How Toshima became the island of "Camellia Japonica"
Camellia Japonica was first planted to protect the island from strong wind. Our ancestors eventually found that its seed oils are good in quality, and made it into the island’s main industry. Now, 80% of the land is covered with 200,000 Camellia Japonica trees. The flowers of the trees bloom at once in winter, and the island is colored in red all around. Having no rivers on the island makes its soils unsuitable for rice and vegetable farming, but the nature of the soil was perfect for Camellia Japonica plantation. The islanders used the oil to pay tribute tax in Edo era, and the industry grew bigger in Meiji era. Mechanization enormously helped the industry to grow even bigger after the world war. Now, Toshima boasts the highest production volume of Camellia Japonica in Japan.
Since all of Camellia Japonica trees in Toshima are planted by landlords, their management is relatively easy. To ensure that all seed oils are organic, JA supports the producers with management of production records. Currently, 1/10 of all fields can be fully traced.
86% or more of Camellia Japonica seed consists of Oleic acid which helps regenerate skin, and with the help of Toshima’s soil, sunshine and winds, the trees of Toshima are blessed with high quality seeds.
Toshima has one of the largest oil refinary plant of Camellia Japonica seed oil, and seeds collected from the trees grown in Toshima are brought here. After fully cleaning each and every one of the seeds, the oils are extracted by each field.
Some of the fields have acquired COSMOS ORGANIC certification, and a seed oil product of such fields will be available to the public for the first time in 2020. Toshima is the only place that has acquired COSMOS ORGANIC certification with Camellia Japnonica.
"Kamiyotsubaki" is a product of 100% plant-derived organic oil with oils extracted only from ripe seeds of Toshima Camellia Japonica trees that have been grown on the island since Edo era. With 86% of the oil being Oleic acid, the skin absorbs the oil well and is good for the faces and bodies of users in all age groups.
Kamiyotsubaki GOLD is a product of Camellia Japonica seed oil that has been deoxidized right after extraction to preserve the fragrance and color. It is thick in texture but fitting to skin.
Kamiyotsubaki SILVER is a product of Camellia Japonica seed oil that has been deoxidized and deodorized. It is light in texture and suitable for everyone.
Kamiyotsubaki “SHIZUKU” is a product of Camellia Japonica seed oil which is made solely of oils extracted from camellias that are grown organically in environmentally friendly camellia field. SHIZUKU has received organic JAS certification, and also COSMOS ORGANIC certification, which is a globally known certificate for organic cosmetics.
About COSMOS ORGANIC
COSMOS（Cosmetic Organic Standard）is a universal standard for organic cosmetics. Camellia Japonica seed oil of Toshima is certified as “COSMOS ORGANIC”, which requires the percentage of naturally-derived ingredients to be 95% or more and that of raw ingredients grown by organic farming to also be 95% or more for its approval.
How to use
Pure Camellia Japaonica seed oil is rich in oleic acid and is fitting to skin and hair because its nature is similar to that of the skin.
Usage on hair: It can be used as hair treatment, pre-shampoo scalp massage oil, and for styling. It prevents dandruff, and gives hair shine and firmness.
Usage on face: It can be used as cleansing oil, massage oil, or even as moisturizer after face wash. It can be used throughout the year by adjusting the amount of oil according to the season.
Usage on body: It protects the skin from drying and UV rays. It can be used as a moisturizer especially on crumpled knees, heels, elbows, or on any dried parts. It is also good for pregnancy stretches.