Over the Christmas holidays I was doing some shopping on the website bookoutlet.ca they sell discounted books in near perfect condition. [highly recommend you check them out especially if you have kids that like to read] Whilst looking through their online catalog I came across a book I had previously been interested in but had never picked up: Pure Skin: Discover the Japanese Ritual of Glowing by Victoria Tsai. The author Victoria Tsai is the founder of the beauty company Tatcha, this is what first sparked my interest in this book.
I absolutely love the brand Tatcha; if you haven’t heard of them I’ll give you a few minutes to do a deep dive on their website or Sephora. They have so many amazing reviews and a cult-like following and it’s not hard to figure out why – their products are incredible. Their formulas are luxurious yet simple, and their packaging is decadent and clean. With all those compliments in mind, the one thing I don’t love about Tatcha is the price.
Within this book, many different topics are covered: ingredients, sequence of skincare steps, differences between American and Japanese skincare regimens, etc. What I found most interesting is the book’s concept as a whole. Victoria Tsai explains what steps Geisha’s and Maiko’s (a Geisha apprentice) take to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize their skin, etc. She also explains the importance of each step, the ingredients used within each step, and the importance of their skincare regimen as a whole. My predominant thought while combing through all of this information was the question: Where are Geishas and Maikos getting their skincare from?
I fell down the traditional Japanese skincare rabbit hole. Once in said rabbit hole, I had to try some of the products I was coming across; it was at this moment that I realized it was time for a haul. I came across 2 companies during my search, the first was Chidoriya and the second was Wawaza, I ordered a small variety of products from each company.
I’m looking forward to posting about each haul as a whole and then going deeper into each product in the future. However, I first wanted you to know what had inspired my curiosities and essentially what comes down to is Tatchas inspirations & dupes or their products.