自 18世紀起，西方國家就非常盛行SPA，也就是放鬆保養療法或是美容水療；使人感到放鬆、舒壓和回復元氣。SPA 最特殊之處在於利用水中的礦物質結合沐浴、按摩和撫抹保養品加上香薰來促進新陳代謝，同時讓人的五官達到放鬆和暢快的境界。醫學大大讚賞了SPA對身心的益處。
澳大利亞天然礦泉 SPA 雖然不少，對忙碌的人們來說，計劃一個SPA 度假，卻是難得。有感於此， IKOU 有機美容產品的創始人，Naomi和 Paul Whitfeld 在一次藍山之旅後，得到啟發，「只有度假的時候，才能 享受這樣美妙的感受，為甚麼在家卻沒有時間呢？」，萌發這樣的思考也是日後開創 IKOU產品的靈感。
IKOU 產品 100% 純天然取材，手工製作，「我們希望與每一個分享我們的產品，從取材到製作過程的品質都是頂級的。」因為這項事業 和 用 心，Naomi 在 2015 年 榮 獲Telstra 女企業家獎。
IKOU在悉尼多處可見，而在墨爾本如今只入住 Eastland 購物中心。天然有機美容SPA產品，在購物中心那塊以錦簇花團天頂妝點的美麗花園區，彷彿回到大自然中，靜享美容水療帶給人的放鬆感受。
Find ikou at Eastland shopping Centre, Level 2, in the Beauty Garden. Website: www.ikou.com.au
Quietly nestled beneath Eastland’s variegated floral ‘Canopy’ in the aptly termed ‘Beauty Garden’ sits an oasis – the ikou store – a centre for natural beauty and indulgence featuring a courtyard filled with tropical plants to deliver customers into a natural haven of tranquillity. A stroll through the ikou store transcends the typical shopping experience. The store is shrouded in a sweet fragrance, artfully blended in accordance to the practice of aromacology in order to harmonise the senses. Tea tasting is offered to enhance the therapeutic effect of the experience while ikou skin specialists and spa therapists are readily available to assist anyone with their unique needs. Products are also available to sample in an indulgent stone sink hand spa session.
From humble origins, ikou has burgeoned from a small Blue Mountains kitchen to hundreds of businesses globally, along with its own retail stores. Inspired by a luxurious spa experience on holiday in the Blue Mountains, ikou founders Paul and Naomi Whitfield sought to recreate their sumptuous holiday indulgence. "Why is it that on holidays we do all these beautiful things, but when we get home we feel we don’t have the time?" Together they created their own products seeking to emulate the power and pleasure of nature that could be used anywhere, anytime.
Ikou’s 100% natural and handmade products reflect the healthy aspirations of its founders. “Our product development always stayed true to our personal passion for the protection of animals, the environment, and being a business that benefited others. We sourced and researched the impact of our ingredients and methods of production to ensure ikou was an ethical and sustainable business from the start.”
A broad range of products are available from skincare, body care, and bath products. These focus on wild and organic Australian fruit and flower extracts, as well as pure and powerful ingredients from the world’s most pristine locations, and are formulated and made in the Blue Mountains.