In Japan, bar soaps are still typically used for face and body care instead of liquid body washes. Most of these soaps’ key features are the use of unique Japanese ingredients, including oils, fruits, and fermented elements. Many are also still traditionally made, with formulas and soap-making techniques passed down from generation to generation.
But with many options to choose from, you may be wondering: which Japanese bar soaps deserve a place in your routine? Check out our list below.
Don’t be alarmed — this bar soap is not made from actual cows. Instead, it’s named after the Cow company’s philosophy of running the business “slow but steady,” similar to the farm animal. This ensures that every product it releases is of the highest quality. The company’s signature product, the Cow Soap in Akabako (literally translated to ‘red box’), was first introduced in the 1930s.
From then to the present, this soap’s formula remains unchanged and it’s still made traditionally by soap artisans. It contains squalene, which gives it its smooth lather and moisturising benefits that are great for both face and body use. Get a pack of 3 containing 100g per bar here for only SGD3.59.
Made in Hyogo, Japan, this range of additive-free bar soaps are made from all-natural botanical ingredients that are great not just for face care and body care but also for aromatherapeutic purposes. Take your pick from energising yuzu, soothing lavender, deep cleansing charcoal, and more. All soaps also contain jojoba oil and squalene that help keep your skin looking and feeling soft and hydrated. Check it out here for EUR15/~SGD22.50 per 90g.