Original Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap

“First Filipino Pure Organic Herbal Soap. Enriched with Papaya enzyme and blended with tropical herbs to whiten the skin. For clearer and fine skin complexion. It is made of 100% organic herbs enriched with Natural Papaya Enzyme that whitens your skin and keeps it smooth and young looking. Complexion becomes fair and acne-free. Its organic herbal content is so gentle and does not inhibit the natural oil production activity of the skin therefore it keeps young looking and your face free of aging lines. After use, it does not leave any greasy residue on the skin. “

I had started using this back in summer 2010 when I got sunburnt and ended up with an uneven tan. I don’t suit a tan. :(. So it’s been a year and a half since using this so I can give a proper review. I don’t have before and after pictures because the photos are taken by different cameras and are in different environments where the lighting is different and can be deceiving.

I’ll give a background of my tanning background. When I was a little kid to teenage years, I use to be able to tan easily and would be very tanned (I’d say NC30 and NW30 mixed together). From the age of 17, I became naturally paler since I didn’t go out often because I’d be in Sixth Form during the day and work at night. Ever since then, I’d get sunburnt easily. Ever since then, I’d wear sunscreen and avoid the sun. Now I’m a NC20 I think. I have light yellow undertones, however I do have pink undertones too. So I guess that makes me neutral? I’m known as one of the paler ones in my friend group and my mum says I’m a wee bit paler than her which I believe is not true. I swear she’s paler than me! Lol.

The image above is from google images as I do not have my box anymore. The image below is the current state of my soap. How lovely.

Original Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap

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Review: First of all, before people criticise me, I only used this to get rid of my uneven tan that I had gained in Summer 2010 and want my skin to be an even colour. I do not want to be “white” or Caucasian. I’m happy being oriental and like my skin colour now.

It has been a year and a half of using this and I must say it has worked a bit for me. Me getting paler isn’t the result of just using this. I had also avoided the sun and had put on sun lotion. At times after when I’ve washed my face in the morning, I look in the mirror and could see that my face is lighter than my neck from the natural light that was seeping into my room. It’s like a white cast on my face. The thought doesn’t last long afterwards as it seems normal after a few minutes. I use this every morning and night.

I did get a shade lighter after constantly using it the first few months but after, it didn’t have much effect on me, even now. Guess I’ve reached my “peak”. Results will vary with every person. Some will see results after a week, few months or may not see results. Patience is the key. However, I still use this now because I did notice that it controls my breakouts which I love the most about this soap. If I stop using this, I start to breakout on my chin and cheeks. Then when I start using this, it really does help a lot. After using this, it gives me a clean feeling! The scent isn’t too bad, tolerable. You get use to it after using it for a while.

To use this, I wet my face and hands, rub the soap on my hands to get a good amount and apply it on my face. Massaging it for 3 minutes avoiding the eye area then wash it off. Pat dry then apply moisturiser.

The disadvantage is that it can be very drying and leave the skin to be tight after using this. Moisturising your face is a must! If you have sensitive or dry skin, I would avoid this product as it could irritate your skin. Another bad point about this product is that it doesn’t exfoliate. I tend to add salt or sugar (depending on my skin) and gently massage it with this product to get rid of the dead skin.

I had purchase this on eBay, can’t remember which seller and it was at a reasonable price since this is imported. Been told that it is very cheap in the Philipines. It is hard to find it in the UK, don’t think anywhere sells it, not even in China Town. Beware, if purchasing off eBay, there are fakes lurcking around. I would definitely purchase this again.

Have you used this before and what do you think of this?


  1. priincess emily
    10th February 2012 / 7:05 pm

    Wow that's so neat! The shape of the soap is so COOL! I'm gonna see if I can find it on Ebay now!

    • nicolyl
      10th February 2012 / 8:50 pm

      so random haha. beware of fakes my dear

  2. Angie
    10th February 2012 / 7:22 pm

    this is an interesting product! it seems like papaya is the asian beauty solution to everything haha. i used to be quite pale at the beginning of high school but now i love the sun too much xD thanks for the review nicol!

    pandaphilia style

    • nicolyl
      10th February 2012 / 8:50 pm

      haha wish there was sun here 🙁 just snow ><"

  3. Dina
    10th February 2012 / 7:29 pm

    There are loads of filipino shops in London that sell this! 🙂

    • nicolyl
      10th February 2012 / 7:48 pm

      :O really? how much each? londons a treck for me though 🙁

    • Dina
      11th February 2012 / 5:55 pm

      Around £2.50 I think 🙂 You are up North? Maybe there are some filipino shops there that sell it as well. I'm half filipino so my mum would go in them shops often and I get my hair conditioner from there haha! x

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 10:02 pm

      yes i am! well im in bham so not too far from london. there aren't any filipino stores around 🙁 they all seem to be in london. and :O £2.50?! omg that is cheap! i dont have time to go to london 🙁

    • Anonymous
      13th February 2012 / 8:59 pm

      what shops do you get it from Dina? names please? as i amin london too !!!

      6th February 2013 / 8:35 pm

      Hi … yeah could u pls name the places in London where u can get this soap from..

  4. lovely pettit_mom
    10th February 2012 / 8:11 pm

    this bar soap is common to the Philippines. its been out this in any store there. actually, I am in state, only saw it in Asian store and haven't bother buying it again after my husband, told me that I don't need a whitening soap..

    • nicolyl
      10th February 2012 / 8:41 pm

      awww how cute! ^^ i want to purchase more and its hard to find in the uk 🙁 even online is a bit expensive

  5. Joanne
    10th February 2012 / 8:31 pm

    I love this soap and it really works! I really love using this for my face since it indeed does whiten and soften the skin. 🙂 Plus it smells really good!

