Tsubaki oil, also known as Japanese Camellia oil, is a beauty ingredient that has proven its place in history — and the vanities of many women — through the years. Often referenced when talking about the beauty practices of geishas tracing back to as early as the 1800s (along with fermented skincare), this beauty oil boasts many benefits that make it a popular skin and body care ingredient up to present date. Even Coco Chanel is obsessed with this flower, which led to Gabrielle Chanel adapting the aesthetics of the camellia as a symbol of her designs.
But what is it about this beauty ingredient that sets it apart from other beauty oils? Get ready to fall in love with Tsubaki oil and add it to your current beauty routine!
It is rich in Omega-9 which is fantastic for haircare
One of the many benefits of Tsubaki oil is its richness in Oleic acid (more commonly known as Omega-9), which is naturally found in our sebum. This allows extra nourishment that coats the hair and scalp with moisture to prevent dryness, brittleness or flaking. It is also a natural “cleansing agent and texture enhancer” which makes it helpful in improving the appearance of our strands with continued use. That's why there's no doubt why Shiseido picked it as the main ingredient for their luxury haircare line Tsubaki, which has now become one of the most popular hair care lines in Japan since its launch.
It quickly absorbs into the skin and is great for locking in moisture
Next, Tsubaki oil is said to serve as a makeup remover and a skin moisturiser in one for geishas back in the day. This is because despite being a tough cleanser, it works as a gentle and fast-absorbing antioxidant source. It also has properties that prevent moisture from evaporating. The result? Plumper and more hydrated-looking skin with constant usage. If that made you want to do as the geishas do, then Boscia’s Tsubaki Cleansing Gel is a great pick. Apart from dealing with stubborn makeup, this product also uses the power of Tsubaki oil to help collagen production for firmer-looking skin and combines it with Wakame (algae) to address fine lines and wrinkles.
It’s got you covered from head-to-toe
While the likes of sunflower oil and olive oil can be compared to Tsubaki oil when it comes to multiple benefits, studies show that as a tea seed oil, it has a better shelf life. It also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties (to name a few) derived from its high contents of oleic and linoleic acids, which makes it perfect for cosmetic use. Its abundance in minerals such as zinc, calcium, manganese, and magnesium also makes it ideal for the skin and can also be used to aid issues such as acne and psoriasis. If you think that's all, Tsubaki oil also boasts SPF properties that can help complement your sunscreen. So it goes without saying that it's great to add to your day or night routine.
Japanese flora proves to be great ingredients for beauty products. Don't believe us? Check out the benefits of sakura (cherry blossom) for skincare next!