Today’s post shows how the Japanese culture has influenced my way of thinking. What I mean by this is that, in the western world, when we see a fish swimming in an aquarium, we never say “Oh, it looks yummy!” Or when we see a bar of soap, right? But this is what many Japanese people do. You go to the Shinagawa Aquarium and what you hear all the time from the visitors standing in front of the tanks is “They look yummy!” (Me silently: Mmmm…Really?) Except for beautiful, cute or strange, I have never thought of calling an alive and swimming fish that. Oh well. We do get influenced by the environment we live in so I have become to think of some soaps as “yummy”.
When I show my soaps to friends here, more often than not I get “It looks yummy.” Food in Japan is an art, eating is a ritual and talking about food is… well, something that people do all the time with friends, colleagues (after work, of course) and family. After 10 years in this country, I have become to believe that “This looks yummy” is one of the best compliments you can ever get for a piece of handmade soap (and any other cute, “likeable” things for that matter.) How strange is this?
When I make soap, I like to use kaolin and other clays as natural colorants. The possibilities of achieving different colours are not as limited as one might think (that is if you do not mind pastel colors.) I sometimes use cocoa powder as well although it tends to give the lather a brownish hue. Small amounts do not have that effect, though.
In this soap I decided to use both cocoa powder and french pink kaolin and they can be seen clearly in each bar. The soap is made with shea butter, camellia and apricot kernel oils.
Yes, if they say so, it does look like a sweet and as I made it for my people in Japan, I named it White Tiramisu.
How yummy does it look to you?