DIY hand soap: le premier essai

‘Savon à main liquide maison’

After a greenweez online order for ingredients, I am ready to dive deeper into the DIY home products journey. First up, liquid hand soap! Since this is the first attempt, I will be making a small quantity and then hoping to improve the recipe petit à petit.

  • 15g Savon de Marseille (here, Fer à Cheval soap, 72% olive oil)
  • Olive oil 1/2 tablespoon
  • Essential oils – Niaouli 3 drops & Lemon 3 drops
  • 300ml Hot water
  • 10ml Savon noir liquide (Fer à Cheval)

In a glass jar, add the olive oil and essential oils. Add the grated savon, and add 1/3 of the hot water. Mix or shake with the lid firmly closed. Add another 1/3 of the water, and add savon liquide noir. Another shake and add the rest of the water. Mix and fill up your (pump style) container when cooled down. Voilà!

For now, I am loving the smooth moist texture it leaves on my skin. I personally enjoy the raw-like herb aroma of the olive oil, but if you prefer a more citrus-fruity fragrance, you can add additional essential oils of your preference.

*update: I had a request for it to be a bit thicker in texture, so tried salt. Not a good idea–so it seems like vegetal glycerine will be the next try for the épaisseur!

*update#2: adding 5 teaspoons of salt actually creating a store-bought like firm texture, but still working on finding a solution to doing this without creating lumps forming at the bottom (due to a reaction with the soap & salt)

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No need for plastic-wrap

b1e1266b-c518-4c35-8f56-42d95f5fa092 These lids our household received for Christmas, is a life changer! Maybe for about half a year now, I ran out of plastic wrap–and decided in that case, to not use any. But in all honesty, leftovers are real, and things want to be covered when we keep them aside. I successfully passed the months without plastic wrap, but it was about time I come up with a solution. Then this happened. They come in a set of different sizes, so it works with about any plate. (The other day, I had carrot sticks left–which I put in a water glass, and the smallest lid fit as a cover for the glass!) Easy to wash and reusable—100% approve!

Homemade chicken broth

‘Bouillon de poulet maison’

The other Saturday we bought a delicious whole chicken, locally farmed —poulet fermier jaune (label rouge), so after two days of oven baked chicken, we kept the carcasse for a warming chicken soup. It’s easy, but be ready to keep the heat on for a good long 5 hours. Add seasonal veggies (we used our produces from the association AMAP, which allow us to buy direct from the farmers) and any rest of the chair (here I also added chickpea pasta) and voilà, a delicious and nutri-ful meal.

Extra virgin Olive oil

  • 2 Garlic
  • Carrot
  • 1/2 Onion
  • 1/4 celery root
  • Thyme
  • 4 Laurier leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • Carcasse of chicken

Put all above with 1,5-2 liters of water, wait until boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for 4-5 hours. At the end you’ll have only 1/4 of liquid–concentrated broth. Cook carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic and onions with olive oil in a different pan, and add it into the broth with cooked pasta or leftover chicken. I put all this on pressure cook for another 30 minutes.

抹茶 Matcha latte maison

c20b019e-54fd-405b-b640-f1b23e431936-1I’ve had this wooden whisk and teaspoon for a while now, sent over with matcha, from my mom in Tokyo. Since coffee (usually bought online in bean form from a local torréfacteur  (coffee roaster)) is my morning drink, I hadn’t really gotten into the habit of matcha — until now. I still drink coffee in the morning, but those moments during the day when I want a little something, I’ll make myself a matcha latte. It’s definitely not the traditional (tea ceremony) way we craft it at home in Japan, but I love the modern twist!
1) Mix (whisk) 2 teaspoons of matcha powder and 10ml of hot water
2) Add warm (or cold) almond milk and stir! (You can also mix it in a blender!)

*update: tried also with oat milk and rice milk, which were both equally delicious.

DIY all-purpose cleaning spray

8561b112-92dd-407a-99be-7060e207843a‘Nettoyant Multi-usage’

  • Water 200ml (in a container with a spray cap)
  • White vinegar 2 tablespoons
  • Biocarbonate de soude (baking soda) 1 tablespoon
  • Essential oils (mix of eucalyptus, lemon, lavender) 15 drops in total
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Let’s start the weekend with a yoga pause! At the lovely “Les Grands Voisins” in Denfert Rochereau (Line 4&6/RER B)
Really look forward to seeing everyone there 🙏Commençons le week-end avec un yoga pause! À bientôt🙌

VENUE : Les Grands Voisins
82 Avenue Denfert-Rochereau, 75014
*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE (5 min walk from the entrance)

HORAIRE : 10:30-11:30
(appreciate you coming 5-10 min before to secure a spot!)

