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August 11, 2011

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

    5 years ago
  2. 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!”

    5 years ago
  3. Certainly, He is a very very big kid xD

    5 years ago
  4. 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!

    5 years ago
  5. 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.

    5 years ago
  6. 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 (:

    5 years ago
  7. 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!

    5 years ago
  8. 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

    5 years ago
  9. 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.

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

    5 years ago
  11. Is simon’s finger nail still orange? I can’t tell….

    5 years ago
  12. 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

    5 years ago
  13. I bought some that were star shaped with glitter at Michaels in the US.

    5 years ago
  14. 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.

    5 years ago
    • 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 (:

      5 years ago
  15. 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

    5 years ago
  16. 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

    5 years ago
  17. 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? 

    5 years ago
    • 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.

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

    5 years ago
  19. We use those in America. Usually you’ll find them in specialty beauty stores or Walmart. Great stuff. 

    5 years ago
  20. Omg it looks like Pikachu’s face is on the container! Soooo cute!!!

    5 years ago
  21. those are so neat. :D

    5 years ago
  22. omigosh. i have a korean friend who brings those to school xD

    5 years ago
  23. 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.

    5 years ago
  24. 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.

    5 years ago
  25. Lick the soap Martina! Lick it!

    5 years ago
  26. 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).

    5 years ago
    • 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 :)

      5 years ago
    • 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 ^^

      5 years ago
  27. 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.

    5 years ago
  28. Martina licked the soap!!!! 
    yay!!!!^^

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

    5 years ago
  29. 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!

    5 years ago
  30. 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

    5 years ago
  31. 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

    5 years ago
  32. I think the most important thing to take away from here is that peer pressure works.  LOL

    5 years ago
  33. I have seen the “stroke soap” somewhere – I want to say at the observatory in Busan. I… *think* I used it, but I’m not sure. I was often relying on one of our many hand sanitizers after bathroom breaks. xD;;

    We made sure to bring our own TP because of what we’d read before our trip, so we were prepared! :D Although, I was kind of surprised that the Busan train station, of all places, was one that lacked TP. I just automatically assume that super-busy places would be prepared.

    The only “weird” bathroom I saw/went into was in the bath house in Busan. I only say it was “weird” because of the stalls: one had a door while the other didn’t, same applied with TP. It was kind of awkward to be in there with strangers who used the open-door stall. >_>

    No wait! I lied. The other “weird” bathroom was in my cousin’s restaurant. The one and only stall was like… built into a slope, so I’m pretty sure EVERYONE who is tall enough (and I’m 5’4″) hits their head before getting into it. Plus it was built for the slim, so I hope no one is claustrophobic when they go in. xD Otherwise, it was fairly normal and had soap AND TP. :D

    5 years ago
  34. lol i found that kind of soap in Malaysia too. well, maybe it’s imported from China, Korea, or Japan (not sure cos i dont think i checked it) it’s packaged with baby bottle whereas inside is the yellow flower soap. i bought it cos it looks unique xD but i dont rlly use it cos i dont like its smell.  

    5 years ago
  35. Wonder why they don’t have liquid pump soap or foaming pump soap like places in America?

    5 years ago
  36. Lick the soap!!!!!!! XD

    5 years ago
  37. oh my, stoke soap….that just sounds so bad :D
    They told us to pack toilet paper when I was in latin america too.   Def spoiled by the US/Canada tendency to stock/clean bathrooms…although I’ve found some pretty sketchy gas station bathrooms in my US travels

    5 years ago
  38. I sorta raised my hand when Simon asked for a show of hands for Martina to lick the soap~ OTL
    Wonderful video as always~

    5 years ago
  39. lol now im afraid im goona have to stroke soap if i wanna wash my hands in korea lol but iv used the flower soap before in canada its fun but it stains the bathroom if you leave it and it gets wet.

    5 years ago
  40. hahaha you guys are so silly, i love it :)

    5 years ago
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