Many cosmetic handcrafters report falling in love with making soap after experiencing the skin-loving benefits of a handmade bar of soap. California-based Kiyoko Puyaoan, started her handmade journey and her company, spoon, after her handmade skin lotion had achieved what no other cosmetic or medicine had, clearing an eczema so bad it had earned her the childhood nickname “red panda”.
Originally from Japan, Kiyoko brings a beautiful fusion of eastern and western sensibilities to her product making, focusing on limiting the total ingredients in each product and treating skin as gently as possible. This ethos is clearly reflected in the beautiful simplicity and earnest rustic chic vibe of her products. “Because I totally understand the feeling of people with skin problems,” Kiyoko relates, “my goal is always [to have] a positive impact on skin more than anything.”
She also loves the challenge of attempting to draw out beneficial herbal properties in her soaps, a considerable challenge given the initial alkalinity of the soapmaking process. “I love to make real green tea soap without using fragrance or colorant. It is a lot of work to infuse green tea [using my] special method but I love it!!”
The spoon shop opened mid 2013, carrying lip balm, soap, aroma stones, and other bathtime accessories. Offline, you’ll find spoon products in San Diego at Low Gallery. Check the spoon Facebook page for additional locations. Kiyoko says, “My soaps are fantastic skin candies and I am confident that my soap can change your bath time quality.”
Thanks, spoon, we can’t wait to see what you come up with next. Here’s to your success!