July 30, 2015
Our understanding of geishas might not extend much beyond Memoirs Of A Geisha – both book and film – but it’s common consensus that they’re the epitome of Japanese elegance and beauty. So when there’s a beauty brand that promises to give us access to the supposed secrets behind geisha’s beauty, we definitely want in on that. Here’s the story behind TATCHA: Founder Victoria Tsai discovered the Miyakofuzoku Kewaiden, or “Capital Beauty and Style Handbook”, while on a trip to Kyoto and the three volumes about beauty and elegance are considered to be the oldest beauty books in Japan. They form the inspiration behind the brand, which is all about using gentle natural ingredients such as Japanese wild rose, peony and colloidal oatmeal, with a touch of the luxurious in the form of gold, silk and pearl.
As Japanese summers get quite intense, TATCHA has come up with a geisha-inspired summer regime as well, and we’re definitely taking notes, since that’s all-year-round here in Singapore:
Start off with the PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil, a blend of camellia and rice bran oils that contains no mineral oil and completely emulsifies – no double cleansing necessary. Camellia Oil, known as tsubaki, have long been a popular beauty ingredient in Asia, thanks to its ability to moisturise deeply and anti-oxidise.
Make the PETAL FRESH Original Aburatorigami Beauty Papers a mainstay in your handbag, as these are one of the most luxurious blotting papers we’ve seen, ever, as they’re handmade and contain actual gold flakes. They’re inspired by Kyoto’s gold leaf artisans, who once made gold into extremely thin leaves to decorate the pavilions in the time of Imperial Japan. They’re also the geisha’s secrets to looking impeccable even with the heavy makeup and layers upon layers of kimono in the heat.
Top off with the LUMINOUS Dewy Skin Mist, containing red algae, hyaluronic acid and botanical oils to add moisturisation and a glow. Geishas have used facial waters made from plant extracts for a long time to keep their complexions flawless.
The bad news is that TATCHA is currently unavailable in Singapore, but can be purchased at Joyce Beauty, which has multiple branches in Hong Kong (not that far away). Or, order the products online from tatcha.com. Trust us, they’re worth the trouble.