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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, http://bahyuhorseoil.com/about-bahyu/, 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.
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