Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fake Tokyo Love Soap Update : Horrendous Rashes Beware of Fake Tokyo Love Soap

Ok, its been over a year. I have been very busy with studying and working at the same time. Anyhow i constantly recieve lots of email everyday from people asking where to buy Tokyo Love Soaps.

With the data and feedback that I receive daily, I have compiled almost 2-3 years worth of data and I can assume that 70-80% of tokyo love soaps on the market today are fake tokyo love soap! so be forewarned that there is an 80% chance you are getting fake tokyo love soap! However, if you are in Japan, its very unlikely that you will get fake tokyo love soap so for non japanese, make sure that you get only original tokyo love soaps and not fake tokyo love soap. Buy original from the following sites:

TOKYOLOVESHOP.COM - 100% Trusted and legit seller since 2011 way before tokyo love soaps are popular anywhere.

RAKUTEN.JP - Buy only from 5 star sellers. There are no fakes here as long as origin of delivery will be from Japan.

AMAZON.CO.JP - Same as Rakuten.

Sadly, other websites are not anymore selling the soap only these 3 website exists. I cannot vouch for other websites as I can only vouch for companies here in Japan that I visited and ordered from and guaranteed 100% genuine.

Why buy original? because I read a blog sent to me by a filipino customer. I am going to post the entire post below credits goes to her:

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Since I was a child, I love Japanese products and I enjoyed Japanese TV as a 90s child. Almost all of my beauty products are from Japan from Soaps to cosmetics, it's mostly Japanese brands. I am residing in Quezon City, Philippines and it is quite expensive to import Japanese goods here because of the huge taxes so I was happy I found Shadz Online Shop thru one of her facebook ads.

I read lots of horror stories about this shop such as substituting cornstarch on a collagen milk product and permanent skin discoloration due to an underarm whitening product, however, I felt it is safe to buy since I just want to buy tokyo love soap which I am using since last year ever since my sister, who is working in Japan, sent me some samples for me to try. Since then, I only use tokyo love soap but since my sister left Japan for South Korea for a better job, I do not have someone else left to buy tokyo love soap for me in Japan so I bought from her store.

It is quite expensive on her store, it costs 850(soap)+70(shipping fee)= 920 pesos. In Japan its only 600 pesos for the plain tokyo love soap. But among all online shop, she sells the cheapest so I ordered last June 28, 2013 and I picked it up yesterday, June 29, 2013 at around 4 p.m in LBC Victory Mall, One ride away from my house in Quezon City. I immediately noticed something odd in the packaging. It arrived looking like this:

Picture 1 : The box looks very thin and worn out. It is crumpled and the cover flaps looks as if it has been opened lots of times already. 

Picture 2 : Thank god the soap inside is not damaged. But I noticed something odd about the plastic. It looks so small that the soap barely fits. I remember that the original product from Japan has a good space around it. 


Picture 3 : It is packed inside this envelope with the name of the sender as "Jean Sarah Atiagan" from Davao.  She is the owner of Shadz Online Shop. I did not blurred my name and phone for transparency. This envelope is actually packed inside a JRS express envelope.

To cut the long story short, I took a bath at around 5 p.m of June 29, 2013, used the soap and just after 15 minutes of using the soap, I developed a severe painful rash and itching all over my face and body. This rash did not occur when I am using the same soap which I bought from Japan. Take note that I intentionally set the camera out of focus because its too gross:


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Picture 4 : I always leave the soap on my dark spots particularly at the back of my knee and elbow for 3 minutes and I noticed the the fleshy and painful acid-burn like kind of rash appears on the areas where i left the soap for 3 minutes. This photo is on my elbow. Take note that both of my elbows has this rash. (I intentionally focused on the background to decrease grossness)

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Picture 5 : This is the rash the appeared immediately after using tokyo love soap i bought from shadz online shop. It appeared on both of my knees and back of my knees. (I intentionally focused on the background to decrease grossness)

The rash is painful and filled with water. They are huge blister type of rash that is fleshy and filled with water and blood. It appeared all over my body but my underarms, knees, back of the knees, groin area and elbow are the most affected since i use lots of soaps on these areas. I just cannot take a picture of my face, private parts and butts because its horrendous and the rashes are severe i can't bare to look at it and also its too gross.

