Tatcha is a skin care company with its roots in Japanese (specifically Geisha) beauty treatments. I have talked about their skin care HERE. Now they have a new line of body care and skin care that uses Indigo as it's source of inspiration and treatment. I am honored to have been given a sample of the body butter and hand cream to try.
|As always, the Tatcha packaging is exquisite!|
According to Tatcha, Indigo has been used for as a soothing and restorative treatment.
"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."
|As always, the Tatcha packaging is exquisite!|
Tatcha goes on to cite that
"...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.'"This got me thinking. I am fascinated with Japan, and it's culture. The Samurai were something I have always admired as highly disciplined warriors, but until I started doing some research I thought all Samurai were men. Not so. About 700 years BEFORE the Edo Period in Japan lived a Female Samurai or onna-bugeish named Tomoe Gozen. Her story is not 100% certain, but what we do know is incredibly heroic for any samurai male or female. It is believed that Tomoe Gozen fought and survived through the Genpei War. (The first major war between samurai clans) And during the battle of Awazu, Tomoe even took the head of a rival samurai, which is an incredible honor for any samurai who defeated an opposing warrior in combat. Her story, as old in the Tale of the Heike, (considered by many to be historical fact rather than fictional poetry) is one of a strong and beautiful warrior.
Image from http://japanese.lingualift.com/blog/tomoe-gozen-the-female-samurai/
"Tomoe was especially beautiful, with white skin, long hair, and charming features. She was also a remarkably strong archer, and as a swordswoman she was a warrior worth a thousand, ready to confront a demon or a god, mounted or on foot. She handled unbroken horses with superb skill; she rode unscathed down perilous descents. Whenever a battle was imminent, Yoshinaka sent her out as his first captain, equipped with strong armor, an oversized sword, and a mighty bow; and she performed more deeds of valor than any of his other warriors."
— The Tale of the Heike
|Tomoe Gozeni mage from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Y%C5%8Dsh%C5%AB_Chikanobu_Tomoe_Gozen.jpg|
You know what she sounds like? She sounds like a real Kick Ass Samurai! And because all women should be princesses I now dub Tomoe as a Samurai Princess! A princess takes care of her skin, and I think if I were a Samurai 900 years ago and if Tatcha was around then, I would have luxuriated with the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter and Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream.
If I was in Tomoe's place, I imagine after a long day of sword and archery practice, I would bathe and then apply the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter to my bruised and battered arms and legs. Possibly a few scrapes might have been obtained, and the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk body butter would blend and absorb easily into my dry skin.
The fragrance would be light enough for daily use and not too strong as to inhibit a good night's rest. The body butter would almost instantaneously smooth and soothe my dry skin, and it never feels greasy or sticky. It is a medium thick body butter with an indigo blue color, but none of the color shows up on the skin and the thickness of the cream makes it perfect for applying night or day.
As with all Tatcha products, a little goes a long way. This body butter has lasted me months so far, and I'm not even finished yet.
If I were Tomoe, I would have rough hands from holding and fighting with a sword and using a bow and arrow. How my fingers would ache after a long battle. I bet if I had some Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream I could still wield my sword without it feeling slippery in my grasp.
That's because the hand cream absorbs quickly and never ever feels greasy. If it ever feels sticky, it's probably because I applied too much. Like all Tatcha products, a little goes a long way. I don't use this hand cream as often as I should, but the tube has lasted me for a few months now.
I can tell you that I do love both the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter and the Tatcha Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream. They are certainly a luxury as the price is high compared to hand creams and body butters at the local drugstore. The quality is unparalleled...so there is that. If you want a real indulgence and possible healing benefits from your body care products, then you NEED to check out the Tatcha Indigo products for yourself.
You can purchase the Tatcha Indigo collection directly from the Tatcha website or from Barneys New York. The Indigo Soothing Silk Body Butter comes in a 6.8 oz jar and retails for $48 USD. The Indigo Soothing Silk Hand Cream comes in a 60mL tube and retails for $38 USD.