Review: Son Bahyu Pure Horse Oil

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I don’t get grossed out by a lot of things. I’ve eaten frog legs and escargot, and don’t even get me started on the stuff I smear on my face (snails and starfish, thanks to the AB enablers!) yet this product, as good as it is, still makes me squirm a little bit.

I’ve been fiddling with this review for the past week or so, trying (and failing) to capture exactly what its like – in order to rectify this, I added gifs! I hope they accurately portray the oil, and I hope to use them in future reviews – regardless, let’s get started!

Son Bahyu Pure Horse Oil is made by Yakushido, a Japanese company. The website,, does an amazing job of explaining the product, so parts of their descriptions will be shown below.

What is BAHYU?

BAHYU is oil obtained from horse fat just like other animal oil such as lard from pig fat or lanolin from sheep wool. It is 100% natural and additive free.

For centuries in Japan BAHYU has been widely known as a home remedy for burns, dry skin, cuts, chapped skin and hemorrhoids. BAHYU has been used safely without a doctor’s prescription, as it can be used in food and there are no side effects. Traditional Chinese medicines also recommend using BAHYU to treat eczema and acne.

I had a few questions before I committed to buying and trying this product, mostly having to do with how the oil is obtained. The answers are found in the FAQ, located here.

Are horses slaughtered only to obtain the oil?
No. Horse oil is obtained from horses that are slaughtered for food. Traditionally Japanese people have a custom of eating horse meat. Fats from the horse meat are used to produce BAHYU. They DO NOT slaughter horses only to obtain the horse oil.

Do they use racing horses to obtain the oil?
No. Racing horses are not used for BAHYU. Only horses that are raised for food are used for the oil. Horse meat is monitored by Public Health Department to meet safety standards and fats from the edible horse meat are used to obtain the oil.

This product will never get the Leaping Bunny award nor be classified as cruelty-free. However, it is my personal belief that the product is okay for my personal use because an animal has not died solely for its production. I understand that this may anger some, and I apologize. I know it’s a iffy topic, but I’d love to hear more opinions on it. Please don’t throw red paint on me ;___;


I first heard about this product on reddit, where someone asked if it had any benefits. The user was staying in Japan, where it was the latest craze and in a plethora of products there. From that post, I started doing research and bought Son Bahyu on Amazon for $27.99. It is currently selling for $21.59 on Amazon with Prime Shipping, which is a bit cheaper than what I paid for it.

I received this product on January 1st, 2015 and have been using it almost every day since then. It comes in a pale yellow box with a pink logo and a horse running in light brown.

It is also important to note that almost everything is in Japanese, with the exception of the name and the amount of product (70 mL).

Inside of the box is a frosted glass jar, a little thinner than a jar of baby food. It’s a good weight and I like the quality of the glass jar.

The oil itself appears white when in the bottle, but when a tiny amount is placed on the skin, it appears to be colorless. There is a faint smell of musk, but it is barely noticeable. When I do notice it, that’s the only thing that makes me uncomfortable, because it definitely smells like it’s from an animal.

The consistency is a little hard to describe – it’s what I imagine Vaseline would be like if it was heated up for 15 seconds. It’s not as runny as mineral oil nor is it as thick as a night cream. I added a gif so you could see the consistency – I will say it took a decent amount of oil on the spatula to even drip back into the jar.

A pea-sized amount can cover an entire arm, which is great – in the two months I’ve had this product, I haven’t made a dent in it. It does have a tendency to sit on the skin and not be absorbed, no matter how much you rub it in.

In the order of my nightly routine, it is mixed in with my night cream – I find it goes on better and doesn’t linger nearly as much that way.

The order:

Oil Cleanser > Foam Cleanser > BHA > AHA > Essence > Hyaluronic Acid > Cream and Sonbahyu Horse Oil > Sleeping Pack


This product is a wonderful asset to my winter routine. Because of the cold weather and the use of glycolic acid, my skin has been peeling non-stop. When using this product, I find that my skin doesn’t peel as often, and when it does, it is not as noticeable.
I also find that when I wake up, my skin looks and feels more moisturized. I’ve omitted it from my routine a handful of times and I can feel the difference. My fine lines and wrinkles are plumped up, and my makeup sits better on my skin.

The layer of oil is still visible, even though it’s spread out.


Smell: Little to no scent; traces of musk.
Appearance: Opaque white in jar, clear in small amounts.
Texture: Oily.
Value: Listed earlier; the current price from Amazon is $21.59. I purchased this for $27.99 on Dec. 29, 2014
 Moisturizing, especially in the winter time
– Fills in fine wrinkles
– Acts as sealant for products before it in routine
– Little amount goes a very long way
– Sits on top of skin, even when mixed with creams
– Unhygienic without spatula
OVERALL RATING: ☆/ 9.5 out of 10
This product is 100% pure Horse Oil. It may be a bit hard to get over that, but once you do, you’ll find that this product is great for dry skin types or winter-afflicted skin.
Son Bahyu Horse Oil’s packaging is a sturdy frosted jar, filled with 70 mL of creamy oil. A pea sized amount is more than enough for a face. It has a slight tendency to sit on top of your skin rather than be absorbed, but I have not had any active breakouts because of this product.
This product doesn’t help with PIH or PIE, and truly only adds on to the moisture in your skin. For those with oily skin, this would be the product to pass on. I tend to ignore my T-zone when applying, as that is the oiliest part of my face; my cheeks and neck area have this product generously applied, and I find that it makes a world of a difference.
Would I Buy This Again?
This is a winter staple for me, and who knows – it may last even into summer! Though it lingers on your face, Son Bahyu Horse Oil packs some serious moisture. It requires such a small amount to moisturize your entire face that it may take you upwards of 9 months to finish a jar. I like the way the oil makes my face look and feel in the morning, as well as how it has prevented flaky skin from my AHA. When I do finally run out, I will be repurchasing this as soon as my current bottle is done.

Where to Buy Son Bahyu Pure Horse Oil?


I could find the lowest price ($22,22 for 1 item) on Amazon.

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What do you think? Is this something you’d try? Let me know!