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Beauty Editor

Beauty Editor

From December 2010 to April 2012, I was the beauty editor for an online fashion magazine called Jealous Magazine. My focus was on natural beauty with favorite products being eco-friendly and cruelty-free. Unfortunately this magazine is now defunct. I loved working with a youthful group of enthusiastic contributors, sending them out to cover events and editing their submissions. One of my favorites pieces that I wrote is as follows:

flowers hold life

When I want an instant jolt of tranquility and happiness, I reach for Red Flower Japan Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil. The deep scent and feel of this oil is pure luxury. It is inspired by the fifth step of a Japanese cleansing regimen, an artistry perfected by centuries of developing methods to care for the body. Buddhism is a commonly practiced religion in Japan that holds cleanliness as one of its highest principles, so purifying the body is often considered a spiritual practice. Based in New York and made in the U.S.A., every product in the Red Flower Japan treatment is inspired by this Japanese bathing ritual, bringing skin to its highest state of health through improved blood flow and circulation. Reflecting the purity of this sacred tradition, Red Flower stays authentic in delivering a product that is 100% botanically based and essential-oil derived. It is entirely free of all synthetics, parabens, dyes, petrochemicals and sulfates. Nothing is tested on animals.

Amongst the countryside of Japan are “onsen,” natural springs. Bathhouses built around these springs provide an intimate space for practicing this tradition of bathing, which is deeply connected to the natural resources of Japan. SPA “Sanus Per Aquam” is Latin meaning “health through water.” Water as a natural medicine was used in many ancient cultures for its ability to heal and rejuvenate the soul. The clear, flowing and endlessly renewing character of water reflects life itself, and Red Flower has brought this kind of beautiful philosophy home.

Although Red Flower’s Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil is just one of the seven steps to their therapeutic body treatment, I found using it alone to be undoubtedly effective for my mind, body and spirit. After generously misting your skin with soft water, or simply taking a shower, you only need several small drops to get started. Deeply massage from head to toe and feel the warmth of your blood flow. The oil soaks in quickly and leaves a lasting sheen that makes your skin subtly glow. When I’m too rushed to wait for hand lotion to absorb into my skin, I use this as a glorious alternative. (Maybe this is saying something and I need to slow down. Yet, sometimes I prefer this to hand lotion because it makes my hands feel softer and smooth to the touch.) The rice bran and monoi oil are high in vitamin E and fatty acids which brings moisture. You can even wear this as a fragrance because it is so concentrated.

“Flowers hold life” is a lovely phrase I see repeated by Red Flower. This inspires me to reflect on how flowers and humans alike are nourished. There is no doubt that the scent of this oil mesmerized and fed my soul. Imagine the fragrant aromas of apricot and jasmine combined. The intoxicating smell was distracting at first, but the dreaminess was welcomed and in time, I was able to come back to this realm and resume my evaluation. The citrus bouquet of various scents like lime and pink grapefruit matched my summer aura, but this also includes kinmokusei flowers, which are not naturally out in Japan until late summer or autumn. The shrub or small tree that grow these tiny yet intensely fragrant bright orange flowers has a short bloom and the flowers fall to the ground quickly. Commonly spread across Kyoto, the kinmokusei flower-sprinkled ground must be a glorious sight to see.

The Japanese characters for “kinmokusei,” the flowers used in Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil, mean golden tree life: kin=golden, moku=tree,  and sei=life.

Enjoy this lovely Kinmoxei Wild Lime Silk Oil from Red Flower japan and enjoy life. You can purchase it for $48 directly from their website, redflower.com.

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