Raw African Black Soap helps to heal skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, fades skin discolorations, relieves dry and irritated skin, and evens skin texture and tone
Throughout history, the women from West Africa have used a soap made from vegetable to clean their hair and skin. Today this soap is known as African black soap. While there are many formulations used to make the soap, the primary traditionally ingredients in the soap include cocoa pods, plantain skins, Shea tree bark, and palm tree leaves. Shea butter, cocoa butter, palm kernel oil, and coconut oil are also added as part of the critical ingredients.
This mixture of components provides the soap with numerous nutrients and vitamins that are good for enhancing the health of an individual’s hair and skin. The soap is also filled with healing properties for various skin and hair conditions.
African Black Soap is a must have when it comes to natural skin care because it’s effective at deeply cleansing pores due to its natural exfoliating properties. It is made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such a plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. Black soap is traditionally made in West Africa but is sometimes adulterated with artificial ingredients during mass production in western societies. Authentic African Black Soap should look brown and not black (Major 🔑).
I picked up this black soap during my last trip to Nigeria, but it can also be purchased from most International/African Markets and even your local beauty supply store (I recommend the Dudu Osun brand if purchasing from the BSS).
Black soap gently cleanses impurities without harmful chemicals and also contains antibacterial properties due to the plantain extract. It is ideal for treating acne breakouts, fading skin discolorations, including dark spots and acne scars, and reducing discomfort for those suffering from psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, skin rashes and dryness.
This mixture is enhanced with super ingredients to help further combat blemishes and other skin issues (especially acne scars).
1. Raw black soap (fill up half of your bottle/jar with small bits of the soap)
2. 2 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar “with the mother”
3. 1 tsp Honey
4. 10 drops 100% Lemon Essential Oil
5. Fill to top with warm water
After adding all of the ingredients to your bottle or jar, let sit over night or until the black soap has completely dissolved before using.
How to Use:
✅Combat irritation (burning, stinging, redness) associated with use by using a very small amount (literally a few drops) and working into a lather before applying to face. Being gentle is key in preventing small granules and particles generally found in black soap from scratching and damaging the surface of your skin.
✅Prevent dryness by washing and rinsing skin with cool water to help skin retain more moisture. Follow up with a lightweight, non-comedogenic moisturizer (I use Aloe Vera Gel with a few drops of 100% Rosehip Essential Oil)
✅For sensitive skin, DO NOT leave the soap on the skin for a long period of time. It’s not a masque sis 😂. You could experience a tingling or burning sensation on areas where you have acne, open sores or cuts.
✅If your skin feels squeaky clean afterwards, it means the skin is too dry. Try reducing the amount of soap that you use. A very small amount will cleanse your entire face and neck. A little goes a long way!
We on the way to clear skin and growing hair in 2018! We’re not messing around this year at all!🙅🏽♀️ 😂
How do you use African Black Soap⁉️
The real deal should…
* Have uneven colour with some light and dark spots
* Be crumbly in texture
* Moisturising for the skin and hair and not stripping of natural oils
* Melt when exposed to humid environments .