Binu Binu soaps

As a young girl, Karen Kim would experience traditional Korean baths given by her grandmother. The process involved plenty of vigorous scrubbing—an intensely exfoliating experience that requires a strong hand and a good dose of determination. The baths left an impression on Kim, who earlier this year launched a line of soaps inspired by the traditional Korean process. Named Binu Binu (binu means bath in Korean), the line is comprised of six, all-natural bars made from a base of boricha—a barley tea that’s prized for its detoxifying powers—and nourishing oils (olive, coconut, sweet almond, caster), butters and clays. Each soap is inspired by strong female characters, and includes ingredients with specialized and effective ingredients. Most recently, she added a cleansing balm, gel body scrub, and lip conditioner. Fragrance free and made in small batches by hand, they encourage the simple and ritualistic pleasure of cleansing.

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