Give your skin a natural boost and a soft-focus hue. Deeper luster and iridescence than most other freshwater or saltwater pearl powders.
Multi-use and Versatile
Apply directly to skin or as a facial mask. Use as a subtle highlighter or translucent setting/finish powder. Or, mix it — instantly — with your moisturizer, cleanser, liquid or powder cosmetics, sunscreen or sunblock.
For all skin types. Package includes instructions and handy spatula.
Pure • Natural • Cruelty-free
No additives, preservatives, colorings or fragrances. Not tested on animals. Not hydrolyzed and no nanoparticles.
Hand-polished and powdered from Akoya oysters of Uwajima bay.
How to Use
① Mix with Moisturizer, Cleanser and Liquid or Powder Cosmetics
Unlike Akoya pearl powder, the pearl in the ingredient list of typical cosmetics is commonly "hydrolyzed pearl" (also called hydrolyzed conchiolin). It is made by adding chemicals to pearl's proteins to make them water-soluble, plus a preservative such as Phenoxyethanol or Parabens to protect the product from growing bacteria and fungi.
You can avoid these chemicals by mixing Akoya pearl powder with your cosmetics instead — in seconds.
- Mix a small amount with your favorite cosmetic.
- Apply to face, neck, hands or body as you wish.
- If mixing with soap or cleanser, wash and rinse as usual.
One or two scoops with the provided spatula are sufficient for most applications (One scoop of powder weighs about 0.1 grams.)
② Apply as Facial Mask
Akoya will mix almost instantly with almost all powders, oils and other common mask ingredients. Below is a sample recipe.
- Take 2 grams of pearl powder
- Add 2 tsp of wheat powder (or Shiro Nuka if you like gluten-free)
- Add 2 to 3 tsp of water, milk or soy milk
- Add other ingredients such as honey or moisturizing oil as you prefer
- Mix well. Apply to face for 10 minutes
- Rinse with lukewarm water
③ Apply as Mineral Highlighter or Translucent Setting/Finish Powder
- Brush on a small amount over foundation as setting powder.
- Or, apply over makeup as a finishing powder to blur fine lines and control oil and shine. The ultra-fine particle size means it will go on translucent when applied thin.
- Or, use as a subtle highlighter by applying a little more powder with a highlighter brush or Q-tip.
Akoya is a saltwater pearl oyster, prized worldwide for its quality. Almost all of Japan's Akoyas come from three seaside bays: Ago Bay (in Mie prefecture), Omura (in Nagasaki) and Uwajima, where we get our supplies.
Akoyas are rare, mainly because they are hyper-sensitive to pollutants and need a clean environment to survive. Japanese Akoyas account for less than 2% of the world pearl market.
Composition, Luster and Hues
The inner layer of Akoya's shell and the outer coating of the pearl itself is nacre, made of minerals and amino acids in intricate crystalline layers.
94% of the Akoya's nacre is calcium (in the form of calcium carbonate,) magnesium, and iron. 5% of the rest is Conchiolin, a complex protein of 17 amino acids which bond the calcium carbonate crystals together. About 1% is pure water.
Akoya nacre crystals have a flatter and more organized microstructure than nacre crystals from other types of oysters.
As a result, Akoyas reflect and refract light in a more organized manner with subtle hues, deeper luster, and iridescence — a fact well-known to gemologists.
Uwajima bay is a natural body of water in southern Shikoku, the smallest of Japanese main islands, covering approximately 30 square kilometers.
South Shikoku is an ecologically important area, with vast stretches of uninhabited coastline, from Uwajima bay to the imposing cliffs of Cape Ashizuri and Shimanto coast.
The historic Uwajima town has a population of about 77,000 who for centuries have cared for the bay, and depend on its bounty of Akoyas and fishery resources for their livelihood.
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I love pearls since they result from an irritation transformed into beauty. However, I like mixing this powder with my foundation and like the results
I usually use it by mixing a little bit of it with rice bran oil, usually on my face and neck. If you have some parts of skin which is damaged by exposing it to UV rays for prolonged periods of time, I really recommend this to use. I was dealing with hyper pigmentation on my neck, especially the back part of my neck. Now, after using this pearl powder with rice bran oil regularly for 2 months, my skin has almost returned to original color (it was really bad at the beginning). So, even though its not a must , I highly recommend this products for people dealing with hyper pigmentation.
I received my items. I am so pleased. The package was wrapped with so much care. Thank you for the speedy delivery and complimentary items. I will definitely be ordering again. I will update my review once I have the chance to use the Pearl Powder. Thank you again.
This lovely powder works well when mixed with the rice bran oil. I also use it in my masks. It has a nice brightening effect. Thanks
A perfect add on to my skincare daily routine. My extremely sensitive skin could accept its richness and moisture, powder is very fine and blends well with any liquid. I love it and will definitely repurchase. Personally been using pearl products for a very long time, and some have cause skin uproar due to lack of purity in contents. Yet! I would definitely recommend AKOYA pearl powder. It works well for my inflamed skin. Give it a try :) note that all pearl product requires consistent usage over a period time to yield best result :)
Excellent!! Got it as a sample - simply love it after 2 uses. Powder is very very fine. I mixed a little into the bijin face oil every night and also add a little to my cc cream every morning. Just the perfect desired finish for my face. I am SOLD!!
I have been using it for a couple of weeks and every day I thank it for the result I see on my skin! I blend a small amount with a cream and apply on my face and also use it as a eyes concealer. My skin is glowing and eyes area is brighter! Thank you so much Wawaza!
This the element that I’ve searched for. It adds a beautiful subtle glow to the skin.
I've heard some wonderful things about Akoya Nacre Pearl Powder and it's true. I highly recommend this powder mixed with the Bijin oil on face and neck. It gives your skin this little extra pearly shine, create a beautiful natural glow. I’ve been using it for 2 days now and really like the effect it is having on my skin. I’m such a big fan of Wawaza and their commitment to creating high quality products. The customer service is also the best - WONDERFUL PERSON HANAKO. Warm regards.
In my opinion, it‘s not a must have but I truly love it - apart from its nourishing qualities, it adds a subtle pearly shine without making my skin look oily during the day which just looks great!
I got this long ago and I forgot where I put it away. Last month, I found it from one of drawers and carefully read how to use it. I have been having a hard time with my dry skin with the winter season. So I have been using this product with Bijin Rice Bran oil for twice a day, WOW MUCH MUCH better! Also, aging spots are getting lighter. What a great combo!