Olive oil and citrus-based beauty products from Inoue Seikoen have returned permanently to Singapore by popular demand since 1 November 2015, with its own dedicated counter located at Takashimaya Level 3.
I have to admit that this is a fairly delayed post since my first visit to Inoue Seikoen counter at Takashimaya late November 2015
With travelling schedules in December and wedding planning matters in January, then followed by the crashing of this blog
I could only slot in articles that launches new collections in Nailvibe
But well, it’s always not too late to introduce Inuoe Seikoen to you!
With active ingredients derived from olives and citrus fruits harvested from its farm in Shodo Island, Japan, Inoue Seikoen’s beauty products are free of artificial colouring, fragrance and preservatives.
Over the last few years, the Japanese farm-based manufacturer of food and cosmetics has built a presence in Singapore through pop-up retail events, and received a growing interest from local shoppers whom it hopes to serve better by establishing a permanent physical presence with face-to-face consultation and service.
The story of Inoue Seikoen began in 1940 when its founder, Tasuji Inoue, planted a single orange tree on Shodo Island (otherwise known as Shodoshima, which roughly translates to ‘small bean island’), Japan – the second largest island on the Seto Inland Sea with a population of about 30,000.
Six years later, a small olive tree was cultivated on farm grounds by Tatsuji. It was his son, Katsuyoshi Inoue, who began studying how to process olives after his first olive harvest in the 1950s. The first cosmetic product from Inoue Seikoen, Beauty Olive Oil, was conceived after Katsuyoshi Inoue witnessed how the application of olive oil made the skin of his own hands, which had become rough due to farm work, smoother and more supple. He eventually expanded the company’s manufacturing base from edible olive oil, to olive oil as a skincare product with Beauty Olive Oil in the 1970s.
Today, Inoue Seikoen is home to about 2,500 olive trees and 15 varieties of citrus trees, and is currently headed by the third generation master farmer, Tomohiro Inoue. The Inoue family takes pride in the abundant nature that Shodo Island has blessed their farm with, and promises “to deliver only the best products that are both delicious as food and good for the body”.
Fans of natural skincare can now look forward to cult favourites such as Inoue Seikoen’s signature product,
Beauty Olive Oil (120ml, SGD$61 / 30ml, SGD $25)
This 100% pure natural olive oil is rich in antioxidants, Vitamin E, as well as squalene and oleic acid. Aside from being applied to the face and body to hydrate the skin and boost its elasticity and texture, the multi-purpose oil and can be also used to restore and condition the hair.
I’ve also literally given my hand at it…
Getting a real feel of how the Beauty Olive Oil gets absorbed by the skin
leaving a non-greasy and supple touch!
Another best-selling product to be found at the Inoue Seikoen counter is the Facial Peeling Gel (150ml, SGD $57), which contains citrus and whitening extracts to greatly benefit those with dull skin tone. With gentle cleansing properties that make it suitable for use every other day, the Facial Peeling Gel promotes skin renewal; detoxifies the skin and rids impurities which often cannot be removed by washing; and implements a brightening effect to enhance the complexion by treating discolouration and uneven skin tone.
Here’s a quick look at the other products from Inoue Seikoen
Inoue Seikoen Olive Cosmetics Trial Set
Inoue Seikoen offers a comprehensive collection of skincare products to supplement a full beauty regimen, which comes highly recommended in five simple steps using the brand’s main Olive Cosmetics products:
1. Remove all makeup and impurities by massaging 2 – 3 pumps of the Cleansing Olive Oil onto your face. This fragrance-free makeup remover is made with 40% extra virgin olive oil, which possesses a natural cleansing ability.
2. Wash off the cleansing oil (and the makeup) with Olive Soap, which has been enriched with natural glycerine and squalene to retain moisture and lipids, and produces a rich lather that removes dead skin cells, excessive oils and impurities. You may also use the Facial Peeling Gel for even more effective cleansing after this step.
3. Hydrate and tone your skin using the ‘Seikisui’ Face Lotion, which contains a combination of olive leaf, aloe vera leaf and unshu citrus rind extracts to heal sun-damaged skin and retain moisture. The lotion also contains other natural extracts derived from plants such as palm and sugarcane, to improve the skin’s texture.
4. Condition your skin by gently spreading the Beauty Olive Oil over your face.
5. Moisturise your face using the Milk Moisturiser, which is rich in olive leaf extracts and hyaluronic acid to ensure optimal skin hydration. On busy mornings, the Uroi Suhada (Moisture Skin) Gel is a useful alternative to the Face Lotion and Milk Moisturiser with its dual functions as a toner and moisturiser, such that Step 3 may be skipped.
For those who wish to try a variety of products that Inoue Seikoen has to offer, the Olive Cosmetics Trial Set provides all you need for the full beauty routine, and more. It comprises about a week’s worth (with daily use) of: Beauty Olive Oil, Milk Moisturiser, ‘Seikisui’ Face Lotion, Olive Soap, Cleansing Olive Oil, Facial Peeling Gel, Hand Cream and Uroi Suhada (Moisture Skin) Gel, as well as a Foaming Net.
Inoue Seikoen is now open at:
Ngee Ann City Tower A
Level 3, Takashimaya Department Store
391A Orchard Road Singapore 238873
Opening hours: 10am to 9.30pm
After the session of getting to know more about Inoue Seikoen, we proceeded on to have a fine dessert fare at Hashida Garo, Mandarin Gallery
When these pastel macarons were served, I instantly fell in love with the colors
Colors aside, the flavors were out of this world in yuzu and miso
Following two successful years helming the cuisine at traditional edomae sushirestaurant, Hashida Sushi Singapore located at the Mandarin Gallery, Chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida will take experiential dining to a whole new dimension with his second establishment, Hashida Garo, that opened in August 2015.
While Hashida Sushi caters to discerning palates for fine Japanese haute cuisine set in a realm of exclusivity, Hashida Garo will focus on bringing an interactive, exploratory and educational experience to a broader segment. Hashida Garo resides at the Mandarin Gallery, two floors up from Hashida Sushi, on Level 4.
Garo translates to ‘gallery’ in Japanese, and embodies the very essence of Chef Hatch’s resolve to reach a wider audience with his culinary creations as well as his personal passion for the visual arts. Alongside presenting noteworthy elements of Japanese food culture, the chef also envisions Hashida Garo to serve as a place for emerging artists to display their artwork. A raised tatami platform takes center-stage in the dining space among counter seats, and is truly a remarkable showpiece in its own right.
While Western and local cakes and confections are a dessert mainstay of most cafes, Hashida Garo will be the first of its kind in Singapore to serve traditional Japanese sweets known as wagashi, paired with Japanese teas. On occasion, the central tatami platform is transformed into a performance stage, where traditional Japanese tea ceremonies will be held – further enhancing the artistic effect of the space with the ambience of an authentic Japanese tea room.
I chose to have the Hokkaido Black Soybeans Tea
which neutralised the sweetness of the desserts aptly
Hashida Garo is located at:
Mandarin Gallery #04-16
333A Orchard Road
Tel: 6235 2283