AKAI • Nourishing Lip Mask
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AKAI is a lip mask, 99% plant-based, formulated to:
- deeply hydrate and plump lips
- moisturise lips
- restore the skin barrier
AKAI is not just a lip oil: it’s a concentrated hydrating serum for the lips, a skin-smoothing and nourishing overnight treatment.
Formulated with natural moisture-retaining Hyaluronic acid, AKAI is infused with antioxidant and skin-soothing Camellia oil (Tsubaki) and Gromwell oil, revealing a vibrant natural red colour that will not stain your lips. Plant-derived Ceramide-like amino acids prevent dehydration and strengthen the skin’s protective barrier.
AKAI’s inspiration comes from the traditional Japanese rouge made from rare Benibana or Safflower flowers. Suitable for all skin types.
Comedogenic rating 1.2 (PS: lips don't have sweat glands, so no pores = no breakouts) - read about comedogenicity HERE
The lip skin does not have sweat glands, so it doesn't produce precious sebum to keep the skin smooth, protected and able to self-regulate warmth. This is why lips dry out faster even in warm weather and are so easily irritated, even by saliva.
AKAI combines 5 key ingredients to keep the lips healthy and moisturised and prevent dehydration, the first step to irritation and inflammation.
Its formula contains:
- double molecular size plant-based Hyaluronic acid to retain and distribute moisture efficiently
- Phytosteryl / Octyldodecyl Lauroyl Glutamate skin-identical ceramides to support the skin barrier
- Gromwell oil deeply hydrating while preventing moisture loss
- Tsubaki oil helps support and repair the skin barrier
- Safflower oil, anti-inflammatory oil
Read why adding Ceramides with Hyaluronic acid in your skincare routine is so important here
We process orders within 48 hours, Monday to Friday.
We offer FREE DELIVERY for orders over USD 150 with FedEx/selected couriers and FREE DELIVERY for all orders within THAILAND.
You can choose to ship with FedEx (transit time 2 - 6 business days), Couriers (2-10 days) and International Postal Courier service (Transit time 4 -12 days). We ship from Thailand. Your tracking number will be sent to you by e-mail as soon as the parcel is shipped.
Please be aware that if applicable, Import Duties and VAT/GST must be paid by the recipient once the goods have arrived. The designated courier will notify the amount to pay and how to pay before clearing the goods.
Do you accept returns or offer refunds?
If the products you have ordered are not a good match with your skin, we will refund you in full excluding shipping charges. Please get in touch by e-mail within 15 days of purchase.
Are your products truly natural?
Yes, our products are truly natural, right down to the preservatives we use. Plus, we use organic ingredients approved and certified by Ecocert and Cosmos wherever possible.
Our masks, SOLE and CHUN, do contain ethylhexyglycerin, a broad-spectrum preservative enhancer. We use this ingredient because there’s a risk that these products will get contaminated if you use your fingers or a dirty brush to apply them. While ethylhexyglycerin is derived from vegetable glycerine, it’s classified as semi-natural due to chemical processing.
Are your products vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free?
Yes, all our products are Vegan and Gluten-free. We do not test on animals. We love animals, and we are a cruelty-free brand.
What is the shelf life of your products?
Our products typically have a shelf life of 18 to 24 months when unopened. However, once opened, they will last up to 9 months. To keep your products fresh for as long as possible, please keep them out of direct sunlight, at room temperature or below 24°C, and store them at average humidity..
Where do you source your ingredients and where are the products made?
We source our ingredients worldwide (Thailand, New Zealand, Australia, India, Italy, France, Spain, UK, Morocco, Somaliland, Chile, Brazil, USA). We try, however, to minimise our carbon footprint by purchasing as much as we can locally. Our products are made in an Ecocert-certified production facility, in Thailand, under the direct supervision of our founder and formulator, Daniela.
Do you source ethically?
Most definitively. We avoid using any endangered plants, and we don’t purchase any botanicals or active ingredients from unethical suppliers.
What safety and quality standards are you following?
We follow EU product safety and GMP (good manufacturing practices) standards, and we fully disclose all ingredients used in our formulations. We want you to know what you’re putting on your skin – and feel good about it.
Is your packaging eco-friendly?
We use transparent glass containers that can easily be recycled or reused anywhere in the world. Only the closures and lids are made of PET, the most commonly recycled and recyclable plastic. As a safeguard for the purity and efficacy of our products, which contain water and delicate ingredients that require care when stored, PET closures are the best option available on the market right now. We are working on replacing PET with eco-plastic as soon as possible. Check out our recycling guidelines Recycling Native Essentials Packaging.
Are your products suitable during pregnancy and while breastfeeding?
Our products are 100% natural. We use safe ingredients, and we use actives and essential oils in low concentrations that are suitable for use during pregnancy. Every pregnancy is unique; however, as a general rule, we recommend limiting your use of aromatic skincare when pregnant.
If you choose to use one of our face oils (AZUR, SHAANT, KORU) when breastfeeding, please do so away from feeding time. Some aromas, especially the base notes of SHAANT, can linger for hours, and infants shouldn’t inhale essential oils, especially in the first 3 to 4 months of life.
Is there an order I should follow when applying your skincare products?
Start by cleansing your face, even just with water. Spritz LĪLĀ to refresh and hydrate your skin. Apply lighter and water-based products first (ÏIS, NAÃ), a light moisturiser (HAE) followed by one of our oils (AZUR, SHAANT, KORU). To improve your skin care product penetration and skin texture, exfoliate with SOLE and mask with CHUN once a week. Don’t forget to SPF if you go out in the sun.
I am new to face oils - how do I use them, and how can I avoid breakouts?
Check out our blog article dedicated to facial oils and how to make the most out of them – click How to use face oils
How can I find the right product combination for my skin type / condition?
Take our Skin Quiz now Native Essentials Skin Quiz
What if my skin doesn't like the product I have purchased?
Get in touch by e-mail at email@example.com within 30 days from purchase. Please note that shipping fees are excluded from refunds.
How to use
- Enough to cover lips
Remove lip makeup and apply on lips. Do not apply any lip balm on top of AKAI.
*For external use only. Avoid contact with eyes. Discontinue if redness or irritation occurs. Best stored below 25°C, away from direct sunlight. Keep out of reach of children.
Effective skincare, kind to your skin and to the planet
I don’t like wearing lip gloss, so I was a bit hesitant to try a sample I was gifted. And guess what – I ended up buying the full size! I really like it because I use it at night after my skincare routine; it makes my lips soft and nourished.
I feel my lips well hydrated without the feeling you have something on. Even if AKAI is bright red, it does not tint or stain the lips.
Will buy again for sure.
I was not into oils until I started adding AZUR in my skincare routine. My skinnier loves a few drops at night. Then I decided to try adding to my evening routine a lip oil, AKAI, and wow - my lips are soft, hydrated and elastic in the morning . Super easy application with a roll on. Def a 5 stars product.