Albion Cosmetics is a luxurious Japanese skincare brand that truly believes in quality products. Each product is carefully made and formulated with only the highest quality natural ingredients. They will be launching their U.S. website soon to allow easier access to their amazing products, so stay tuned!
1. What inspired you to create Albion Cosmetics?
ALBION was born in post-WWII Japan, a time when there was little in the way of luxury products in Japan. Committed ever since to the promise of healthy and supple skin and elevating users’ natural beauty. ALBION has approached each and every one of its products with the utmost care and attention while also offering personal consultations and making product proposals based on careful observations of actual skin conditions. Over the years, ALBION has partnered with global brands such as ANNA SUI and PAUL & JOE to create a rich world of cosmetics.
2. Can you tell us about the featured ingredients and the brand mission?
With over 60 years of dedicated research into skin’s mechanisms, ALBION has created a unique 4-step skincare system designed to achieve the ‘ALBION skin’ healthy and supple skin with radiant clarity. After 20 years of research, ALBION arrived at a variety of Job’s tears known as “Kita no Hato.” Kita no Hato is a hardy grain developed by cultivating the plant traditionally grown in temperate and tropical Asian climates on organic farms in the frigid climate of Hokkaido, Japan. Kita no Hato’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, moisturizing and immuno-regulatory properties aid in brightening, tightening, and smoothing the skin, but most importantly, in regulating its metabolic rhythm. Kita no Hato is used in Skin Conditioner, one of our most beloved products since its debut in 1974.
Paul & Joe Beauté is a purposefully uncomplicated line of cosmetics designed to enhance one’s natural glow using key ingredients such as orange flower water, white lily extract, jojoba oil, and “Secret D’or” (a proprietary complex of pearlescent ingredients).
Anna Sui is for everyone who is not afraid to be adventurous and likes avant-garde and rock n’ roll! The key ingredients are rosa canina extract oil, rosa canina fruit extract and prunus peach kernel oil.
3. What is your favorite Albion Cosmetics product and why?
Skin Conditioner Essential, nicknamed “SkiCon,” has been a customer favorite since debuting in Japan in 1974. All skin cells have a natural restorative capacity that happens over a 28-day cycle. When the metabolic rhythm is disrupted, it weakens the stratum corneum (outer layer of the skin) leading to various skin concerns. Daily stresses and environmental factors can disrupt your skin’s 28-day cycle all to easily, which is why ALBION sought out to harvest the power of the vitality-rich grain, “Kita no Hato” into an essence that boosts skin’s natural restorative capacity to promote a healthy 28-day cycle and keep your skin healthy and glowing.
A multi-award-winning product, the Paul & Joe Moisturizing Foundation Primer S (s for serum!) is a deeply hydrating tinted primer that evens tone and conditions the skin as you wear it. Made with more orange flower water than any other ingredient in the base, this primer boasts 5 botanical extracts plus three types of hyaluronic acid to perfectly hydrate all skin types! Glossy oil in the base and secret d’or (champagne gold pearl complex) work together to create dewy, radiant skin.
An exceptionally beautiful Sui Black Rouge is a new born rouge launching from Sui Black series, and it is our favorite lipstick from Anna Sui! A single application blends the tint of the jet-black portion into the vivid color of the rose, to produce unique lips that are ever so enchanting. The jet-black blooms into pink upon application in reaction to the natural moisture found in lips that last long time.
4. What beauty essentials do you carry with you on a daily basis?
We carry the ALBION Skin Conditioner Essential Paper on-the-go! This mask restores cells’ metabolic cycle, leaving the skin healthy and radiant, and restoring a youthful and supple condition that stands the test of time… and you never know when you’ll have a spare 10 minutes for a mask! You’ll also never catch us without a Paul & Joe lippie – the component itself is lightweight, making it perfect for on-the-go, and the product itself drenches the lips in moisture for an instant pink-me-up to the complexion. Last but not least, the Stand Mirror from Anna Sui is a versatile mirror that is sure to put a smile on your face. Carry it with you or leave it on your vanity. Useful for a quick retouch or applying for the day.
5. What is your morning and evening beauty routine?
After washing the face and applying balancing milk, we use a generous amount of Skin Conditioner Essential onto a cotton pad and spread over the entire face using a light, patting motion to keep our skin healthy and supple. We prep and prime with Paul & Joe or Anna Sui products, depending on the day, and finish off with one of our hydrating lipsticks!
6. What’s your best beauty tip?
Always remove your makeup before bed! And following the 4-step ritual with ALBION products for healthy, supple skin ☺
7. What’s next for Albion Cosmetics?
Launching our US website ALBION GARDEN, where you can find your favorite beauty items from ALBION, PAUL & JOE, ANNA SUI and LADUREE. Join our mailing list now at www.albiongarden.com!