If you think my elbows and knees look gross, my face, groin and butt got 5 times more rash so just imagine how gross it could be. Ofcourse after this horrendous event I immediately ask my brother to drive me to Chinese Gen (where my dermatologist is). We arrived at the hospital at around 6:30 in the evening of June 29, 2013. The photos I took was taken around 5:30 p.m while waiting for my brother to come home and drive me to the hospital. I took the photos for documentation purposes in case I will file a law suit.

 I got shots of cortisone on my arms and legs and was confined for about a day from 6:30 p.m yesterday up to 2:00 p.m today, June 30, 2013. My doctors in Chinese gen said they are observing if my bronchus will get obstructed due to inhalation of the soap particles. So I need to return every 2 days for a month for signs of delayed reaction. The big, painful lesions, as the doctor said, might leave permanent scars for life.

I called Ms. Atiagan during my ordeal and she answered it, i told her that I am a tokyo love soap user for years and this thing never happened to me until I used her soap. She said she is the official distributor in Philippines of tokyo love soaps and she is sure that her soaps are genuine and i might be just allergic to it.

I repeatedly told her I am using the same soap for almost 1 and a half year already and this is the first time that it happened and it only happened when I bought her soap. She insisted I am just allergic and should not use the product again and she will not refund it nor pay me because she said, with a very rude, loud and irritated voice that I should have performed a skin test first and it is my fault for not doing so. She hang up the phone after she said that.

I called the company using the phone number at the back of the soap and they simply said that they do not have official distributors anywhere. I called Ms. Atiagan again for the second time and she is not anymore responding to my call. I was calling her all day today and no answers at all.

As a form of retribution, revenge or whatever you might call it, I made this blog to discourage any potential buyers of any of the products she is selling at Shadz Online Shop. Also, All I want to say to her is that after the hospital bill I incurred due to her soap, a refund of 920 pesos is the last thing on my mind so why is she so afraid answering my call? I just want to tell her to check if her product is of good quality. Not tampered, Not expired, Not a counterfeit. From 3 pm since yesterday until 3 pm today she is not answering my call and I felt so stupid and cheated for wasting my time calling her.

Below is my hospital bill that I paid after getting hospitalized for almost a day. All I want to do is to have a 100 peso savings that is why I bought from shadz online shop instead of japanichi. I spent 22,000 in my hospitalization alone not including the continuous hydrocortisone injection that i should take for 2-3 months daily which costs 380 pesos per shot twice a day (760 php/day)


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So again guys, if you want this not to happen to you only buy original tokyo love soaps and never ever ever try to buy from unknown resellers and small shops as most commonly they sell fake tokyo love soaps.

-Miyumi
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Tokyo Love Soap Philippines - Different Box for Non Japanese Countries and Fake Tokyo Love Soap Updates.

Its been a while since I posted. Ive been busy with my work and studying at the same time. Anyhow, I've been flooded with the Fake Tokyo Love Soap inquiries and I am receiving about 200-300 emails a day because of my post on Tokyo Love Soap! To answer your issues:

YES! There are fake tokyo love soaps. How many times do I have to repeat? To be sure, only buy from 100% authentic distributors such as:

http://ainz-tulpe.ainj.co.jp/   if you are in japan (highly recommended, main distributor)
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/ if you are in japan
https://global.rakuten.com/en/ if you are outside japan (not recommended to philipino clients due to high custom tax and it will take a month to arrive)
http://tokyoloveshop.com/ if you are outside japan (Recommended since they ship 5 days only to Philippines and no custom charges worldwide, they also buy their stuff from ainz tulpe shibuya)

All of the sellers above are 100% authentic sellers so their box is 100% japanese version. Happy price released a new box for international clients so it might differ if you buy direct from Japan.

