I had a lot of requests to continue my Clean Beauty Month, and I mean a lot. I am so floored by how supportive you guys were of this experiment, and some of my articles, especially the ones about the best beauty oils for your skin type and toxic ingredients in skincare, have become the most visited pages ever on this blog. So today I am bringing you an overview of Chidoriya – a clean, green, and natural beauty brand that I meant to feature a few weeks ago, but couldn’t quite get it ready on time.
ABOUT THE BRAND:
Chidoriya was founded by Osamu Horikiri-san in Kyoto, Japan in 1949, to provide Maiko and Geisha with original beauty goods and handcrafted handbags. After betting inherited by his second daughter Tomomi Horikiri, Chidoriya brand has since expanded their assortment to include all-natural skincare products, created using traditional Japanese ingredients and formulations.
Chidoriya Peach Moon Herbal Water
After scouring Mills Pharmacy I chose three Chidoriya products I wanted to try the most: Peach Moon Herbal Water [that made an appearance in my March and April favorites], Yuzu Seed Cleansing Balm, and Komenuka Rice Bran Wash.
Let’s start with the toner. Chidoriya Peach Moon Herbal Water is a very unique. So unique, in fact, that I don’t even know what to compare it with. This hydrating toner contains only two ingredients: astringent and anti-inflammatory Getto Alpinia Zerumbet Herbal Water and brightening antioxidant Grapefruit Seed Extract. This toner smells like an outdoor SPA – the sappy, piney scent of warm wood is very calming, not just for the skin, but also for the senses. In all of its simplicity, the product feels very complex. It’s refreshing, hydrating, brightening, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging, and I just can’t think of any skin type that it couldn’t work for. There is no alcohol in the formula or any common irritants whatsoever. I honestly was very surprised to fall in love with a toner, because to me they are more of an extra step in the routine rather than a necessity.
Ingredients: Getto Alpinia Zerumbet Herbal Water, Grapefruit Seed Extract.
Chidoriya Yuzu Seed Cleansing Balm
I probably should have started this review with Chidoriya Yuzu Seed Cleansing Balm, but I was so excited to tell you about the toner that I just had to squeeze it in first. 🙂 I normally begin my cleansing routine by applying a pea-sized amount of cleansing balm or an oil cleanser to loosen up makeup and sunscreen on the surface of the skin, and Yuzu Seed Cleansing Balm fits right in with the best of them. It does not emulsify, so you will need to take off the excess with a foaming cleanser afterward if you fancy a very deep clean like I do. The balm has a pleasant natural herbal scent that kind of disappears after I massage it into the skin. I do not use this around my eyes, but it does a great job removing makeup from the rest of my face and neck. I wouldn’t call this one a must have for everyone [mainly because they all get the job done], but it’s a great natural alternative to petroleum-based cleansing balms, and those containing lab-made synthetics.
Ingredients: *Olive Oil, *Grapeseed Oil, Yuzu Seed Oil, *Jojoba Oil, *Shea Butter, Beeswax, *Essential oils of Grapefruit, Orange, Bergamot, Lavender, Tangerine, Chamomile, Lemongrass, Clary Sage. *Certified organic ingredients.
Chidoriya Komenuka Rice Bran Wash
Last, but not least, I had the privilege of trying Chidoriya Komenuka Rice Bran Wash. You may have heard of rice bran cleansers from brands like Tatcha, and others, but this powder is as natural as it gets. Made of a single ingredient, this cleanser is incredibly versatile and can be used on its own or mixed with other products to boost their efficacy. The powder is very finely milled, so it almost has the consistency of dry clay. When mixed with a generous helping of water, it emulsifies into a gentle milky cleanser. Mixed with water or toner in proportion 1:1 it becomes a pore detox mask for oily and combination skin types. Adding a little bit to your favorite oil cleanser turns it into a very gentle exfoliant. I really enjoy multi-purpose products like this one, and it’s been one of my favorite ways to exfoliate dead skin cells lately.
Each package of Chidoriya Komenuka Rice Bran Wash comes with two small muslin baggies to make this product extra scrubby if that’s your thing. Sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t, but I pretty much use this powder in one form or another almost daily now.
Ingredients: 100% Pure Japanese White Rice Bran.
Handcrafted with great care in small batches, each Chidoriya product is a work of art. There is so much history and research that goes into every formulation. If this routine is good enough for the geisha, who have the most beautiful skin on the planet, it sure is good enough for me. 🙂
Have you tried traditional Japanese skincare? What natural products do you like to use every day? Let me know in the comments below!