Ayu, of Tokyo Factory, sent me this gorgeous soap that I have been staring at for weeks. Kimono has a presence of its own, and sitting on my shelf, with such grace....well, I just couldn't bring myself to use it. I loved the stamp and the look of the soap so much that I just needed to savor its beauty. That never happens to me. Usually I race into the shower with whatever new bar has been sent to me, in such a hurry, I usually have clips dangling from my hair, or (yes..) socks I forget to remove. (no teasing)
The beauty of this black beast is quite stunning. I love the soap bits present in the pitch black mass. It breaks up the stillness of the bar and adds beauty, playfulness and charm. And of course each bar looks different. I had myself a one of a kind.
I tried Kimono this morning and the smell was delightfully simple and evolved completely in my shower from simple and kind to complex and frisky. It felt almost like I was bathing with a perfectly found rock, geode, mars stone because of its grace and natural pureness. Lather: Tight creamy bubbles instead of big fluffy ones, but the lather was plentiful. As I already know from my own experience, charcoal soaps create grey lather, and that's my least favorite element of this soap. Not a huge complaint being that the soap was a luxury to use, fabulous to smell and my skin felt conditioned and soft when I was through with my bathing ritual.
|grey bubbles ensue|
On Ayu's website, here is the information on Kimono:
Scent: A Luxury Blend of Rosewood, Clary Sage and Anise.
One of Our Signature KIMONO Soap. This soap contains luxurious ingredients such as Coconut Water, Rose Clay, and rich Bamboo Charcoal Powder. Pure Bamboo Charcoal is known to clean skin pores deeply and clean body odor. Soap is packaged in a beautiful custom designed, recycled paperboard box.
Would I recommend Ayu's soaps? Absolutely!