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About Beni


“Beni” is red color pigment extracted from Benibana (safflower) petals, which have only 1% of red pigment. Benibana is said to have its origin in the Nile River Valley of Egypt. It spread from Middle East to India and later into China through Silk Road, and then came to Japan in the mid-3rd century. Fine quality of “Beni” has brilliant gloss of iridescent green glow with beautiful red gradation. No other red pigment can compete with “Beni”.
Japan has a long history of fascination towards the red color. Because the color of “Beni” is the most desired among many different shades of red color, this glorious red color is used not only for makeup but also for garments as a symbol of luck to protect women from illness in lifetime.

Komachi-Beni is the Japanese traditional lip color fascinated Japanese women over centuries. It is made from “Beni” with iridescent green glow as the proof of fine quality, and it immediately turns to red when liquefied by water. Thinly applied on your lips, it creates a tender shade of pink, and thickly applied, it gives your lips vivid scarlet color. By adjusting the amount of water or the number of layers, you can create your own shade of “Beni”.
One Komachi-Beni allows you to enjoy numeral shades of the color to match your outfit. It would also make a wonderful gift for your precious ones on their special occasions such as wedding and or childbirth, since it is valued as a lucky item to protect them from illness.

To use

1. Moisten lip blush with water. Remove excess moisture by stroking on the edge of cup.
2. Dissolve a small amount of “Beni”, starting at the edge of cup.
3. Apply “Beni” on your lips. Color turns from clear light pink to deep red depending on the amount of water used or number of times “Beni” applied on your lips.

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Where to get Komachi-beni

We provide you Komachi-Beni at the following places;
1.Isehan-Honten Museum of Beni
2.Online Shop (Accepted Japanese-yen and written in Japanese only)
If you have any questions, please contact us via e-mail.


Discontinue use if rash, redness or itching occurs. Keep in the accompanying box in order to protect from high temperature, humidity and direct sunlight.
The iridescent color because of its pure natural nature might turn to red but this color change does not affect the quality.