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Kyoto Beauty Secrets
Kyoto Beauty Secrets: We wish to emphasize the deeper, more personal, even spiritual, level of Japanese beauty through our products that are created with many organic and high performance ingredients.
Kyoto Beauty Secrets is inspired by Kyoto-based artist and preserver of kimono culture, Junko Sophie Kakizaki, whose family came from Kyoto 1,100 years ago, the Heian period was the most graceful and refined era in Japanese history. The aristocratic women of that time spent great care and time to live a life of beauty. Even today, the beauty methods of the Heian period remain and we wish to make them available for everyone. We only live once, so our products offer a way so that each of us can live a life of beauty. You can read Junko's perspective on hidden Kyoto by clicking on this link here
The product range is curated as a niche offering for the consumers. A clear focus on an organic and high performance ingredient product curation, inspired by Japanese culture.
The packaging is inspired by insights on value traditions of Japanese arts & crafts that dates back to the Heian period.
Explore a spectrum of Greek beauty customs that transcend time with
Greek Yogurt and Lavender Body Moisturizer
Yogurt and Lavender are deeply interlaced in the Greek culture and were a part of the daily lifestyle during ancient times. While Oxygala was a diet staple, Naardus was a holy herb that constituted the holy essence mentioned in the Song of Solomon. Lavender was known as Nardus in ancient Greece, after the ancient Syrian city of Naarda. It was one of the holy herbs used in Biblical temple to create the holy essence, and Nard as it was popularly called then is also mentioned in the Song of Solomon. This herb aids in skin illumination since it reduces inflammation and is full of antioxidants which protect from the free radicals which make the skin more even toned .
Today the fragrance of lavender is adored in modern homes and lifestyle in various ways like in potpourris, essential oils, incense sticks, aromatic candles, oils and all for it immediately relaxes and puts one at ease. But at one point in time it was a holy herb in Greece - The cradle of western civilization. When you curate this holy herb with a yogurt enriched body moisturizer, you can cradle yourself in calmness even in the middle of chaos.
Greek Charcoal Face Mask
Greeks love beauty and primarily physical beauty. They have always been aware of the natural ageing process of the body and have worked on slowing it down cosmetically. In fact the word cosmetics originates from the Greek word Cosmotikos dating back to 17th century. It was no surprise that dark eye-shadows were a trend back then too. A sign of prestige and beauty in ancient Greece, Charcoal meant healthy skin. Famously called the “Black Magic” and used by Hippocrates and Pliny, Charcoal provided a perfect blend of science and beauty with its spinning electrons that deeply cleansed the skin.
Discover the enchanting beauty rituals of ancient Egypt with
Egyptian Honey and Castor Hair Oil
The most talked about and a beautiful woman of her time, Cleopatra, was known worldwide for her mesmerizing beauty and mystifying appeal. Her long black and lustrous tresses, a part of that charm, were molded due to her long known beauty secret – which was honey and castor oil. The secret of her divine beauty were in the simple and natural ingredients. Emollient properties of honey made a part of her hair care regimen.
Egyptian Gold Dust Peel Off Face Masque
Gold, depicted by the symbol 'Nebu' in ancient Egypt, has come to define the ancient civilization in the modern world. The 'divine metal' was believed to come from the Sun God, Ra, and its mining, which was primarily done in the region of Nubia, was controlled by a royal monopoly. It is said that the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra often slept with a gold mask on, to keep her skin supple and nourished. Read more about unique stories of gold in Egyptian culture here.
Discover the floral brilliance of Indian beauty rituals and the uniqueness of Panchamrita with
Indian Milk and Saffron Toner
As pure as divinity allows, Panchamrita or the honeydew of India’s ancient tradition & culture brings us one of the pious combinations – Milk & Saffron. From ancient Indian Queens to modern day brides of India are familiar with taking a bath in a royal milk bath before nuptials, since milk not only makes skin soft and bright but also takes care of the pores. Saffron or ‘Kesar’, the auspicious spice of the Gods, symbolizes ‘Agni’ or Fire that burns away the darkness and brings life and is widely used in India for religious purposes and offerings to gods. While saffron is well known for its healing benefits, it is also believed to tone the skin to get rid of acne and enhance the skin glow.
Indian Rose and Kewda Body Mist
Since ancient times fragrance and aroma have been a part of the Indian tradition. Historically, in India, perfumery tradition dates back to over 5000 years. Rose finds its mention in the Kama sutra, an ancient Indian Hindu text, written during 400 BC. It states that a lady should grow roses to create the right ambience for love. Rose helps you to unwind and relax, whereas Kewda, offered as an ‘Attar’ - a perfume for gods and goddesses post bathing of the idol, will mark your presence anywhere you go & is one of the strongest, most delightful and richest fragrance ever found. The combination of Rose and Kewda is used in the Indian Panchamrita ritual and makes a truly divine combination.
