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Head-to-toe beauty benefits of Japanese charcoal (binchotan)

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What is Japanese charcoal? Japanese wood charcoal (aka binchotan or white charcoal) is the highest grade of activated charcoal available, and has long been used for cleansing and cooking purposes in Japan. It is derived...

6 reasons to love traditional Japanese bar soaps

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Why would you ever go back to bar soap, with so many fancy bodywashes on the market? Even worse, who’d dare rub bar soap on their (gasp) face? Although our impression of bar soap in...

The different types of Japanese sheet masks

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Have you ever wanted to try a Japanese sheet face mask, but had no clue where to begin? With literally hundreds of varieties out there, we don’t blame you! Japanese beauty brands have formulated sheet...

Why should you use a foaming cleanser on your face?

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Why create foam with your facial cleanser? Foam acts as cushion that guards your skin from abrasion, harsh rubbing and drying out. If you find yourself tugging at your skin to remove stubborn make-up, you...

Umeboshi: the Japanese superfood to indulge in this summer

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This summer, we’ve got our eyes on skin-boosting superfood umeboshi, a salted Japanese plum that’s packed with powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients. Umeboshi is made of the “ume” fruit that is indigenous to Japan. When...

Getting creative with Japanese sun protection

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If you’ve read our post on J-Beauty sunscreens, you’re probably already familiar with the amazing benefits of sunscreens from Japan. But Japanese people are very conscious of sun protection, and they take measures beyond even...

5 Skincare benefits of licorice root extract (glycyrrhizinate)

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Derived from the glycyrrhiza glabra plant, licorice has long been prized in Japan due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. Scientists more recently discovered that licorice root extract is an emulsifier, which allows both...

Benefits of Tsubaki oil (camellia seed oil) for hair

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What is tsubaki oil? Tsubaki (soo-bah-kee) aka camellia oil is cold-pressed from the seeds of camellia japonica, a gorgeous flowering tree native to Japan. The oil is prized for its beauty benefits in Japan by...

Scalp treatment with Japanese head spas

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In the quest to achieve gorgeous and healthy locks, our scalps often take a back seat in hair care. Considering that the scalp is where hair growth begins, it’s pretty darn important. Let’s take a...