Visual Happiness in All Shapes…

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The Japanese holistic qi therapist Keiko Matsuo had childhood dreams of a career in medicine…  traditional medicine that is.  Fate instead found her wandering a more homeopathic approach to healing.  As a youth navigating her parents’ chronic illness massage therapy especially captured her curious mind.  In that modality she poured her attention, along the way adding Qigong to her practice.   In a career spanning some thirty years from London to New York City and then finally establishing roots in Los Angeles, Ms. Matsuo has since amassed a wide following with folks flocking to her healing hands for their slow flow and intuition.

Studio Cue LA in Topanga is a natural extension of Matsuo’s lifelong vision and commitment to the well being of body and mind.  And it is here in this peaceful retreat outfitted with the photography and functional art of her husband Tsugu Wada, that she has hatched GOLDA Soaps.  Visually stunning, the geometric shaped soaps are crafted from the finest all natural ingredients.  Rich with skin conditioning ingredients and elegant in their design Ms. Matsuo has taken the concept of hand soap to some much higher ground.

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GOLDA Hiba Pyramid Soap (pictured above) is Studio Cue’s special heart opening combination of Rose, Coconut,Palm and Olive Oils. With hydrating and conditioning properties from Jojoba, Avocado, Lemongrass, Blood Orange and Aomori Hiba essential oil, only found in 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan. Our soap has a unique citrusy, cider-like fragrance that is purifying, uplifting, and stimulating. Studies have shown the Hinokitiol, found only in Aomori Hiba Oil, to have anitmicrobial, germicidal, insect repellent, and deodorizing properties. These properties make Aomori Hiba Trees unique to other Hiba trees grown in other parts of the world.

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GOLDA Hiba Sphere Soap (pictured above) is Matsuo’s morning combination of Coconut,Palm and Olive Oils to help you rise and shine. With hydrating and conditioning properties from Jojoba, Avocado, Lemongrass, and Aomori Hiba essential oil, only found in 300 year old Aomori Hiba trees from Aomori, Japan. Our soap has a unique citrusy, cider-like fragrance that is purifying, uplifting, and stimulating. Studies have shown the Hinokitiol, found only in Aomori Hiba Oil, to have anitmicrobial, germicidal, insect repellent, and deodorizing properties. These properties make Aomori Hiba Trees unique to other Hiba trees grown in other parts of the world.

As their website declares, “Studio Cue In Topanga is a piece of peace.”  Through their simply elegant GOLDA soaps, the artists at Studio Cue have rather masterfully extended that “piece”, that sense of tranquility, to a zip code near you.  For now, Studio Cue is sharing their products through select stores and markets in the United States and also through their website.

Written by, Susan Currie.  All images supplied by, Studio Cue LA.  

Author Susan Currie is Managing Editor at BOSTON YOGA and an Associate Editor at LA YOGA magazine. Beyond her contributions to these publications, her words and images have been featured in the Boston Globe, Elephant Journal, Yogi Times, the Huffington Post, Spirit of St. Bart’s and on the cover of the book Moving into Meditation (Shambala) by Anne Cushman. 

Susan is also the creator of the Daily Inhale and an RYT 200 registered yoga instructor. She unpacks her various professional experiences through creative (and yoga) workshops she leads throughout the country. Her new book, Once Divided (Shanti Arts 2016), a blend of visual and verse, is now available in wide release. GRACENOTES, its follow-up, will be published in 2017.