Featured image by Morihata (binchotan charcoal)
I keep getting served the Goshi ad a million times over, so I had to investigate the company behind the ads (and a bunch of exfoliating towel competitors from Korea to Turkey).
You may assume if a brand touts “made in Japan,” it is just that, but there is a country where the people will falsely tout themselves as a ‘black-owned business’ to implying that they and their products are Japanese. They will say and do anything to make a buck because they do not give a fock how they go about doing it. Morality and integrity are out the door because it is all about getting rich by any means necessary, and adhering to the rules of the game is only for you and me (one reason why I am not going to list just any product in this post, my rules).
Is Goshi a Legit Product?
From what I can tell, why yes it is!
The company touts that the product is made in Gunma, Japan, and the dude behind the brand does some really cool chit (design and videography). From what I can find out, it is Garret Gutierrez out of Los Angeles, California. If this is the efforts of primarily one dude, it’s fairly impressive although no wonder the Goshi brand is so nicely executed because his portfolio of work, his Kickstarter campaign (check out the kickstarter to get an appreciation of what went all into the business), and interests back it all up, except:
- No actual ‘About Us’: like so many companies online, especially with ones that use a .jp address, they provide no actual information in the ‘About Us’ section about themselves. This company relies solely on the creative/marketing, but does not capitalize on branding at all (branding is not graphic design).
- No response: If you are wondering why I do not know any additional details, it is because my attempts at contacting them via email was a failure, and they never responded to my DM’s.
Nowadays, if you buy a product through a seller without a physical location or from a well-known business, you may be surprised at what you are buying. It is all too common to wind up with a counterfeit product or a product you thought was made elsewhere.
Buying Japanese products can be very difficult because they are not necessarily that high-tech of a country. Japan still uses fax machines, clothes dryers are non-existent, Yahoo of all sites is still very popular, and they are the only ones calling social media ‘SNS,’ which is also why they flail when it comes to the internet. Knowing that, now you know why it would be a struggle to name one globally successful Japanese internet company. So, please keep in mind when you think you are buying from a Japanese company, you probably are not:
- Imitations/knockoffs: If you are buying off of Amazon, there have been instances where vendors/customers will come across potentially counterfeit products although it looks as though it is not all too often, although it is hard to know for certain. Except, most Amazon buyers would not care, and they would look the other way to save a buck.
- Buying online/website: there are a number of large Japanese companies that do not sell online or directly to the public, and they all go through dealers. So if you are buying direct or from a website, spend a little more time to see who you are buying from.
- Implied/misleading: many non-Japanese companies often tout or use the word “Japanese, Japan, or use a .jp” web address to imply they are a Japanese company. The ‘Japanese’ card is their gold card for producers who want to hide their true origin of manufacture.
I will leave out the details of where I first experienced an exfoliating mitt, but let me just say it was sort of a spa like setting.
Why Do You Need an Exfoliating Towel (the Claims Made by 4 Brands)
These are also 4 brands that you can trust what you are going to get and what is being touted, well from what I have researched.
“Founded in 1949, Songwol has 240 employees and takes 35% of Korean towel market. By ceaseless investment on R&D, Songwol itself became a Korea’s leading towel brand”– Songwol, Korea
- MORIHATA (a Japanese American brand sold through American dealers/vendors):
- Binchotan Charcoal
- Ultra fine Binchotan charcoal powder is blended into towel fibres.
- Enhances blood circulation.
- Helps remove toxins from skin.
- Absorbs moisture and odour.
- Artisanally crafted in Japan’s Kishu region from traditional techniques.
- Binchotan charcoal is seen as the best possible charcoal to purify water.
- GOSHI (a Japanese product by an American brand/business):
- GOSHI is the solution to replace your loofah, scrub brush and even other like-products. GOSHI has a unique and balanced contrast of texture, ensuring a complete clean unlike anything you’ve experienced before.
- GOSHI makes it easy to get complete coverage of your body. Other products give you only what’s available with-in reach or are too cumbersome to use with ease. GOSHI keeps it simple, allowing you to clean areas you may have never gotten to before.
