Many cultures have cultivated and consumed rice for centuries, both for its sustenance as well as its healing and beautifying properties. In this issue of Beauty Guru, we explore a wonderful array of aesthetically oriented, non-edible rice products. This versatile grain’s wide range of derivative forms are used in a multitude of cosmetics—from sake infusions to rice bran extracts, natural exfoliants to organic rice powder—and the following suggestions are sure to deliver optimal results and sensory delight.
Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant
Perhaps one of the most extensive, practical and highly effective skincare lines, Dermalogica addresses individual skincare needs through a unique skin mapping system. The Daily Microfoliant, which contains rice bran as an active ingredient, is perhaps one of the brand’s best products. Its fine powder/non-liquid form means no messy leaks in your toiletry bag (ideal for travel) and will leave skin thoroughly cleansed and toned. Go to the Dermalogica website for more product information or for store locations.
Fresh – Sake Bath, Rice Dry Oil
Although sake has a reputation for certain other properties, it is also extremely effective in unleashing the detoxifying properties of rice. Fresh’s incredible Sake Bath is inspired by ancient Japanese bathing rituals. Made of more than 50% pure sake, Sake Bath is tremendously soothing for both dry skin and sore muscles, and it has a delightful, geisha-inspired peach scent. Follow the bath with Fresh’s Rice Dry Oil, which is high in soothing anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant ingredients, to complete a truly restorative, multi-sensory experience. Check out the Fresh website for other great products.
Based on ancient Royal Indonesian beauty secrets that date as far back as 800 AD, JUARA is a unique line of skincare that thoroughly embraces the significance of a daily beauty ritual. Combined with modern scientific innovation, the company’s delightful and effective products make your day-to-day routine something to look forward to. Each of the incredible formulations uses only 100% natural and botanical ingredients—including rice, of course. The Rice Facial Cleanser and Scrub receive our top marks, in particular. For more products and information please log onto the brand website.
Kyoku for Men – Exfoliating Facial Scrub, Sake Shave Cream
Although we’ve previously recommended Kyoku For Men, this incredible line needed to be mentioned once again. By far one of the most outstanding product lines made exclusively for men that we’ve come across, Kyoku is based on Japanese cultural practices as well as native Japanese ingredients. The Exfoliating Facial Scrub contains rice bran, which aids in toning the skin and is perhaps the best in its category, while the Sake Infused Shave Creams are truly fantastic. Check out the website for more amazing products.
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder SPF 15
Laura Mercier remains one of the top performing artistry brands. Comprised of all natural ingredients and combining oryza sativa (or rice lipids with pearl powder), its Pressed Mineral Powder SPF 15 is by far one of the best mineral powder foundations on the market and is an absolute must for a flawless finish on the go. Like all of the brand’s signature products, the shades and texture yield the most radiant, glowing complexion. For other great products and information, check out the website.
Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo
Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo is quite simply one of the most essential and highly effective products we’ve discovered in our research. Utilizing organic rice powder, this cult beauty item can be worked into the hair on between-wash days for fresh looking and smelling tresses. The Hair Powder comes in four delicious scents and, like all Lulu Organics products, is handmade with the finest organic ingredients. Simple, effective and pleasing to the senses, Lulu Organics Dry Shampoo is a must-have item. Check out the website for more great products from Lulu Organics.
Perlier – Risarium Black Rice
With more than 80 years of experience and an ongoing commitment to research, Perlier is recognized as Italy’s premier manufacturer of luxurious bath and body treatments. Specializing in therapeutic products formulated with the finest natural ingredients—many of which are cultivated in the company’s agricultural research center in Turin—Perlier continues to offer outstanding products and breakthroughs. Of particular note, the Risarium Black Rice range harnesses the grain’s peptide-rich, powerful anti-oxidant properties, which are effective in cellular metabolism and anti-aging treatment. The Risarium Black Rice Platinum Express Liner Eraser and Ultra-Renewing Face Serum receive our highest ratings. For more product info log onto the brand website.
Rice Force Japan
While prevention is a mantra for universal health and happiness, similar measures should be applied to skincare. Harnessing the powerful nutrients of rice through advanced Eastern Bioscience techniques, Rice Force is an incredibly effective line of skincare products that thoroughly cleanse and hydrate the skin. Rice Force is a superior range overall, but the Make-up Remover and Deep Moisture Cream and Lotion receive our highest ratings. Check out the brand’s website for further product information.
Tarte – Lights Camera Lashes Mascara
Tarte, a high-performance natural cosmetics line, boasts some of the best natural ingredient-based formulations on the market. The brand’s Lights Camera Lashes Mascara contains rice bran wax, which acts as a lengthener to create the most beautiful and seductive lashes. Tarte’s pioneering efforts to create natural-based and cruelty-free cosmetics that perform as well as any other competitor is a true breakthrough in the cosmetics market. Log onto the website for a selection of incredible products.