Does Hawaii Soap bleach skin? Here’s what we know

Hawaii Soap is a range of beauty soaps manufactured by Evans Industries Nigeria Ltd, the same company that manufactures EVA soaps.

Hawaii Soap comes in three different formulas or variants – Carrot, Papaya Calamansi and Premium Gold.

While each of these three variants is safe for use on all skin types, it is still advised to try out each formula on a personal level to determine which type best suits your skin.

Will Hawaii Soap bleach your skin?

This has been one of the most burning questions customers of Hawaii Soap frequently ask. An analysis of the ingredients found in two Hawaii Soap variants (Hawaii Carrot and Hawaii Papaya/Calamansi) revealed that they do not contain any of the top bleaching agents used in core skin bleachers such as hydroquinone, kojic acid, niacinamide, glutathione, azelaic acid, glycolic acid, linoleic acid, etc.

However, both variants contain herbal extracts and enzymes known to posses skin-exfoliating and whitening properties, such as the papain enzyme and calamansi extract used in the Hawaii Papaya/Calamansi Soap.

Hawaii Premium Gold, on the other hand, is the only Hawaii soap that contains glutathione – an active ingredient known to lighten skin by reducing the ability of the skin to produce melanin. The Hawaii Premium Gold also contains kojic acid, a chemical made from different types of fungi (mushrooms).

Calamansi, also known as Philippine lime or Philippine lemon, is a known natural exfoliator which has been found effective in clearing dark and age spots, acne scars and blemishes from the face and body.

Similarly, the carrot extract found in the Hawaii Carrot Soap contains antioxidants known to brighten skin, promote fast cell repair and reduce inflammation.

Hawaii Premium Gold

This is the only Hawaii soap variant that contains Glutathione in addition to carrot, papaya and apricot extracts. Glutathione is a powerful antioxidant known to brighten skin by minimizing the production of melanin.

Melanin is the natural pigment that gives our skin, hair, and eyes, their color. Dark-skinned people appear darker because they have a higher concentration of melanin in their skin.

Glutathione is capable of causing the erosion of the skin’s melanin and halting its production by deactivating the enzyme tyrosinase which the skin uses in producing the pigment

In addition, the Hawaii Premium Gold also contains argan oil which is very efficient in deeply moisturing skin and preventing wrinkles and stretch marks.

The Hawaii Premium Gold also contains kojic acid, a chemical made from several different types of fungi (mushrooms). Though in itself a super active skin-bleaching agent, kojic acid has been cited by different studies to be a better skin whitener than hydroquinone.

Hydroquinone has been linked to more cases of hypo-pigmentation side-effects (unbalanced skin tone after bleaching with patches of white and dark) than kojic acid.


If you are looking to effectively bleach your skin from dark to light, then Hawaii Soap might not be the best option for you. But if you are only looking to achieve a brighter skin or reduce hyperpigmentation through efficient exfoliation, then the soaps are a great choice.

The first two Hawaii soap variants – Hawaii Carrot and Hawaii Papaya/Calamansi only contain natural exfoliators but the Hawaii Premium Gold contains glutathione and kojic acid which are more active skin whitening agents.

So you may find that the Hawaii Premium Gold will be more efficient in whitening your skin than the other two variants.

However, we strongly advise against bleaching your skin. Do not bleach your skin from dark to light because it can have some serious consequences. And there are chances that you might not eventually like the result.

The skin of different individuals react differently to certain skincare products. You are advised to try a bar of Hawaii soap first and see if you are okay with the results. In the case you notice the soap is making your skin lighter than you would want, discontinue use immediately.

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