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The Silk Canvas

Over the decade that I’ve been visiting Kyoto and interviewing geisha, there has been one consistent answer to my question, “what’s the most important part of your skincare ritual?” The answer is invariably, bintsuke, a soft wax that she melts in the palms of her hands and massages onto her skin as the last step of her skincare ritual. In addition to creating a smooth poreless canvas to help her makeup last all day, it protects her skin from makeup and pollution while holding moisture in the skin, all at once.


“...we began researching weightless ingredients that would act as a second skin.”
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The art of the deep clean, with Marie Kondo

My journey to creating Tatcha is guided and inspired by Japanese philosophies and practices. In order to craft treasures with authenticity, our work extends beyond skincare into self-care.


“I spoke with my now-friend Marie Kondo to learn more about her life-changing, magical practice, and how our shared Japanese philosophies inspire our work.”
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11 ways to make mornings easy

As much as I treasure the early hours of the morning, precious moments of getting ready to head out the door can feel like the most stressful part of my day. Inspired by Japanese wisdom and wellness practices, here are a few of my favorite tips to start the day off right:


“I hope these Japanese tips and tricks help you start your days off right.”

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12 easy gifts that make you look good

Does anyone else find joy in giving gifts - perhaps even more than in receiving them? I love treasure-hunting for my family and friends, but inevitably, the year goes by so quickly that I end up feeling rushed for time.


“This year, we compiled a gift list inspired by some of our closest friends.”

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8 little ways to spark joy in others

I heard a beautiful Japanese phrase recently: tokimeki, a romantic word for excitement or heartbeat. It captures the feeling of joy in unboxing a gift selected by a loved one.

“Here are a few easy ways to make someone’s holiday simply magical.”

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