Hello, I am Tomoka. I left my home country of Japan before I reached the age of 20 to study for my degree in London. Southeast Asian Studies led me to travel to Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia, learning the languages and their cultures in depth. After graduating, I ended up working in Bali and that is where I discovered my passion for spa and wellness for the first time. In the midst of the rapid growth of the spa industry in Asia, my fondest memory is of the traditional Balinese house where sarong-clad women were busy in their kitchens cooking body scrubs and massage oils. We used fresh herbs and edible ingredients, pounding and grinding the fresh mixture each day.
Several years later, I attended a perfumery and product formulation course at a university in Thailand. But as much as I was fascinated by the process of formulation, I was disturbed by the amount of chemicals that went into the products. Since the early spa boom days, the industry had evolved from offering mere relaxation to focusing on total wellness, yet little were we, the spa professionals, aware of the danger of chemicals in the products. I realised that product formulation was something that we all assumed required expertise and therefore did not question. This in 2010, and I started making my own personal care products.
I am a certified Aromatherapist, and use my professional background in, anatomy and physiology, spa cuisine, perfumery, and cosmetic formulation when creating safe and effective products in my kitchen