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So before we go into the wonderfulness of personal and portable hand soap, we should give some background info on toilet life in Korea. Don’t worry, this isn’t a poopy poopy McPooperson story…or is it!?? DA DA DAAAAA. But seriously, it isn’t.

Ok, so the restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that usually don’t have private toilets are located in buildings with lots of businesses in one building. So you’ll have a restaurant next to a hair salon next to a cellphone shop next to another restaurant next to another restaurant. Above that on the second floor, you’ll have more restaurants. Above that, on the third floor, you’ll have more restaurants, maybe a dental clinic, maybe a hagwon (after school program), etc. You can have a building with 8 floors and something like 20 businesses in them. Anyhow, in the hallways for the stairs, there might be a public restroom or two. These are the ones we’re talking about.

Anyhow, they’re totally freaky a lot of the time, with doors that barely close, flickering lights, shoddy fans, and boogie monsters. They’re scary and cold (in the winter) and stinky scalding hot (in the summer) and we don’t like them! It doesn’t matter if you’re in Seoul or Bucheon; public poopers we’ve been to have looked really suspicious. They never have toilet paper, and never have soap, and the water faucet only has freezing cold water.

So now that we’ve explained these charming public bathrooms, you might say, “hey, why go there? Just hold it or find a nicer one.” Yes, well, after several beers/soju whatevers, you don’t give a crap where you crap. Also, the nice washrooms are usually locked and you need the glorious golden key from the restaurant to get inside. We’re considering going into the washroom key copying business. HAHA, I KID I KID! *suspicious shifty eyes*

So, now maybe you can get a sense of why something like these Soap Flakes are good to bring with you. They make the bathrooms seem less scary! To be honest, we don’t know anyone who uses them or packs them in their bags (though most people who bring toilet paper with them). In fact, we have a special name for the TP you bring with you. See, if you want to go to another country, you need your passport. And so we call these papers our pooping passports. It makes it less embarrassing when we’re in public and need to talk about them. Instead of saying “HAY DO YOU HAVE TOLIET PAPERS TO WIPE YOUR POOEY BUTT WITH?” we can say “hey, don’t forget your passport.” Great idea us! But I think now you all know our secret…damn.

Anyhoo, these pretty petal soaps come in a pretty container and we imagine it would be great for anyone traveling around a lot and not staying at fancy soap-giving hotels. Also, when Martina was little, her friend Miki brought her a similar thing from Japan but they were wafer thin sheets of soap that came out of a flat paper container. It looked exactly like those blotting papers you use to wipe the oil off your face. Guys? You know what we mean? Right? Hey. HEY! WHERE ARE YOU GOING!!??

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  1. lol – I’m feeling stupid. I somehow got a small tube of Hello Kitty soap flakes – thought they were for the tub. Sprinkled a few in my daughter’s bath just now and they floated around slowly dissolving. Not very exciting. So I googled and found this video. Oops!

  2. ~hahahaha, one of my friend accidentally eat this stuff.. She forgot to read the label..

  3. …This is for the bath…….like… a decoration soap

  4. Stroke soap haha! I’m deathly afraid of those. If I go out I always look for a Hyundai or Lotte Department store so I can use their bathroom instead har har har. 

  5. I’ve seen that here in the U.S. but it was used for baths. But soap is soap so it probably wouldnt matter lol!

  6. ooo~~ I remember that soap~~ they had it in Iran~~ Cutest type of soap ever…well, not really, there were soaps that came in little animal shapes…

  7. You guys are so funny :) i want to go to Korea someday :)

  8. YOU LICK THE SOAP!!! HAAAAZAH!!!!!!!!

  9. I think it’s “foamy” not “foamsy” martina. #stopit  Love the site you guys!!!! If I ever happen to see you two on the street I will shout”YOU SHALL NOT PASS!”

  10. Certainly, He is a very very big kid xD

  11. those paper soaps are so neat!  im from hawaii but my aunty sent me a small pack from japan.  sounds like they were the same as martina had, and mine were apple scented, yumm!  but that was the first time ive seen something like that and i want more!

  12. You definitely want to watch your soap consumption — too much can lead to some wicked runs, and I don’t mean the soulful singing kind!  Well, it might be a singing of sorts, but probably the watery kind of singing, know what I mean? You’ll probably feel pretty soulful though, but the sweaty sobbing kind, not the uplifted spirit kind.  Not ideal.

  13. hahaha Martina trying the soap flake at the end made me soooo laugh XD remembering how she fought not to do this xD anyways – cool thing, that soap flakes (: and looks extremely cute (:

  14. My brain doesn’t get it- you mentioned ‘we’re giving the green one away…’ but I don’t see any info regarding the giveaway… Oh well… I’ll just take it as I didn’t hear anything…

    Your articles make me want to go to Korea. XD ‘Stroke soap.’ lol!

