The soaps

Yomogi Soap
70g

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Yuzu Soap
70g

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Used water – including bathing water – flows back into the ecosystem. The water used to wash your face returns to the rivers and is absorbed by the aquatic fauna. For this reason, all ingredients of Mon Soin du Visage soaps – which are entirely hand-made – are natural and biodegradable, respecting the environment and allowing water to regenerate. We may reuse this water one day.

Mon Soin du Visage soaps are entirely handmade in a small village on the northeast coast of Japan, where there are organically grown aromatic plants, such as hechima, corn and karasuuri.

Traditionally, Japanese women have pressed hechima juice to use as a toner in summertime. Five full months are needed between the planting of the seeds and the extraction of the juice.

In the same way, culturing yomogi, better known as mugwort or “mochi herb”, is a slow and immutable process. As spring arrives, the Japanese traditionally harvest the plant to make yomogi mochi, flat cakes made of crushed rice, with their families. Yomogi must be hand-picked to preserve its many benefits.

Yuzu, main ingredient of the second soap, is organically cultivated on the sunny hillsides of the Shikoku island shore. It is collected when its perfume is strongest and then promptly freeze-dried.

To our 100% vegetable-base soaps, we add hechima and then yomogi or yuzu. This blend is mixed into a paste, which is hand-kneaded. After being weighed out, all our soaps are carefully hand-moulded, which accounts for the slight differences in shape from one soap to another. The soaps are then dried at room temperature for a month, although the process can actually last up to six months. Whenever the soap is dry enough, both inside and out, it receives a last coating with moist linen. One last drying period completes the process.

A total of six to seven months are needed to make this soap, from the planting of the ingredients to the finished product. A slow process that bears the authenticity of Japanese artisan’s savoir-faire.