Body,  Face,  Skin Care,  Skin Whitening,  Soap

Skin Whitening Soap Battle 2018: Likas, Kojie-San, Belo

I’m going to do my very best to not turn this into a novella. Today, I’m going to help you discover what the best skin whitening soap in the Philippines is for 2018.

The brands I’m going to feature are easily the most popular and available skin whitening soaps in the country so there’s no excuse for you to skip them on your next grocery trip.

Toiletries are my obsession and I’ve been using skin whitening products for years.

I am not recommending products that I haven’t tried.

Just to make yourself less hesitant from trying these products out, I have dry and sensitive skin (Free Skin Type Test Here) which makes me an easy target for products with harsh chemicals.

These products didn’t cause major skin problems for me hence I’m recommending them to you.

Let’s start your journey to whiter skin this 2018!

Skin Whitening Soap

Kojie-San Skin Whitening Soap

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Out of all the three skin whitening products featured in this article, this is my least favorite.

It is the most rapid skin whitening soap in the market but in my experience, it’s the harshest!

You can see results in as early as one week but I don’t like the brightening effect of it. It kind of turns my skin pale instead of pinkish white.


De-ionized Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Kojic Acid, Fragrance, Glycerin, Aqua, Xanthan Gum, Caprylyl Glycol, Glucose, Chandrus Crispus, Ethylhexylglycerine, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia, Cocodiethanolamide, Mineral Oil and Tea Tree Oil.

It is packed with good ingredients but as a regular consumer, I don’t know the potency and amount of ingredients that’s been put in this skin whitening soap.

All I can share with you is my experience and its side-effects.

Before you try these skin whitening products, check the effects HERE.


  • Price – 50 PHP
  • Size – 65g x 2
  • Efficacy – Very effective
  • Product Longevity – Up to 4 weeks (when used with loofah)
  • Pros: Rapid skin whitening effect, very affordable, nice smell.
  • Cons: Not suitable for all skin types, gives a pale tint, cannot stay under the sun, gives an itchy feeling to sensitive skin, dries skin out very quickly.

Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Soap

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I think that I’ve already harnessed too much power from the trusty skin whitening fruit Papaya. I will forever be thankful to Papaya but I need to step up my skin whitening game.

Likas Papaya Skin Whitening Soap gives permanent results. (Read more about its power HERE)

The skin whitening effect with this product can take a year but the wait will be totally worth your while.


Vitamin C and CI 11920, Sodium Palmate, Sodium Kernalate, Sodium Palm Stearate, RBD Coconut Oil, Purified Water and Papaya Extract.

The ingredients are pretty straight forward; whitening and moisturizing.


  • Price – 79 PHP
  • Size – 135g
  • Efficacy – Very effective
  • Product Longevity – Up to 4 weeks (when used with loofah)
  • Pros: Permanent skin whitening effect, very affordable, suitable for all skin types.
  • Cons: Doesn’t lather well and takes a long time to show results.

Belo Intensive Whitening Extra Moisture Bar Skin Whitening Soap

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Belo Medical Group is famed for cosmetic surgery and their skin care products are at par with their services.

What I like about their company is their innovative approach towards beautifying Modern Pinays.

This skin whitening soap promises to not only whiten your skin but moisturize it as well.

Belo claims that their product is proven to moisturize 42% more than regular Kojic-Acid soaps.

Long story short, their product is currently the best out of the Big 3 skin whitening soaps in the Philippines

What I like about it is it’s in glycerin form which lathers very well and doesn’t dry the skin out very quickly.

The skin whitening results can show as early as 2 weeks.

Their product warns about stinging and itchiness but I didn’t experience both even if I let this skin whitening soap stay on my body for 5 minutes.

Read my in-depth review of Belo Intensive Whitening Bar.


Lactic Acid, Tranexamic Acid, Salicylic Acid, Kojic Acid, Lotus Flower Extract, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Tetrasodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Glucono-delta-lactone, Sodium Lactate, D and C Orange 4 (CI15510), Water, Coconut Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate.

Packed with skin whitening and nourishment ingredients, what more can you ask for?


  • Price – 65 PHP
  • Size – 65g
  • Efficacy – Very effective
  • Product Longevity – Up to 1 and a half weeks. (when used with loofah)
  • Pros: Rapid skin whitening effect, no itchy feeling even if it has kojic-acid, lathers very well, suitable for all skin types, lightens scars and dark spots.
  • Cons: Costs more compared to other brands, can’t stay under the sun.

Reviews are all honest and I wasn’t sponsored by Dra. Vicki Belo. If there’s one thing that I’d like her to sponsor me with, it’s liposuction.

I hope you guys liked this skin whitening soap Philippines comparison and if you did, don’t forget to share.

I’ll be on the lookout for the best skin whitening soap in terms of efficacy and price but for now, the Belo soap stays in my bathroom.

Scrubs are great companions to your skin whitening journey. Read A Bonne Miracle Spa Milk Shower Salt Review.

Update: Alpha-Arbutin is one of the most effective skin whitening ingredients. There is a company that offers authentic alpha-arbutin from Switzerland that sells skin whitening soaps. Alpha-Arbutin soaps review.

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  • al

    hi. i would liek to know how did you test the 3 products? where ther an internal between soaps? if yes how long? was there a grace period where in you dont use the 2nd product after the first? how as the rate of test of whitening done? was it by self assessment or you let others look at comment? i think hese are some that should be cleared in the article.. since you mentioned that some esp the 1st product has a a faster result and the 2nd one will take time.. how sure are you that the effect after the 2nd product was not the effect.of the 1st.product and so on..

    • amandadelacruz

      Hey Al,

      Thank you very much for the comment <3

      I tested all of these with Likas being the first one since elementary days.
      I decided to finally try a new product because the Likas Papaya, though very highly effective, wasn't giving me anymore skin whitening results (I think I got immune already from years of use haha.)

      The 2nd product I've tried was Kojie-San, back in 2010. It did give me really quick results but I noticed that my skin was getting a bit yellow-ish which I didn't like. I usually wear 3/4-sleeved tops and the uncovered part of my skin was noticeably darker than the rest of my body which I didn't experience with Likas Papaya.

      The Kojie-San soap also made my body very itchy and gave me breakouts (I have dry and sensitive skin).

      I stopped using Kojie-San and switched back to Likas Papaya until I found my current favorite, the Belo one.

      Belo, my newest fave in my arsenal of skin whitening soaps in the Philippines, is like the best of both worlds. The intensive care was especially made for people with my skin type and I like how I get to experience rapid whitening results without the unnecessary itching and breakouts that I experienced with Kojie-San.

      All of the products were used for more than years with the exception of Belo which was used in months.

      Thank you for participating,


  • Marj

    Hi, i suggest you also try C.Y Gabriel. It works wonders for me. I’m thinking of pairing it with A Bonne Creamy Shower Salt (i got the idea from your review).

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