binu = korean for soap! • cleansing boricha base + 100% natural plant ingredients • handmade cold process formula • for public + private bath
Binu Binu is a collection of modern soaps inspired by the ritual of the Korean public bath, a place free of vanity and inhibition and where generations are brought together in the simple act of cleansing. Our formulas are based on the idea of daily ritual, intergenerational bonding, and the infamous Korean scrub treatment "Seshin," a vigorous, pragmatic and extremely effective exfoliating treatment that can be found at the baths. Other points of inspiration come from strong female role models in Korean culture - like the Haenyeo sea women of Jeju Island, elderly female divers who dive tank-free for the catch of the day to support their families, and the modern-day shaman known as Mudang, female healers who specialize in matters of the mind, body and soul.
We use 100% natural plant botanical ingredients and essential oils, including a base of "boricha" in all of our soaps, the Korean roasted barley tea which has a place in the household as important as water. Made by hand in small batches using the cold process method which retains the skin benefiting properties of natural oils, Binu Binu soaps are fragrance-free and do not contain palm oils, synthetic detergents, artificial colorants, parabens, sulfates, or animal products.
Our signature bars are each hand-cut to form a monolithic cleansing block, adding a sculptural element to the bath.
WHERE TO FIND US
Since launching in Fall 2015, we've been carried at specialty stores across North America and Europe, and have also been featured in the New York Times T Magazine, Vogue, Remodelista and other international publications.