"For over 300 years, Japan’s geisha have been held in awe for their enduring wisdom and breathtakingly beautiful, porcelain skin," says Victoria Tsai of TATCHA, the skincare company she founded to give those of us outside this secret sisterhood equal access to their flawless complexions. "Perfected through centuries of timeless rituals," adds Tsai, "it was widely believed these beauty secrets had been passed down from one generation of geisha to the next by word of mouth alone."
A 200 year-old manuscript written in the twilight of the country's Edo Period, the "Capital Beauty and Style Handbook", detailed over 150 skincare ingredients and a variety of rituals which Tsai and her team of scientists - along with some help from scholars and geisha themselves - deciphered, distilling them down to an elegant four-part regimen of cleansing, exfoliating, treating & moisturizing that is centered around three key antioxidants: green tea (ryokucha), red algae (Okinawa kaiso) and rice bran (komenuka).
"What we uncovered is the very foundation of Eastern skincare and beauty," says Tsai. "TATCHA’s all-natural formulas pay homage to the icon of Eastern beauty and our own storied heritage."
- Lesley Scott