A Love of the Japanese Pantry
Our products are inspired by a passion for the traditional Japanese pantry and the incredible natural ingredients that serve as its pillars. Japan is host to some of the longest-living people on earth. The ingredients at the core of the Japanese diet - such as kombu sea kelp, green tea, and rice - not only promote internal wellness and a sense of harmony, or wa, but have also been treasured ingredients of the Japanese skincare routine for centuries.
The key tenets of the Japanese kitchen include simplicity and the appreciation of the beauty of each individual ingredient. The same goes for our formulations. We believe in celebrating simplicity and nature, and so you will never find fillers and chemicals in any of our products.
Sourcing and Ingredient Selection
We have an obsession with traditional Japanese farming and harvesting methods. Many crafts, including small-scale farming, the making of sake, and the harvesting of botanical ingredients such as tea and sea vegetables, are considered to be an almost spiritual art in Japan. Many of these methods are passed down from generation to generation, with artisans dedicating their entire lives to their crafts.
We honor these beautiful traditions through our ingredient selection process. We are dedicated to the highest standard of natural ingredients and are uncompromising on quality.
All our ingredients are vegan. We never have, nor will we ever, participate in animal testing.
Discover a selection of some of our favorite Japanese skincare ingredients below.
Japanese Essential Oils
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.
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 Body Misting Essence and the Daily Transformation Soaking Salts.
Japanese Sea Vegetables
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 Body Misting Essence.
Kombu: 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.
Japanese Salts & Minerals
Hon Nigari: Often used in making tofu of the highest quality, our nigari is sourced from Japan's oldest nigari maker. 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.
Okinawan Sea Salt: Harvested from the pristine coral sea water that surrounds Ishigaki Island of Okinawa and processed using a patented misting system, these extraordinary salts contain over four dozen trace minerals including an incredible amount of calcium. Find Okinawan sea salt in the Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts .
Sake: Beloved in Japan, sake is used to keep the skin free of discoloration. Sake is nourishing while it softens and soothes the skin, and is a strong brightener due to kojic acid. Find sake in the Body Misting Essence.
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.
Other Traditional Japanese Ingredients
Camellia Oil: Our camellia oil is obtained from the seeds of the wild crafted camellia Japonica plant. 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.
Yomogi (Japanese Mugwort): Yomogi has been used in Japanese baths since ancient times. It is believed to relax the muscles, clear the skin of blemishes and discoloration, and reduce inflammation. Find yomogi in the Shizumi Luxury Bath Salts and the Body Misting Essence.
Burdock Root: 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 Body Misting Essence.
Shiso Oil: 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.
Small Batch Craftsmanship & A Dedication to Japanese Beauty
We view each and every product as its own work of art, created to take your skin, soul and senses to a place of beauty and relaxation.
We make our products by hand in microbatches at the Amayori Loft, which is filled with passion and a dedication to Japanese beauty. We know exactly what goes into every bottle we pour. Not only does this ensure freshness, but it allows us to maintain strict quality control.