Kojie San Review:

Probably the most popular brand of kojic acid soap, Kojie San has been in the market for quite some time. It’s cheap and effective according to online reviews.

Here’s my in-depth review of this soap.

kojie san front packaging

 

kojie san importer

kojie san soap review

Product details:

Weight: 65g 

Price: $8.99 for (2) 65g bars

Origin: Philippines

Color: Orange

Manufacturer: Beauty Elements Ventures Inc. Philippines

Product claims:

  • Lightens skin tone.
  • Skin whitening
  • Naturally derived ingredients.
  • Evens skin tone.
  • Reduces the appearance of dark spots, discoloration, and other imperfections.
  • Active ingredients are scientifically proven to help fade and reduce the appearance of melasma, brown spots, stubborn post-breakout marks, and hyperpigmentation.
  • Contains high-grade cosmetic all-natural kojic acid.
  • Helps make the skin appear lighter and clearer.

Ingredients:

As listed on the soap’s packaging:

kojie san ingredients

  • Cocos nucifera (Coconut) Oil + De-ionized Water + Sodium Hydroxide – this is the soap base.
  • Fragrance – commonly used on kojic soaps as it makes the soap smell really good. However, this can cause skin irritation on some people.
  • Kojic Acid – the main active.
  • Glycerin – mainly used for its moisturizing effect and it makes the soap glide easily.
  • Aqua – water
  • Xanthan Gum – mainly used as thickener/stabilizer.
  • Caprylyl Glycol – conditioning agent/emollient.
  • Glucose – conditioning agent.
  • Chondrus crispus (Carrageenan) – for hydration.
  • Phenoxyethanol – preservative
  • Ethylhexylglycerine – skin conditioning
  • Cocodiethanolamide (aka Cocamide DEA) – used as foam booster. WARNING: Cocamide DEA is listed under California’s Proposition 65 as an ingredient that may increase the risk of cancer. However, the FDA considers this ingredient as generally safe.

cocamide dea

  • Mineral Oil – for skin softening. However, this article claims that it causes clogged pores.
  • Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) Oil – anti-bacterial.
  • Cl 15985 – colorant
  • Cl 19140 – colorant
  • BHT (Butylated hydroxytoluene) – penetration enhancer

These ingredients are common when making kojic soap, however, I personally prefer to keep the ingredients to a minimum. There’s really no need to add all these synthetic ingredients.

Where to buy authentic Kojie San soap:

1. Buy from authorized distributor

Kojie San has only one distributor in the US, Flawless Beauty and Skin (RDG Imports). I would strongly suggest that you buy from them and their authorized distributors to make sure that you’re buying an authentic Kojie San soap.

Amazon:

This product is not sold on Amazon.

eBay:

Sold under “Sweet Suzzy” (this is Flawless Beauty and Skin)

Official Websites:

https://www.kojiesanusa.com/Kojic-Acid-Soap.html

flawlessbeautyandskin.com

2. Check the emblem:

Kojie San has different varieties in terms of sizes.

135g – has an emblem.

If you’re buying the 135g soap, make sure that it has an emblem.

authentic kojie san soap

65g – no emblem.

The 65g version doesn’t have an emblem.

Top 3 Before and After Pictures:

1. Acne hyperpigmentation – dark spots on face and chest

As I’ve mentioned in this article, kojic acid can definitely even out your skin tone.

I can see a huge difference in this user’s pictures as her dark spots have gone lighter and her skin is definitely clearer.

kojie san before and after

2. Acne dark spots on chin

Acne hyperpigmentation (aka dark spots from acne) is common especially for those with medium to dark skin tones.

The user of this soap states that she’s only been using it for 3 days and the results are amaaazing!

kojie san review before and after

3. Acne scars on cheeks

This is another awesome before and after. The user of this soap has been using Kojie San for over a month with a pore refinining toner by Neutrogena and OMG! she looks like she got microdermabrasion done!

kojie san before and after review

Photos courtesy of Amazon

Pros/Cons:

Pros:

  • Has been in the market for a long time.
  • Cheap.
  • A lot of reviews to prove that the product work.
  • Well-known.
  • Mostly 4 out of 5 star reviews.

Cons:

  • Contains synthetic chemicals.
  • One ingredient (Cocamide DEA) is listed as an ingredient that causes cancer according to this source.