Did you know your skin is the largest organ of the entire body? Odd to think that our skin lives and breathes as we do, but also that it endures the hardship of everyday living. Our skin faces the elements like wind, heat, and cold, in addition to dirt and oil buildup, makeup, and germs. When it comes to replenishing your skin, THANN has the perfect solution: nature.
Companies these days are increasingly making the shift toward more natural products as technology and studies reveal that parabens (preservatives) and chemicals used in most makeup and skincare products are actually doing the skin more harm than good. Using these products is like eating canned or pre-packaged food; yes it’s easy, quick, and does the trick, but it doesn’t promote long-term health in any form. THANN Skincare is dedicated to going into nature and finding ingredients that improve the quality of skin and hair, in addition to promoting relaxation through aromatherapy with its Asian zen influence.
When you walk into the only THANN in North America, on Bank Street, Ottawa, you instantly feel that zen feeling intended by the boutique’s decor. You can tell that the minimalistic, modern, and cleanly presentation of the store embodies the value of purity that is THANN. The staff are knowledgable about the product lines, of which there are not an overwhelming amount.
THANN has a little more than a handful of skincare and hair product lines and emphasizes the quality of their products over an overwhelming plethora of choices. Catering to both men and women, the lines each offer different scents; a by-product of the natural ingredients used in each skin/haircare line.
I’ll start with my favourite line in the store: Sea Foam. I am usually very sensitive to scents and picky with what I use for myself, but I’ve always been one to love everything about the use of Mint. Mint for me is the epitome of clean and natural in smell and taste. When I first smelled the shampoo above, I instantly fell in love with the product. Additionally, the melange of Rosemary (which isn’t too strong) and Eucalyptus (a more powerful scent) adds the perfect pep and freshness to the product. I obviously didn’t get down to using the shampoo in the store, but Janelle was kind enough to have me sample a few items from the different lines.
Once I used this Sea Foam Aromatic Salt Scrub, I was immediately sold on THANN as a whole. Not only was the scent so fresh, but the feeling of simultaneous hydration and cleanliness was paramount for me. Very often you find soaps and scrubs that will exfoliate but dry the skin, whereas this one, with its oily and rough texture, will exfoliate and hydrate at the same time. And it doesn’t leave a greasy feeling either!
Onto anti-aging and skincare, Janelle showed me products that use Shiso, a Japanese super plant which improves and promotes generating collagen in aging skin, in addition to being an anti-oxidant.
From what I am told, the Shiso products are amazing for combination skin, which a lot of people have. Combination skin is when some parts of the face are oily, while others are normal or dry. The Green Tea Extract helps with finding a balance for the skin without drying it out or making it oilier.
THANN is really proud of their innovative products that use Shiso because “in the midst of extreme droughts and fluctuating climatic conditions, Asian herbalists have noticed that Shiso plants have the ability not only to survive the most but also help the surrounding plants to grow. As a result, Shiso has become not only the jewel of Japanese culinary art and the macro biotic food revolution but it’s also making its mark as the ultimate miracle ingredient in skincare.”
In other words, dry and weathered skin (just like droughts and climate change) need the extra boost of something strong enough to overcome the after-effects of these conditions. It’s a flawless concept that Shiso should be incorporated into skincare for this property alone.
Oatmeal Face Scrub with rice bran and marshmallow to strengthen and calm skin.
Rice Extract Moisturizing Cream for dry skin.
In addition to its products, THANN offers Asian-styled household items such as tea pots and cups, hand-woven boxes, serving plates, etc. There are some really good sales going on right now on these items and a promotion for skincare products, as well.
These products are available at THANN locations worldwide, including the Ottawa (829 Bank Street) store, and online at http://www.thann.ca/.
I was sent home with an excellent little care package which included the Aromatic Wood Shampoo ( a bestseller), Aromatic Wood Bath Salts, and the Aromatic Wood Rice Grain Soap Bar, which was the perfect exfoliant!
Overall, it was a very pleasurable and eye-opening experience, and I encourage my readers to research THANN Skincare and skincare ingredients in general in order to promote health and wellness to the most exposed part of your body!