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Camellia Oil: A Treasured Japanese Beauty Secret (Tsubaki)

For centuries, Camellia Japonica Oil has been a treasured beauty secret among Japanese women and ancient Geishas.  It is highly regarded for its exceptional ability to retain moisture and penetrate deeply into the skin, delivering immense amounts of phytonutrients.

Camellia Oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acid oleic acid (omega 9), which makes it great for keeping your skin's natural barrier strong. It helps prevent water loss, shields against harmful UV rays, and guards against environmental damage.r loss, shields against harmful UV rays, and guards against environmental damage.

Camellia Oil, also known as Tsubaki Oil (soo-baw-kee) or Dongbaek Oil, is derived from the seeds of a flowering plant that is native to Southern Japan.

The beauty of camellia flowers is widely recognized, as they come in various colors, including white, pink, and red. These flowers are the source of the seeds that are pressed to extract Tsubaki-abura (椿油), or camellia oil. The oil has a long history of providing Japanese women with flawless, porcelain-like skin and long, beautiful, shiny hair.

The Benefits of Camellia Oil

Camellia Japonica Oil is a powerful and versatile oil that is known for its ability to nourish and protect the face, hair, and body. Considered a dry oil due to its non-oily feel on the skin, it is a rich source of Oleic Acid (Omega 9) up to 80%, providing remarkable moisturizing properties for the skin against environmental stressors and UV exposure. Additionally, it is high in polyphenol antioxidants, vitamins A, D, C, & E (Tocopherols), making it a prized ingredient for nourishing the hair and skin.

For Your Skin

Japanese skincare is all about a simple skin care routine and keeping it natural as possible. Camellia Oil helps protect the skin from drying out while replenishing it with 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 promote 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 ingredients used by Japanese (and not only women) to preserve and improve beautiful hair, is nothing more than Tsubaki oil because of its impressive hair care properties. It is infused with oleic acids, proteins and glycerides, which are essential to keeping hair healthy, stronger and shinier.

Camellia Oil is valued for its effectiveness on hair because of its ability to intensely moisturize and condition hair. Nourishes, strengthens and restores dry, damaged hair. Also, protects against UV and environmental damage. Ideal for all hair types.

  • 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, helping 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 these seeds are known as Tea 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, 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. 

Try it!

If you would like to try our premium quality Tsubaki Oil, you can apply either day or night, that provides visible results. 

100% Pure Japanese Camellia Oil


Jung, E. et al. Effect of Camellia japonica oil on human type I procollagen production and skin barrier function. Journal of ethnopharmacology 112.1, 127-131 (2007)


  • Christine Sierra

    Perfect for eye area. Also notice lashes and eyebrows look fuller. Best so far.

  • pearline burton

    I’ve used this product for about 2 years now and always get outstanding compliments such as i look radiant, young, etc. Im 67 years old and everyone thinks im in my 50’s. All i know is it works for me. Im a happy camper.

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