Few objects are as reliable as a fresh bar of soap. When we stand in our showers and lather our bodies we are doing something that our ancestors have done for more than 4, 000 years—though unlike them, we tend to do it alone. The history of public bathing is important to Karen Kim, founder of soapmaker Binu Binu. Kim makes natural soap in the tradition of the jjimjilbang—Korean bathhouses that promote intergenerational bonding and simple good health. Unlike the This story is from Kinfolk Issue Twenty-Five Buy Now Related Stories Fashion Food Issue 25 Primal Pleasure Natural tones and earthy flavors: Celebrating the deep comfort of some of nature’s staples. Arts & Culture Issue 25 Essential Reading Transportable and transportive: the beauty of literature and its ability to absorb us in different worlds. Arts & Culture Issue 25 Lola Kirke Awkward and ascending: Actor Lola Kirke talks to Pip Usher about auditions, America and her next act. Fashion Issue 25 Color Block A tableau vivant for fall, inspired by the compositions of Piet Mondrian. Arts & Culture Design Issue 25 Facial Recognition Finding friendly faces in functional objects. Arts & Culture Issue 25 On Narcissism Always remember that you are absolutely unique. Just like everyone else.