During my recent trip to Kyoto, I unfortunately didn’t get to stop by Yojiya’s full store in Gion. I did stop by one of their kiosks (there’s two!) at Kyoto Station. The Kyoto Station kiosks have a limited amount of products – I only remember seeing the Mayugomori hand creams and aburatorigami (facial blotting papers). The hand cream was available in a 30 g tube or 100 g tub.
I asked the shop assistant if I could try on the hand cream, and she retrieved a tub of hand cream from the counter behind her. I wanted to be polite and only try a small dab of hand cream, but she took a large scoop of it with the spatula, and swiped it onto my hand. Yay!
I rubbed the cream into my hands, and ugh it was so beautiful. I had to buy it. I decided to go for the 30 g tube, priced at 650 yen. I also bought one booklet of aburatorigami (facial oil blotting paper), priced at 330 yen for 20 sheets.
The safety seal is just an oval piece of clear tape I found this a bit odd, considering the attention to detail of all other aspects of the product – a long sticker for bags, a small square sticker to seal the envelopes. (You can view the packaging at my review for the facial blotting papers.) But for the safety seal, just a bit of regular tape? To be fair, it was nice tape that came off cleanly, but still.
The tube itself is made out of slippery-smooth plastic.
The squeeze tube’s mouth/dispenser is 5 mm in diameter.
The hand cream is thicker than the average American hand moisturizer. It holds its shape when squeezed out of the tube, and spreads easily with rubbing – no chunks! It’s also not sticky or greasy. It’s the perfect grown-up hand cream.
The cream has a faint floral scent, and is subtle and pleasant. Most of the scent fades away within the first minute. After that first minute, I can only smell it when I press my nose up against my skin. At the 30-minute mark, the smell is hardly there anymore (but it still is).
I could still feel the “moisturizer-feel” of my hands after 30 minutes. Rubbing a finger against the back of my hand, I could still feel that the cream was there.
At 650 yen for 30 grams of product, it’s expensive for a hand cream. I hesitate every time I use it, because I can only buy it in Kyoto and I only have 30 grams – is this moment spongeworthy? I would buy it again, as a Kyoto souvenir and for the luxury of it. It makes a great gift, too. But if I lived in Kyoto, I wouldn’t buy this as my everyday hand cream. Maybe as a special treat.
Ingredients and Notes
The special ingredient in this cream is sericin. I don’t know much about sericin, but I looked it up, and here’s what I found. Silkworms produce two proteins: fibroin and sericin. Silk gum (sericin) holds together the double-stranded fibroin fibers. Sericin is normally discarded during the degumming process, but hey, lets use it to make hand cream! Useful.
The product warns that if it’s stored beneath 10 ºC, the cream will become firm – however, there will be no difference in the product’s quality.
You can also check out the individual ingredients on cosdna.com.
Japanese: よーじや まゆごもりはんどくりーむ
English: Yojiya Mayugomori hand cream
Retail Price: 650 yen
Amount: 30 g
Ingredients, Japanese: 水、シア脂、ＢＧ、ステアリン酸グリセリル（ＳＥ）、ベンチレングリコール、ステアリン酸ポリグリセリル－１０、ステアリン酸、セリシン、加水分解ヒアルロン酸、加水分解コラーゲン、加水分解エラスチン、アセチルヒドロキシプロリン、セラミド３、チャ葉、ツルレイシ果実エキス、ダイズ種子エキス、ダイズステロール、ミツロウ、水添レシチン、カプリル酸ソルビタン、ベヘニルアルコール、ジメチコン、カルボマー、トコフェロール、ＡＭＰＤ、フェノキシエタノール、香料
Ingredients, English: water, shea butter, butylene glycol, glyceryl stearate, pentylene glycol, polyglyceryl-10 stearate, stearic acid, sericin, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolyzed elastin, acetyl hydroxyproline, ceramide 3, tea leaf, balsam-pear (Momordica charantia) fruit extract, soybean (Glycine soja) seed extract, soybean (Glycine soja) sterols, beeswax, hydrogenated lecithin, sorbitan caprylate, docosanol, dimethicone, carbomer, tocopherol, aminomethyl propanediol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance.
Brand page: yojiya.co.jp, yojiyacosme.com