▲ Cosmetics made from the essence of Jeju at Jeju Love. Photo courtesy Jeju Love
As the number of coffee shops explodes, their distinguishing features seem to diminish. It makes finding that special mood, for that special someone, as difficult as finding a decent brew itself.
There is an answer, however, and it is in reimagining the very meaning of a “cafe.”
While for many the word will conjure images of latte and cappuccinos, for one beachside business down in Woljeongri, Gujwa-eup, it means the novel combination of handmade cosmetics, health foods and, more predictably, hot beverages.
▲ You can try your hand at home-made cosmetics at Jeju Love. Photo courtesy Jeju Love
Jeju Love is a local social enterprise seeking to tell local stories through multitalented artisans, some of whom are disabled, who combine their love of organic nature with cosmetics. The result is a series of unique products such as scoria rock facial creams, cactus soaps, mandarin and cactus granules, and organic teas.
Its affiliated cafe, “Cafe Jeju Story,” also provides a selection of tour courses for customers. Course A allows you to visit the gardens and take photos; Course B gives you a hands-on class in making cosmetics, such as scoria pore packs; and Course C serves up edible flower abalone rice and face-pack and perfume-making.
So, take your special someone there and you are pretty sure to be coming out smelling of roses.
9am-6pm (courses must start by 5:30pm)
13, Haengwon-ro, Gujwa-eup, Jeju-si
064-803-2011 / jeju-love.com
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