Discover Indian Vedic Ritual with
Shringar Ras, literally means the rasa or flavors of beauty in every Indian art form. We have curated a beauty regime inspired from divine Vedic rituals, an offering of the best and the most exquisite natural heirlooms inspired by Indian beauty traditions.View collection
Experience exceptional beauty rituals amidst the rich tapestry of Japanese beauty traditions with
Japanese Adzuki Beans Facewash
In Japan, beauty translates to flawless skin, youth and purification, having preserved some of the most natural skin care secrets since ancient times. Originally a part of the royal beauty treatment, Adzuki beans are one of the hidden skin-exfoliating secrets of Japanese women’s beauty regime, used as early as the Nara Period (710-794 AD) which became even more popular since the 18th century. Japanese women used this powdered delicacy to cleanse and purify their skin.
Japanese Camellia Illuminating Cream
So much science is hidden in the 'Tsubaki' Camellia flower, that carry within them the wisdom of generations of women. The Geishas, for instance, would use camellia oil (the essential ingredient in our exquisite illuminating cream) to clean their makeup and nourish their hair.View collection
Shringar Ras - The Indian Flavors Of Beauty
Shringar Ras, literally means the rasa or flavors of beauty in every Indian art form. We have curated a beauty regime inspired from divine Vedic rituals, an offering of the best and the most exquisite natural heirlooms inspired by Indian beauty traditions.
Chandani Avahana Ubtan
Inspired from one of the most unique beauty traditions of India, Ubtan, is a meld of beautiful native ingredients. The Chandani Avahana Ubtan, is a fine fusion of Chandan and Chaandi that exfoliates and deeply purifies the skin.
This creamy mousse is generously drizzled with a wide concoction of essential oils like lavender, geranium, bergamot, olive fruit, calendula, evening primrose along with aloe vera extracts. The sandalwood and silver revitalize and tone the skin. They are also anti-inflammatory agents and help in acne reduction.
You can masque – scrub and cleanse your face with this lepana for invocation or avahana of a moonlit shine.
Pushpanjali Floral Dew
Inspired by the Indian vedic ritual of ‘Pushpanjali’, that relays the message of devotion through an offering, or arghya, of flowers to the Gods above. This Pushpanjali Floral Dew is a fine blend of wispy floral absolutes like Lavender, Chamomile, Rosemary, Bergamot, Frangipani, and Patchouli.
The dew transforms your beauty ritual by not just giving you a superior toning experience but also a harmless and memorable sensory affair.
It tones, brightens, heals and hydrates to reveal a dewy glow.
Ghrit Aarti Skin Salve
This luxurious and altruistic Ghrit Aarti skin salve holds true to symbols of aradhana. According to Ayurveda, Ghee enhances ‘Ojas’ or life energy. This rich silky emulsion melts into a rich buttery experience and is generously blessed with the sattvik ghee and jasmine- tuberose absolute to help you nourish your skin. It illuminates, rejuvenates and freshens up the face, thus lighting up an aarti (dissolving ratri or night) and revealing a divine glow.View collection
From the verdant rose valleys to the exquisite Hammam, experience the essence of Turkish beauty practices with
Turkish Watermelon and Argan Oil Day Cream
The watermelon, or the 'Turkish gourd or Turkish cucumber', as it was known in 17th century England, began its journey in Africa, and made its way east. However it was the Ottoman Turks who, centuries later, would take it across their vast empire and introduce the luscious fruit to an array of cultures.
Turkish women, for instance, have used watermelon juice on their faces since the Ottoman era to keep their skin hydrated. Our Turkish Watermelon & Argan Oil Day Cream finds inspiration in this treasured Turkish ritual.
Embrace the luscious hydration of the watermelon with our Turkish Watermelon Day Cream. Enriched with Vitamin - C and lycopene, this light cream is easy to apply and keeps the skin hydrated throughout the day. It also has liquorice extracts which offers natural sun protection and Argan oil which is a natural emollient that helps soften the skin.
Turkish Rose and Mint Shampoo and Conditioner
Turkish Hammams smelled of freshness and relaxation and the Turkish women knew it quiet well. The rose, or gül as it is called in Turkish, has been blossoming throughout Turkish land and culture for generations. It was commonly used in the Hammams or Turkish baths to cleanse the body, due to its refreshing fragrance, leaving one perfumed and rejuvenated. One must not forget the Turkish Mint tea with tea leaves and sugar for more that was provided after a hot Hammam Bath for freshness and on a healthy note.View collection
Thailand has unique cultural rituals that maybe many of us are unaware of, one of which is the Luk-Pra-Kob or Thai Herbal Compress, used in traditional herbal medicine for over 400 years. They are made up of traditional, healing and aromatic local herbs, with lemongrass being one of the main ingredients. It is composed of resplendent, locally sourced ingredients, in accordance with ancient recipes.
Thai Lemongrass Body Cleanser
Lemongrass oil is used in the compress as well as a body oil for massage to rejuvenate and revive muscles, it is infused with anti- fungal and anti- microbial properties which helps improve the appearance of skin by countering acne, skin infections, etc. It also has excellent astringent properties, they help in making the skin more smooth and soft. The benefits of the rejuvenating and healing Luk – Pra –Kob concoction makes it an excellent ingredient to experience as it leaves a long lasting effect on the skin.