All began with love of mother in hope of the health of her daughter. It took much scientific study, but in the end her quest led to restored health for her child ... and a line of organic skincare that enhances the body's own renewal and self-protection processes instead of fighting them.
Her daughter was diagnosed with a serious "incurable" kidney disease, her outlook on life was changed forever. Her inner revolution was awakened and she realized that the power for healing was in her hands. She would not stop believing there was an answer, nor stop working until she found it, no matter how long it took or where she had to look.
Miyuki studied modern physiology and bacteriology as well as traditional natural healing systems around the world. When she learned about beneficial bacteria, she saw the light. Bacteria that live symbiotically in our bodies are essential to our physical function, from digesting nutrients to protecting against disease. She realized that instead of killing those bacteria, we should nourish them so they can do their job.
The dark time of her life has now ended, thanks to her determination to never give up the fight for her family's well-being. After the success of her "personal health study," she knew she had to share the benefits of her wisdom with the world.
Our human bodies are a part of nature, and profoundly connected with it on every level. Without nature's nourishing and healing materials, we could not exist. BLACK PAINT was founded on the realization that this is as true for our skin as for every other part of our body. Only pure, organic materials can return the skin to its original state of healthy, beautiful balance, while manmade chemicals cause short-term alterations but damage the skin more in the long run.
The science behind BLACK PAINT comes from Maeda's medical researches that led to a cure for her daughter's kidney disease. Reading about enteric bacteria gave her her breakthrough insight. Bacteria living in the digestive system normally process the food we eat, releasing nutrients and supporting the immune system. When they're not present, our health suffers.
Maeda realized that if digestive bacteria have such an important role, so must bacteria on the skin. She honed in on staphylococcus epidermis, whose job is to form the sebum layer that keeps skin hydrated, pH balanced and protected from environmental pollutants. While most skincare products aim to sterilize the skin with anti-bacterials, anti-fungals and synthetic preservatives, the BLACK PAINT system is formulated to nourish and protect the bacteria that maintain beautiful skin naturally.
This award-winning complex mimics the nutrients and minerals that the skin itself produces through micro-biota and perspiration. Whenever the skin is lacking in those elements, whether due to inner health problems or external agents such as UV light, smog or air conditioning, it shows. Skin's pores can become clogged and its texture rough, dry and dull. BLACK PAINT restores its balance and beauty.
Searched the world over for the natural materials that would best support the skin's self-healing and protection processes.
We use more than 100 kinds of plant-derived oils, essential minerals and other natural ingredients such as silk, honey and brown sugar, together with various plant oils and essential oils from all over the world. Our products' fragrance comes from steam-distilled essential oils, not synthetic perfumes. The usage of plant oils and organic ingredients has been approved by organic certification bodies in Germany and France.
EASY PORE CARE
An average adult has around 200,000 pores on his or her face. Maintaining clean, healthy skin pores is important for maintaining healthy (and healthy looking) skin. Dirt and oil on pores may cause those pores get clogged and encourage the growth of bacteria which would causes inflammation and irritation. No matter how strong your cleanser/ facial wash is, it is almost impossible to extract all the waste inside the skin's pores. But there is a better way discovered along ago by women who visited hot springs. When the alkaline water of the hot springs touched their skin (which is acidic) it triggered the skin to restore its normal balance by releasing more acid. This additional acid pushed out all the waste from within, leaving pores completely clean. That's why BLACK PAINT has a slightly alkaline pH level. Most face cleansers use a solvent that removes makeup by melting its oils. Unfortunately, they also remove the skin’s natural oils and washes away the good with the bad. BLACK PAINT soap removes only makeup, with a gentle foaming film of vegetable oil that lets it slip easily off the skin's surface.
SUPPORTS SKIN MICROBIOTA
Human Microbiota is the microscopic organisms living in human body. The human skin is usually slightly acid, mostly due to the effect of sebum secretion by skin glands which contained lactic acid. Like our intestine, lactic acid bacteria act as a barrier to prevent microbes (other bacteria) from entering our body.
Vital to skin health, these bacteria digest skin oil, dead cells and minerals from perspiration, turning them into a natural moisturizing cream that acts as a barrier between the inner skin and the outer environment. With essential moisture locked in and dirt out, skin stays soft, fresh and radiant. Using only natural ingredients without any preservatives, BLACK PAINT helps maintain the functionality of the bacteria in our skin which balances the skin’s immune system.
Our skincare series is made of natural ingredients; does not use any synthetic preservatives, disinfectants, fragrances, colorings, anti-oxidants, or ultraviolet absorbers.
We refuse to use them because many are already proven to cause cancer and other illnesses as well as damage the eco-system.
What’s more, they can kill the beneficial bacteria that help skin maintain its natural beauty. Through BLACK PAINT soap, we hope to live in a globally safe environment despite our hectic lifestyle.
We have worked long and hard to develop manufacturing processes that don't compromise the integrity of our products. For example, BLACK PAINT soap is cold pressed -- almost unheard-of these days. Cold processing allows glycerin, a plant-derived emollient, to remain in the soap instead of being boiled away. Cleansing naturally leaves skin soft, radiant and healthy. We also do not use emulsifiers to keep the oil and water elements of a formula mixed together. We believe you would rather shake the bottle before each use than have synthetic chemicals touch your skin.
BLACK PAINT®, an organic skincare brand established in Kyoto 15 years ago by Myyuki Co.Ltd. Since ancient times, plant oil treatments have been taught to be a secret to beautiful skin. Based on this concept, BLACK PAINT® skincare products are made from natural, organic materials which are blended from more than 100 types of plant oils, more than 50 types of essential oils, Charcoal that suitable for various skin and body parts. BLACK PAINT® soaps sold more than one million units in Japan in year 2012 alone.
BLACK PAINT® soap has won the Grand Gold Medal of Monde Selection Award Winner (a globally-renowned award run by International Institute for Quality Selections, Belgium that evaluate quality of each product and grant them quality label) for 6 consecutive years since 2009 under the category of Cosmetics & Toiletries in Japan.