Speaking of Box, I am receiving tons of email about the new box in philippines? I dont receive email from other country so I think tokyo love soap is popular in philippines only? The answer is simple. Happy Price, the maker of tokyo love soap penalizes filipinos because of their over pricing and they are spreading rumors that legit sellers like rakuten, ainz tulpe, tokyo love shop sells fake soap. These big companies requested the maker of tokyo love soap to create a soap version only EXCLUSIVE TO PHILIPPINES with different ingredients and different box design to protect japanese sellers.

Its like buying a cup noodles made in Japan and cup noodles made in Philippines. If you still do not get me, they are now making inferior version of the soap for filipino clients to make it cheaper and to protect big Japanese companies.


Why did Happy Price, the maker of the soap did this? Simple: I emailed them. My exact email says something like Why did you release a new box in philippines? this is their response: (PLEASE CLICK TO ENLARGE)


SO SUMMARY:

1. Philippines will get a lower quality soap with a logo of a woman on upper right.
2. Box will look different but not noticeable I think its about the darker color of the philippine version.
3. Happy price do not want instagram/facebook resellers they only want one reseller which is lineup
4. filipinos are not allowed to get japanese version anymore unless they will order online from big japanese resellers such as rakuten, ainz and tokyoloveshop
5. filipinos are not allowed to import unless they are a big importer.

in short, they are KILLING THE SMALL RESELLERS.

comment away!


Monday, November 19, 2012

Correction: Fake Tokyo Love Soap UPDATE

NEW POST UPDATED!

NEW BOX FOR PHILIPPINE VERSION OF TOKYO LOVE SOAP!

First, I highly recommend buying your tokyo love soaps from www.tokyoloveshop.com as they sell authentic  soaps and is based in Japan and Singapore and is the cheapest since they sell using Japan pricing. DO NOT BUY FROM OVERPRICED FILIPINO RESELLERS specially based in the province as most of their products are tampered and just bought from rakuten thats why it costs way too much. Here in Japan, 48 pieces of TLS premium or one box, costs only about 650 usd / 70,000 yen or about 28,000 pesos not 46,000!. Also, its very rare to find tokyo love soaps in tokyo, its not popular here in Japan its only popular in the Philippines because people says its popular in Japan buts its really not and filipino are gullible and easily fooled. You can basically search the entire tokyo city area and you will not find any decent shop selling tokyo love soap. 


SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 UPDATE : AS OF TODAY, HAPPY PRICE ADMITTED THERE ARE FAKE TOKYO LOVE SOAPS. THIS POSTS HAS BEEN OUTDATED AND THE RECENT STAND IS:

THERE ARE FAKE TOKYO LOVE SOAPS.

To be sure, only buy from 100% authentic distributors such as:

http://ainz-tulpe.ainj.co.jp/   if you are in japan (highly recommended, main distributor)
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/ if you are in japan
https://global.rakuten.com/en/ if you are outside japan (not recommended to philipino clients due to high custom tax and it will take a month to arrive)
http://tokyoloveshop.com/ if you are outside japan (Recommended since they ship 5 days only to Philippines and no custom charges worldwide, they also buy their stuff from ainz tulpe shibuya)

All of the sellers above are 100% authentic sellers so their box is 100% japanese version. Happy price released a new box for international clients so it might differ if you buy direct from Japan.

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I offer my sincere apologies to everyone I offended, Apparently, there are no FAKE Tokyo Love Soaps. I was emailed by many users saying that I am wrong and box are really different some have the TL icon some have none.

What I did was I emailed the manufacturer itself to clarify the issue. I asked them:

Dear Happy Price INC.

