“A beautiful face reflects a beautiful mind.”– Conju
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)
PRICE DETAILS: $20 for 90g/3.1oz.
PRESENTATION: Solid white bar
TEXTURE & SCENT: Creates dense foam and has faint herbal scent.
SKIN TYPE: All skin types including dry and sensitive.
KEY FEATURES: Natural coconut oil base and 11 Korean plants are used to create translucent, bright skin tone.
QUICK REVIEW: If I had to pick just one cleanser – this would be it. This simple bar of Korean soap purifies and perfects – and lasts about 6 months.
UPDATE (01/08/2013): I can’t believe its been almost 3 years since I started using Conju Soap. I’ve been privy to using tons of other cleansers – both in the luxury and drugstore categories. Without fail, Conju always ends up as my go-to. The bottom line is this. When I use this regularly my skin is at its best – regardless of what other products I’m using.
UPDATE (3/24/11): There’s just something special about Conju Princess Soap. After a rough initial start, it has dutifully earned a uncommonly steady presence in my skin care routine for over a year (a record). Truth be known, if it weren’t for my insatiable curiosity about other products, I would easily cease the search and declare this Queen.
HOW TO USE CONJU SOAP (Click to Enlarge) →
Stripped of any glorious packaging, once you open the clean & simple box, it really is just a white bar of soap. Still, even in its simplicity, the contoured oval shape makes it easy to lather from the first use – a brilliant detail. Following the relatively simple directions for use (see Recommended Application below), Conju Princess Soap develops into a rich, marshmallow like foam that would rival any luxury cleansing foam. There is no harsh fragrance (I would say its nearly scent free – but certainly void of any added fragrance), no parabens and a very simple coconut base with 11 herbs and plants.
This is NOT a makeup remover. Since I firmly and emphatically believe that makeup removal deserves its own step on most occasions, this does not lessen my opinion of Conju. Also, because this product contains Bamboo Salt (which is effective at killing facial bacteria) if it gets directly into your eyes, it will sting – so use on the immediate eye area is strongly discouraged. The Bamboo Salt also may cause you to feel a mild tingle on your skin, but should not be uncomfortable.
After a period of two weeks (I find these results occur every time I go back to using Conju after trying a new product) skin will have a fresh, smooth and refined appearance. Pores are less noticeable, skin feels tighter and more firm, breakouts are minimized – if not eliminated. If you have clogged pores, blackheads or are prone to acne, there will likely be a short period of purging. You shouldn’t see new breakouts – but rather have small pimples where you have the most problems. If you have chronic acne, please consult with your dermatologist. There may also be a mild sloughing of dead skin – a gentle exfoliator or continued use of Conju will cure that rather quickly. Once your skin adjust (normally less than a week) you will continue to see your skin improve regardless of the other products you are using.
If you are a Bargain Hunter – yes, this is a $20 bar of soap. However, it lasts about 6 months which comes to about $3.33/month – for priceless results. For you other Cosmetic Monsters – imagine how much you’ll save on cleansers and have to spend on lip gloss!
the ORIGINAL REVIEW 2/2/10: Conju Princess Soap is a Korean made soap containing Asian herbs that purify and exfoliate skin. I stumbled across this fairly unknown bar of facial soap on one of many shopping expeditions to Ala Moana Shopping Center, here in lovely Honolulu, Hawaii. The shop I found it in, Shirokiya, is a Japanese goods store. I have not found anywhere online that sells it. If you would like one, email me and I can send one to you for $35 (to cover soap, shipping, fees).
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I purchased a starter set that had the soap, BB cream and skin activator (serum). After using the three products for a week I went and purchased full sizes. While continuing to use the series, I started to develop a rash and flaky skin. I persisted. Two weeks later I gave up – but my Mom, who has the most sensitive skin EVER really liked the soap. I returned the BB cream and skin activator since I didn’t open the full sizes but kept the soap for my Mom.
Months later, I started using the soap consistently because my Mom’s skin looked great. After an initial purging (but it was just clogged pores that I could feel under the skin previously – so I was happy) and sloughing, my skin was rash-free with no blemishes. Using it bi-weekly with my fabulous Clarisonic Mia also keeps my pores clear and tight. I’m no princess, but I’ll always keep a couple bars around.
I don’t presume to think you don’t know how to use a bar of soap – but it is important to foam this cleanser properly and massage it into the skin for about 30 seconds to really get the best results. Don’t forget to rinse well too!
CONJU PRODUCT BROCHURE: (CLICK IMAGE TO ENLARGE)
CONJU PRINCESS SOAP DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Instead of a surface-active substance, Conju uses natural coconut oil. The rich foam will gently heal tired depleted skin. Furthermore, 11 types of natural Korean plants are used. Harnessing the power of natural plants known to be the secret to beauty, your skin tone will be brightened.” – BT Cosmetics Website (See below for Conju Product Brochure).
RECOMMENDED APPLICATION: After washing your hands, wet hands and soap. Roll the bar in the palms of your hands, scooping the lather into your hands periodically until a “marshmallow” of foam is created. It should be thick enough so that it doesn’t slide off your hands. Apply foam to your t-zone, chin and cheeks and gently massage into face for 1 minute. Pay careful attention to problem areas. It is normal to feel a slight tingle – but should not be uncomfortable. If your skin is very sensitive, reduce time to 30 seconds and gradually increase as tolerance builds. Rinse well with lukewarm water. It is recommended to rinse skin for twice the time as washing. (I normally splash 10x at the sink or rinse for about a minute in the shower).
CONJU PRINCESS SOAP INGREDIENTS: Coconut Oil, Squalane, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopherol, Bamboo Salt, Evening Primrose Extract, Licorice Extract, Chamomilla Recutita Flower Oil, Luffa Cylindrica Extract, Cnidium Officinale Root Extract, Apricot Kernel Extract, Perilla Ocymoides Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Artemisa Extract. Made in Korea. (From Conju Princess Soap box).
Available at conju.us.