Landing her first successful day spa job in Bali in 1997, at a time when spas belonged mostly in the realm of resorts, Tomoka Y. Nguyen went on to manage some of the most luxurious spas in Asia for many years. She lived and worked in Indonesia for almost 10 years, and was most recently the director of spa at Espa, Resorts World Sentosa Singapore, and The Peninsula Bangkok.
Spurred by a growing conviction over the years that “wellness” should be something that anyone can enjoy daily, the Japanese native left the industry, and, since 2010, has been building her own line of chemical-free personal care products, Jojomoka Homemade Skincare. She also recently released a book, Beauty Confidential, which took five years of research, aimed at empowering women (and men) to care for their skin and wellbeing. “As much as I loved the industry and the environment I was in, I started to question whether spa and wellness has become such an exclusive club, meant only for the privileged,” says Tomoka, who’s a mother of two girls, 10 and 11, and now a consultant with several leading hospitality brands.
What do you hope readers will glean from your book?
Wellness routines can be enjoyed every day by everyone, including children and the elderly. Homemade skincare and home spa sessions are easy, inexpensive and effective. It’s just that most people do not have a clue or think it’s too complicated. I hope homemade skinc