Bub Cool effervescent bath tablets from Kao have cooling ingredients to leave the body feeling cool after a hot bath. Confused? It comes in four scents, including Mint and, new this year, Oriental Spa. Bub Shower is a lotion from the same line that you put on in the shower and then rinse off. It makes the skin feel (disconcertingly) cool and makes sweat evaporate quickly, reducing stickiness.
Convenience store bottles of Gerolsteiner, a sparkling German mineral water that is making a push to increase sales in Japan, now come with a free gift attached, a mildly mentholated sheet to refresh the eyes. Putting mild menthol over your eyes has about the effect you might expect: It will definitely wake you up, but you might be a bit squinty for a few minutes.
For a similarly icy effect in a more natural form, Hakka Yu (peppermint oil) products from Kitami Hakka Tsusho are a good bet. They’ve got everything from mint salt to mint soap to mint toothpicks, but the mint oil spray is what will make you feel like you’ve been dipped in liquid nitrogen.
Shirt Cool is a clothing spray that promises to deliver “a cool feeling every time you sweat.” Careful, though: The active ingredients are l-methanol and ethanol, so it will keep you cool . . . as long as you follow the instructions to keep the stuff away from any open flames. Finally, there’s always the real thing. Most shops with freezers sell cups of crushed ice, an idea that seems more ingenious with every moushobi that goes by. (JapanPulse)