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The Style Page reviews Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

Let me get this out of the way first: I love Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths.  They are terrific in hot, humid weather (a typical Washington summer) and a blessing to have along when I travel to India.

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths

The second ingredient in Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths is denatured alcohol, so it cools through the evaporation of the alcohol.  But then there’s its patented PowderSilk™ Technology, which leaves behind a translucent, superfine powder so imperceptible that I can’t feel it. PowderSilk™ Technology must be a Japanese thing: Japan’s KAO Corporation acquired the Ban name, and the cloths are made in Japan.  DHC has a similar product.

I use Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths where I tend to perspire: around the hairline, the nape of the neck, the armpits, and underneath the breasts.  I feel comfortable for the rest of the day.

Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths come 10 to a package, but since they’re perforated, you can tear the cloths in half and get 20 uses per package.  It comes in 4 different fragrances: Restore, Invigorate, Energize, and Enliven.  I’ve seen various prices for Ban Total Cooling Body Cloths, but Ban’s website helpfully provides sponsored listings which allow you to compare prices from different sellers.

Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

This Designing Duo Bronzing Powder by Sensai by Kanebo is a two-color graduating bronzing powder with 24K gold and pearl.

Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

Sensai Designing Duo Bronzing Powder

At $45, it’s on the lower end of Sensai’s product line: some high-end products retail as high as $740!  Sensai may be purchased through Bergdorf Goodman and Neiman Marcus.

In Japan, Sensai’s parent company Kanebo has cosmetics lines at various price points, from mass-market to luxury.

Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area

The DC Metro Area hosts a large Asian community, and there are many stores that cater to this market.  Today I’ll introduce you to some Asian beauty stores in the DC Metro Area.

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More Shiseido in Fairfax Circle carries Shiseido, Clé de Peau Beauté, Enprani skin care and makeup, skin care sets, face mask sheets, Darkness beauty implements from Korea, and some unexpected items (underwear!).

Lotte Plaza in Chantilly features a comprehensive selection of international foods.  Grocery shopping in its produce section is a contact sport.  There are so many shoppers there that you can’t maneuver.   Bunny LaRue wrote:

Lotte Plaza is great. I have seen no less than two fist fights there. When they first opened I made the mistake of trying to get some shrimp, I nearly lost my arm. The lady that runs Cinderella is really nice.

Which brings us to the next shop off the beaten beauty path: Cinderella, which is located in the courtyard of Lotte Plaza.  Cinderella carries a wide variety of face mask sheets (which I predict will be the next big thing to come out of Asia after BB cream), Korean skin care, Darkness beauty implements, and cheap costume jewelry.  Don’t let the crowds and craziness dissuade you from going!

While I love shopping at Lotte Plaza for the all the fun things that I can find, Super H Mart in Fairfax is brighter, lighter, and, dare I say, cleaner than Lotte Plaza.  Never mind that when I entered the store, Gangnam Style was blasting through the speakers!

Within Super H Mart is the Amore store, which carries high-end cosmetics and skin care brands from Korea’s Amorepacific Corporation.  The displays are as elegant as anything you’d might find in an upscale department store: skin care sets from Sulwhasoo, Laneige, and IOPE are presented on back-lit display shelves.  I was surprised to find the Sulwhasoo face powder compacts that I wrote about at the Amore Store.  IOPE color cosmetics are also found there.  As can be expected from a Korean beauty emporium, Amore carries Darkness beauty implements and face mask sheets.

Sulwhasoo LE powder compacts

Those Sulwhasoo LE powder compacts!

Across from Amore is the Shiseido store, which carries Shiseido and Clé de Peau Beauté color cosmetics and skin care from Shiseido, Benefique, Qiora, and SK-II.

BTW SK-II is actually a P&G brand, which is why Allure mentions SK-II’s pricey face mask sheets with MUA Pat McGrath, who’s P&G’s global creative director for its beauty brands (Cover Girl, Max Factor, Dolce & Gabbana, and SK-II).

Make Up Plus within Lotte Plaza in Silver Spring carries  Clio makeup from Korea and, of course, skin care, face mask sheets, and Darkness beauty implements.

eCosway is a shoppers’ club in which you pay a $20 VIP membership to get discounts.  For $60, members can recruit other members, who can recruit other members … in other words, a MTM or MLM scheme.  Cosmetics and skin product lines include Beauty Code, Bioglo, L’élan Vital, and Colour Sense.  I suspect that these are all eCosway brands. eCosway also sells cleaning supplies, nutritional supplements, and more.  Does it sound like Amway, but with a brick-and-mortar store?

DHC Kakonjuka skin care collection debuts March 1

I got hooked on DHC after I opened the sample of its Deep Cleansing Oil in its catalogue and tried it. I really liked not needing to use a separate eye makeup remover. I put a little Deep Cleansing Oil on a cotton pad or even better, DHC’s Silky Cotton (a favorite of Marcia at beautyinfozone.com), and swipe it gently over my eye lashes to condition them and remove stubborn makeup.

DHC has a number of new introductions this year:

  • Pore Cleansing Oil and Pore Face Wash: read Sheila’s review at Painted Ladies
  • BB Cream: what took DHC so long? 🙂
  • Body butter to complement its Olive-Corn Body Scrub & Polish
DHC Kakonjuka skin care collection

DHC Kakonjuka skin care collection

DHC’S Kakonjuka skin care collection debuts March 1. It consists of a lotion, an “essence” (actually a lightweight moisturizer), and a thicker cream. DHC has designed these products to be used in sequence after cleansing and washing; however, it’s up to you to decide whether the essence is enough moisturizer for you. They contain a special blend of six Japanese and Korean botanicals:

  • Maitake mushroom
  • Reishi mushroom
  • Platycara strobilacea
  • Licorice leaf
  • Great burnet
  • Purslane

When you open the products, you might be surprised by the brownish color of the lotion and the grayish color of both the essence and the cream. You might even find it off-putting. The color is due to the botanicals; DHC does not add colorants to its products.

I used the Kakonjuka skin care routine at nighttime for a week. I woke up with my skin feeling soft and ready for makeup.

DHC sent me samples of the Kakonjuka skin care collection to try. Opinions are my own. All package labeling was in Japanese; however, when the collection debuts March 1, it will have English labeling.

For more information about the DHC Kakonjuka skin care collection, view the press releases for the lotion, essence, and cream.  Each product costs  USD $32.00 and will be available on the DHC website.