Sugar Cane Soap – Vintage Wash & Premium Care Detergent

We had the chance to sit down with Sean (mentioned in our earlier post – see “Tokyo Denim Scene Tour – Blue In Green’s Gordon Heffner“) and after sharing his stories wandering the denim district, Ameyoko, Ueno, he handed me a really interesting and unique gift (thanks again!):  Sugar Cane Vintage Wash & Premium Care Detergent.

My Japanese is a little rusty (a.k.a. non-existent) and we were short on time for Sean to translate, so I did a bit of digging to find out more details.  By way of Gordon Heffner of Blue In Green and Japanese e-tailer Rakuten, we found out that it is an alternative cleaning aid based on a special combination of amino acids.  Long story short – the “Vintage Wash” takes care of the cleaning aspect while the “Premium Care” solution sees to the post-cleaning treatment.

Unfortunately, we were unable to nail down a retailer selling the product (will keep searching and update), but if you do get your hands on a package, here’s the step-by-step:

  1. Draw 8 gallons (or 30 liters) of cold/luke-warm water into bath tub (not hot water, otherwise you risk severe indigo loss)
  2. Combine with “Vintage Wash” detergent package
  3. Submerge for 20 minutes and lightly hand wash
  4. Rinse with clean water so no detergent residue remains
  5. Draw fresh bathtub of “Premium Care” solution to warm water (40C or 104F) of 0.8-1.3 gallons (3-5 liters)
  6. Soak for 15 minutes
  7. Hang dry denim (without rinsing off “Premium Care” solution)
  8. Avoid hanging in direct sunlight and hang in shade

Additional Resources:

  • Rakuten Site
  • Gordon Heffner (Blue In Green) Post

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