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Featured Shop: Tokyo Factory

Dec 17, 2014

by Ayu Carlton

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

Hello, my name is Ayu. I live with my husband Lee in Torrance, California. I was born in Tokyo, Japan, and raised in the United States. I make soaps; my line is called Tokyo Factory.

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I started making soap and body care products as a hobby. My background is in traditional art and visual effects, and I previously worked as a digital matte painter creating CG backgrounds for movies and commercials. I have super sensitive skin, so making my own skincare with safe and natural ingredients appealed to me. I’m completely self-taught; I learned about ingredients and their benefits from researching books and online.

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My shop is called Tokyo Factory because Tokyo is where I’m from – it’s my root, and it’s always in my blood. Tokyo is a city that has two sides: it’s thought of as high-end and futuristic, but it also has a lot of historic buildings, old cultures and Japanese traditions, which makes the city unique. I combine new ideas with tradition when I make my products – I design my packaging on the computer with Photoshop, but I stick with the traditional way of making soap (called cold process).

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I choose what goes into my products with care, and I test my recipes many times until I’m completely happy with them. I love working with vegan ingredients such as natural plant oils, butters and waxes.  Each ingredient has its own natural benefits and unique characteristics.

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I launched my Etsy shop in 2009 after my husband introduced me to the site. I love connecting with wonderful customers here, and I completely love what I do. Selling on Etsy and Etsy Wholesale has taken my business to the next level; last August, I got to be a part of Etsy Wholesale Pavilion at NY NOW. Since then, I’ve received so many orders that my products are flying off the shelf! Receiving wholesale orders makes me realize that Tokyo Factory is a professional business and no longer a hobby. It’s such a wonderful feeling.

Follow Tokyo Factory on their blog, or on Facebook and Instagram.

All photographs by Tokyo Factory.

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Champagne Brunch Room Spray
Champagne Brunch Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Charcoal Mint Hand & Body Wash
Charcoal Mint Hand & Body Wash
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Bohemian Forest Room Spray
Bohemian Forest Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Rose Geranium Hand & Body Wash
Rose Geranium Hand & Body Wash
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Charcoal Mint Mineral Bath Soak
Charcoal Mint Mineral Bath Soak
AYDRY
$24.00 USD
Rose Geranium Nourishing Body Oil
Rose Geranium Nourishing Body Oil
AYDRY
$38.00 USD
Beautiful Rose Mineral Bath Soak
Beautiful Rose Mineral Bath Soak
AYDRY
$24.00 USD
Lemongrass Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Soak
Lemongrass Eucalyptus Mineral Bath Soak
AYDRY
$24.00 USD
Gold Wick Trimmer
Gold Wick Trimmer
AYDRY
$14.00 USD
Mini White Tea Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini White Tea Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Mini Bohemian Forest Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Bohemian Forest Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Mini Japanese Yuzu Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Japanese Yuzu Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Bohemian Forest Wooden Wick Candle
Bohemian Forest Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Champagne Brunch Wooden Wick Candle
Champagne Brunch Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Mini Champagne Brunch Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Champagne Brunch Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Green Tea Wooden Wick Candle
Green Tea Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Mini Vintage Rose Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Vintage Rose Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Vintage Rose Room Spray
Vintage Rose Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Cherry Blossom Wooden Wick Candle
Cherry Blossom Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Vintage Rose Wooden Wick Candle
Vintage Rose Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Shooting Star Wooden Wick Candle
Shooting Star Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Green Tea Room Spray
Green Tea Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
White Tea Wooden Wick Candle
White Tea Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Shooting Star Room Spray
Shooting Star Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Cherry Blossom Room Spray
Cherry Blossom Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Japanese Yuzu Wooden Wick Candle
Japanese Yuzu Wooden Wick Candle
AYDRY
$36.00 USD
Mini Shooting Star Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Shooting Star Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
White Tea Room Spray
White Tea Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Japanese Yuzu Room Spray
Japanese Yuzu Room Spray
AYDRY
$28.00 USD
Mini Green Tea Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Green Tea Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD
Mini Cherry Blossom Wooden Wick Tin Candle
Mini Cherry Blossom Wooden Wick Tin Candle
AYDRY
$12.00 USD

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