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Nippon Kodo Deitanseki Soap 5.3oz

The power of charcoal and clay in a glycerin soap bar, gets the most stubborn dirt and oil from pores without irritating the skin.

Key features

  • This natural facial barsoap contains clay and medicated charcoal to remove dirt and oil from pores.
  • Micro-porous active ingredients gently cleanse your face, especially the pores.
  • Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture.
  • Non-comedogenic, hydrating and moisturizing.
  • Made in Japan, with English ingredients and usage instructions.

Honest reviews


not for oily acne prone skin.

I bought this soap because of all of the reviews that said it was so great for pores, etc. I have used it for 3 months and it did nothing for my oily skin nor my large pores or anything. I had to go back to my acne soap and the chemical peels. Do not count on this soap if you have troubled skin.

Lindsey Avondale, CO

Charcoal Soap

Returned: The item appears much larger from the image provided and price, however it is about the size of a regular soap bar.

Jannie Dover, OH

Not working for me :[

I really wanted to love this product. I have battled blackheads and whiteheads for as long as I can remember. I have combination skin = very dry and very infested with blackheads and whiteheads. I’ve learned that certain types of clay can draw out the gunk that clogs your pores so when I saw this and all the good reviews, I had to have it.The first day I used it, my skin looked like the skin you see in magazines. The whiteheads near my ears had reduced dramatically and the blackheads above my eyebrows had the same result. This was a miracle I thought. It must be very drying because I moisturize with emu oil (non-comedogenic) and I would have a few (very small) patches of dry skin at the end of the day.Within the next few days of using this product, the results became less and less noticeable. My whiteheads were slowly creeping back. It is sad really. But I guess you get what you pay for. It might work for some of you guys so I don’t discourage you from trying it, but it just didn’t work for me.

Ophelia Grand Forks Afb, ND

Doesn’t affect me!

I tried this, along with many other types of coal/tar/deep sea type of cleansers and it doesn’t help me with my skin. It’s a little drying, but does a good job of cleaning. I still have plenty of break outs though.

Rosemary Noble, MO

Good Stuff

I got this soap about two weeks ago & am liking it so far. I was worried it would leave a black mess all over the place, but it doesn’t. I have noticed a decrease in breakouts & blackheads. I use this together with a rice flour face scrub, and I am loving it! The soap foams up really well & my face feels very clean. The bar is pretty big & should last a long time.

Ava Calera, AL

Works well… not sure about the acne business

Overall, I really like using this soap on my face. It lathers well, is unscented, and leaves my face clean without overdrying.I am a 30 y.o. female who in the past 2 years has been struggling with moderate acne flare ups (as are a lot of other people, I’m finding!). I have, like all the others, been trying EVERYTHING to get rid of this crap and make my skin beautiful again, but I still get pretty nasty acne – mainly on my chin and around my lips. I finally decided I would try to go the natural route and stop using all these chemicals.Anyway, I have been using this soap for about 2 weeks, and I don’t think it’s either helped or hurt my acne thus far. Perhaps if given another week or so, I will see a change. Time will tell.I have never had an issue with large pores, so I can’t comment on whether or not it minimizes them. One thing I can comment on is that my t-zone was getting pretty oily for awhile, and I do think that something in my ‘regimen’ has helped with that.Currently, my ‘regimen’ is (listing this so you can see what else I’m doing in addition to this soap):A.M. – Wash w/ this soap, use Desert Essence Tea Tree Oil pads (think they help w/ acne prevention a little), spot-treat zits w/ tea tree oil, spritz on Burt’s Bees Rosewater & Glycerin toner, apply Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Cream, and my makeup (trying to go as oil-free as possible w/ that).P.M. – Wash w/ this soap, apply Bragg’s Organic Apple Cider Vinegar topically, spot treat w/ tea tree oil, spritz on the rosewater (see above), and moisturize. ALSO… every other day I am using Aztec Secrets Indian Healing Clay, which draws all the nasty gunk out of your pores & makes your skin feel radiant.I have just begun the straight up vinegar topically, but I did the clay mask & vinegar last night, and I think I see some minor improvement today.Moral of the story, I WOULD reccommend this soap & really like it; I’m just not so sure about the acne healing properties just yet. But good luck to ya!

