I've always been attracted to handmade soaps, but I've only ever purchased ones that have been made here in England and elsewhere in the UK, as well as a few from France and Greece. So today's review marks a first for We Were Raised By Wolves as I've been trying some out from Indonesia, courtesy of Tsukiyo Soaps.
Tsukiyo Soaps are created by the company's founder Tsuki, and handmade in Jakarta, Indonesia (a place that's high up on my wanderlust list!). The soaps are cold-pressed and made with an array of natural ingredients such as Olive Oil, Coconut Oil and herbal extracts to name a few. These are then combined with Lye, High Quality Fragrance Oil (Phthalate free) and Food Grade Colourant (Paraben free) to complete the process - each soap has its full ingredients listed on the website. The larger sized soaps are then put into handmade Indonesian Batik print pouches which are simply beautiful, and shipped around the world via their Etsy shop.
I was kindly sent four Tsukiyo Soaps to test out, and whilst some are suitable for using on the face, I've only tried them out in the shower, bath and as hand soaps due to the fragrance oils in them.
Tsukiyo Soap in Exotic Cinnamon
Made with Indonesian Cinnamon which is famed for its sweet and mellow taste, it also has antibacterial properties and helps to promote healthy collagen production. I've used this in the shower as an all over body cleanser and it made my skin feel soft without drying it out.
Tsukiyo Soap in Lady Roselle
I'd never come across Roselle before, but it's a Hibiscus flower that's native to the tropics, and is used in all sorts of ways in Indonesia (as a tea, folk remedies, and beauty products). It's rich in vitamins and proposes to help refine the skin and prevent wrinkles. Again, I've used it in the shower and enjoyed the soft, floral scent - nice to try something different!
Tsukiyo Soap in Mermaid Island
I love moisturizing soaps so I was immediately drawn to Mermaid Island which has coconut milk in it. It produces a lovely, rich and creamy lather that felt great on my dry skin and would work well as a product to use instead of shaving cream. Colourant free.
Tsukiyo Soap in Milky Way
Very similar to Mermaid Island, with the main difference being that Milky Way is made with Fresh Goat's Milk instead of Coconut Milk. It's very moisturizing and feels more creamy than Mermaid Island. I've loved using it as a hand soap for my dry hands.
Summary: I've enjoyed using all of these soaps, but must admit that I was a little disappointed in the scents of them, and had hoped they would smell more like their main ingredients. You can still detect some of the Cinnamon and Roselle for example, but I think they're overpowered by the fragrance oils. Aside from this personal preference, I do think they're lovely soaps which are reasonably priced, and would make nice stocking fillers for those who are looking for something a bit different this year.
All of the Tsukiyo Soaps* reviewed above are 70g and retail for £3.01 each.
Available from Tsukiyo's Etsy Shop.
Do you like handmade soaps?