Ikeda Spa has been the media’s blue-eyed boy lately. They have been lots of featured articles about us in many magazines. These are NOT paid advertisements. Thank you for writing about us! :*
For those looking for Chidoriya skin care products in Singapore, you can now find here at our new boutique. Ikeda Spa stocks a comprehensive line up of Japanese luxury products from Chidoriya Kyoto.
For the next few weeks, we will be showcasing the individual organic skin care products one by one, the same being used in Geisha Organic Facial, the most natural way to whiten your skin tone.
Hope that you like our new boutique! :love:
Kabuki actors discovered it. Geishas swear by it. Now beauty-conscious women in fashionable New York is crazy about it. And now this beauty elixir has reached our shores. What is it? Japanese nightingale droppings.
What’s that stuff you rubbing on your face?
While this may be the first that you’ve heard of bird poop facials, as we’ve mentioned already, they’ve been around for quite a while in Japan. Uguisu no fun is a traditional part of a geisha’s beauty regimen. Shops in towns with geisha houses (called hanamachi) sell these to them, including their distinctive clothing, shoes, wigs, instruments and cosmetics.
Both geisha and Kabuki actors have traditionally worn heavy white makeup. Originally, it was made with ingredients like zinc and lead, which proved to cause serious skin disease and other problems. Then it was discovered that using uguisu no fun completely removed the makeup as well as served to condition and soothe the skin. Although the makeup is no longer made with these ingredients, uguisu no fun had secured its place.
Popular in Japan till now. The West soon caught on with a handful of spas that offer the treatment as part of their facials. Posh Spice is probably the most famous fan of the treatment.
Posh Did It, And Love It
Victoria Beckham, who has long had a problem with keeping a clear complexion, is now reportedly raving about the so-called Geisha facial.
“When Victoria was in Japan recently she was admiring the local women’s clear skin and discovered it was down to these facials,” a friend of the 34-year-old star recently told Closer magazine.
The nightingale dropping facial has also been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s Show.
So is there any real reason to add it to your beauty regimen? Read on to get the poop on, well, the poop.
The Science of Nightingale Dropping
Most bird excrement is white because of the uric acid, which isn’t soluble in water, but different birds have different poop compositions. Japanese nightingale excrement contains large concentrations of nitrogen-rich urea and guanine.
- Common ingredient in skin care products that you may use daily.
- Reduces water loss through the skin’s epidermis and retains skin moisture.
- Accelerate the process of skin cell and skin regeneration process.
- Helps other ingredients of skin care products to penetrate better within the skin surface.
- Urea based skin care products are ideal for people with dry skin, and extremely beneficial for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Amino acid in a form of natural enzyme with bleaching qualities.
- Creates a shimmery, iridescent effect, giving a glowing look on skin.
- Clear out skin blemishes and brightens dull skin.
- Has light chemical peeling action, but without the redness and burning, resulting in a fairer skin tone.
From Birdcage to Your Face
Spreading wild bird poop on the ground to use as fertilizer is one thing, but gathering it to put on your face is another. You might imagine people tracking nightingales and running around to scrape the poop off various surfaces, but there’s a very specific process that goes into making bird poop into an ingredient. There are nightingale farms in Japan that exist solely for the purpose of harvesting the poop. Wild nightingales eat things like insects and berries, but at the farms, the birds are caged and fed a diet of organic seeds.
After their poop is collected from the birdcages, it is sanitized, using an ultraviolet light. After the poop has been dried out (with a dehydrator), it’s ground into a very fine white powder.
Wild bird poop can contain bacteria, fungal spores and other unhealthy substances, but uguisu no fun is safe and clean due to the birds’ special diet, controlled habitat and the purification process.
Geisha Organic Facial, Our Signature
Our signature facial uses Chidoriya skin care range from Kyoto. When combined with our unique Japanese Ki massage method requiring no less than 300 strokes, the active ingredients are fully optimised to beautify your skin. In addition to uguisu no fun, this facial treatment also includes thorough cleansing, exfoliation, meridian massage, and lymphatic drainage with jade roller, which all involves only natural ingredients, such as rice bran, camellia oil, azuki red beans, and peach moon water that have been traditionally used for beauty care in Japan for centuries. It is an amazing (all natural and organic) way to lighten and whiten the skin. Due to its hypoallergenic properties, this facial is highly recommended for those whom has dry and sensitive skin.
A little history about Chidoriya. Born in the Kyoto City, Chidoriya was established in 1949 in Kyoto, Japan. In the first years, Chidoriya focused on making original beauty goods for Maiko dancing girls and Geisha. The ageless beauty of Geishas and Maiko girls has long been known in Japan and throughout the world, hence they have always been the fashion and trend setters in Kyoto. Over the past 60 years our reputation for excellent products has established our unique clientele of fashion and beauty professionals. We are pleased to introduce Chidoriya products in Singapore.
