This is a set of 5 pieces of framed soap from ANBAN.
Free of additives such as coagulants, preservatives, foaming agents, and artificial fragrances, it is safe to use even for those with sensitive skin.
If you like ANBAN's soap, we recommend this set, which offers a discount by buying in bulk.
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Technique||Japanese herbal skin care|
|Material||Olive oil, Water, Coconut oil, Palm oil, Sodium hydroxide, Arch choke leaf extract, Soybean seed extract, Apricot seed extract, Root extract, Ginseng root extract, Jujube fruit extract, Ginger root extract, Licorice root extract, Perilla leaf extract, Mulberry root bark extract, Scutellaria baicalensis root extract, Aloe vera leaf extract, Kuzu root extract, Peony root extract, Asteraceae flower extract, Japanese Angelica root extract, Chimpy extract, Bakumondou extract, Lithospermum Officinale root extract, Dioscorea Japonica Root extract, Safflower extract, Platycodon Grandiflorum root extract, Saxifraga Sarmentosa extract, Artemisia Princeps leaf extract, Chlorella extract, Turmeric root extract, Sake lees extract, Brown sugar, Lavender oil, Laurel oil, BG|
|Size||W2.56 * D2.56 * H1.18 in. (W6.5 * D6.5 * H3cm)|
|Note||Do not store in direct sunlight.|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Skin care is a chance to take time for yourself
- Japanese herbal skin care
- Akiko Usui
Blessings of Nature Offered by Sisters Born and Raised in Kyoto
KYO-LOCO was founded by two sisters born and raised in Kyoto.
The "LOCO" in our name stands for "LOCAL." We started KYO-LOCO to bring you good things from our hometown, Kyoto.
However, we both are lazy.
"We want to have healthy skin, but we don't want to be bothered with skin care."
So we decided to create a "simple, high-quality skincare" that we would want to use ourselves.
Our ANBAN series was the first to be created.
KYO-LOCO believes that true beauty comes from within, and skincare is merely a supplement to that.
We hope that from here in Kyoto, we can help you "live your life as yourself."
We are currently developing two skincare series: our ANBAN series, which mainly uses traditional Japanese-Chinese botanicals; and our WAEKA series, which mainly uses natural ingredients.
KYO-LOCO brings out your inner beauty
ANBAN is a series of skincare items using traditional "wakan" Japanese-Chinese botanicals.
Kyoto has long been closely associated with Buddhism, so the name was taken from Sanskrit, the main language of Buddhism.
"AN" stands for "eternal beauty" and "BAN" for "universal beauty.
" The colors and shapes of ANBAN's items vary depending on the season and the condition of the harvested plants, but that is charm point only possible with natural ingredients.
We believe that the ingredients in their natural state are what make for healthy skin, not a forced uniformity.
We carefully finish each product at a low temperature so as not to destroy the naturally beautifying ingredients from heat.
WAEKA is a skincare series using mild, plant-derived ingredients.
WAEKA comes from the ancient word " Aeka."
Aeka" means "fragile and beautiful."
WAEKA's items help bring out the beauty that is uniquely Japanese and Kyoto, just as the word " Aeka" implies.
Please enjoy the natural scent of yuzu (citrus fruit) aroma oil produced in Mizuo, Kyoto.
Enhance the Skin's Innate Power with Simple, Natural Ingredients
Our ideal is natural skin care that enhances the skin's natural abilities.
To start with, our skin is essentially equipped with self-healing and moisturizing powers that restore its natural balance.
However, excessive skin care can cause the skin to neglect these functions.
This is why it is important to raise the natural power of our skin.
KYO-LOCO skin care items are formulated mainly with simple plant-derived ingredients.
They are gentle to the skin and do not contain more ingredients than necessary, making them suitable for use by people of all ages, genders, and skin types.
And the important thing is to face yourself through daily skin care.
Taking care of your skin on a daily basis leads to taking good care of yourself, which in turn leads to taking care of your inner self.
We hope that KYO-LOCO's skincare items will help you to shine from the inside out.
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.