Grand Wailea Maui Spa Grande Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, and Body Lotion Review

The Grand Wailea is like paradise on Earth—unfortunately, the hotel provides toiletries that could be unsuitable for people with sensitive skin or color-treated hair.

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I just got back from a weeklong vacation in Maui, where I spent most of my nights at the Grand Wailea resort. This is a really impressive hotel—the landscaping and gardens are amazing, and once you combine all that with the ocean view, it’s simply breathtaking. Parts of the hotel felt almost Italian or European, with the terra cotta colored tiles. I’m a light packer—between the pair of us, we brought two backpacks, one carry-on roller bag, and one tote bag. Since I hate checking in luggage, that means I have to get by with a TSA-approved bag of liquids/creams. As such, I usually don’t have room to pack my own shampoo and conditioner, because I devote that space to face wash, moisturizer, Differin, contact solution, and hand lotion. For better or for worse, I have to submit my hair to the mercy of the hotel’s shampoo and conditioner. I’ve had a hard time finding a lot of information about hotel toiletries ahead of time, so I’m going to try to blog about any hotel toiletries I use in the future, so that anyone else who’s in the same shoes can know what to expect when they arrive at that hotel.

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Toiletries Review

Today’s review will focus on the products you’ll see in your hotel room if you stay at the Grand Wailea resort in Maui. One thing I noticed is that the hotel is pretty generous about its toiletries—you get two 3.4-oz bottles of each product: shampoo, conditioner, body wash, and body lotion. At other hotels you tend to get one set of 2-ounce bottles (at one hotel, I was barely able to squeeze out enough shampoo to to use for one night). Maybe it’s because they figure that you’re going to shower a lot between pool and the beach sessions, so they provide more than the typical hotel. These toiletries are branded Spa Grande, the on-site spa at the Grand Wailea. Since they just reach the 3.4-oz. limit, that means that you can bring any bottles you don’t use back home with you as a souvenir.

I also liked how the bottles listed the ingredients right on the back. This is really convenient for anyone who has lots of allergies—you can simply scan the ingredient list and know if you’re in the clear. I wasn’t able to find a transcribed list of ingredients on their website, so I had to take pictures of the back of each label and type out the ingredients by hand. That means there may be typos, sorry! I’m also not sure how often they update the types of products they provide at the Grand Wailea, so this is current as of June 2019.

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Body Wash ingredients

water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide mea, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, achillea millefolium extract, cymbopogon schoenanthus extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, melissa officinalis extract, bambus vulgaris extract, oryza sativa (rice) germ extract, shea butter, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, zingbar officinale (ginger) root extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, amia montana flower extract, tributyl citrate, buteth-3, tris(tetramethlbydroxypiperidinol) citrate, panthenol, fragrance, citric acid, tetrasodium edta, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fd&c yellow no. 5 (ci 19140), fd&c red no.4 (ci 14700)

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Lotion ingredients

water, mineral oil, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate, stearic acid, fragrance, dimethicone, polysorbate 60, peg-100 stearate, carbomer, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, sodium acrylates copolymer, hydrogenated polydecene, ppg-1 trideceth-6, potassium hydroxide, tetrasodium edta, panthenol, oryza sativa (rice) germ extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, algae extract, amica montana flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Conditioner ingredients

water, cetearyl alcohol, cetrimonium chloride, glycerin, behentrimonium chloride, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, peg-100 stearate, tetrasodium edta, benzophenone-3, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, panthenol, oryza sativa (rice) germ extract, citric acid, silk amino acids, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, ananas sativus (pineapple) fruit juice, trideceth-9, bisabolol, carica papaya (papaya) fruit juice, trideceth-9, bisabolol, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, algae extract, arnica montana flower extract, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fd&c yellow no. 5 (ci 19140), fd&c red no. 4 (ci 14700)

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Shampoo ingredients

water, sodium laureth sulfate, cocamide mea, sodium chloride, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, fragrance, oryza sativa (rice) germ extract, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract, lavendula angustifolia (lavender) extract, calendula officinalis flower extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, algae extract, arnica montana flower extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, sodium benzoate, hydroxypropyl guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, sodium benzotriazolyl butylphenol sulfonate, tributyl citrate, buteth-3, tris(tetramethylhydroxypiperidinol) citrate, panthenol, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), silk amino acids, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, citric acid, tetrasodium edta, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone, fd&c yellow no. 5 (ci 19140), fd&c red no. 4 (ci 14700)

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango toiletries review

Grand Wailea Spa Grande Honey Mango Toiletries Review

Pros: Lots of soothing and moisturizing ingredients

When you’re at the pool and/or beach all day, soaking up the strong Maui sun, your skin needs a lot of soothing and healing to recover, so you can go out and do it all over again the next day. As such, it’s nice to see that a lot of these products contain the same handful of soothing, moisturizing ingredients: lavendula angustifolia (lavender) extract, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, arnica montana flower extract, shea butter, coconut oil, salvia officinalis (sage) leaf extract, zingiber officinale (ginger) root extract. These are all great for battling dryness, damage, and irritation from exposing your hair and skin to salty seawater, chlorine pool water, and UV radiation. The hair products (shampoo and conditioner) also contain silk amino acids. It didn’t do a fabulous job of combatting the frizziness of my hair, since it’s still pretty humid in Hawaii, but I thought it was an average shampoo and conditioner.

Cons: Not so good for color-treated hair or sensitive skin

Both the body wash and the shampoo contain sodium laureth sulfate high up on the ingredient list, which helps make them extra foamy and easy to distribute through your hair and on your body, but also means that the shampoo is less than ideal for color-treated hair.

All four Honey Mango products smell very similar: a bit of a fruit gummy-esque smell, like mango pineapple gummy rings at the candy store. It’s a very artificial-like fragrance but definitely not unpleasant. However, the high amount of fragrance and sulfates may be irritating for some people with sensitive skin.

The shampoo, conditioner, and body wash also contain methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone, two ingredients that are only permitted in rinse-off formulas because they can be irritating when they make long-term contact with the skin. This may explain why they’re not included in the body lotion, which is a “leave-on” product rather than a “rinse-off” product. The lotion uses phenoxyehtanol as its preservative system instead. All four products state “paraben free” on the label, which means that they must use other types of preservatives instead.

Although preservatives like methylchloroisothiazolinone and methylisothiazolinone are usually included in small amounts, they can be irritating for some people, so make sure you’re ok with these before slathering them all over your scalp and body. These preservatives are also found in Kirkland Signature Moisture Shampoo so I figured that they would be ok for me to use. Another thing to note is that these products contain dyes that lend a pleasing yellow-orange-pink color palette: fd&c yellow no. 5 (ci 19140) and fd&c red no. 4 (ci 14700). I generally like to avoid exposing my skin to unnecessary dyes as much as possible, so I wish they had opted to leave these dyes out, even if the general look of the product would be less “tropical” or festive as a result.

All in all, I think that the Grand Wailea resort provides a nice set of toiletries for guests who don’t have allergies or color-treated hair. If you’re allergic to any of the preservatives, dyes, or other ingredients in these products, you might need to walk over to the nearby grocery store, Island Gourmet Markets, to pick up more suitable options. This grocery store also stocks sunscreen, but if you want to save some money, try out the complimentary sunscreen at the Grand Wailea first—I liked it quite a bit. The hotel provides SPF 30 and SPF 50 sunscreen at various locations, including the valet desk at the front entrance as well as around the pool areas. I’ll make sure to write about that sunscreen in more detail in a separate post!

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