BEAUTY & SKINCARE

Lady Windermere approves! (a scented fan for hot summer days)

As I wrote earlier, I am a huge fan of Tatcha’s aburatorigami papers, so heading to their online shop last week to stock up, I discovered… this piece of art!

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It was a coup de foudre.
Because: fan! Because: mastery! Because: incense! Because: shimmery washi paper!
Seriously, is there a more sophisticated way to indulge in a sweet, lightweight scent and to get a whiff of cooled air all in the same movement on a sizzling summer day?
I don’t think so.

JAPANESE DREAMS

I kid you not, Adventurers, after I took the pictures, admired the fan that arrived the day before, and did a little research about it yesterday I have dreamt this night that I went to Japan.

Have you been in Japan?
I’ve been fascinated by the country and its culture since very early childhood – we had a lot of books with Japanese fairy tales, and several books by Japanese authors, as well as one totally random English-language travel magazine about Japan. I think I have not just loved it to bits – I’ve read it to bits ๐Ÿ˜€

And while my life hasn’t been a dull ride so far, the cards it handed me never send me to Japan. Yet. (Being optimistic.)

Now, Tatcha explores the Geisha beauty secrets, and the brand now carries a rather wide range of products. I adore the imagery, Vicki’s – the founder’s – research, and her blog with exciting travel notes. The brand’s probably cleanest product are my beloved blotting papers that are in the same time the cleanest blotting papers I’ve ever found. Traditional Japanese accessories (the shop section is called “curated gifts”, a very trendy thing to do) are added to the shop every now and then as limited collections.

A FAN OF THE FAN

The Ryofu (=cool breeze) fan is presented as a limited offer, and comes from a fan maker to the Imperial family of Japan since 1823. The packaging is simple but elegant, the fan is made of polished bamboo wood and shimmery paper in a light turquoise and sandy gold.

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“Madam, your fan has arrived.”

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The fan comes with a woven silk pochette to carry around.

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…as well as with a bit of history, printed on shimmery paper.

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Adorable details…

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The colour! The pattern! (The latter is meant to bring fortune.)

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Does go well with a 20s, 30s look. Reminds me of Peter Ustinov in his role as H. Poirot.

The fine, mild sandalwood and agarwood perfume it sends into the air has subtle cherry-like notes of sweetness and freshness – a familiar scent since a friend has given me Japanese incense as a gift – and is much softer than the balmy notes we are used to in Europe; it’s really not the same. Since I’m a lover of all balmy, woody notes in perfumes, the Ryofu fan comes as a welcome perfume alternative on hot days.
And we’re yet to face 42ยฐC days here in Berlin.
I am prepared.

TOXIC? NON-TOXIC?

Japanese incense is widely used in traditional Japanese cultural rituals such as the tea ceremony and meditation.
It’s usually made from wood resins, frankincense, and several spicy and sweet essential oils (Wikipedia backs me up here) which, like almost all natural products, are soothing in small doses and can be irritant and/or toxic in large doses (frankincense, camphor). Yet unlike perfumes that tend to actually hit you in the face in summer, this is by far the most wonderful option to surround yourself with a breeze of refined air.

So, now I know what perfume I’ll be wearing when the heatwave comes back!
(Olfactoria Travels asked earlier, but I have replied something different because I’m yet to wear this fan.)

Now it’s your turn to tell me what your most extravagant beauty accessories are! ๐Ÿ˜‰

12 replies »

  1. You had us at Poirot.

    We also own a Japanese fan – it’s black and Very Useful for hot summer days in L.A

    So tickled pink we’re both on the Wildean refs.

    • Sir Peter always had me at Poirot ๐Ÿ˜‰
      Sadly, he passed away before I had an opportunity to interview him. It’s one of those rare cases when you don’t know people personally but are deeply moved by the loss. Silly me.

      Back to happier things: I adore artisanal accessories. And Wilde is simply a must-have (though several of his quotes have lost charm due to over-quoting them… especially those about luxury and seduction… Gosh, The Man wrote a couple more lines, people!)

    • I adore sandalwood together with warm/sweet notes. and japanese incense is delicious with berry like sweetness and very very soft. not harsh or churchyard-y at all.

  2. Ha love it. I used a scented fan from a friend in China just yesterday. Loving the natural breeze and scent concept.

    • isn’t it simply gorgeous?
      (I think it might as well originate from China, like so many things in Japan)