  15. yeh thumps up Martina !!thanks Simon !! the whole video i was like come on Martina lick the soap!! good girl!! lol.. love you guys <3 now you got one hot Arabian fan girl  "and that's me " xD

  16. Yeah, there’s a whole lot of them in Japan – different types, sizes, shapes and colors, and for some reason they sell it in stationery shops rather than drugstores! Add to it that 99% of Japanese public toilets are clean and well equipped regardless of being some particular restaurant’s responsibility or not (there’s personnel hired by the building owner to take care of the hallway ones), and you wonder… where to use them?! Well… I used mine at work, when I did part-time in a relatively small company that cared enough for toilet paper, but not for soap… also, some people apparently buy it just because it’s cute and either give it away as presents, or use at their own home.

  17. They actually have this stuff in the US too…thought they market it as “confetti bubble bath.”

  18. Is simon’s finger nail still orange? I can’t tell….

  19. I just want to say Martina’s new pink hair is really pretty!

    there are like paper soap too, one looks like oil blotting paper in a container that looks like oil blotting paper container
    I think those are more convenient to carry cause its thin and takes like no space at all in your purse

  20. I bought some that were star shaped with glitter at Michaels in the US.

  21. I have one of those. It has several designs, flowers, hearts, stars, circles, etc. I live in Mexico and bought it here in Mexico. People look at me weird every time I use my soaps. In many places there is no toilet paper or soap…. even in restaurants (¬¬) Many times I have seen my friends eat with unwashed hands but I don’t like it so I take my portable hand soap everywhere.

    • Yes! In Mexico, toilet paper and soap are rare in any public place. I always have hand sanitizer with me. As for the toilet paper, you’re only lucky if they have that one large roll next to the sinks, so you can get however much you think you’ll need, and you take that with you to the stall. Especially in Soriana (primary grocery/supermarket in Mexico). I think the scary alley can apply to Mexico, too, but only to SOME restaurants that have their restroom outside of their building. I see the alley thing more in shopping centers or subway stations in Mexico. However, everyone’s always in and out of them, so it’s not all that bad (:

  22. It’d be interesting if you guys did some kind of tour video thing for the hallway bathrooms one day. Or maybe a horror movie? haha

  23. I raised my hands up while watching this. Go Martina!!                     oo yeah she did it XD

    My father is doctor so there are so many wierd thing that’ll come by promotion. there were many of these soap sheets but not flakes XD

  24. Ah man the Korean Public bathrooms. Legit had one that was basically all the horrors you mentioned. THEN while I was holding the bathroom doors shut for my two friends (all of us female), a man came in…apologized and left….and came back two seconds later and said he couldn’t wait…and used the urinal in front of me >.>….You guys experience the boy+girl washroom drama? 

    • Ooh that DOES sound scary. At least they can’t puke on you right?

      The most awkward moment I noticed once was when I was in a rural area waiting in line to use the washroom. An ajumma butted in line and when we told her someone was already in the stall, she swung open the door (which had no lock). glanced in….said “oh its YOU” *cue ajumma cackling*, and then closed it and carried on >.>….so glad I wasn’t the one in the stall.

  25. They have the petal-y flower soap here in Canada, too! Never seen this stroke soap stuff though XD

  26. We use those in America. Usually you’ll find them in specialty beauty stores or Walmart. Great stuff. 

  27. Omg it looks like Pikachu’s face is on the container! Soooo cute!!!

  28. omigosh. i have a korean friend who brings those to school xD

  29. ps. they have this in canada (possibly just in the Pacific Mall, tho). i’ve seen both the pieces that look like little papers and the little flower bits like you have…..tho the ones you have are marketed to use in the bath, not for travel. really good idea.

  30. http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/soap-leaves.html  There’s all kinds of soap leaves/flakes that you can find…this is just one link that you can check out that I found through a google/alibaba search.

  31. Lick the soap Martina! Lick it!

  32. The ‘stroke-soap’ comes originally from France. It’s an early type of soapdispenser for public bathrooms. Nowadays the holdes and soaps are usually sold across Europe under the brand “Savon de Marseille” (soap from Marseille).

    • Quote:
      “Korean business owners like putting these in their restrooms because
      they help to lower the amount of soap used, since most people find them
      repulsive to touch.”

      Oh, so that´s a reason for this :)
      That´s how the business is made, we, Westerners, should learn about doing business more effectively :)

    • ohh you’re right!! I got that kind of soap on my birthday and I actually did eat it.
       I had no Idea…I didn’t eat just 1, I ate 3 or 4 it was disgusting I didn’t see the name I was just so happy to see some sweets like a little child I just put it into my mouth :<
       good to see that I am not the only one who would have thought that ^^

  33. I got plenty of that. Philippines got one of those. I bet a lot of Asian countries. Almost all of your WTF can also be bought here in the Philippines. Or rather in Asian countries.

  34. Martina licked the soap!!!! 
    yay!!!!^^

    I was waiting for her to do it!!
    shazam!!!… 0_0

  35. Haha, this is funny, because I’ve seen both the flake soap and the stroke soap here in Belgium! (^_^) It’s not frequent, but it does exist! Now I know that they also use it on the other side of the world!

  36. It was interesting to learn about toilet culture in Korea :) Thanks as always for your great vid and can’t wait for the new format with k-drama hopefully included *wink wink* :P

  37. it is also available here in the philippines :)
    it comes in thin sheets i hope to see cutesy stuff of taht too ^^,
    and its cheap XD

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