Sensu Facial Care with Yuzu

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Bloom Classic: the 5th most important cosmetic group in Japan with its 35 years expertise in beauty; founded SENSU in 2016, a cosmetic line dedicated to Western skin, enriched with what Japan is best know for in term of beauty: highest technologies standards, most beloved ingredients (yuzu and lotus) combined into modern and simpler "layering" beauty routine.

Yuzu is a citrus from Asia, considered as a medicinal food and a true Japanese beauty secret, it is used everyday and by all possible ways: bath rituals including some peels, moisturizing hair oil, day cream, cold detox juicy drinks, medicines. Very rich in vitamin C (4 times more than lemon), antioxydants and flavonoid, it protects the skin from pollution, prevents aging and wrinkles.


Lotus is a sacred flower which evokes eternity. In 1951, botanist Ichiro Ohga found a lotus seed dating from over 2000 years in an ancient ruin in Chiba, he planted it has grown into a beautiful flower and specie known as "sacred lotus" (Nelumbo Nucifera Ohga). Rich in fibers, vitamin C and antioxydants, lotus will delicately smooth and calm the skin while actively works against skin aging.

Sensu cosmetic is your perfect cosmetic line for this summer! Rich in powerful Japanese active ingredients which increase skin protection, it also provides a powerful and reliable shield against harmful environmental factors and also acts as antioxidant.

The Japanese layering known as "Bihaku" is a beauty routine using up to 10 different cosmetic products in layers of application in the aim to cleanse, moisturize and protect every area of the face: T-zone, eyes, neck, lips, etc. Sensu has created a simplified layering beauty routine dedicated to Western skin, combining textures and benefits in single products. In total, the line is made of 6 products/steps, 4 of them can be done at once as a morning and night routine.

We are currently carrying the line including:

Cleansing water:

Usage: twice a day - morning and night
Benefits: 2 in 1 cleansing water: Perfect combination of micellar water and an cleansing oil, it gently removes any make-up and impurities accumulated during the day. The skin feels free, leaving it soft and fresh.

Ingredients: Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Geranium Leaf extract (astringent).

Sensu - Cleansing Water
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Face Scrub:

Usage: twice a week
Benefits: Exfoliates the skin, removes dead cells, brightens the skin and improves blood and lymphatic circulation. Sensu is made from natural ingredients, replacing the plastic scrubbing particles by apricot stone powder, it gently erases dead skin. Bitter orange oil deeply regenerates the skin cells while the extracts of thyme leaves stimulates micro circulation. It also includes konjac, an asian vegetable well know as a scrubbing sponge. In the scrub, it is purifying, moisturizing and brightens the skin.

Incredients: : Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Japanese apricot powder (removes dead cells / refines skin texture).

Sensu - Face Scrub
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Facial Lotion:

Usage: twice a day - morning and night
Purifies, brightens and improves oily skin, preparing it for the next application step.

Use with or without cotton

Ingreidents: Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Soy Extract extract (antioxidant), Extract of Tiges and leaves of Japanese spindle (brightening / anti aging), Hyaluronic acid (Revamping / Moisturising).

Sensu - Facial Lotion
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Serum:

Usage: twice a day - day and night
Reduces the appearance of skin imperfections, revamps the skin and slow down skin aging due to its antioxidant effect.

Use one pump for full face, drawing small circles then lines from center to the edges of your face. Use an additional pump for neck.

Ingreidents: Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Cherry Blossom extract (unifying skin tone / antioxidant), White Mulberry root extract (unifying skin tone / brighten), Hyaluronic acid (Revamping / Moisturising).

Sensu - Serum
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Day Crème:

Usage: once a day - morning
Protects the skin from harmful environmental factors, deeply moisturizes and recedes signs of aging.

Apply a small amount on cleansed face, draw circles then lines from center to edges.

Ingreidents: Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Japanese apricot extract (nourishing), Licorice root extract (brighten / antioxidant)

Sensu - Day Cream
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Night Crème:

Usage: once a day - night
Regenerates the skin during night, reducing appearance of skin aging and creates brighter and revamped skin upon waking up.

