We Talk Starting Your Own Eco-Conscious Company, Self-Care, and her Moonstone-infused Oil with Maluhia Moonstone Founder, Cait Regan
WORDS BY GEORGIA BRISCO
If you’ve ever happened across Cait Regan − or even just her Instagram − you’ll know what we mean when we say she is actual sunshine. Driven by a love for life and our planet, Cait inspires change in all the best ways: through fierce compassion and raising awareness kindly and accessibly – and a whole lot of cute, ethically-made summer outfits, too.
Cait recently launched her newest company, Maluhia Moonstone, which is – are you ready for it? – a collection of 100% natural, moonstone-infused products, sustainably created and hand-made. Romance in a bottle, if you will. Her Maluhia Moonstone Oil is the collection’s first baby, and we were over the moon (get it?) to be able to chat with her about it all.
Cait! It’s really lovely to be chatting with you. Thanks for taking the time. First thing’s first: you recently got married! You guys are truly beautiful together. Congratulations! Does it all still feel a bit surreal?
Thank you!!! Totally! It was truly a dream and it all went by so fast! We still giggle at the fact that we get to call each other husband and wife now! It’s the best.
We adore your vibe and everything you stand for. Can you tell us a little about your journey into a sustainable, compassionate lifestyle?
You guys are so sweet! Thank you! For me, it was truly a no-brainer. I’ve been a “closet hippy” my whole life. I’ve always had immense love and care for animals, our planet, and the ocean! Once I did my research and put two and two together, it was an overnight switch to a sustainable, plant-based lifestyle! I’ve been vegan for over a year now and I’ll never look back, only forward.
You’re a true beach bum. Do you have a favourite beach holiday destination?
Oooh, that’s a tough one! There are so many beautiful places in the world. But I’d have to say that most recently my favourite beaches were on North Shore Kauai! Tunnels is UNREAL! Truly a magical place.
“I wanted to create a high vibrational product that not only looks beautiful but benefits both the skin and the mind.”
Without thinking about it too much, what are the five essentials you can’t travel without?
Comfy clothes, sunglasses, Moonstone Oil, my film camera, and WATER! Hydration is key! If there was seven, I’d add in some reef safe, non-toxic sunscreen and bikinis.
Okay, the topic we’re most excited about: your Maluhia Moonstone Oil recently launched and we’re beyond thrilled for you and also intrigued. How did your idea for the oil manifest?
EEEK! It’s been a long time coming! I actually have a tattoo on my right shoulder from when I was eighteen that says, “Maluhia Aloha”. Maluhia means “peace” or “welcoming peace” in Hawaiian and is truly so beautiful. I’ve always had a passion for holistic skincare as an esthetician and knew I needed to create something. Moonstone is my favourite stone for so many reasons: it provides calmness, promotes inspiration, soothes emotional instability and stress! It’s considered the stone for “new beginnings” as it’s a stone of inner growth, peace, and strength. Since both Maluhia and Moonstone represent peace in some way, I knew instantly that this was the right name for my product. I wanted to create a high vibrational product that not only looks beautiful but benefits both the skin and the mind.
The Moonstone oil has actual crushed moonstone infused in it, which sounds too magical for words. Can you tell us a little more about the benefits of using moonstone in the oil?
The moonstone itself actually has no direct benefit to the skin besides providing a glow! By wearing the moonstone on your skin, you are carrying the healing properties of the stone with you! Everything that the moonstone has to offer for your body & mind, is carried with you while you wear the product. Moonstone is so powerful! The benefit for the skin you are receiving is from the base of our oil, which is organic, cold pressed rosehip oil, an antioxidant powerhouse!
The oil’s made from entirely natural, organic ingredients. How did you go about formulating it? Was it a whole lot of trial and error?
I have been messing around with my own formulations for about eight months and finally found one that was simple, yet effective. Rosehip oil is one of my favourites, as it’s naturally orange-golden in colour which takes the glow factor to another level! It’s considered a dry oil as well, which means it absorbs quickly into the skin. It provides hydration and a dewy glow without being sticky or leaving a thick residue. It’s beautiful!
You had us at the glow alone, but what are the oil’s other benefits?
The oil is a POWERHOUSE! Not only is it great for a glow, it’s loaded with vitamin A, C, E, and essential fatty acids to keep your skin nourished and plump! Rosehip has wonderful anti-inflammatory properties and is great for reducing the appearance of acne scars, sun damage, and hyperpigmentation. It reduces free radicals, so it’s amazing for its anti-ageing properties as well! I could go on and on. Haha!
“My biggest advice is to GO FOR IT! Don’t focus on the “what if’s”. Take your time to create what you’d like, and then take the risk. There’s no room for self-doubt if you want success. You can and you will do it, just believe in yourself wholeheartedly.”
Sustainability and being conscious of our environmental impact seem super important to you. Would you say your Moonstone Oil reflects those values?
Absolutely! We use ZERO plastic or single-use waste for our packaging! All of our packaging items are made from recycled material, and our moonstone oil is packaged in glass bottles! Sustainability is HUGE and we truly believe that everyone has the power to make a difference. Being environmentally friendly is extremely important to us.
Are we right in saying your Maluhia Moonstone Oil is the first to launch in a range of moonstone-infused products? Any hints at future possibilities?
You are RIGHT! Our line is focused solely on the power of Moonstone! But you can be on the lookout for another product in the near future that we will be adding to our line. Hint: essential oils & flower extracts!
“There are 7.6 billion people in the world and only ONE you . . . We live in a world where everyone wants to be like everyone else when there’s truly nothing better than being authentically yourself.”
You’re an incredible advocate for self-love and self-care. What are your favourite tips for being kind to ourselves in today’s (oftentimes overwhelming) world?
Self-love is everything! I’m a firm believer that we cannot truly love anything or anyone else to its fullest extent unless we love ourselves first. There are 7.6 billion people in the world and only ONE you. That’s fucking amazing. Embrace your uniqueness. Embrace your weirdness. We live in a world where everyone wants to be like everyone else when there’s truly nothing better than being authentically yourself. Wake up in the morning, look in the mirror, and tell yourself you’re one in 7.6 billion and that’s badass! There’s no one like yourself, and that alone is beautiful. Detach yourself from society’s norms and focus on the real importance of life. Life is more than selfies and comparisons. Embrace what the world truly has to offer!
Do you have one piece of advice you’d give to someone thinking about starting their own eco-conscious brand?
My biggest advice is to GO FOR IT! Don’t question yourself. Don’t focus on the “what if’s”. Take your time to create what you’d like, and then take the risk. There’s no room for self-doubt if you want success. You can and you will do it, just believe in yourself wholeheartedly. You got this!