6 Organic Beauty Stores You Need To Visit In Tokyo
Going Green Doesn't Mean Sacrificing Your Beauty Routine
Organic and ‘clean’ beauty products can be hard to find, especially in this concrete jungle; let us show you the path to stocking up on the best beauties Tokyo has to offer.
Whether it be food, household cleaners, even clothing, anything labeled organic and all-natural is all the rage. The world of beauty is no exception — women around the world are flipping products over to ensure that the cream they’re about to buy is free of all harsh chemicals. Why is it so popular? It’s because products that contain all-natural ingredients tend to be superior to its chemical counterparts: less irritating, gentler to sensitive skin, eco-friendly, and let’s be honest, it’s just trendy.
If you’re looking to add some more feel-good steps into your everyday beauty routine, be sure to stop into some of these Tokyo beauty stores and salons.
1. Cosme Kitchen (Daikanyama)
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Cosme Kitchen in Daikanyama offers tons of organic, vegan, and chemical-free beauty options. Everything from big-name hair care lines like Giovanni, Weleda, and MamaButter, to high-quality organic make-up brands like MiMC and EtVos. Trying to create a cleaner home-life? You can also find non-toxic household cleaner brands here such as the German brand, Sonett.
Cosme Kitchen also has its own line, aptly named ‘Coskichi’. Designed by Cosme Kitchen to help clean your skin and hair without stripping it of nutrients (Tokyo air does that enough). This brand specializes in lip balms and skin oils, and is even EcoCert organic certified. Cosme Kitchen products boasts raw and activated ingredients like rosemary and geranium for a flawless skin complexion.
Where: 19-4 Daikanyamacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-8:30pm
2. John Masters Organics Tokyo
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Originating in New York City, John Masters products are all guaranteed to be chemical-free and 70-100 percent organic. What began with hair care eventually expanded into an entire line of skincare products, including face washes, body milk, and oils. This brand aims to limit the production of CO2 emissions by not only using eco-friendly ingredients but also partnering with local farmers so that they won’t need to ship out their goods used for ingredients, which in turn reduces the amount of CO2 produced in airplane emissions.
Some personal favs are the Scalp Stimulating Shampoo and Bearberry Skin Balancing Facial Oil, both of which keep my skin on the level during harsh winter months. You can also pick up a limited edition Holiday Exclusive Lip Calm Tin which has three organic lip balms to keep your lips plump this winter.
Where: 5-1-6 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Business hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. (Closes at 8 p.m. on Sundays)
3. Lush Shinjuku Metropia
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This past summer, Lush opened the biggest Lush store in Asia, just a three-minute walk from Shinjuku station. This store is filled with all-natural makeup, bath gels, and all kinds of colorful creams and jellies. There is even an in-house garden where you can hand-pick some of the fresh botanicals to be made into your own personalized bath bomb. Lush also has a ‘naked’ line of products that are formulated to be more solid, therefore are standalone, and do not require to be held in plastic containers. It’s the simple steps like these that help reduce plastic waste — and we are all for it!
Lush Shinjuku Metropia also houses exclusive items and special features that you won’t be able to find in any other Lush store in Japan: a sensory spa called Synesthesia, a library filled with books that inspired the creation of the store itself, and a handful of store-exclusive products, like the Matcha Cake Lip Scrub.
Where: Shinjuku Metro Promenade bldg. 1, 1 Nishishinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
4. Beauty Library
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With beautiful storefronts in both Aoyama and in Daimaru, Beauty Library has been around since 1974 and promises its ingredients are carefully curated by its own dermatological research facility. The in-house cafe, cosmetic boutique hybrid serves up organic lotions and coffees you can sample while you browse. Beauty Library also claims that its staff is well versed enough in its products that you can ask them about each individual ingredient and they will be able to educate you on its benefits.
Although the store shows off it’s ‘library’ namesake with shelving decor, take note that you can only buy organic blushes and balms, as well as organic cotton washing mitts and cloths that are extra gentle on the skin and help those clean ingredients sink more effectively into the skin.
Where: Holon-R 1F, 3-12-12 Kitaaoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Business Hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
5. Botanist (Shibuya)
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Botanist is a Japanese brand (though it is growing in prevalence in other Asian countries and in Australia) and markets itself as family-friendly, using no harsh or stripping ingredients making it safe for people of all ages. Botanist’s mission statement is people living in harmony with plants, and so it proudly incorporates botanical ingredients in its line.
Skincare and haircare are the specialties of Botanist, and I recommend trying out its three newest lines Chill, Blossom, and Damage Care. If you’ve already stocked up on all the hair care you can possibly need, they also sell all-natural wooden hair and body brushes. Natural materials like wood are better for hair, as they gently pull your natural oils through the strands.
Where: 6-29-2 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Business hours: Daily, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.6
6. Beauty Apothecary
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Beauty Apothecary also tackles organic beauty from the inside and out. Unlike other stores that have cafes and smoothie bars, this store focuses more on supplements and specialty health foods imported from China and infused with ancient medicinal ideals. I’d pick up a crystal face roller, which is perfect for naturally stimulating circulation, and also for a little crystal therapy. These items are supposed to help your skin better absorb applied toners, serums, and creams more easily by prepping the skin before application.
It has a mini spa tucked into the corner, designed for quick and easy facials or treatments that pair perfectly with shopping. I know I could use a spa break after a stroll through Shinjuku!
Where: 3-14-1 Shinjuku, Tokyo (Inside Isetan Shinjuku building)
Business hours: Daily, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
You don’t need me to tell you that it’s important to be aware of the ingredients that we put onto our skin — our largest organ that sucks up everything it touches. Be mindful of what you consume. Your body, and the earth, will thank you.
Where do you go to shop for all-natural beauty products? Let us know in the comments below!