    • Joanne
      10th February 2012 / 8:34 pm

      It is really cheap and it costs around 20 Pesos that's more or less $0.50 :)However I'm not sure about the price online.

    • nicolyl
      10th February 2012 / 8:40 pm

      that is really cheap :O i need to buy some more 🙁

  6. Yin
    10th February 2012 / 8:56 pm

    I've seen so many people harp on about this. Ooh you can get better use by using bubble net with it and you can get it FOAMY! LOL, it'll probably be gentler on the skin 🙂

    (I don't ever feel the need to use cuz I am honorary ginger despite being chinese…when I'm in malaysia, i step out the car, and i'm suddenly edward cullen, sparkles and all!)

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 5:54 am

      haha ill have a try! anywhere i can buy one?
      looool you make me want to watch twilight now ¬¬

    • Yin
      11th February 2012 / 2:22 pm

      Bubble Net at Muji for £1.50 FRICKIN BARGAIN. Online as well 🙂

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 10:04 pm

      dang. im gonna have to definitely get one now. will pop into muji when im next in town. dont fancy paying for p&p lol 😛

  7. Amakura Reika
    11th February 2012 / 1:21 am

    I'm not against Miss Joanne Feb but I bought this in Watsons and its around 100 pesos or less. I think I'm guaranteed its not fake since they sell it there. Yeah, beware of fakes.

    I'm in the Philippines by the way. How I wish I could just send it to you. But I'm not familiar with sending packages internationally.

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 5:53 am

      ahhh that is still cheap! awww wish you would be able to send me some! id be happy to purchase more ^^

  8. Amyboo
    11th February 2012 / 2:35 am

    I've been using Likas for half a year…on my underarms! It certainly works, but it only gets a few shades lighter. There isn't really any miracle with this soap. 🙁 It's still pretty good though!

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 5:52 am

      it is good considering the price 😀 guess theres a "peak" as to how much lighter the skin can go :S

  9. J.A. Guevarra
    11th February 2012 / 2:35 am

    You should have included how to spot a fake. 😛

    Anyways, can you give me a brand of a good sunblock lotion for the face (oily type of skin) and for the body, for tropical countries? 🙂 thanks! 🙂

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 5:51 am

      ahh yes! thought about it then was like, the post is too long haha

      hmmm ive always used nivea light feeling sun lotion 🙂

  10. ella
    11th February 2012 / 5:47 am

    Im from PH and im using this soap too. =) i guess it will not cost more than 2$ in your country!

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 5:50 am

      it costs me more 🙁 around $8 ><"

    11th February 2012 / 11:51 am

    my dad love this soap and it work great for him
    i actually use this too but my skin became dry

    • nicolyl
      11th February 2012 / 10:05 pm

      awww hope youve moisturised after using it. hmm maybe use it a few times a week? rather than every day?

    12th February 2012 / 11:33 pm

    I don't really know much about this area of products so thanks for the review! Do you have any before and after photos?

    Yishi x

    • nicolyl
      13th February 2012 / 10:35 pm

      its really hard to find before and after photos because of the time span. and photos are taken in different lighting and different cameras so its hard :/

  13. Vishal Baid
    14th May 2012 / 5:37 am

    Thank's for your information. It's really nice and informative.

  14. MAGGIE
    2nd October 2012 / 11:18 pm

    I've ignored this product for such a long time I never thought it works this well. I'm from the PH btw. hehe. Thanks for reviewing this. I think I'll try to get Likas papaya and use it on my face. 🙂


  15. 10th November 2012 / 7:35 pm

    nice..Thank's for your information.

  16. bibi
    18th February 2013 / 1:43 pm

    ehm dnt min 2 sound rude but hw cum evey1 commenting on dis product r Asians?????? sims lyk a setup 2me! plus its a lightening soap so y does ur white skin nid it??????? dnt make sense!!!!! im doubting dis product tbh

    • Anonymous
      1st April 2017 / 7:03 am

      Actually, us filipinos have much tanner skin compared to the rest of asia…just saying…

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  19. Jack Smith
    7th October 2013 / 10:37 am

    Thanks for this Skin whitening soap post. It seems like Papaya soap. But it is a herbal soap. I hope this Likas soap may work great. If it is sensitive or dry skin consult dermatologist or physician. But after using this soap we must moisturize our skin. Here i have added some information about Glutathione. Glutathione helps the body to keep the skin healthy by improving skin pores and makes it smoother. The result provides young looking skin. It is a compound of 3 amino acids. It is derived from protein rich foods like asparagus, watermelon, avocado, fresh vegetables, etc. You can also view this information from Skin Whitening Soap.

    • maychell micu
      16th October 2013 / 7:12 am

      Is it dangerous to use an eskinol calamansi toner after using likas papaya soap and then put some moisturizer?? I have read in wiki i think , it says that donot use a chemical cleanser before and after use of some herbal soaps.

  20. 8th October 2013 / 4:32 pm

    My hubbie likes to use papaya soap whenever he has to go abroad. His skin gets very dry and this gets rid of those itchy skin peeling. Sometimes I kid him and say he'll look Caucasian and surprise the kids one day!

  21. John steven
    30th November 2013 / 9:52 am

    I like Papaya soap.Because,which is helps to improve our Skin Whitening .If it is sensitive or dry skin consult dermatologist or physician. But after using this soap we must moisturize our skin.We can use Glutathione soap. It helps the body to keep the skin healthy by improving skin pores and makes it smoother.

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