Founder of Botanical Signature Asako Takada was working in the export industry when a work research project on Australian natural skincare sparked her curiosity.
When the work project ended, Takada’s research continued. That led her to study medical aromatherapy and Ayurveda (a 5000-year-old system of natural healing with origins in the Vedic culture of India), and she began experimenting at her home in Sydney with making her own skincare products. “When I was testing and creating skincare in my kitchen, I found that the method was quite similar to cooking,” she says. “When I wasn’t using it for cooking, my kitchen became a lab in which I created and tested my own products. This time in the kitchen reinforced my desire to create a skincare range that was treated like fresh produce.”
Botanical Signature offers four straightforward and organic plant-derived oils. There are two oils for the face; gentle blends that cater to different skin types. There’s a nourishing hair oil that combines argan oil and seabuckthorn berries. And a light, absorbing oil to moisturise hands and nails.
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Botanical Signature oils last for up to 24 months. The purity of the plant products, such as rosemary leaf, calendula flower and hinoki wood, and the lack of preservatives in the products, means that they won’t last forever – just like food.
In a nod to Takada’s heritage, there is a distinct Japanese aesthetic to the brand. Packaging is minimal; 25ml amber bottles are covered in delicate washi paper that has been handmade in the small village of Ogawa, Japan. The story of Botanical Signature is silk-screen printed on the inside of the creamy washi paper. Takada meticulously twists this around the oil bottles to secure them inside their neat cardboard boxes.
Takada plans to expand the core range of oils to include products such as lotions, creams and cleansers. She is also developing an original blend of herbal teas for wellbeing.