Review: ROHTO Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Lotion

As planned I’m reviewing the ROHTO Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Lotion. I got this several weeks ago at my local Asian market. At that time my Kracie lotion just ran out but I didn’t want to spend over 20 bucks for a lotion. Also since Spring/Summer season is coming, I need something to keep my skin fair. So I picked up this one.

It is the first time I’m using a ROHTO Hada Labo product. They also make the regular non-whitening lotion and moisturizer. The price is pretty affordable for a drug store brand.

From what I understand, it says “medicated” and “whitening lotion”. Just what I wanted.

The following says on the plastic wrap (I threw away already).

Directions: Pat into skin gently after washing.
Ingredients: Water, Dipropyleneglycol, Glycerin, Arbutin, Ascorbyl Phosphate Magnesium, Tremella Fuciformis Polysaccharide, Sodium Succinic acid, PEG-10Methyl Glucose, Copolymer, Methlparaben (2 more ingredients that I can’t read from the photo)

Unlike a typical skin lotion, Shirojyun is not completely transparent. It’s got a bit milky white color.

Here I apply it on my hand for testing. The consistency is on the rich side but it doesn’t feel sticky.

After pad dry, it does make my skin look more even toned and my skin felt smooth.

What I like about it:

It’s very inexpensive compared to many other brands. I paid around $18 for 170 ml. Compared to Shiseido’s White Lucent softener $46 for $150 ml, it’s about 1/3 price. The ingredient doesn’t contain alcohol. As we all know, alcohols will dry up our skin even though they make us feel clean. The texture is rich and it’s very moisturizing to the skin. Also the scent free formula is another plus. I’d rather use something with no scent than bad scent or strong scent.

Other thoughts:

I’ve only used it for 2 weeks or so, so I can’t tell whether it works or not (as in whitening purpse). Of course it can’t compare to the department store brands lotion, but it does its job decently. So I think I will probably re-purchase when I run out.

7 Responses to Review: ROHTO Hada Labo Shirojyun Arbutin Lotion

  1. miss wiggle April 22, 2010 at 6:36 PM

    Haha! Haba laba – what? Oy, this product has a really un-catchy name! 😛 No alcohol is always a plus for me, I'll go see if my local has it; I've been needing a thicker toner/softener. Although I'll have to write the name down on a post-it. 😉

  2. Denysia April 22, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    What store did you purchase this at? I've been meaning to try more whitening products!

  3. Lulu April 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

    oo scent free formula! it sounds like a nice product to try out, esp if it could be obtained locally 🙂

  4. Bebe March 13, 2011 at 8:32 PM

    I’m currently using both the SHA and Arbutin Lotion. Still prefer the SHA Lotion, it makes my skin smoother and more hydrated as compared to the Arbutin Lotion.

    • admin March 15, 2011 at 3:44 PM

      thanks for the suggestion! i’ll be sure to check out the SHA lotion!

  5. Hellen January 29, 2013 at 2:16 AM

    You’re already using your Lotion? Please tell me about the result

    • Fruity Lashes January 31, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      Yes I finished the lotion a while ago. It’s pretty good for its price, very moisturizing with a hint of sake scent.


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