Review: ShiKai Biker Soap

Fixing bikes can be a grimy business…greasy chains, that black stuff from brake pads, road goo and the sticky residue that leaks out of waterbottles full of sports drink. Normally, I try to wear gloves when doing the really dirty tasks, but sometimes I get started before I remember to slip on a pair…and things get filthy fast.

Over the course of my working life, I’ve had my share of “dirty jobs”…construction and demolition, lots of factory jobs, working at a shipping port, even a brief stint in an automotive garage (gasp!). I’ve tried pretty much everything under the sun to clean my hands after a long day — from special soaps like GoJo and Lava to lanolin-based “Goop” to straight diesel fuel. Most of these types of products do a great job of cleaning, but they often leave hands dry and cracked as they strip away moisture from the skin. I’m always on the lookout for something that will get my hands clean but also keep them soft and supple…after all, I’ve got a baby to handle and I don’t want to scratch his tender skin with my rough, callused hands!

One of my coworkers turned me onto ShiKai’s “Biker Soap”. I was intrigued, so we sent an email to ShiKai to request a sample. A few days later, a box came in the mail containing a full-size pump bottle and a handful of trial-size bottles of Biker Soap. Closeted metrosexuals (like myself) and those who appreciate natural plant-based hair and skin products may be familiar with the ShiKai brand…they pack a lot of good stuff into their products and have a good philosophy in regard to their business practices.

Here’s a bit about the soap from ShiKai’s website:

–Quickly removes the toughest oils, grease and road dirt.

–Is gentle. Won’t damage or dry skin and will leave hands soft, smooth and moisturized.

–A natural cleanser which contains no drying agents or harsh chemicals, no pumice or abrasives.

–Gentle enough for the whole family to use everyday.

–Contains no animal ingredients and is not tested on animals


I got my hands nice and dirty and gave this stuff a trial run…before:


and after:


My hands weren’t 100% clean…this soap leaves a bit of grime behind in the deep recesses of my skin. But, my hands were soft and smooth after using it…no sandblasted feeling like with other grease-removing soaps. I can live with a tiny bit of dirt in exchange for soft hands and no chemical burns! I sent one of the trial-size bottles to Moe, and he didn’t particularly care for it — he thought it didn’t do a thorough-enough cleaning job for his taste. Some of the other sample bottles went to friends here in Tampa, and they gave the Biker Soap more favorable reviews.

Overall, I liked it…but one aspect I really didn’t care for was the overwhelming scent of tea tree oil that emanates from this soap. That smell gives me flashbacks to my years working in a health food store when I first moved to Florida — a mostly-unpleasant time in my life. Tea tree oil gives the soap a bit of natural antibacterial properties and may help with the moisturizing effects of the soap…but MAN, I don’t like that smell!

Anyhow, Biker Soap is certainly worth a try…and around $8.00 for a 12 oz pump bottle, it’s a pretty good deal, too. I’d rather use something more natural like this soap than other grease-removing products on the market — and I can hold my nose while I wash.

Check out ShiKai’s complete line of products by visiting their website.

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  1. Cold Water

    Tea tree oil? That’s a complete non-starter, unless you already reek of BO and/or patchouli.

    Thanks for the warning.

  2. Ghost Rider

    What? You don’t like that smell, either? Glad to hear it’s not just me…

    And Lord knows that I experienced plenty of BO and/or patchouli odors at that health food store. πŸ˜‰

  3. Raiyn

    Nothing wrong with Tea Tree or Patchouli (I’ll pass on the BO, thanks).
    Personally, I think I’ll stick with Orange GoJo as it actually gets my hands clean.

  4. The Punisher

    Thanks for that riveting review Ghost.

  5. Philip Splitt

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  6. Mike Myers

    We know you’re not really a metrosexual, Jack. NO metrosexual would wear Crocs. LOL!

  7. meligrosa

    hot damn. i bought a bottle of body wash when i ran out of soap on a camping trip to sd many years ago. I *love* this company!! i so swear by their lotions and hand creams leave mi skin SILKY smooth. anyhow, after praising how much i love them, will have to check this out. certainly better that the ugly, smelly gooe stuff i now have. i feel like a slimy mechanic after it, and not in a good way πŸ˜€
    this made me smile, thanks for sharing info on this product !

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