Althea Kilbourne, IL

Oh wow

I have been using this soap for over 2 months and I have not had 1 single breakout..which is a first for me..I usually have to change products very regular but not this soap..

Hester Independence, CA


This soap didn’t work for me. Got this soap to help with oily skin and blackheads. Used this soap for 3 weeks and no improvement in either. In fact, blackheads got worse. So switching back to my old Neutrogena Acne soap, and skin has improved in just 3 days.

Savannah Belle Vernon, PA

Seems quite gentle as it cleanses

No special skin problems, but this soap (in concert with softened water) feels really soft and gentle and seems to offer a really thorough cleansing. No aroma, and while it is a bit pricey, it seems to last. Use it all over, but I’d say that it would be quite nice as a facial bar only. A small luxury that gives the day a nice start.

Beverly Friendship, IN

Good soap. Makes skin clear.

This soap has made my pores a lot smaller and clearer as others have claimed.I also like it because it doesnt have a heavy scent. Feels good after I was my face with it.

Tracy Pleasant Lake, IN

The Acne Cure

So I have used everything under the sun and under the moon and any where else they sell acne cures, but seriously I have bought everything on the market. The best thing I found was the African black dudu soap it worked well but I would still have break outs every so often. I figured hey this stuff is the best I could get. Then I decided to try this because I know charcoal is a natural detox. In fact, it is in every hospital and they use it for people who are poisoned. I tried it and WOW IT WORKED OVER NIGHT!!!! my skin cleared up and after continue use BAM ACNE FREE!!! this is it! this is the cure for me. I know people have different skin types so I cant say it will work for you. I have really oily skin and have been breaking out ever since 9th grade. I would say its worth a try because it is my acne cure and works better then anything I have tried and like I said I have tried everything!! I even read a couple books and tried their methods and all the natural remedies as well. The only other things I would recommend is Queen Helens mint face mask that is cheap and works great whether your using it for acne or just for minimizing pores/getting great skin. So keep it healthy and try it out! It made me acne free and happy as can be. I saw some reviews saying the bar lasted a long time. It only lasted about a month for me. That’s not too long but I am re buying it ASAP because I have been a couple weeks without it and i’m starting to break out again. Thank you amazon for prime cause Im getting this bad boy in two days and will continue to buy and be a happy customer for life! if you have any questions or comments be sure to let me know cause I would love to share the good news of this life saving soap! Thanks

Barbara Fe Warren Afb, WY


It really dried up my oily skin. It didnt touch my scars but it did remove the oil that causes breakouts.

Priscilla Coopers Plains, NY

good product

ive been using this product everyday since i have recieved it and my acne has been clearing up. the only thing i dont like about this product is that after i wash my face its not as dry as i would like it to be. my face is very oily and i like a very dry face after a wash. but overall it is a good product i do recommend it.-

Cathryn Virginville, PA

clean and clears pores

I used to have a clay facial mask, and it worked very well for my face, so I gave this charcoal soap a try for my body. Sometimes I have a couple breakouts under my chin and some on my back during those times of the month, but after using this, all of them went away! Now I use this every night instead of my typical liquid soaps because this is so much more clean and so easy to use. It can leave your skin a bit dry after using (at least on my face it was kinda tight), but after applying some moisturizer, you should be fine.

Harriett Newfields, NH

Facial cleanser revisited

I have been using this soap for over two years now, usually ordering direct from Nippon Kodo but since it was on Amazon I took advantage of one stop shopping! This cleanser never leaves a film on my skin, cleans all but the toughest mascara off the first time without scrubbing. Does not dry my skin (almost 60 years old) and never leads to any type of break out. I cut each bar into three sections as it makes it last an extraordinarily long time without wasting any to melt, even though it is not a big melt away bar. Store it dry in a rack and each section lasts months.

Sonja Welcome, MN