With some skin products, you pay for exotic ingredients; with others, you pay for mystery. Mystery is one of the best ways to attract attention, and if you're in the mood for a luxurious mystery, look no further than Kanebo Sensai Premier La Creme. Unlike other face creams that are excited to blast news about new chemicals and rare plant extracts, Kanebo stays silent. Even its Web site refuses to list any of the ingredients -- the FAQ instead says to check the product's package. To do that, you'll have to be willing to pay $650 for the privilege [source: Wohrle].
Whatever its ingredients are, the Sensai line claims it offers "breakthroughs in anti-ageing, aromatherapy and other fields," all of which contribute to improved microcirculation, DNA repair and energy metabolism optimization [source: Kanebo]. To add a further sense of mystique, the Sensai line also advocates a kind of skincare saho (etiquette), a technique drawn from the ancient Japanese art of the tea ceremony. Just as the decorum of the tea ceremony contributes its beauty, so does the thoughtful and careful ritual of cleansing twice, moisturizing twice and applying Sensai products twice to "calm the spirit at the same time it sharpens the senses."