- GOSHI’s signature rip-resistant weave is made up of two uniquely developed threads. This blend has been specifically formulated to balance exfoliant effectiveness with efficient cleanliness. The Lathering Thread – Thin, tightly woven threads create a perfect lather for a complete clean. The Exfoliating Thread – Textured threads scrub away dead skin cells to reveal smooth, polished skin.
- GOSHI is made in the 1,400 year old textile capital Gunma, Japan. GOSHI is very carefully and considerately manufactured by what we believe to be some of the best textile producers in the world and they have put a lot of time, resource and energy refining and creating the most up-to-date textile production methods and techniques. With multi-generational experience and background, GOSHI was produced as a balanced exfoliation solution for all skin types and we think we might have got it! 🙂
- SALUX (a Japanese company and product sold through numerous dealers/vendors):
- A Japanese National Invention Award winner, it was created in 1966 and now holds patents Worldwide.
- It’s from Japan where bathing is an art, a science, and a daily part of the lifestyle culture.
- 11″x35″, drape it down your back and easily wash your neck and back, creates a rich invigorating lather exfoliates your entire body as it polishes your skin.
- Special patented texture stimulates your skin and promotes blood circulation.
- 60% nylon 40% polyester
- Hygienic and durable rinses clean and dries quickly after each use.
- Excellent for camping, the gym, massage and traveling.
- Longer lasting and more sanitary than a washcloth or a loofah product.
- No mildew odors.
- SONGWOL (a Korean product sold through numerous dealers/vendors):
- Natural Skin Exfoliation – These exfoliating scrub bath mittens can help clean away dirt, oils, and impurities all over your body to leave it looking soft and radiant.
- Gently Lift Away Impurities – Our body washcloths are ideal for removing dry, dead skin cells and other pore-clogging impurities to reduce blackheads and breakouts.
- Full-Body Cleaning – We recommend using these wash cloths in the bath or shower on your shoulders, legs, thighs, back, feet and arms to get a deeper, efficient clean.
- Washable and Reusable – Crafted with premium viscose rayon our washcloths for women and men can be machine washed and tumble dried for long-lasting value.
- Trusted Quality Assurance – Here at [Songwol towel] we take the quality of our products seriously, which is why every order comes backed by unbeatable customer service.
With Korean exfoliating mitts/towels, the color denotes the abrasiveness. Pink and blue are the softest and green denotes a moderate coarseness (I wish my personality was green).
Goshi Did Not Invent the Exfoliating Towel, so Who Are the Competing Brands
All of the brands listed below are not all Japanese, and I have added what appears to be the most reliable sources on the market for exfoliating cloth/towels. Just keep in mind that all of the cited information below is what is touted by the producer/seller.
|Mexico||Amazon – $8.13 (1pc)|
Crate & Barrel – $8 (1pc)
Public Goods – $6 (1pc)
|Taiwan||Target – $4.99 (1pc)|
Ulta – $7 (1pc)
11″ x 47.25″
|Amazon – $14.99 (1pc)|
Direct – $15 (1pc)
|Korea||Amazon – $3.39 (4pc)|
Walmart – $5.98 (5pc)
|Turkey||Direct – $33 (1pc)|
|Fendrihan – $18 (1pc)|
Rikumo – $20 (1pc)
Body Scrub Mitt
5 ½” W
7 ¾” L
|Japan||Fendrihan – $26 (1pc)|
Rikumo – $28 (1pc)
|BurkeDecor – $15 (1pc)|
Rikumo – $14 (1pc)
|Mujun Awawa |
6″ x 11”
(600 × 280mm)
|Japan||Fendrihan – $10 (1pc)|
11″ X 39″
(28cm X 100cm)
|Japan||Amzn (Kikura) – $5.49 (1pc)|
Amazon – $8.90 (1pc)
SaluxShop – $17.60 (2pc)
11″ X 35″
(28cm X 90cm)
|Japan||Amazon – $14.99 (3pc)|
Amazon – $13.65 (3pc)
SaluxShop – $13 (2pc)
Walmart – $19.48 (3pc)
(120 x 28 cm)
|Nylon||N/A||Amazon – $19.99 (1pc)|
Direct – $19.97 (1pc)
Are you wondering why I have hyperlinked some vendors, yet others I have not? It is because you are in my world (*cue sinister laugh*), my rules, and only the vendors with links are the ones that I have reached out to or purchased products from. In the past, I linked everybody, but I realized I could be leading readers down a blind path. Since I have never interacted with these businesses, links to them are an unintentional endorsement.
