Ever get hit with some nostalgia? Well, if you ask anyone who knows me well, they’ll tell you I do. I often joke by saying I drown in it… Drown in a good way. I think it’s because I have so many clear memories of my childhood. The colours, the textures, the smells, the scenery, the music playing… I think I’m lucky I remember so many details.
One of those memories I have is when my childhood friend Natasha first introduced me (us – my sister) to the Body Shop. I thought Nat was so “worldly” because she had been “downtown” to shop far more times than we ever did. We were about 13-14 years old. Anyhow, she brought us to the store and we proceeded to buy the products a teenager would need. In my case, the Cucumber Cleansing Milk, the Japanese Washing Grains to exfoliate and the Eye Gel. I had oily skin so I didn’t think to moisturize (let alone wear sun block!!) We would also indulge with the Banana Shampoo & Conditionner… I still remember all their smells and textures so well. Especially the lovely earthy smell of the Washing Grains.
Well, the other day I was thinking about the washing grains and how they came in that cute container, that was like a salt shaker and that we had to pour a little into the palm of our hand and add some water to make a paste… I did a quick search and behold! I was shocked to discover that the only ingredient they ever had in them, were adzuki beans. Ground up. C’est tout! I knew we had a bag of leftover organic adzuki beans in the pantry so I went looking for it. Found it. Took out my Magic Bullet and added about 1/4 cup of beans and pulsed them finely. Done. As soon as I poured the grainy powder into a (cute) glass container I had, I was overtaken my the scent… EXACTLY how I remembered it. And when I used it for the first time, I swear to god, it worked exactly like I remembered. Such a great smell. My skin felt smooth and clean.
Incidentally, adzuki beans have been widely used in Japanese skin care for centuries. They clean, exfoliate and clarify the skin, leaving a natural glow. They just haven’t been as readily available, until the last couple of decades. Long after the Body Shop discontinued their product, I guess. I could have saved myself a small fortune in Japanese Washing Grains, had I known this…