Japanese food can give you better skin, but not by eating it

Ichimaru Pharcos introduces a moisturising cosmetic ingredient that combines edible Japanese materials to provide physical improvements to skin and hair

In recent years, the predilection of the cosmetics industry for natural ingredients has been deepened even further, and there is a call for base ingredients that consider both sustainability and traceability.

Propelled by strong inbound and outbound markets, significant attention is being placed on traditional 'made in Japan' ingredients for markets overseas, especially in East Asia and Southeast Asia.

Wamino-BonBon (INCI: Molasses, Oryza sativa (rice) lees extract), the new ingredient released by Ichimaru Pharcos, is a pure 'made in Japan' extract, developed by combining sake lees and molasses.

Sake lees are made from the famous Kinokuniya Bunzaemon sake produced in Wakayama. And molasses is made during the manufacturing process of Sanuki wasanbon sugar from local sugar cane grown in Kagawa Prefecture, inheriting traditional Japanese technology.

The extract, combining sake lees and molasses, significantly changes formulation texture and moisturises skin and hair.

Wamino-BonBon is a combination of 'Wamino' – as the amino acids are from the Japanese ('Wa') ingredient sake lees – and 'BonBon', the image provided by the French word for sugar confectionery, as well as the Japanese refined sugar.

Wamino-BonBon, created using only food ingredients, is also a natural cosmetic ingredient that is free from preservatives, considering both . . .

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