In her 60s, Hawai‘i artist Keiko Hatano wasn’t finding cleansers and moisturizers that met the needs of her increasingly dry skin. So, as someone who uses medicinal herbs and explores materials and techniques to create her art—from sensual fiber sculptures to ghostly ceramic dolls—Hatano set out to make her own. In 2015 she launched kh studio.
Hatano say "simpler the best, I research a lot online and with speciality books , then do trial and error experiments on myself and my friends” but the end result is sophisticated products with short lists of natural ingredients. It takes her about three months to go from idea to final formula. The first thing she created, aptly called One, is the all-purpose body powder. Hatano had been using crystal deodorant but “it wasn’t for me.” The resulting mix includes arrowroot and kaolin clay and is as silky as talc, but without that asbestos risk. Scented with lemongrass or grapefruit, One is an effective odor eater, and can also be used as a dry shampoo.
Hatano’s products often have multiple uses. You can spritz Orange, a plant-based hydrating spray, on your head and face for shiny tresses and a dewy complexion. Everything is packaged with the earth in mind.
Along with jojoba oil, bee’s wax and natural chemicals like berry sorbitol, Hatano uses select known beneficial herbs such as moringa and turmeric for their roots, leaves and flowers plucked from around the house, Each bottle of serum bears a handwritten “best used by” date, like a signed piece of art.
kh studio products are made with organic, non-GMO, certified animal cruelty-free and environmentally friendly ingredients, and include no artificial dyes or colorants.