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Honua Skincare

Malu Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30

18 reviews
May we introduce Malu Protecting Day Cream + SPF 30 by Honua Hawaiian Skincare, a tropical addition to your skincare line up. Malu is the Hawaiian word for shade, shelter, protection, and peace. This beauty delivers a feeling of protection from UV rays and environmental pollutants while moisturizing the skin. Hawaiian laukahi makes skin look toned, while lending a gentle, soothing feel. Noni fruit creates a clear, youthful appearance. Jasmine promotes a look of even skin tone and red seaweed instills skin with a sensation of detoxification. This reef safe sunscreen goes on with no white look and has a lovely scent.


Apply as the final step to your daily skincare routine to moisturize and lend a feeling of protection. Wears well alone or under makeup.


Superpower Ingredients

Aloe, Coconut, Jasmine, Noni, Shea, Non-Nano Zinc

Full Ingredient List

Active Ingredients Zinc Oxide = 18.90%. Other Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Glycerin And Coconut Oil Derived Fatty Esters), Aqua (Water) , Glycerin (Coconut-Derived)*, Sorbitan Stearate (A Fatty Acid Derived From The Plant Based Sorbitol/Stearic Acid Combo), Cetearyl Glucoside (Glucose And Coconut Derived Emulsifier), Stearic Acid (Coconut-Derived), Isostearic Acid (Soybean Derived), Polyglyceryl-3 Polyricinoleate (Glycerol And Castor Oil Fatty Acids) , Lecithin (Sunflower-Derived)*, Cetyl Alcohol (Coconut-Derived Fatty Alcohol) , Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil*, +Plantago Major Leaf Extract (Hawaiian Laukahi), Morinda Citrifolia Fruit Extract (Noni Fruit)*, Aloe Vera Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe)*, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil*, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Oil*, Jasminum Officinale (Jasmine) Flower Extract*, Carrageenan (Red Seaweed), Stearyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol Shea Butter-Derived) ,Tocopherol (Vitamin E)*, Xanthan Gum, Polyhydroxystearic Acid (Plant Sourced Fatty Acid, Used To Stabilize The Spf), Caprylhydroxamic Acid (Natural Preservative*, Amino Acid Derived From Coconut Oil), Glyceryl Caprylate (Coconut Oil-Derived) *Organic


Kapua Browning, Founder of Honua Skincare has a family lineage known for protecting the land, water and farmlands of Hawai’i. Growing up, Kapua immersed herself in the study of Hawaiian botanical skincare, becoming a licensed esthetician and instructor. She and her husband Brandon, a Hawaiian Traditional Medicine practitioner, began crafting customized oils and tinctures for their clients using native Hawaiian botanicals. In 2016, they birthed a brand with only one given name: Honua. Through Honua, which means ‘earth’ in Hawaiian, Kapua channels her passion for expert-formulated skincare that incorporates native plants and farming rituals of Hawai’i, while giving back a portion of her profits to three organizations in her homeland: 'Āina Provide, Hoa 'Āina O Mākaha and the Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative.
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3.8 Based on 18 Reviews
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United States United States
I recommend this product

I loved the original formulation. It was my number one everyday moisturizer. It was super emollient and moisturizing without leaving a white cast. Fantastic for my dry, light-medium skin. They reformulated to remove palm oil and make it more sustainable, which I very much support (save the orangutans!). That said, the new formulation leaves something to be desired. It is a much thinner cream so I have to use another moisturizer underneath. I also find myself using a lot more of this thinner cream product than I did previously with the heavier, more emollient original formulation as I want to be sure I am getting sufficient SPF on my face. It makes me a little dubious that it is still SPF 30 given how lightweight it is and how quickly it seems to disappear, which might actually be a selling point for others lol

Beauty Heroes®

Hi Cece, Thank you so much for this honest review. This is a reformulated version of Malu. We love hearing your comparison to the past formula. Malu is made and thoroughly tested for its SPF 30 claim. It definitely needs to pass this test, so we feel confident it is still an SPF 30. We will be sure to pass this feedback to Honua. We also like adding just a drop of face oil to this formula to make it a litte more moisturizing, just as an option. It still smells and performs the same. Thank you again.

Canada Canada
I recommend this product
Decent but not outstanding

This was a nice, hydrating SPF that sunk in well and didn't leave a white cast (at least on my pale skin). It was too strongly scented for my preference, even though I love jasmine. I also did not appreciate the glass packaging. I know everyone is trying to be more eco-friendly so I understand that glass is infinitely recyclable. However there was a least a weeks worth of product still in the bottle after the pump was no longer able to get it out. Opening up the bottle and whacking it against my hand every morning was not how I wanted to put on my sunscreen and has me concerned about introducing bacteria into the product. Overall it was great for a North American sunscreen but the packaging, price and scent means I'm not about to give up my Korean sunscreen anytime soon.

Gitanjali D.

I really wanted to love this, but had to immediately take this off. Stings my skin. Something in it made me red and blotchy after just 30 seconds. Recommend sampling/ testing before buying. Seemed beautiful when I testing it on the back of my hand, but my face just said NO. Took a few days for the redness to go down. Not sure what is in the formula that caused that reaction. Other people seem to love it.

Susana Y.
top 3 day cream/spf for me

Malu has become a regular day cream/SPF combo for me. It's hydrating, leaves a beautiful glow and balances my skin out. I used this on a Hawaiian vacation and did not burn at all. I sometimes love to mix in the Graydon Face Glow for some tint (and boosted benefits). It does not pill, it works well layered over an oil, and looks great under foundation. Also my husband likes to use it. This is one of my top 3 SPF/day creams for me. I do wish it came in a larger bottle, as this lasts maybe a 1-1.5 months with daily use. I rotate another day cream/SPF so it helps last longer.

Heather K.
My favorite face sunscreen!

I received this product in the Beauty Heroes monthly box and then purchased another one on my own. This sunscreen has a beautiful texture, blends in easily with no white cast and has a light pleasant smell. My pump started having some problems towards the end of the bottle, but overall I am extremely happy with this product. I have been very impressed with Honua the brand and hope to purchase more of their products soon!

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