PRIX: 10 Euros 
There will be some mats but please bring your mat if you have one!

*LA MÉDIATHÈQUE is on the far left corner. From the entrance go straight, and stay on the left side, it’s all the way down at the end!
*C’est tout au fond dans le coin gauche. Quand vous êtes à l’entrée vous longez à gauche jusqu’à la médiathèque.


Encore en Octobre!

Hirokoyoga @ lululemon Paris! Getting cold but let’s ‘un-shrug’ those shoulders🙌

🇨🇵Je donnerai un cours public de Yoga le samedi le 21 Octobre à 9h @ lululemon St.Germain. Pas besoin de réserver (Venez 10-15min en avance de assurer une place) le tapis et le cours sont gratuits!img_3525

🇺🇸Come join me for a yoga morning on October 21st Saturday at 9am @ lululemon St-Germain! Everyone welcome, just bring yourself 🙂 (Come 10-15min earlier to secure a spot!)


→ 6 Place Saint-Sulpice, 75006


The last series for the hirokoyoga x Shiseido is RESTORE. What an ideal theme for the last of the series, and for all of us heading into the year-end.

Get ready for the most delicious pose in yoga…Savasana (corpse pose!)

I would like to express my appreciation for everyone, and also hope that the practice can continue to inspire people around the globe:)

Check out my last column in special content


step by step

As the year comes to an end, many of us like to reflect back on the year–what happened, or what didn’t. Was it a stagnant year? or one of change? Whatever it was, you’re are “exactly where you need to be.” We all experience different life stages and movements in life. Sometimes a year could be full of unexpected surprises and drama, or sometimes it could be so normal you felt bored. In any state, that exact experience is meant to be there. It’s what connects you to a greater whole, and definitely leading you to where you want to be. As they say, “forever is composed of nows“. So let’s always stay present, and make the most of the now. Stay in tune with your inner self, and live & let live!


Back from Pune, India.

Let the tension go, and take it easy

P1080640Came home from a ten-day trip to Pune, India which included one of the most beautiful weddings, and days of Yoga filled with love and laughter.
This time, I visited two studios.

1. Abhay’s Iyengar Yoga in Kothrud, Pune
(Karve Road, Rahul Nagar near Hanuman Temple)
One of the best teachers in all ways that I have encountered in my life. Everyday I would take a rickshaw there for five days, where I would work on a personalized sequence (for my lower back) from 9:30-11:30.
P1080549 P10805522. Kiram’s Studio on Paud Road
The teacher frequently travels around the world to teach his own style of yoga, which he created after recovering from his injuries through yoga. I took the evening classes here with the ladies of the area. The location is my favorite, at a rooftop of a building.


I cannot express in words how this trip has impacted me, as it has in many ways.
Looking forward to seeing everybody in Tokyo!

Always see your surroundings with fresh eyes.

Had a chance to see Mr. Iyengar himself when visiting the Iyengar Memorial Institute!

Yoga in Barcelona, Yoga in Paris


I live for traveling! And two things are a must during my trips.
#1 Cafe’s, cafe’s cafe’s!
#2 Visiting local Yoga Studios

P1070808P1070805Estudio Yoga, Barcelona
After trying out a couple of studios living in the city, this one became my favorite.
It’s everything―the ambience, the students, the teachers & staff.
You’ll Feel the Barcelona sun & wind from the european tall windows, while the graceful voice of the instructor vibrates througout the space…It’s Pure Bliss.
*Classes in Spanish. Basic yoga classes starts with focus on breathing and flows into basic yoga postures. Experienced students, classes of approx. 10 people.
Trial class 8 euros/ One class 14 euros (mat rental 1 euro) Studio, Paris
I looked for a studio in my area, luckily this one was open during the summer holidays.
It’s a beautiful studio in the Bastille area of Paris, and have two studios offering also pilates and dance classes.
I especially enjoyed the spacious-ness, with small groups. You can hear the lively voices and sounds from outside like a BGM, giving you the full Paris Yoga experience.
*Classes in French, but most teachers speak English. Hatha yoga classes focus on basic yoga postures and focus on breathing. Beginners involved with approx. 5-6 students.
Trial class 12 euros/ One class 18 euros (free mat rental)


旅行が大好きな私。旅行先でのマストはこの二つ ①カフェ巡り ②地元のヨガスタジオ訪問

体験 8ユーロ ドロップイン 14ユーロ(マット代1ユーロ)

体験 12ーロ ドロップイン 18ユーロ(マット大無料)

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