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Kumamoto's Horse Oil

Kumamoto's horse oil

History of horse oil

Horse oil has a long, rich history. It has been used among Chinese horse-riding people for 4000 years and reached Japan about 400 to 500 years ago, between the Muromachi period and the Azuchi Momoyama period.

Horse meat is widely consumed especially in Kumamoto, because of the influence of Sengoku Daimyo Kato Kiyomasa. Because horse oil is produced as a by-product of horse meat, in areas where horse meat is consumed, horse oil has long been used for treatment of burns and cuts, moisturization of dry skin and chirping.

Efficacy of horse oil

In recent years, its anti-inflammatory effect and antioxidant effect is receiving attention, and it is also used for troubled skin such as atopic dermatitis and acne. Horse oil has the effect of keeping skin elastic by moisturization, so it is also used to prevent pregnancy crest by massaging it onto skin that has stretched suddenly during pregnancy.

Nature of horse oil

Horse oil is a natural oil with very similar composition to that of human skin oil. Like human skin oil, horse oil contains saturated fatty acid and unsaturated fatty acid in a ratio of approximately 1: 2, with similar ingredients.

In addition, since horse oil melts at human body temperature, it permeates quickly into the skin. Then, it moisturizes the skin by making a membrane of horse oil in the skin to confine moisture. Horse oil also helps other ingredients mixed with it penetrate the skin, making them more effective.

However, horse oil is very susceptible to oxidation because it is rich in unsaturated fatty acids. To prevent oxidation, it is necessary to store it in airless containers, or to incorporate strong antioxidant ingredients such as tocophenol (vitamin E) and shell ginger oil.

Also, as with sun oil, the oil applied to your skin may be oxidized by exposing to the sunlight, so please do not expose to the direct sunlight immediately after use. We recommend using at the night, especially after bathing.

A horse that grew briskly at our partner farm in Kumamoto’s grand nature

The secret is water

Most of the water in Kumamoto is sourced from the ground, which is a stratum formed by the large eruption of Mt. Aso. The reservoir power is very high, the groundwater has been polished over about 20 years. Therefore, the water of Kumamoto is more rich in minerals than common mineral water. Kumamoto's horses are raised drinking plenty of this water.

Kumamoto's water

We use the highest rank horse fat

We only use about 40 kg out of 200 kg horse fat that can be taken from one horse. The horse fat we use is of the highest rank possible and is even edible.

We make horse oil with craftsmanship: a prompt handmade process

Our craftsmen promptly process the horse fat, which arrives fresh from a partner farm in Kumamoto, by hand to make the oil.

Horse oil

We do not refine the oil

In general, horse oil needs to be refined in order to reduce its odor. However, the amount of cosmetic ingredients, such as linoleic acid and linolenic acid, of unsaturated fatty acids decreases during our purification process. Our horse oil uses the high-quality horse fat collected fresh in Kumamoto, and we have made it possible to reduce the odor peculiar to horse oil. Therefore, there is no need to refine, and the beauty ingredients remain intact. When you use it, we believe that you will realize that it is very thick and extends well.

100% natural ingredients with no artificial additives

We are committed to using 100% natural ingredients with no artificial additives such as parabens, surfactants, mineral oils, alcohol, fragrance, colorants, etc. so that we can recommend with confidence to be used for pregnant women and babies.

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