Camellia Oil (Tsubaki): A Treasured Japanese Beauty Secret

Camellia Oil (Tsubaki): A Treasured Japanese Beauty Secret

Camellia japonica, also known as Tsubaki oil in Japanese (soo-baw-kee) or Japanese Camellia Oil, has been a treasured beauty secret of ancient Geisha's and Japanese women for centuries yet its not well known. This precious oil is traditionally known for it's remarkable ability to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin because its composition is similar to sebum; the oil naturally produced by human skin, which delivers an immense amount of phytonutrients.

The camellia flower are prized for their beauty, can vary in color from white and pink to reds with plenty of variations in between. The seeds are pressed to extract tsubaki-abura (椿油), i.e. camellia oil, which has a long history of giving Japanese women flawless porcelain-like skin and long, beautiful, shiny hair.

Benefits of Japanese Camellia Oil (Tsubaki) 

Camellia oil (Tsubaki oil) is a versatile oil that can be used on the face, hair, scalp and body. It is rich in oleic acid, plant collagen and vitamins A, B, D and E as well as nourishing Omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. Tsubaki Oil hydrates and replenishes while infusing skin with powerful, natural antioxidants to protect skin from free radical damage and the visible signs of aging.

For Your Skin

Japanese skincare is all about a simple skin care routine and keeping it natural as possible. Camellia Oil protects the skin from drying out while replenishing vital nutrients. It has outstanding moisture retaining ability and is one of the most rapidly absorbed plant oils. Known for its ability to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin.  

  • It helps promotes skin elasticity.
  • Moisturizes and hydrates.
  • Improves complexion.
  • Non-Comedogenic (Suitable for oily/acne prone skin)
  • Helps minimize the appearance of scars.

For your Hair 

Japanese women are often praised for having long, lustrous and shiny hair, one of the main beauty components used by Japanese (and not only women) to preserve and improve their beautiful hair is nothing more than camellia oil. It is infused with oleic acids, proteins and glycerides, that are essential in order to keep hair healthy, smooth, glossy and strong.

  • Strengthens hair and helps to replenish moisture.
  • Smooths hair cuticles without weighing hair down.
  • Makes hair shiny and helps to prevent split ends.
  • Treats dry scalp and helps prevent dandruff.
  • Commonly used as a leave-in, best when applied to damp hair.

Camellia Varieties 

There are hundreds of species of camellia found in eastern and southern Asia, but primarily three types of Camellia oil can be found on the market, although they all are commonly referred to as "Camellia", they are significantly different in terms of chemical composition and beneficial properties, therefore should not be confused. 

Camellia sinensis  – The common tea plant used to make black and green tea.The oil from its seeds are known as Tea Seed Oil.

Camellia oleifera  – Known as Tea Seed Oil, which is mainly used as a cooking oil in Asia, prominent for its edible properties.

Camellia japonica -  Also known as Tsubaki Oil cold pressed from the seeds of Camellia, used primarily for cosmetic use. 

Japanese Camellia oil (Tsubaki Oil) is best when it's cold-pressed from the seeds of the wild Camellia japonica flower. 

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