Hello everyone – we are back. Apologies for not updating our blog for the last few months.
What’s happened? Well, for those whom had dropped by our spa recently, you should have noticed some major overhauling going on for the spa. Ikeda Spa is now bigger, nicer and best of all, there is a series of promotions and exciting new features coming your way. :cheer:
So what’s in store for you? We cannot reveal too much now, but below are some teaser photos of what you will be expecting.
Watch this space for more updates on our upcoming Open House at 12 Dec 2010! 8)
We felt sorry for our customers whom left stranded in traffic trying to get to our spa. Apparently, someone has drove a crane through the overhead bridge, and yes, the one bridge just in front of Ikeda Spa.
The worse part is it took six hours to “saw” down the bridge, causing massive traffic from Whitley onwards.
And now, we have a bungee jump platform in front of our spa.
Once again, thank you for your understanding and patience, to all customers whom have kindly called to cancel their appointments.
Tourists are flying in to Singapore to try Japanese bath?!
Though not so secret among local Japanese community, more are coming forward to have their weekly dose of bath soaking.
We are told by the editors that they got tipped off by one of our customers. Many thanks to you whomever you are!
Mark your calendar! The Great Singapore Sale is back at Ikeda Spa. Enjoy 50% off usual price for ANY treatment purchased between 1 June 2010 and 31 July 2010. Valid for new customers and existing members only.
Plus everyone get a chance to win our Spa Vouchers worth up to $1,000 in our Sure-Win Lucky Dip with every $400 nett spent.
PLUS one lucky member will WIN A TRIP FOR 2 TO JAPAN to see Autumn colored leaves. T&C applies.
Also, as tribute to our loyal members whom has given us your support, you too are also eligible for the draw if you have signed up our membership program in the last six months. All you got to do is to drop by our spa during the GSS promotion period to pick up your grand lucky draw coupon.
This is the best promotion ever since our opening. We do not have plan to make it a regular feature and in case it will be repeated it will not be before Great Singapore Sale in 2012.
So join us at the Great Singapore Sale and get more than you can bargain for!
See that glitter in your mom’s eyes when you present her this gorgeous Gold Carnation on Mother’s Day. The petal and leaf is made of 24K Gold Foil. The trunk and branches are plated with 24K Gold. It’ll be one of the Best Mother’s Day Gifts you can ever give.
Love is Forever! The Gold Carnation will forever keep its color and shape, and forever remind her of your appreciation of her selfless love.
Furthermore, to celebrate this Mother’s Day, we are bringing back our two popular Special Spa Treats for all beloved Mothers.
CHOCO MOTHER’S DAY SPA GIFT
This year, go above and beyond the standard Godiva fare by treating your mother to the ultimate in chocolate decadence: an organic cocoa massage. Combining two of our favourite indulgences in one treatment, this relaxing gift is sure to ease years of maternal stress. As if the idea of a stimulating chocolate massage wasn’t enough, organic cocoa is filled with antioxidants to leave skin feeling rejuvenated and creamy-soft.
- 30 min WHITE CHOCO ALMOND SCRUB OR
30 min DARK CHOCO FONDUE BATH
- 90 min FULL BODY COCOA MASSAGE
VINO MOTHER’S DAY SPA GIFT
If you haven’t heard, Ikeda has brought in the latest bath essence in Japan that turn a simple bath into a full-on wine spa experience. The fragrance is so aromatic that one packet compares favorably of emptying a dozen bottles of Cabernet into the tub. Being high in anti-oxidants, a bath in the red wine, often soothes skin irritation, heals skin damage, rejuvenates skin, and relieves symptoms of menopause as well. A vinotherapy session leaves skin in high spirits.
- 30 min RED WINE SCRUB OR
30 min WHITE WINE BATH
- 90 min VINOTHERAPY MASSAGE
BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT NOW
As our Mother’s Day Promotion, we will offer a complimentary Gold Carnation for purchase of one of the above spa gift package.
Mothers are always there for you no matter what. They have one day a year when tribute is payed to them. There are no better ways to show our mothers how important they are by giving her a precious 24K Gold Carnation Flower comes with a delicately designed gift box, nicely wrapped in Japanese gift paper.
We have only 10 stalks on hand. Hurry to book your Mother’s Day Spa Gift Package to reserve your stalk now.
Ikeda Spa has been featured as one of the best spas in Singapore by SingaporeVR.com. They are kind enough to photograph our spa using virtual reality (VR) techonology, which is like you are “inside the picture”, allowing you to view in full 360 degree angle.
Click on the pictures below to jump right in for your very first virtual spa tour!