Red Flower Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil

Japanese beauty rituals afford exhausting encounters with radical beauty. Whether it be dead skin-munching fish or soft skin sweltering baths, they are always subtly evocative of both utilitarian and sensual entities. And, always mystical yet friendly. As strange as the names, ingredients, and even in-process experience may be, anything Asian-inspired is usually going to make you like twice with a curious sense. Never hard to preserve your surprise quotient with Red Flower, the Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil ($44) will make you think twice about deferring any staunch authority to the French when it comes to oils. Ever again.

Intimate as whispers, as delicate weavings of essences through the antioxidant rich Rice Bran and purely refined Monoi oils represent an artful celebration of Zen-like simplicity, without compromising splendor and enchantment of its tenets. So, effervescent is this buttery-yellow, light-bodied oil, that seems to be more a trove of water-drenched florals than organic, rare absolutes extracted and bottles. Feathery light, so it promises to leave no shine behind. Yuzu Oil brings the right degree of provocation and humility with its floral tang, swelling in profusion. It's easy on the senses, but with the perfect amount of edge to balance the citrus-y limbo of Kinmoxel, Wild Lime, Pink Grapefruit and Mimosa oils. If they had stopped here, I’d have been thrilled as just these harmonic essentials lend an indescribable vibrancy on their own merit.

But, no, Red Flower knows just how to tease ‘til the end. Hibiscus, Jasmine (the exotic Jasminum Sambac, how Jasmine would smell in your dreams), and Vetiver essential oils rationally abandon their demure stances to concordantly embrace both the rush of a floral hearts and the dewy lushness of greenery. Overpowering minimalists they are not. With an abstract sense of spiritually sound juicy pinnings that reach a cheery end, you’ll try to lull the senses towards one favourite essence. Don’t bother, as the huile with its multilateral composition is meant to overwhelm and then calm.

And, that it does.