Does the fake versions of tokyo love soap have the TL icon below the tokyo love soap name? kindly check my blog http://www.japanbeautyreview.com/2012/10/how-to-spot-fake-tokyo-love-soaps-which.html for details. I made an article on how to spot fake tokyo love soap. Kindly guide me so i can help people not to buy the fake products.

Thank you!

 And here is what they said: CLICK TO ENLARGE


I really had a hard time understanding his english. I shouldve asked in Japanese but people cannnot understand our conversation if I did. Happy price forwarded my concern to another email.

I then sent an email to support@tokyolovesoap.jp and ask

"HOW TO KNOW IF I BOUGHT FAKE TOKYO LOVE SOAP? is this article accurate: http://www.japanbeautyreview.com/2012/10/how-to-spot-fake-tokyo-love-soaps-which.html"

this is their reply:


Customer support on their manufacturer seems to be very good in english. She explained it well and I hope this clarifies the issue.

I want to offer my sincere apologies to anyone I offended.


Monday, October 29, 2012

My favorite blush!



Canmake cream cheek! my favorite blush!

basically it melts perfectly with my skin and it doesnt give that very strong pink tint... but an all natural glowing skin!

I really love it though I heard it has lots of fish scale... I hope its from a clean fish though ^ ^
Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Organic Rose Toner

Organic Rose Toner



Well I bought this product from Cosme downtown Tokyo. Its quite new and I really love the packaging!

Basically this is a toner. Currently im using clinique step 3 toner and I need to test this one out quickly because many of my friends says its really good!

Im sooooo excited! Ill update you guys about it!
Saturday, October 13, 2012

How To Spot Fake Tokyo Love Soaps : Which is Original and which Tokyo Love Soap is Fake?

NEW POST UPDATED!

NEW BOX FOR PHILIPPINE VERSION OF TOKYO LOVE SOAP!


First, I highly recommend buying your tokyo love soaps from www.tokyoloveshop.com as they sell authentic  soaps and is based in Japan and Singapore and is the cheapest since they sell using Japan pricing. DO NOT BUY FROM OVERPRICED FILIPINO RESELLERS specially based in the province as most of their products are tampered and just bought from rakuten thats why it costs way too much. Here in Japan, 48 pieces of TLS premium or one box, costs only about 650 usd / 70,000 yen or about 28,000 pesos not 46,000!. Also, its very rare to find tokyo love soaps in tokyo, its not popular here in Japan its only popular in the Philippines because people says its popular in Japan buts its really not and filipino are gullible and easily fooled. You can basically search the entire tokyo city area and you will not find any decent shop selling tokyo love soap. 


SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 UPDATE : AS OF TODAY, HAPPY PRICE ADMITTED THERE ARE FAKE TOKYO LOVE SOAPS. THIS POSTS HAS BEEN OUTDATED AND THE RECENT STAND IS:

THERE ARE FAKE TOKYO LOVE SOAPS.

To be sure, only buy from 100% authentic distributors such as:

http://ainz-tulpe.ainj.co.jp/   if you are in japan (highly recommended, main distributor)
http://www.rakuten.co.jp/ if you are in japan
https://global.rakuten.com/en/ if you are outside japan (not recommended to philipino clients due to high custom tax and it will take a month to arrive)
http://tokyoloveshop.com/ if you are outside japan (Recommended since they ship 5 days only to Philippines and no custom charges worldwide, they also buy their stuff from ainz tulpe shibuya)

All of the sellers above are 100% authentic sellers so their box is 100% japanese version. Happy price released a new box for international clients so it might differ if you buy direct from Japan.

This post is already updated but I will not delete the original post.


Okay, as we all know, popular products in Japan are being copied in other countries particularly China. My ever favorite soap is Tokyo Love Soap since the effect is really amazing. I like the Original version (White) best because Ultimate and Premium are a little bit harsh for my sensitive skin I sometimes feel itchy.

Im going to teach you how to spot fake Tokyo Love Soap easy!

First look at the box.






