buy Mailelani handmade coconut oil skincare, you know you’re not only doing something good for your skin – farmers, villagers and workers in Samoa all benefit from the ethical production of this local treasure!

Two people, one dream

Mailelani is the life’s work of Kitiona and Sylvie Salanoa – Kitiona, a native of Samoa and Sylvie from Switzerland. The two of us met through mission work overseas, a match made in heaven. While our life and work took us to many countries over the years, we always knew we would one day return to Samoa and open a business, to give back to the people we love. We tried a number of ideas, but the enthusiastic response to our first coconut oil soap made it clear that this was the right way to go. Kitiona taught himself how to make soaps.

The first Mailelani organic coconut soap was released in 2000. Experimenting with other local ingredients, we added fresh papaya, koko Samoa, honey, noni juice, lime, lau ti, avocado and tamanu oil to our products. Everything is handmade and packaged in Samoa. Working with the technical assistance of a chemist in New Zealand, Mailelani now offers a wide range of organic coconut oil skincare products.