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Pratima Raichur “Absolute Beauty”

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Do you like playing an alchemist?  If “Yes”, then listen to this – “one drop of the essential oil extracted from wild roses should be mixed with a little bit of almond oil…. ”

Does it sound enchanting?

It is magical!

Listen to this wonderful tip to make your hair look bright and healthy – “before you comb your hair, spread a drop of an essential oil on your ridge.” I  personally follow this recommendation quite often.

I learned how to make face and body creams following good homemade recipes and treatments from the book “Absolute Beauty” by Dr. Pratima Raichur.

I balance between modern technologies and ancient “secrets”. Pratina Raichur’s recipes are mainly based on a mixture of oils, including essential oils. She recommends masks, oils and diets according to your type from the Ayurveda’s viewpoint, which is quite a big topic  by itself.  Dr. Pratima Raichur explained Ayurveda’s pillars fairly well . The following idea of the book I liked the most: “I can not put a cream on my skin if I can not eat it.” She (being a chemist and biologist) also taught how to “read” creams that we buy in shops, how to distinguish good creams from bad ones. The author of the book has many years of experience in cosmetology and  she discusses the principles of Ayurveda from the perspectives of  the modern medicine.  I promise you will find a lot of wonderful and useful  facts and tips. May this book be an interesting discovery on your way to your harmonious self. Let us be beautiful!

Minimalism and East Asia

The first picture is Jil Sanders by Raf Simons 2009, I will happily put the reference for the second picture if you give me the reference.

If we apply Four Seasons Color Theory in respect of  aesthetics of  countries, then Japan will be definitely a Winter type. Just read this beautiful short essay “IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS” by Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki . It is a real treat. You will find that all epithets which characterize Winters are applicable to the traditional Japanese aesthetics –  purity,  color blocking , clear lines and minimalism.

Jun’Ichiro Tanizaki in his  “IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS” writes the following:

“Were it not for shadows, there would be no beauty. Our ancestors made of women an object inseparable of darkness, like lacquer-ware  decorated in gold or mother of pearl. They hid as much of her as they could in shadows, concealing her arms and legs in the fold of long sleeves and skirts, so that one part and one only stood out – her face. The curveless body may, by comparison with western women, be ugly. But our thoughts do not travel to what we cannot see. The unseen for us does not exist…..

Our ancestors cut off the brightness on the land from above and  created a world of shadows. and far in the depth of it they placed woman, marking her the whitest of being. If whiteness was to be indispensable to supreme beauty, then for us there was no other way.

The point here is that one’s color palette (Winter, Spring, Summer, Autumn) may determine the entire style direction. In case of Winters it could be Minimalism,  a complicated concept, which sounds simple. Then the alliance of Uniqlo (a Japanese Brand ) with Jil Sanders (one of the founders of Minimalism) is not surprising.

Minimalism does not tolerate lots of accessories because  it is a human body, which is the major accent. There is no vibrant energy in this style. It is a pure thought where the focal point is the body. The concept resonates  with  Winter Season concept in  the Seasonal Color Theories. Winter signifies the death of nature with its pure, clear, frozen images. It also signifies the contrast, especially  the contrast of no-colors – black and white.

Are all Winters minimalists?:))) I am a Winter type and I tend to like Minimalism.

Jil Sanders for Uniqlo 2011

 

 

Anton Chekhov “The Beauties” and Guy de Maupassant “Useless Beauty”

One of the Beauties from the book Hong Lou Meng "the Dream of Red Mansion"

One of the Beauties from the book Hong Lou Meng “the Dream of Red Mansion”

Humans are created in such a way that they prefer certain proportions called harmonious or beautiful.

In beauty we just rest… Milorad Pavic said that it is so hard to create something beautiful, so much effort is spent on it. In contact with the beautiful, we feel relieved knowing that when the overall energy in the world was distributed, we were saved a certain amount of labor: the efforts of others invested in the beauty reduce our share of fatigue. Saved from a certain expenditure of energy, we can enjoy it. Continue reading