Japanese Camellia Oil (Tsubaki)


Camellia japonica

Provenance: Japan

About: Also known as tsubaki, Camellia japonica is not to be confused with Camellia oleifera. Camellia oil, specifically that of Camellia japonica, is a classic, time-honored Japanese skincare and haircare ingredient that has been treasured by the women of Japan for thousands of years. And for good reason – camellia oil has the richest antioxidant profile of any botanical oil available. Camellia oil is the preferred oil among Japan’s geisha who use it for both their skin and hair.

Among camellia oil’s roster of skin-nourishing constituents is oleic acid – a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Oleic acid nourishes the skin and when blended with other lipids may help in the overall absorption of topical skin care ingredients. Vitamins A, B, D and E are also present and help keep the skin glowing and youthful.

Camellia oil boosts enzymes that occur naturally in the skin such as superoxide dismutase. This boosting action helps the skin defend itself against external harm and therefore keeps the skin looking healthy and radiant. In addition, camellia oil has been shown to protect the skin from pollution and the damage that airborne pollutants cause to the skin.

Our camellia oil comes from a small-scale farm on the foothills of the Sakurajima volcano in Kyushu. We are firm believers that botanical ingredients from volcanic soil possess a unique, rich, unparalleled mineral profile. We also believe that from an energetic perspective, there is something powerful about volcanic soil and the plants that are born from it. Volcanoes are live, active, and have a mind of their own. Through its strength and power, Sakurajima nourishes the beautiful camellia seeds, and this luscious oil brings this energy of Sakurajima to you.

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