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Palace Museum: Dragon and phoenix handmade soaps with essential oil

The Palace Museum launches dragon and phoenix handmade soaps based on its collection items. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the cultural creative products of the Palace Museum]

Based on one of its collection items, a gold seal with a knob in the shape of a pair of crouching dragons, the Palace Museum designed a dragon-shaped handmade soap and essential oil container.
As the phoenix was an auspicious totem in ancient China, the designer combined a phoenix motif from a seal and a mirror together to make the two soaps with essential oil look like colored glass.

A gold seal with a dragon-shaped knob was one of the most important imperial seals. [Photo/en.dpm.org.cn]

Palace Museum: 12 balms with different flower fragrances

12 handmade perfume balms with different flower fragrances are released by the Palace Museum. [Official Taobao shop page of the Palace Museum]

The Palace Museum recently rolled out 12 handmade perfume balms with different flower fragrances, including peach blossom, magnolia, lotus, chrysanthemum, and Chinese rose. The designs of the porcelain jars are based on enamel cosmetic containers with flower motifs from the museum’s collection. Each of the jars is wrapped in an exquisite gift box.

A cloisonné enamel cosmetic container with lotus motifs from the collections of the Palace Museum[Photo/dpm.org.cn]

Dunhuang Museum: Cosmetics products with the image of the nine-color deer

The image of the nine-color deer is printed on the cosmetics products co-designed by the Dunhuang Museum and Carslan. [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the Dunhuang Museum]

The legend of the nine-color deer is so engaging and the depiction of it on the walls in the Dunhuang Mogao grotto is so full of vigor that the Dunhuang Museum jointly designed its cosmetics products with Carslan, a leading cosmetic brand in China, to adopt this image. The mural of the nine-color deer was printed on eyebrow pencils, lip gloss, eye shadow, and highlighting powders. These products may remind consumers of the "tale of the deer" when they are holding them in front of a mirror.

The mural of the nine-color deer in Dunhuang Mogao grottos. [Photo/VCG]

Palace Museum: Lipsticks with the attire motifs

Lipsticks with six different colors are launched by the Palace Museum [Photo/Official Tmall shop page of the cultural creative products of the Palace Museum]

In recent years, among a series of fancy cultural and creative products promoted by the Palace Museum, the lipsticks have been very popular with history and traditional art enthusiasts. Their colors are inspired by those of the jewelry and cultural relics collected by the museum. What’s more, attire worn by the historical residents of the Forbidden City is printed on the packages as a motif.

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