Meet The Face Behind

TOKYO FACTORY

A BRIKA maker story

AYU Carlton

"I hope my story inspires someone."
“I think it is really nice to get to know about every Maker. And their stories inspire me.”

“I carefully select high quality natural plant oils and organic shea butter to make my soap.”


“I am also a digital matte painting artist for commercial and film.”


“I carefully select high quality natural plant oils and organic shea butter to make my soap.”


AYU Carlton is a self-proclaimed soap nerd. She loves nothing more than to learn about different soap-making methods, and to read traditional books about the process. It all started when this LA-based Maker wanted to find a way to treat her super sensitive skin; she began testing various soaps, eventually creating her own line, Tokyo Factory.


First, she carefully selects natural plant oils, combining them with organic shea butter and therapeutic essential oils to give her soaps a gentle and relaxing scent. She develops each bar using the cold-process method, whereby the soap is cured for at least four weeks. “It may sound like a long time,” she says, “but it’s worth it!”

Any tips for how to start a project or nurture creativity?
Love what you do and keep working hard on it. Don’t give up. Your efforts will bloom some day. :)

What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was born in Japan, and I wanted to become a movie producer for American movies. That’s why I came to United States when I was in High School.

Who inspires you to do the work that you do?
My husband. He helps my business and gives me art direction.

 


“My soap-making process takes about a month. It may sound like a long time, but its worth it!”
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