Mochi is the glutinous rice ball thingie.

Mochi mochi means skin so smooth, bouncy and mochi-like you want to pinch it (or, err, eat it). Every Japanese wants mochi mochi skin!

When i travel, i always the most important thing that i make sure i have in my luggage case is my moisturizer. (If i could i would even bring it with me on board because 7-hours flight in the cabin is enough to your skin prune like sour plum.)

And this time i have Hada Labo with me!

This is Hada Labo’s Super Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizing Lotion.

My must-bring in the luggage apart from Duffy and Koyuki.

Brought it all the way to Nagoya with me!!!

With Kotabo, my host family’s Shiba Inu. 

Mashiro–Another Shiba Inu loves it too!!!

Hada means skin and Labo is, well, short for laboratory. So it means Skin Lab. And the two big kanji words is Gokujyun, it means… actually you know what, forget it. I know it sounds intimidating and it’s all in Japanese and you don’t understand what that is and everything all!


I have seen this everywhere when i travel to Japan. TK said it’s really popular he watches the TVC everyday on tv.

Hada Labo stands for the lifestyle of “PERFECT X SIMPLE” a skincare range that brings beauty back to the basics – perfect, simple and confident.

It looks simple and basic! All the unnecessary additives, colorant, fragrance and mineral oil that will burden the skin are omitted. Only essential ingredients that are beneficial to the skin are retained to ensure maximum effectiveness .

And apparently,

One bottle is sold every 4 second in Japan.


Means like if i go to Donquixote or any beauty shop and stand in front of the Hada Labo rack for one hour, Japanese girls with blonde hair and long eye lashes will knock me over and i will be stumped over and over and over again until the rack  (now above me) is empty.


I don’t really wanna bother about what it really means, because i know every pretty Japanese girl in Japan is using it now.

The commercial.

So cute and punny. Hada Labu! (Rabu = Love in Japanese).

And the best thing?


This super popular lotion hydrates skin and preserves the skin’s optimum moisture balance.

As the tagline goes, “one drop locks up an ocean”. Maybe that is a bit exaggerated. Obviously your face is not made of sea-water but it locks in moisture for complete hydration!
And the phrase SuperHyaluronic Acid means: it has the ability to maintain twice the moisture retention capacity of Hyaluronic Acid (1 gram of Hyaluronic Acid can retain up to 6 litres of water).

I also like that it is completely free of fragrances, mineral oil, alcohol and colorant, so it won’t irritate my sensitive skin!

How to use it?

1. Open the bottle and pour a small amount on your hand. Because it is rather sticky and thick, just about 2-3 drops is sufficient. (I think the girl in the commercial has overdone it lol)

2. Spread the lotion onto your face.

3. Start slapping yourself non-stop like the girl in the commercial.


No la, it’s a joke. Obviously you pat your face lightly until he lotion is all absorbed into your skin!!

To be honest, at first i was a little taken aback at the sticky feel of the lotion when i first pour in onto my hand. However as you pat it into your skin, the stickiness miraculously disappears and it is replaced by a smooth, velvety feeling.

It is amazing! I love it! And you can feel that your skin is really moistened up instantly.

Check out Hada Labo for more info.

Mochi mochi!!!!!!!!