Burt’s Bees used to make a tomato soap that was really nice – it clarified the skin and cleared up blemishes and acne. There’s a friend who’s addicted to that soap, and then…. Burt’s Bees discontinued it. On one of my trips to the Philippines, I saw this soap at the Beauty Bar (a beauty drugstore chain): Mir and Ryvi Tomato Soap Acne Cleansing Bar. I bought one for her to try, and they reportedly got along very well. On my recent trip to Manila, I brought back a few more for her, and also for myself. In addition, I also got the Mir and Ryvi Banana Soap, which I will review in a separate blog post.
There’s a lot of vegetable-based soaps sold in the supermarket in the Philippines, from papaya to tomato to lemon, etc. But I do not fancy most of their ingredients. As you can see, Mir and Ryvi’s ingredient list for the Tomato Soap is short and sweet. It’s made in the Laguna area in the Philippines, a hill station sort of like Bopunjur area in Indonesia. Some ingredients are organically produced (certified and otherwise).
How does it compare with Burt’s Bees tomato soap? I’ve used Mir and Ryvi’s soap for a couple of weeks, and found that it’s gentle and provides a through clean, though for makeup you need to use cleansing oil/milk/micellar water. Don’t forget to moisturize afterwards, otherwise the soap can give a tight feeling. My blemishes are at a minimum anyway, so I can’t really vouch for the soap’s efficacy in this respect, but these past two weeks I’ve not had any. The bar itself is colorless and I do not detect any scent. It is quite big, so I cut a sliver for use and store the rest in a dry, cool place for later use. At Php250 (about US$6), it’s good value and worth a try if you are prone to blemishes and acne.