DR. OHHIRA’S PROBIOTIC
KAMPUKU BEAUTY BAR
“Promotes and Maintains Radiant Looking Skin.” – Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic
PRODUCT RATING: ★★★★★★★★☆☆(8/10)
SIZE/PRICE: 80g / 2.82oz. $10.95 (♦♦♦♦♦)
BEST FOR: Face and body.
SKIN TYPES: All skin types.
QUICK REVIEW: This super simple, no frills bar did wonders on my bumpy arms – and works well as a deodorant soap without any strong fragrance.
the REVIEW (06/29/2011): My mother is obsessed with probiotics. I’m obsessed with Japanese skin care technology and products – although I think I’m more drawn to their packaging then anything else. So when I found Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar at Down to Earth (which is like our local version of Wholefoods, just much smaller and more organic/vegan), I had to try it.
Kampuku is a brownish yellow rounded square bar that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. It doesn’t have any strong odor, but does have a “natural” scent. It creates a moderate amount of foam and does not over dry the skin or leave a noticeable residue – but those with drier skin to begin with may feel a little tight after using Kampuku. As a face cleanser, Kampuku was fairly standard in performance. I preferred to use it as a body cleanser and it helped get rid of the remaining dry spots and bumps I had from over exposure to chlorine while I was on vacation.
While Kampuku is a good product overall, there was nothing particularly special about it. I will use it up, since it does seem to have natural deodorant benefits -which is a plus during our humid Summer months, but a repurchase is unlikely. Still, a nice choice for those with sensitive skin or skin issues.
DR. OHHIRA’S PROBIOTIC KAMPUKU BEAUTY BAR DETAILS:
PRODUCT DESCRIPTION: “Dr. Iichiroh Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar merges the revitalizing power of natural ingredients, ancient Japanese fermentation skills, and modern science to create a clarifying, balancing, and rejuvenating beauty bar gentle enough for the entire family.
Crafted from 14 natural plant extracts, Kampuku provides chemical-free moisturizing, probiotic support, and natural deodorant benefits. This gentle but effective beauty bar is suitable for daily use on all skin types, especially very sensitive skin. Honored with the ‘Best of Beauty’ Award by Better Nutrition Magazine, Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar™ promotes and maintains supple, radiant-looking skin… naturally!
Although its natural caramel color may fade during use and storage, the soap’s high quality remains intact. No animal by-products, preservatives, or synthetic colors.” – essentialformulas.com
KAMPUKU BEAUTY BAR INGREDIENTS: 94.8% Sodium Palmate-Sodium Cocoate (Detergent)*, 4% Probiotic Extract**(Humidifying Agent), .7% Water (Solvent), .5% Caramel (Humidifying Agent).
*Sodium Palmate-Sodium Cocoate is used as a base ingredient in soap making and cosmetics. Made from palm oil and coconut oil respectively. According to goodguide.com it is an ingredient that raises no health concerns.
**Probiotic Extract comprised of natural, wild-growing herbals hand-harvested from the vast mountain region in the Chugoku district of Japan, seaweed from Japan’s ocean, and water. The raw ingredients in Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic Kampuku Beauty Bar are carefully blended and naturally fermented. Raw ingredients include: Apricot; Wild Vine; Chinese Matrimony; Mulberry; Sea Tangle; Chinese Cabbage; Oleaster; Plum; Wild Strawberry; Loquat; Mugwort; Brown Seaweed; Shiitake Mushroom; Chinese Bayberry. These herbals are carefully blended and fermented with our unique E. faecalis TH10 lactic acid bacteria (LAB)—one of the strongest LAB strains available today. The final extract contains the LAB, its nutritious culture medium, and naturally occurring organic acids, amino acids, minerals, and vitamins.
SOURCES: Kampuku Beauty Bar Box, Essential Formulas website, Good Guide Website
Kampuku Beauty Bar is available at select Down To Earth stores or at HarvestMoonHealthFoods.com