This sustainable ‘superfood’ has multiple benefits in the beauty department, too

Bimasena Spa at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta  invited guests to sample treatments with tempeh as the star. Photo courtesy of Bimasena Spa of The Dharmawangsa Jakarta/NOW!JAKARTA

Tempe or tempeh is widely known as Indonesia’s “superfood” made from fermented soy which is high in protein, and a great source of vitamins, particularly B12. With many benefits contained in a slice of tempe, it’s often on the Indonesian table. With the drive to using new ingredients as part of therapy, one spa in Jakarta has taken to using it in their treatments. As part of the Indonesian Tempe Movement, an international non-profit organisation promoting tempe as a sustainable, healthy food, Bimasena Spa at The Dharmawangsa Jakarta  invited guests to sample treatments with this local ingredient as the star.

Founder of Indonesian Tempe Movement, Wida Winarno said that the fermentation process which occurs in making tempe has a lot of potential for beauty. Based on research by the organisation MBRIO, R&D, and Bimasena Spa, tempe is beneficial for our skin as the isoflavones in tempe can help brighten and protect skin from the adverse effects of aging. In addition, tempe grains that have a non-sharp edge and soft-textured are very well used to exfoliate skin. The application of tempe mask to the skin for 20 minutes leaves it soft, bright, and well moisturised.

Spa Tempe.

The 90-minute Tempe Spa Treatment in Bimasena Spa started with an invigorating Bimasena Signature Massage, an authentic traditional massage technique using traditional technique combining gentle pressure from feet to entire body using essential oils to reduce stress. Then, the exfoliation process was intensely applied all over the body with a scrub of crushed tempe mixed with Papuan sago, followed by body and face mask to end the treatment.

This latest-spa treatment at Bimasena Spa priced at  IDR 850,000++ per person.

Bimasena Spa

Jl. Brawijaya Raya No. 26
Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12160

Sari Widiati

Sari Widiati

Sari has been an arts and culture enthusiast for many years. She has written extensively on the arts, travel, and social issues as Features Writer at NOW! Jakarta.