Apply a gentle amount on cleared face, draw circles then lines from center to edges. 

Ingreidents: Yuzu extract (antioxidant), Lotus seed extract (anti-aging), Rice Bran Vegetable oil (protects appearance of skin aging, Macadama Vegetable oil (emollient), Hyaluronic acid (Revamping / Moisturising).

Sensu - Night Cream
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We hope you enjoy this new line. It is especially perfect for summer as it is light and refreshing during the summer months. 

Mikia Jewelry

Mikia was established in 1998 in Tokyo, Japan. The designer, Aki Mitsubayashi travels the world, and gets inspired by people, culture and things that she finds and feels, everything is her treasure and becomes jewelry. All her jewelry is hand made in Japan, using natural stones, vintage beads and more. There is always a story behind each material

After a decade of the brand, having used many different  materials, they started  focusing on vintage beads and brass beads. They became necessary items for thier men's collection. They often mix them with larger natural  stone beads to have masculine look and  make bracelets. They have become their signature item. 

These bracelets have become classic pieces, enjoyed by people all other the world. We hope you enjoy our selection at our store. 

Mikia - Bracelet Rainbow Obsidian
98.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Navy
110.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Black
110.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Turquoise
110.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Coral
98.00
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Mikia - 183-M-007023 Multi
75.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Magnesite
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Mikia - Bracelet Golden Pyrite
98.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Labradorite
98.00
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Mikia - Bracelet Apatite
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Mikia - Bracelet Bronzite
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Mikia - 183-M-007022 Turquoise
120.00
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Mikia - 183-M-007022 Rainbow Obsidian
105.00
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Mikia - 183-M-007022 Dumortierite
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Mikia - 183-M-007029 Howlite
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Vincent Shoelace

"Vincent Shoelace" was started by a man and woman from Kyoto and their love of shoes however he felt that there was a lack in shoe lace varieties so they decided to design their own. They consider that you should change your shoelaces like you change your hairstyles. There all multiple colors and patterns.

The Bees wax:

It is an original waterproof wax for waxing your laces so that they stay clean. All materials are combined with natural ingredients, and are handmade by two people. Lanolin, which is taken from beeswax and kyou oil.

You rub the shoelace with the bar of wax like you would an eraser and finally lightly melt the wax with a dryer. This process makes the shoelace stronger and helps to keep it shape better when tied. The wax also protects your laces from dirt and rain.

They also created what they named, “Cocks Comb” in three different colors so you can change the front of you favorite sneakers when they get dirty. A spin-off item that they wanted to create as another way to accessorize your sneakers.

These products can be found at our store. 

Suuu Sponges

The Suuu brand originated from a technology group that has been developing super absorbent material for more than 60 years.

While making products that support high-tech industries where high quality technology is required, the engineers of Suuu have asked themselves this question:

Can this state-of-the-art technology be useful for everyone in their daily lives using water?

The result is the creation of wonderful and charming forms that had never existed before in sponges.

The name “Suuu” comes from the Japanese verb  “Suu” (吸う )- “to absorb” - the additional “u” indicates the enhanced absorbing powers of the sponges.

Suuu is a brand of everyday goods made of super absorbent material created in 2016 by Aion Corporation.

Polyvinyl alcohol and polyurethane, which have cultivated manufacturing technology since its basic patent establishment in 1951, are materials made of pores, also called functional precise porous body. Around 90% of the volume is made of pores.

Until now, the material has demonstrated its water-absorption qualities in state-of-the-art high-tech fields such as “precision-cleaning" of semiconductors.

As engineers, the creators hope that the almost magical water absorption power of the Suuu material will enrich people's everyday lives. For more enjoyment of usage, they have added a playful spirit in form of charming design and colours to the technological spirit of Suuu.

Before usage:

  • Massage and rinse product thoroughly with water.
  • The slightly coloured water comes from the material and is not unusual. As the product is hand-crafted, slight changes in colour or form can occur but this does not effect the product’s functional efficacy.

