For hundreds of years, ingredients such as camellia seed oil, green tea, sea kelp, rice bran, and sake have been the pillars of the Japanese diet and skincare routine. Drawing on this Eastern wisdom and using some of Japan's most treasured indigenous botanical ingredients and superfoods, each bottle and jar that you take home is overflowing with natural plant-based nutrients, antioxidants, and aromatic extracts that nourish the skin and the senses.
We are constantly inspired by our frequent travels to Japan. We source our ingredients from some of Japan's most renowned artisanal farmers who specialize in traditional growing and processing methods.
A Selection of Our Favorite Japanese Skincare Ingredients
Hinoki Essential Oil:
The scent of hinoki essential oil is heaven. Considered a sacred tree in Japan, hinoki cypress wood is used to build Buddhist temples and shrines. It is also used to build some of Japan’s most beautiful wood bathtubs and bath accessories. Hinoki’s wood has an entrancing aroma that promotes deep relaxation. Find hinoki essential oil in all products from the Hinoki Onsen and Ambrosial Ofuro fragrance collections as well as our seasonal winter fragrance, The Snow Onsen.
Yuzu Essential Oil:
Yuzu fruit has been used by Shinto priests in purification rituals since ancient times. This bright, happy essential oil from the peel of the yuzu fruit is prized for its ability to help relieve stress. Yuzu is also cleansing and promotes detoxification. Find yuzu essential oil in all products from the Rotenburo Air collection, and our winter fragrance, The Snow Onsen.
Ceremonial Grade Kyoto Matcha: A finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, matcha is extremely high in antioxidants and helps fight free radical damage, therefore slowing the aging process both internally and externally. Find matcha in: The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts.
Arame: Harvested off the Ise-Shima peninsula, this organic seaweed provides a myriad of vitamins and minerals including calcium, zinc, and iodine. Arame is a traditional Japanese skincare ingredient that has been used for thousands of years to promote skin and hair health. As with most other seaweeds, arame is a strong detoxifier and promotes the release of excess fluids from the body. Find arame in: The Daily Transformation Soaking Salts.
Wakame: Rich in vital minerals as well as a myriad of B-vitamins, wakame is a nutrient-dense sea vegetable that is also a potent skin healer and is known for its ability to combat signs of aging. We use both wakame fronds and root. Wakame root is particularly nutritious due to its growing conditions on the depths of the cold ocean floor. Our wakame root is harvested in the traditional method - raked by hand by female divers. Find wakame in: The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts and The Kasumi Body Misting Essence.
Sencha Green Tea: From Kyoto, sencha is a delicate type of green tea that has been steamed. Due to this low heat processing method, the tea’s high antioxidant profile is preserved. Sencha is brimming with antioxidants, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Due to the high amount of naturally occurring catechins – powerful antioxidants – green tea is also anti-inflammatory and soothing to the skin. Find sencha in: The Kasumi Body Misting Essence and The Daily Transformation Soaking Salts.
Our camellia oil is obtained from the seeds of organic camellia oleifera.
Highly emollient yet easily absorbed into the skin, camellia oil keeps the skin soft and moist. This luscious oil is prized among Japan’s geisha who have used camellia in their skincare and hair care routines for centuries. Camellia oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins A, B, D, and E and Omega 3, 6, 9. Find camellia oil in Botanical Perfume Oil, and Hikaru Multi-Use Oil.
Used for centuries to keep the skin soft and free of discoloration, sake is nourishing, soothes the skin, and is a strong brightener due to kojic acid. Find sake in: The Kasumi Body Misting Essence.
Also known as gobo,
burdock root is a potent skin-soother and is rich in antioxidants. Burdock root also purifies the pores and is a powerful detoxifier. Find burdock in: The Kasumi Body Misting Essence.
Our shiso oil is obtained from the seeds of organic perilla frutescens
. Sometimes referred to as perilla oil, this lightweight yet moisturizing oil is prized throughout Asia for its healing benefits. It is high in nourishing essential fatty acids and antioxidant-rich rosmarinic acid. We love shiso seed oil because it is lightweight yet extremely hydrating. Find shiso seed oil in Shiso Bath Oil, and Hikaru Multi-Use Oil.
Kombu Sea Kelp:
A nourishing sea vegetable harvested off the coast of Hokkaido, kombu infuses the body with a myriad of essential minerals while it promotes detoxification. Find kombu in The Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts
Harvested from the Sea of Japan, Hon (true) nigari is a product of sea water and is created during the sea salt drying process. The most superior of these nutrient rich crystalline flakes are 99.9% magnesium chloride. Magnesium is THE relaxation mineral. It is an antidote for mental and physical tension that can unwind and relax even the tightest muscles while it decompresses and calms the mind. Find hon nigari in The Japanese Hot Springs Experience Sets.
Rice Bran Oil:
Obtained from the bran or outer layer of the rice grain, this oil is bursting with vitamins. It is believed that rice bran oil helps keep the skin clear of sun spots and is excellent for outdoor use as it may filter out harmful effects of the sun. Find rice bran oil in Hikaru Multi-Use Oil.
Small Batch Craftsmanship & a Dedication to Japanese Beauty
In the spirit of traditional Japanese craftsmanship, we believe that our products are not merely made, but are born. We view each and every product as its own work of art, created to take your skin, soul and senses on a journey to a place of beauty and relaxation.
There is no compromising on the quality of our ingredients here, nor in the quality of our packaging and presentation. We make our products by hand in micro batches at the Amayori Loft which is filled with passion and positivity. We know exactly what goes into every bottle we pour. Not only does this maximize freshness, but it allows us to maintain strict quality control. We are dedicated to “slow beauty,” and we take the time necessary to ensure that every product leaving our door brings you the most incredibly relaxing and rejuvenating experience possible.
Our ingredients are vegan. We never have, nor will we ever, participate in animal testing.