Rice Bran Beauty

Archeus has drawn some of its inspiration for its range of skincare products from the beauty rituals of the extraordinary geisha and maiko of Japan. I have had the good fortune to visit Japan a number of times. In my pre-Archeus life I spent some time promoting Japanese culture in the UK and was immersed in the wonders of Japanese creative expression ranging from ceramics and architecture, to Bunraku and Noh theatre and on into the visual worlds of ukiyo-e ('pictures of the floating world' - don't you love that!) and its contemporary form - manga.

In August this year I spent time in Kyoto and spoke with women there about their beauty rituals. I have created the Archeus Facial Cleansing Oil based on the traditional Japanese use of camellia and rice bran oil, and green tea and algae extracts. Traditionally one of the highest compliments that could be paid to a Japanese woman was to say she was a Nuka-Bijin, or 'rice bran beauty'.

Apprentice geisha are called maiko, which means 'dance child'. It is said that geisha inhabit an alternate reality which they call the karyūkai or "the flower and willow world."

See - we are never far from Nature. 


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