Product Review: Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap

I know a lot of girls who were tan in our elementary and high school years; and are now enjoying the perks of having a light fair skin. Some say their skin got lighter through time just because our skin stretches as we grow taller and wider. Would you believe them? I’m sorta 50-50 on that. Read further to know why.

I partly believe that their skin really did became lighter through time and partly because of the soap that they use. Back in the 90s, most of my friends use Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap, it was so popular that time. It is said to be the first filipino pure organic herbal soap.

“Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is enriched with Papaya enzyme and blended with tropical herbs to whiten the skin. For clearer and finer skin complexion”

Back then it can be bought at around Php 50 and now the price increased to Php 77.75. Quite expensive for a bar of soap. It’s also available almost anywhere. I bought mine at the supermarket. But be careful not to buy the FAKE ones. Because of it’s popularity in the 90s, a lot of imitations came out in the market.

How to know if your Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Herbal Soap is original

It has a holographic sticker of a lady (i think it’s Trinidad) at the front face of the box beside the Likas logo.


The soap should be orange and has a carving of the Likas logo on one side ..
.. and another carving of the Likas symbol on the other side.

I was one of the lucky ones who were born having an asian fair skin. Since we weren’t rich and only has a budget of Php 5 for a bath soap, I wasn’t able to experience the power of Likas papaya in my younger years – unlike my friends who did and experienced its wonders. But of course it wasn’t like the white kind of americans or europeans that no matter how long they stay under the sun, they only turn red and not tan. I get tan too, just like you. So at times like this – you know, swimming in the pool or the beach, which turns my skin from fair to tan – I will eventually find a product that could help me get back my fair skin.

So I personally tried it for a month, now that I can afford to buy one.

Why I don’t like it: (In no particular order)

– Too much exposure to the sun after using this can darken your skin, so make sure to use a high SPF sunblock.
– It can make your skin dry, apply a nice moisturizer after taking a bath.
– It is expensive for a bath soap.

Why I like it: (In no particular order)

– It is true to its words. I really does whiten skin. My tan faded and regained atleast 50% of my original skin tone. I think using it longer than a month could give better results.
– It dries up acne and prevents it. (Proven by one of my friends)
– It doesn’t have a strong odor. No scent or fragrance free.
– It is made of organic herbs enriched with Natural Papaya Enzyme. (Based on what’s written in the box.)
– It has no harsh ingredients. It doesn’t sting. (Unlike some whitening soaps)
– It is available anywhere in the Philippines and even online.
– It lasts long and doesn’t melt fast. Proof below.

After using it everyday for month, (no sharing) the soap looks like this.

Will I recommend this? Yes. It works and has been proven and tested by many for years.
Will I buy this again? Why not. I still have a few more boxes here.

How about you, have you used this product before? Tell me what you think. I would love to hear your comments and suggestions. See you on my next post! 🙂




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