Usage:

  • Product becomes solid when dried.
  • When using the product for the first time or after it dried up, make it soft and moist first by rinsing it with water.
  • Place product on liquid you want to remove and absorb by pushing the product. Use cleansing lotion if necessary.
  • Clean product after usage to protect it from mold.

Warnings:

  • Do not use product for other purposes than absorbing liquids.
  • Minor damages on product do not affect its functional performance.
  • Keep away from cloths as product can lose colour.
  • Do not expose to boiling water, heat or direct sunlight.

Tanabata Star Festival

Tanabata, or the star festival, is on July 7. As the date approaches, long, narrow strips of colorful paper known as tanzaku, vibrant ornaments, and other decorations are hung from bamboo branches, enlivening the decor of homes as well as brightening shopping arcades, train stations, and other public spaces. Before they are hung, tanzaku are inscribed with a wish, such as a child’s dream of becoming a famous soccer player or a parent’s hope for career success.

Bamboo is thought to have become a part of the tanabata tradition for its propensity to grow straight and tall, with upward stretching branches bearing wishes to heaven on the wind.

According to the folktale, Orihime (Vega), a gifted weaver, and Hikoboshi (Altair), a hard-working cow herder, began to neglect their duties upon being wed. The couple incurred the wrath of the bride’s father Tentei, the emperor of heaven, and were exiled to separate ends of the Milky Way. They are granted a meeting each July 7 so long as they both diligently fulfill their celestial obligations during the other days of the year.

The legend behind the star festival first crossed over to Japan from China during the Nara period (710–94) in the form of a weaving festival for young women aspiring to bolster their talents on the loom. The story merged with the Japanese legend of tanabata-tsume, the tale of a celestial maiden who weaves clothes for the gods, as well as other native cultural aspects to produce a unique Chinese-infused Japanese tradition.

The traditional food of the star festival is sōmen. The long, thin noodles evolved from a woven Chinese sweet known in Japanese as sakubei, whose intertwined strands were thought to resemble both the Milky Way and the weaving threads worked by Orihime. Sōmen is commonly enjoyed in a light dipping sauce. Many parents will amuse their children by topping noodles with star-shaped slices of boiled okra.

It’s a day were it’s popular to wear colorful Yukata’s and enjoy the festival. 

Books on Minimalism and how to Declutter

In Japan, de-cluttering is about so much more than a little spring cleaning, when you do it properly and you will find some clear space to think and meditate.

Since the population in Japan is so large and we inhabit some of the smallest apartments, there is always the problem of clutter. Be it a stack of manga, clothes, shoes, etc, it is a constant battle to get rid of unused things.

If you go to your grandparents house you can either find the most minimalistic place or stacks of sentimental things that they don’t want to part with.

For precious things, we have a tradition where we burn them at the temple at new years. For good luck charms that are usually for 1 year, for family things that we cannot throw out as if they were trash, it is a way to respect and release items with a priest. It doesn’t have to be at new years but it is a nice tradition.

For most, we do the 4 season cleaning. Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter. The most important usually is in winter at the end of the year. A day or two of cleaning and organizing everything and then going to the hot springs to cleanse your body and soul. A type of meditation and reflection and shedding of the old and prepared for the present and new.

This has been translated by Ms. Marie Kondo, the de-cluttering guru who advocates the binning of any possessions that no longer spark joy or are unnecessary. Her book, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up”, has sold more than six million copies.

The Kondo concept is simple enough: empty our a cupboard of anything that you haven’t used in at least a year. If you want to store something, wrap it up, vaumme-pack it and keep it for another season. We have these at our store and it is a good way to store winter clothes, etc. We put some hiba or hinoki wood in as well to prevent any bacteria but gentle enough not to damage or stain your clothing.

In spring it is a good time to wash your cashmere and delicates. For this we have a good product by a brand at our store called Livrer Yokohama.

We also have storage bags so that you can vacuum pack your sweaters and Jackets. We also have cedar blocks to keep your clothes

If you are interested please read about this interesting way of life.