Lets Go Down the Salux Amazon Rabbit Hole
If you click on a product on Amazon, it takes you to a number of sellers which may or not care what they are selling you. So I decided to take a dive into who these vendors are because typically we are just all about clicking ‘place your order.’ NOTE: it may not be obvious, but I’m not doxing. All of this information is readily and prominently available on their Amazon profile, and I am only partially censoring their information because there is no need to put all their information on blast):
Top Ranked Trading
Yihua Yu, CEO
– – – – Thornton Ave.
Fremont, CA 94536
AMZN rating: 99% positive
- Nippon Life
Yihua Yu, CEO
– – – – – Hayward Blvd
Hayward, CA 94542
AMZN rating: 99% positive
- Japan Supermall, Inc
– – – – Central Ave Ste 1611
Newark, California 94560
(shared work space)
AMZN rating: 97% positive
Yihua Yu, CEO
– – – – – Union City Blvd
Union City , CA, 94587
4252 Thornton Ave
Fremont, CA 94536
AMZN rating: 99% positive
(more like a 100% rating)
Eytan Import & Distribution, LTD
– – – – Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90021
(a virtual Beverly Hills address)
AMZN rating: 95% positive
(the actual address)
31 Hareches Ave
- WoW Smarti
Ace Solutions Holding, Inc
– – – – – 43rd Ave Fl 2nd
Corona, NY 11368
AMZN rating: 97% positive
The vast majority of Amazon vendors seem to have good to great ratings, especially all of Yihua Yu’s businesses under a multitude of names.
About Sutera Scrub
Just like cutlery, there seems to be new brands popping up left and right, which is how I came across Sutera. A brand that seems sketchy because they use the typical deceitful site layout of 5-star testimonials, along with this troubling yet typical excerpt below:
“Inspired by Japan’s decades-old, deep-exfoliation methods, the Sutera Shower Scrubs is extra-long, allowing you to exfoliate hard-to-reach places with ease.”– Sutera
Notice the “inspired by,” that is the key phrase, yet they have no issue saying “Japanese Dual-Weave Nylon Fibers/With This Japanese DuoWeave Exfoliator,” and using the words ‘Japanese’ everywhere, but they never disclose or tout where the product is made in (it’s been asked on Amazon and never answered, and they do not show the back of the packaging which probably has the “made in” information. If this product was made in Japan, they would proudly state it. On top of all that, when I reached out to them, this is what they replied with: “our products are designed and crafted in Newport Beach, CA, and we have manufacturing partners throughout the USA & Asia.”
Based on how much they refuse to answer, I am not surprised by their BBB rating although I am no fan of the private, non-profit organization. The BBB currently has Sutera rated at a measly 1.6/5.0 rating, except the complaints seem to be on par with Yelp/Yelpers, whiny.
“We are a proud American family-owned business, based in Newport Beach, California. While our products are currently assembled throughout manufacturing partners in the USA and Asia, we conceptualize, design, develop, and test all our products right here in the United States.”– Sutera
I lived in Newport Beach, and they (Ejam, Inc. DBA Sutera) are off the 55, in the Avalon with Balfour Beatty as a fellow tenant. The company specializes in performance-based online advertising and marketing.
So Should You Buy Goshi, Salux, or Some Other Brand?
After all the research, I have to say ‘yes,’ because Goshi has done everything Salux has not. So the way I see it for Salux, you snooze, you lose bro. Although, if you want a lower price point, you will want to consider the Songwol product from Korea, which is more on par with Salux in terms of pricing.
Also, I highly suggest you check out all the other products in the price/quality range of Goshi, such as the Morihata products and the many products sold through Rikumo. As for Fendrihan.com (aka North America’s leading shaving and grooming online retailer since 2007), I tried reaching out to them about their products, but I they did not respond to my inquiry.