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camellia japonica oil in takamichi shampoo


A Powerful Natural Workhorse Ingredient for Hair & Skin

You're not alone if you’ve never heard of Tsubaki oil (camellia seed oil). It’s been used by Japanese geisha for hundreds of years to remove heavy makeup and to cleanse their faces deeply. And today, it remains a self-care staple for many Japanese people, it's found in any hair beauty supply store in Japan. “I’ve used camellia oil since childhood,” recalls Takamichi Saeki. “I have sweet memories of my grandmother massaging me as a kid with it. It’s a very effective ingredient.” 

Pressed from the seeds of the beautiful flower found native to Ōshima Island, camellia oil is a powerful natural workhorse. In addition to brimming with skin-boosting antioxidants and squalene, it also boasts rich amounts of fatty acids Omega-3, 6, and 9. And camellia oil is extremely lightweight, unlike other comedogenic oils found in many skincare products (coconut, flax seed oil, and wheat germ oil). It won’t clog pores and absorbs quickly into the skin with no greasy after-feel. In fact, it’s so compatible with our skin that even people with acne-prone or super-sensitive complexions will benefit from it.

Not surprisingly: camellia oil yields equally versatile and beautiful results in our hair as well. There’s little it can’t do. To start: it strengthens locks and hydrates without weighing hair down. It provides a lustrous, glossy shine. It also helps prevent split ends, dry scalp, and dandruff. Last but not least: camellia oil can shield your hair from damaging elements (like extreme weather and environmental pollutants).

Taking inspiration from his Japanese roots and Japanese culture gifts – “it’s hugely popular in Japan,” says Takamichi – camellia oil is one of the main ingredients from his haircare line.


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