Taiwan has long been renowned for the wealth of its natural bounty: geothermal hot springs, pristine blue lakes, and verdant mountain ranges lush with a wide variety of tea-based crops all dot the country’s sprawling landscape. Located at a latitude of 23.5°N north of the equator, the country was even dubbed Ilha Formosa (“beautiful island”) by Portuguese settlers. It’s because of this ecological and deeply historical distinction that the creators of skincare line 23.5°N were inspired to develop their completely green approach to beauty.Each of 23.5°N’s products is made with locally harvested ingredients that are delivered straight from their point of origin on the island. Bamboo, for example, is farmed from the Chushan Township of Nantou County, while all Rice-based products are sourced from Douliou City in Yunlin County. Keeping operations close to home and maintaining the purity of every ingredient (from cultivation to extraction) is of the utmost priority for the eco-friendly line. So much so that the brand is completely free of coloring, fragrances, alcohol, preservatives, parabens, and sulfates. To top it off, it’s also cruelty-free and vegan.
Striking a balance between oil and water-based ingredients, the nourishing line was made for use in tropical weather, and features four key series.Their Rice Series is meant to be soothing, and is best suited for dry to irritated skin. It’s abundant in Vitamin B and Ceramide, and provides hydration for a brighter and calmer complexion.The Oriental Beauty Tea Series is primarily balancing. The tea is an indigenous varietal of Taiwan which boosts and clarifies the skin with its tannin-rich properties. This line is ideal for oily to sensitive skin, and refines pores as well as reduces excess sebum and helps purify.The Red Pearl Barley Series targets dark spots, pigmentation, and uneven skin tone. Ideal for normal to dry skin, it boosts skin’s radiance while gently hydrating.Lastly, the Bamboo Series is ultra hydrating. Suitable for normal to dry skin, its easily-absorbable formulation softens, moisturizes, and repairs skin’s elasticity.