G.P.Create rose baths

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This is where it all started.

aromasoda sweetrose

On my first trip to Japan I found these bath tablets as amenities in a Tokyo hotel (Mitsui Garden Ginza), and loved it so much that I even asked the front desk to sell me a couple more. They gave me about 4-5 extra tablets and charged 200 Yen or so. I kept them for years, only using one on special occasions. The lavender one was bluish purple – dark lavender color, and smelled very nice, but I got really crazy about the Sweet Rose tablet shown above. It made this nice, pink, clear water with a perfectly natural scent of rose. My rating: 5/5.

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Kousaido: Hinoki

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I got this from a very nice person who told me this was the real deal. It is. The manufacturer is a Kyoto based company, Kousaido (香彩堂), founded in 1994, who seems to be known for their incenses and other scented products. The best thing about this bath salt is also its fragrance. As you can see from the link above, some room sprays and incense are available from this company in the West, but their bath products might be hard to find even in Japan, I couldn’t even find them in their own webshop.. I read on a site that someone bought them at Kyoto Station. You can also get some of their products from ebay.

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The Wind Rises in theaters

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If you live in the US, it’s time to check the showtimes and catch Hayao Miyazaki‘s last anime in the cinemas! It’s showing in major cities, dubbed in English (not so terrible), worth watching! Here’s the trailer:

Earth Chemical: Yu meguri

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meguriA  湯めぐりシリーズ (Hot water tour series) is the hot spring variety from the Japanese makers of the lovely Bath Roman salts, Earth Chemical Co., Ltd. There are several different boxes, I chose the one that has milky (nigori) type bath salts. They don’t try to resemble the actual water in those onsen towns, just the scent of flowers in the area and such, and the water is also quite colorful. This, the Rotenyu meguri (露天湯めぐり) box contains 18 sachets, and four varieties. Oddly, these are made in China. The colors and fragrances are all very nice, but the texture is not so perfect as in previous products, the powder doesn’t dissolve easily/by itself. Still these are fun.

秋田乳頭 Akita (Prefecture) – Nyūtō: Milky white with flower scent. Nice, fresh fragrance, but a little too clean, like a liquid soap. 3/5

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Bath Roman

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This is a bath salt series by Earth Chemical Co., Ltd.  (アース製薬) The company was established in 1892 in Osaka, Japan. they offer a wide range of bath additives (more than 50 items) under different brand names within and outside of Bath Roman (バスロマン), but this webpage helps finding what you want by filtering the products based on milkiness, scent, type, color.. (if you know Japanese). There is also a Hot Spring Tour series, but for now I have only tried their skin care type ones sold in a containers. These are my favorite for now, as all the four kinds of bath powders I tried I really loved, and my absolute favorite is Bath Roman Bihada Pure Rose. These products are also great value – unless you have to pay for the shipping from Japan – I bought the 680g containers for 10-14 dollars, and they should be enough for at least 20 baths (you can use as much as you want). Some of their products, like the Hot Spring Tour ones are made in China, most others in Japan.

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Tabi no yado – Shittori

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This is the 4th and last assortment pack from the Tabi no yado series by Kracie. Shittori (しっとり) means moist, so these should be moisturizing. Two of the four hot spring baths are clear and two are milky type. I haven’t seen it any shop around here, they seem to only carry the milky and clear boxes (orange and pink), so I had to order this from Amazon for $20. There are 13 sachets in the box, 4 Yuzawa and 3 each of the others, featuring famous hot springs.

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