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Dr Dhiru Tanna, chairman of Blue Power Group limited, soap manufacturer and building retailer, has rubbished claims that the popular 'blue soap' or 'cake soap' made by his company, has any skin lightening effect, or that the controversy surrounding the product has increased sales.

"Blue soap does not bleach. It has no ingredients in it that damages the skin," Tanna said. "If anybody is saying that it will discolour the skin or take off pigmentation that is absolutely not true," he told the Business Observer.


Tanna also denied claims that as a result of the popularity of the song the price of the soap or the sales of his products have increased.

On the other hand, he told the Business Observer that "one of Vybz Kartel's producers called us to use one of the machines we use to make the soap appear in his video."

He said he agreed to the use of the machine but with the caveat that "they must tell people that the blue soap that we make will have no effect on bleaching the skin". Tanna said he was assured that this would be done. Vybz Kartel has since released a follow up song, 'Cake Soap' for which the video was shot, but in neither of the songs has he explicitly claimed that the soap causes bleaching.

Tanna said his product is a laundry detergent and even though there are varieties, which can be used for personal care, none of the soaps that Blue Power produces has the effect of lightening the skin.

"No, our company would not have the technology. We make laundry and bathing soaps. I don't know how to make anything else," Tanna said, explaining that his company is now focused on extending into the bathing soap market, which he "has not even begun to touch".

Kartel has himself expressed the desire to manufacture his own brand of 'cake soaps', but Tanna said Blue Power, which is the largest manufacturer of laundry detergent in Jamaica, was not approached to make it, and that despite Blue Power's expertise in making soaps, it would not be a business line he would consider going into at this point.

He said he was told by Kartel's camp that the proposed soap would be a medicated soap for acne.

Tanna explained that a medicated soap would most likely be made overseas and imported into Jamaica with a higher cost base than currently obtains for the soaps that Blue Power manufactures.

"If he is importing medicated soap then it would be coming from abroad and with the duty structure it would be in a different market from us," Tanna said. "Making soap is quite a complex business, you need an extensive distribution network and a manufacturing establishment."

Kartel ignited a fire storm of controversy, and multiple musical counteractions, when he claimed in an interview that the reason for his noticeably lighter complexion was as a result of the use of 'cake soap' combined with the effect of air conditioning. The use of 'cake soap' to enhance the complexion was initially referenced in his song 'Straight Jeans and Fitted' in which the most popular line was "cool like mi wash mi face wid the cake soap".

Blue Power Group became the first manufacturing company to be listed on the Junior Stock Exchange in April last year. The soap and hardware conglomerate, founded over a decade ago, currently enjoys a 40 per cent market share in the soap manufacturing and distribution business in Jamaica. With the soap manufacturing operations on Victoria Avenue off Windward Road, the hardware operations is located in Papine and books revenue of over $40 million per month. For the second quarter ended October 31, 2010, Blue Power Limited posted a 77.3 per cent increase in net profit resulting in a gain of $3.7 million over the corresponding second quarter of 2009.

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Comment by Ethelbert joseph on January 15, 2011 at 12:21pm



Comment by Tessan Allen on January 15, 2011 at 10:11am
Of course Janet, that is what blue soap does, it bleaches the white clothes and make them look bright and clean, so if you keep using it on your body over a period of time the same will happen, but Kartel is using other stuff cause he change from black to white rapidly..
Comment by janet kay on January 15, 2011 at 7:30am
When I was a child, this lady in our yard had five kids. And every morning she wash a ton of clothes (with cake soap and bleach them on zinc)  Eventually she lost all the pigment on both her hands from the soap!  So go figure!
Comment by TREZAY on January 14, 2011 at 3:48pm
now dats a gay dude.
Comment by Rebbel Uneek on January 14, 2011 at 1:23pm
Nowadays artist! nuff naahh mek it and would neva be rated.
Comment by JamRockLady on January 14, 2011 at 11:19am
Seems like dance-hall artists a turn mad now-a-days.  That's why dance-hall is not the "true music of Jamaica"...conscious reggae is.  Vybz is not a "REAL" artist...he acts like, and now with his bleached face, he looks like...a clown!
Comment by Joe Black / Splifferman on January 14, 2011 at 9:48am
Kartel Komedy!
Comment by Anita on January 14, 2011 at 7:38am
Kartel is bleaching period! Him ah bleachhhh out him skin! Usually us women would use a little bleaching cream to get rid of some of the dark spot we get from pimples and etc.... But when you tek it to another level and all ah bleach off yuh whole body..... dat nuh mek it!
Comment by exotic eyes on January 14, 2011 at 2:32am
Kartel wanna look white and talking bOut the girls like it SMH... The white people don't even like their complexion. They sun/spray tan and wear bronzing lotions just to look like us so I don't Know why some black ppl would change their skin color.
Comment by exotic eyes on January 14, 2011 at 2:24am
I had used blue soap back in the days to wash my clothes. It makes your white clothes very white. I also use to take showers with it and wash my hair but blue soap hasn't done any bleaching to my skin but make it clean. So ain't no way that would lighten Kartel black ass face like that.

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