The Geisha Standard: Tsubaki



Camellia oil is having its moment. The long-revered secret of the geishas is an oil that is cold pressed from Japanese Camellia buds. Camellia aka Tsubaki aka Cha Hua flowers (pink, white or red variations are all seen) are native to Japan and North China, where they blossom in November and stay fresh even under the snow. Within six months the seeds are ripened and used for expressing the purest natural oil with precious qualities for skin. Ultralight with a silken slip, Camellia oil protects skin from harmful UV and environmental damage with Vitamins A, B, and E, forming a thin shield against strong sun rays and change of temperatures. It’s also known to protect from age spots, freckles and excessive pigmentation, which makes having a body oil so important for exposed skin on the décolleté, shoulders, and feet.

Impressed?  Intrigued? Consider Aroma M’s newest launch, the organically derived Bath & Body Oil ($60), a go-to product that brings an ephemeral blend of Jasmine, Geranium, Frankincense, Moroccan Rose and Neroli blended in Camellia. Perfectly fruity and citrus, the greaseless oil is a subtle balance of the essences. The Jasmine is simple and clean lacking any sharp edges while the Neroli proves to be a gorgeous match with its timid showing. The Frankincense is thankfully obscure at best at least on my skin. But, I reckon the oil won’t disappoint Jasmine fans at all.

Distinctive, striking, and poetic in form, it’s the kind of wearable body oil you can use in the morning and slip on your day’s dress right after.  It's so quick in its absorb that it almost qualifies as a dry oil in feel. What makes this a standout treatment is the delicate floral influences and japonisme of beauty in the ingredients. It's interesting as I've been seeing more of Camellia oil than ever before. As such, you sense that Maria McElroy (founder of Aroma M) knew her body oil had to be something different to keep pace with the hot on trend love for all things oils.

If so, she got it so, so right.

Price: $$$
Scent Classification: Floral
Viscosity: Ultralight Viscosity