Though autumn seems to be making its way into some parts of the world, Tokyo is still hot and often humid. Needless to say the humidity feels great on the skin. Yet, 5 to 6 degrees lower temperatures would be welcomed by everybody here.
Recently I have been infusing sunflower oil with green tea ( there is a lot of it in Japan 🙂 and using the oil for soap.
This soap is 100% natural and contains yogurt, apricot kernel oil, avocado oil and argan oil. Like all colors from botanicals though, this green becomes somehow lighter 6 weeks after the soap is made. The tiny pink confetti in the middle are colored with cosmetic grade kaolin clay, which I use a lot in my soaps.
By looking at this I can easily visualize the lush greenery of the Japanese mountains in summer and almost feel the sun coming through the leaves of the trees above. It is scented with a blend of essential oils of lemon, bergamot, ylang ylang and Atlas cedarwood, a flavour which, while citrusy is also a little bit sweet.
The apricot oil in combination with the avocado and argan work for the silky lather. Soaps containing yogurt are quite popular in summer here and I understand why. The yogurt proteing (like most proteins, I believe) helps with the lather and leaves the skin soft and supple.
Oh, and not to forget, this one looks like a Japanese matcha yokan – a jelly-like, very traditional Japanese desert, which you cannot resist once you acquire a taste for Japanese sweets 🙂
I hope you have a great weekend!