Juara, meaning “champion” or “winner” in Indonesian is a skincare line founded by four gorgeous young women that decided to build a company that combines the very best of their mixed cultural backgrounds. An East-meets-West philosophy forms the basis for the creation of every product: combining the rich goodness of powerful botanicals and traditional herbs from the Indonesian archipelago with western, modern science.
Aside from body and face treatments, Juara Skincare also offers two different perfume oils: Candlenut (named after one of the brand’s star ingredients, candlenut, a nut resembling the macadamia and known for its high concentration of fatty acids and its softening properties which has been traditionally used in Indonesia to treat dry, rough skin) and Tiare Jasmine, inspired by the Indonesian tea plantations.
Candlenut Perfume Oil: This is a deeply, truly exotic perfume that is perfect for the summer. The scent is completely transporting, spelling island getaway with every tropical whiff and begs to be worn with a sarong, sandals and a carefree attitude. It has top notes of effervescent, sparkling bergamot and seductive white florals over a fruity heart and a smooth vanilla/coconut base. Once the initial citrus-twist sparkle begins to fade, the white florals ease the senses into the ever warmer core of the heart, blooming as it were into a buttery scent of exotic fruit pulp (I smell Malay Roseapple, Mangosteen, Mango and hints of Pineapple). The aroma is deliciously sweet yet softly creamy and the zesty accents stop this tropical swirl from actually becoming saccharine. The base is predominantly coconut (a calm, yet effusive presence already detectable from the very beginning) bathed in soft rose scent and caressed by vanilla and clean musks. This is a must try for fans of Byredo’s Pulp and Sharon Bolton’s exotic creations as well as a perfect addition to the beauty bag of anyone travelling to a hot island this year. (Official Notes: Lush Greens, Freesia, Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose, Coconut.)
Tiare Jasmine Perfume Oil: While Candlenut smells without a doubt of summer, Tiare Jasmine sings about the joys of spring, with its beautiful, crisp lightly floral green scent. And while both of these delightful perfumes are capable to lift my mood and spirits, transporting me to faraway places with their eloquent nature, Tiare Jasmine is definitely my favorite of the two. Tiare Jasmine presents the most vibrant image of brand new, young, gorgeously verdant greenery covered in dew. Succulent vine shoots and jasmine flowers combine with nectarous honeysuckle, scenting the skin with the most delicious green, fresh yet seductive perfume. It speaks of innocence, femininity and crystalline laughter placed in the context of the most carefree period of spring the mind can conjure. Notes of tea and bamboo lend a delicate eastern feel to this lovely composition. I am in love with this perfume and wholeheartedly recommend it to all lovers of green fragrances. (Official Notes: Tea, Jasmine, Tiare, Magnolia, Vanilla, Amber, Musk, Bamboo, Palm, Violet.)
Both of these perfume oils come in 0.3 fl oz (9ml) rollerball applicators and retail for $28. Both are complimented by their own lovely ancillary products (I love the candlenut scrub, which is not heavy duty, but gentle enough to use often and the tiare jasmine body milk which leaves skin silky and oh-so-gorgeous smelling).
If you would like to know more about Indonesian beauty rituals and recipes, check out the Juara Blog, written by the four founders of the brand. For more about the Juara Skincare world and products, check the official website.