Also known as kukui nut oil, candlenut oil is one of the finest and most elegant plant oils available. It contains glycerides of linoleic, oleic and various linolenic acids, which are essential to skin health. Known for its exceptionally velvety feel, candlenut oil is easily absorbed and deeply penetrates the skin, making it an excellent conditioning agent for dry, rough skin.
Rich in minerals, made up of fine clay particles, has a lightweight fluffy consistency. Widely used in skincare products such as masks for its natural, gentle purifying properties to draw toxins and dirt from skin without stripping it of essential facial oils while simultaneously exfoliating, cleansing, and stimulating circulation.
Coffee and Nuts
Known for its energizing aroma and stimulating properties, coffee has been an important element in the culinary landscape of Indonesia (Indonesia is the largest coffee producer in the Asia-Pacific region). While the skin-exfoliating benefits of fresh ground coffee beans have made it a popular ingredient in body treatments, recent research suggests that caffeine provides powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties when applied topically.
Clove Flower - Native to Indonesia and an oft-used spice around the world (including herbal Jamu drinks), Clove Flower is traditionally used to alleviate stomach ailments and pain. Modern science has discovered that it is packed with skin-saving qualities like anti-oxidant properties of reducing free radical damage, building collagen and elastin infrastructure of the skin, and inhibiting melanin production for brighter, healthier skin.
avocado - Rich in oleic acid (monosaturated fat) and potassium and once reserved as a luxury food for the tables of royalty only, avocado has been a popular ingredient for Indonesian spa treatments. Avocado butter in particular is recognized for its skin-beneficial properties due to its content of phytosterols, an important component of the skin's own protective barrier and repair mechanism.
banana - Rich in Vitamins B6, A and F, as well as a variety of fortifying minerals, bananas are one of the most nourishing fruits available. When applied topically, bananas have been shown to help maintain skin's moisture level, making it an excellent ingredient to hydrate all skin types.
Plants & Flower
Sandalwood - Has been used in Southeast Asia for centuries as a topical anti-inflammatory agent to help treat skin conditions including acne, eczema, sunburn, or whenever skin suffers from itching and irritation. These calming and cooling properties have made sandalwood powder an ideal remedy for delicate and sensitive skin, or any skin type stressed by environmental aggression.
ROSE WATER - Rose petals floating all around adorn the spa soaking tubs of Bali. Known for its natural anti-septic and anti-bacterial properties, Rose heals and soothes blemished skin, reduces redness and swelling. At the same time rose water hydrates, due to natural oils which trap moistre in the skin, helping it feel and look smoother. Rose water is also an excellent source of vitamins A, B3, C, D and E.
WHITE WILLOWBARK - Rich in natural salicylates to reduce blemishes and break-outs, the bark of the white willow tree causes skin cells to slough off more readily and prevent new blemishes naturally. White willow bark provides sebum control and exfoliates and has been used since ancient times to alleviate numerous aliments.
Rice bran oil is extracted from the outer hull ("bran") of the rice grain. Rich in Vitamin-E group anti-oxidants Tocopherol, Oryzanol and Tocotrienol, rice bran oil has been used for centuries throughout Asia to treat dry skin, enhance skin health and maintain a youthful appearance.
Rice starch has clinically-proven (Archives of Dermatology and Venereology, 2002) soothing and softening benefits for dry and stressed skin, including eczema. By forming a fine protective film over the skin, rice starch counteracts dryness. In addition, rice starch contains natural proteins and amino acids that act as effective humectants and are essential building blocks for the skin.
Spices and Special Ingredients
GINGER - One of the oldest and most important ingredients in Indonesia medicine. Ginger, an antioxidant, is known for its purifying properties and for increasing circulation. Ginger also acts as a gentle astringent to refine and rid pores of excess oil and impurities, while decreasing pore size over time.
TAMARIND - The "Date of India" is a curved brown bean-pod from the tamarind tree and has long been used in Indonesia to address various health conditions, particularly stomach ailments and respiratory disorders. Extract of tamarind seed has been found to increase hydration of skin, improve its smoothness and stimulate skin's regenerative process.
Sweet Black Tea
Kombucha, also known as fermented sweet black tea, is a new, patented ingredient that is clinically proven to significantly soften and smooth, minimize imperfections and enhance overall skin radiance and luster. Rich in vitamins and organic acids, Kombuchka is produced from the fermentation of sweet black tea by two symbiotic organisms. Historically, kombucha, the beverage, has been known throughout Asia as a miracle drink promoting health and longevity.
Tea drinking can be traced back to China as early as the 6th century, from which it spread to other parts of the Far East before it was adopted in Europe toward the end of the 16th century. Tea is a major part of Indonesian culture, with tea plantations found in many provinces including Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. Green, white and black teas all come from the Camellia sinensis plant. While black tea has been fully fermented during processing, green and white tea both have not been fermented at all. To produce white tea, the leaves are picked and harvested before they open fully, when the buds are still covered by fine white hair. Teas are high in compounds that have been shown to decrease the risk of free radical damage to the body and the skin and help stimulate cell and DNA repair.
Turmeric, a member of the ginger family, has been one of the most important healing ingredients in Indonesian medicine since time immemorial. Known for its powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, turmeric helps maintain skin health by neutralizing toxins and fighting off free radical damage, a key cause of premature aging. In addition, topical turmeric is clinically proven to even out and brighten the complexion.