MAKANAI Frankincense Lip Balm

MAKANAI Frankincense Lip Balm


Women who worked in Yoshitaka Gold-Leaf Foundry soaked their hands in a mixture of persimmon tannin juice, egg shell membranes and soy beans in the process of making gold leaves.

Miraculously, their hands became distinctively supple, smooth and radiant. This was how Makanai signature hand cream was born. Further researched and developed using the same ingredients to give your skin the care and nutrition it needs. 

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Beauty secrets Since 1899

Inspired by the natural resources of Kanazawa, northeast of Japan, as well as the wisdom of women from the area, Makanai brings to you the best of Japanese natural beauty care.

Makanai products are cruely-free, safe from harmful chemicals and are filled with the natural goodness of essential oils, food-based ingredients and Japanese-harvested, naturally-derived materials.

Carefully selected, high quality natural ingredients such as Konnyaku, Washi paper, rice bran, silk, soy beans, black sugar and gold leaves are combined together using tried-and-true beauty recipes passed down by women over many generations.

These treatments are now professionally-developed, clinically-tested and made relevant in our modern world to provide skin with the ultimate natural pampering.

The brand Makanai was founed in 1999, by Mayumi Tachikawa, who was born in a family that ran a gold leaf foundry since 1899 in Kanazawa. In Japan, when restaurant workers make food for themselves, it is called "makanai: in Japanese.

The women at the gold leaf foundry made cosmetics using the food supplied such as soy beans and green tea as well as washi paper used for pounding gold leaves. Mayumi decided on the brand name Makanai Cosmetics to keep alive the memory of her traditional family business.