The sailing hasn't always been smooth, but Shabondama Soap Co. has produced soaps for nearly four decades that don't contain additives such as perfumes and artificial colors.

The company based in Kitakyushu doesn't use any chemically synthesized ingredients and only uses animal and plant oils such as beef fat and palm oil.

The naturally derived soaps are not only good for the skin but also for the environment because they dissolve easily in water and any residue can be broken down by microorganisms.