Have you traveled to Japan? You might be surprised to learn that the intricate beauty rituals of Geishas are believed to be at least 300 years old. Sitting down to breakfast in Finland, I read about Victoria Tsai, a beauty executive who started her career in her Asian family's beauty boutique. She had a chance encounter with the Geisha community and discovered a 200 year old beauty manual. Tsai then created the skincare company, Tatcha. Clearly, she's achieved world-wide appeal! I was very glad to hosted to experience the new Indigo collection.
By the way, I read over my breakfast that Tsai starts her day with egg whites, a kale smoothie and green tea -- always! She also hits the treadmill first thing in the morning. That's all pretty inspirational and well, food for thought. That lets you know how important it is to be in synergy, with your eating habits, wellness, exercise and beauty products.
This is what they say in regards to the use of indigo in beauty products -- a whole new concept, by the way:
Distinctive in color, Indigo has long been regarded for its deeply soothing and restorative powers. During the Edo Period, Japan’s noble samurai wore a layer of Indigo-dyed cotton beneath their armor to help heal injuries; in Japan, the color is often referred to as “Samurai Blue.”
The stems, leaves and petals of the Indigo plant are steeped in water and fermented to make a concentrated botanical extract. Significant scientific research shows that Indigo is remarkably effective at relieving symptoms of those suffering from conditions such as dermatitis, and may be used in place of steroids and other prescription treatments.
Indigo has a long tradition of healing, though -- both the plant dye and the color/light frequency itself. Just looking at the color indigo is soothing: I've been in special light therapy bathtubs, both at The Greenbrier and a B & B in Maryland, 202 Dover, and indigo was always the most relaxing, chill-out color. It's like your heart slows down and relaxes looking at indigo. Here's what some experts say about the color of indigo HERE.
Indigo as a plant has been used for thousands of years. In recorded historic times, Marco Polo wrote about indigo. It's important in Indian Ayurvedic medicine and has some interesting use potential. You can read about HERE.
The Soothing Silk Body Butter is a deep, deep indigo -- chock full of it -- but the color disappears when you rub it in -- don't worry that it will stain your hands! It's got a rich, pudding texture. I have a terribly itchy back. I'm constantly asking my husband to look to "see why it's so itchy". I don't know what I'm expecting him to answer . . . perhaps that there's an ant farm crawling around back there? Anyway, the indigo in the body butter has brought a true sense of relief. It's not greasy or oily, either. It doesn't affect my ability to change into clothes.
You know how your hands get all irritated and raw when traveling? Whether it's the great outdoors, airplane cabins, carrying luggage, etc., it's good to have something soothing and effective right on hand. Soothing Silk Hand Cream is perfect for a 3-1-1 bag, and has a narrow tip on its tube for targeted application.
Both creams have a fresh, vegetal-herb scent, so it's definitely perfect for unisex use.
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