Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy and worldview that centers around finding beauty in imperfection.
The legend of Sen no Rikyū
The legend of Sen no Rikyū is often used to describe the principle of wabi-sabi.
In 16th century Japan, a young man named Rikyū wanted to learn the art of the tea ceremony. So he went to the famous tea master Takeno Jōō, who instructed him to rake up a garden full of leaves. After cleaning the garden, Rikyū saw how flawless and perfect it looked. Before showing it to his master, he shook a Japanese Red Maple tree (or in some versions of the story, a Cherry Blossom tree) – and the beautifully colored leaves or flowers fell to the ground.
Sen no Rikyū looked at his work and felt that it was just right.
Rikyū is now considered to be the first to truly understand the core meaning of wabi-sabi – the art of finding beauty in imperfection, appreciating the moment knowing it will pass, and honoring what is real and authentic.
The Beauty of Wabi-Sabi
Some might describe wabi-sabi as a way of navigating the world and appreciating beauty. It's truly woven into every day life in Japan and has since become more popular in Western society.
Wabi-sabi is a beautiful contrast to the hectic, consumer culture we live in and to the world of exaggerated perfection that's especially perpetuated by the beauty industry.
Inspired by this philosophy, Wabi-Sabi Botanicals was created as a celebration of wabi-sabi and everything it embodies. We're about loving up sensitive & stressed skin with simple, authentic, natural skincare, while helping women find the beauty in our imperfections.
We strive to break away from the 'old' beauty industry and make way for the 'new' - one that honors and celebrates every individual's authentic, natural, imperfect beauty.