This is really not a review because I've only used this Tabibijin Cha Sekken Tea Facial Cleansing Bar a few times at the onsens I've been to, with Ayasa Hotel being the most recent. That said, I've consistently seen this brand of Tabibijin skincare at the spas and onsens I visited, the Tea Facial Cleansing Bar inside the bathhouses and the Tea Peeling Gel at the vanity counters, I decided I should get some and try for myself and ended up with this 3-set for my sister and my mum too.
Tabibijin Cha Sekken Tea Facial Cleansing Bar
And what do you know, they're pricy stuff, even more expensive than Cow Brand's Shizen Gokochi line, which also has a Cha Sekken!!! Tabibijin's website shows each bar costs 1,050yen (~$13.50), and the 3-set is 2,100yen (buy 2 get 1 free) but that's still make out each bar to be 700yen (~$9), making these some of the most expensive bar soaps I've bought. Something must have came over me that day... ^.^
Each bar is 100g, just a tad smaller than the Pelican Deitanseki Clay & Charcoal Facial Cleansing Bars.
At least each bar of soap comes with a foaming net, which, believe it or not, costs around 400-700yen a piece, making it just as costly, if not more so than some facial bars! Perhaps I'm trying to ease my guilt of this impulsive splurge, but what is it with these prices?!? Why does a piece of foaming net costs just as much as a nice bar of soaps? It's just a piece of plastic while the soaps require a bunch of ingredients, among which are fine tea powder, charcoal powder, etc.! I don't get you, Japan!!!
But what can I say, these bars smell sooooooo good!
The bar also comes with a simple set of instructions: put the soap in the foaming net, make a thick lather, massage your face in circling motion with the foam. Apparently the foam can get pretty thick and creamy, and I do remember how well the net helps lathering up the bar at the bathhouse.
And supposedly, many Japanese ladies wash their face this way and claims it helps them keep super clear skin.
Content of each of the soap box.
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