Vanessa Hudgens has been on our Wild Elements vision board from the beginning.
As an actress, she’s conquered hearts and soundtracks in Rent, Grease, Tick, Tick…Boom, and of course High School Musical, along with the upcoming Timothée Chalamet show Entergalactic and the new Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas.
As a style force, she’s worn Moschino to the Met Gala, Schiaparelli to the Tony Awards, and she’s been crowned the “Queen of Coachella” thanks to her many bohemian rhapsodies.
And as a California native, the 33-year-old has a particular ferocity when it comes to the healing power of nature, the importance of desert ecosystems, and the benefits of one native plant: the cactus.
“It’s an incredible source of hydration and antioxidants,” says Hudgens, who took the desert “superplant” as inspiration to join Caliwater, a beverage brand made with foraged opuntia (aka prickly pear cactus) that’s been seasonally harvested to ensure regrowth and plant health. As for human health, Hudgens has fainted twice from dehydration, and hopes Caliwater convinces people “who know they need to hydrate, but don’t necessarily like the taste of water” to consider their wellness in a new way.
Here’s what Vanessa has to say about the power of the desert, the need for a “third eye,” and how not to be hungover after the Oscars afterparties. (Hint: she bottled it for you.)
When did you first fall in love with cactus water?My dear friend, and [Caliwater] co-founder, Oliver Trevena and I were out for drinks. I tried this prickly pear margarita and I was obsessed with it. I wanted to know everything about this magical flavor. When I found out it was from a cactus, it lead us both into this journey of creating Caliwater. I don’t drink a lot of water, admittedly, so creating something that’s just as hydrating and has so many skin health and antioxidant properties was just a plus!
What aspects of Caliwater are you most proud of, sustainability-wise?Not only is our product sustainable, so are our cans. They’re all recyclable!