Those 2 pictures above are Genuine Tokyo Love Soap Plain. Notice there are no other markings aside from the Tokyo Love Soap words and the heart design, the reflection and a little bit of text.

Now see the picture below which I took from philipino reseller on facebook. I was laughing my ass off because he even put his site name and facebook shop on this picture. Maybe for easier law suit against him.




First one to look at is the TOKYO LOVE logo underneath the TOKYO LOVE SOAP logo and little text. Its a shape of the heart letter T and L.




I magnified it and put it right here>>>> We will call this logo "TL"


Here is the explanation why there is this logo on fake tokyo love soaps. Tokyo Love Soap main logo (the one on the center of the box) is a registered sign used by HP Ltd or Happy Price, the company that manufactures the soap way back 2005 (HP does not anymore exist, they are bought and renamed Tokyo Love Soap Japan since thats their only product anyways). They dont need another sign to place on the box because it is already their mark in Japan and its protected by law.

The other logo, "TL" is made by the chinese counterfeiters in order to pass chinese customs (Mainland, Hongkong, Taiwan) since it is their MARK and the real genuine logo was merely the name of the soap and not their company mark. This allows them to freely register the WHOLE BOX as their entire mark in China. 

China trademark is quite different, since there are LOTS of chinese product, just a little symbol will make a huge difference. Put a red horn on the two golden arches of mcdonalds and they will register it as yours! its that simple.

This will allow them to freely export the product abroad mostly to thailand, malaysia and philippines where people wants white skin. 

As long as that evil "TL" sign is not on the box, its guaranteed original since even in China, regulation is very strict but there are some loopholes that are being abused like this one.

All fake products from original to premium to ultimate soaps has TL logo. All original has none. Also look at this part of the box:




Notice the edges of the box? This is because counterfeiters, to save money, uses a thinner paper on the box. It is easily folded and bended with just little effort. I bet this guy even took the best box to screenshot and other boxes are worst than this.

Now lets look on the original box


This is the soap im using, the premium version. I basically stepped on it and I weigh 65 kg/143lbs and the box basically held my weight. Notice that only the top cover caved in and the corners are still intact? I removed the soap by the way so this is just an empty box. Also at the bottom of the original box there should be a code. Fake products has a code that starts with JP.... or JPN.... just to emphasize its from Japan where in fact, the code should never start in JPN because this is a batch code! Meaning it should be letters A to Z.

how convenient that JP or JPN all aligned themselves.

and now, how to finally spot the fake one even without the box... SIMPLE :)



Its easy to spot aight? The genuine product is very generous with its covering while the fake one barely fits in with lots of crumpled plastic at the side because it doesnt even match the size of the product.

Hopefully with these tip, you are sure to get only the original! Also just buy from the trusted dealer like jp.rakuten.com and tokyoloveshop.com. buy from big companies. my foreign friends buy theirs from tokyoloveshop.com because they exclusively sell ultimate version of the soap. I myself buy from family mart here in tokyo. 

An anonymous girl from malaysia emailed me a couple of days ago and asked me if the soap should have a pink heart at the back because there is a deal site there that sells tokyo love soap white and it has a pink heart at the back. This is the answer:

Both fake and original korean made tokyo love soap white has a pink heart at the back, however, the super genuine japanese version has none. So as a tip, I suggest getting the one WITHOUT THE PINK HEART AT THE BACK to make sure its 100% japan made.

Tokyo Love Soap is made in Japan as well as korea and the boxes with pink heart at the back are the korean soaps while the one without are japanese soaps. Premium, Medical, Ultimate and Girls are not made in korea that is why all of them has no heart at the back.

Also as long as you buy in Japan there is no fake. Government is very strict here. 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bison Funwarich Mousse Bath


This is a new product i bought and I just used it before i post this post :) its a bath mousse powder. It smells like sweet fruit and its very soft on the body. I really loved it! up to now I smell sweet! the smell is really addicting. 

Its really a great way to pamper yourself after a hard days work ^ ^