The Black Soap is my discovery of 2014! This soap changed my life and many people around me. I’m not exaggerating, I’m just so excited to share this beautiful experience. The black soap from Ghana often known under the name “African Black Soap” is the one I’m going to talk about. Because, it also exists in Morocco. Basically, I have very dry skin, especially in winter and I can’t describe to you how much the cold attacks my skin. If I don’t wear make-up in the winter, I look like a zombie 😳 because my face accumulates cold patches and my skin becomes irritated. Normally, I have my little habits from Paris with my Ushuaïa shower gels with the Hammam collection. It is so captivating… But since I have had the African black soap in my bathroom, some things have changed. African black soap is an exfoliating, clarifying and deep moisturizing soap. It cleanses and scrubs all impurities and imperfections on my body. After 1 week, you will notice a real change. After taking a shower, you will realize that you have an even skin tone from face to your feet.
I know how we can be skeptical when we have big skin problems, specifically on the face. But what is certain, is that black soap is for all skin types. Whether you have oily, mixed or dry skin, it’s also made for you! Its benefits are unlimited. For people with eczema, black spots or acnes, this soap will scrub and clear your body deep. It fights against skin rashes and removes body odours. This is an antiseptic soap with natural ingredients. I recommanded it to my best friend who has long-term eczema and it also changed her life. She has spent her life trying to change dermatologists. Because, the treatments worked for a short time. Now she has found her remedy. It’s a caregiver soap! Even you don’t have skin problems, it will refine and beautify your skin texture. My Ghanaian neighbor told me she used to wash her hair. She advised me to use it for scalp irritations. But, I didn’t have scalp irritations so I did not try it.
My black soap routine:
- Soft treatment: I wash my face with black soap while taking a shower or I mix black soap and shower gel for all of my body.
- Specific treatment: If I have to treat any imperfections. Every morning and night, I wash my face with it and I take a shower exclusively with it.
- When my daughters have an eruption of pimples, I wash them with a mix of shower gel and black soap. Only a few days and they all disappear.
Natural antiseptic ?
For the little story, here are the steps for manufacturing. The black soap is made from the ashes of plants that are locally harvested, plantain skin, cocoa pods, palm leaves, and Shea. First, the leaves and skins of plantains are sun dried and then roasted in a kettle or pot in constant temperature, which is important for the color, texture and smell of soap. Then water and various oils – palm oil, coconut oil (including shea butter and cocoa powder) are added to the mixture and macerated for at least a day. After that, the “soap” is allowed to stand for 2 weeks. Soap is designed for women who have made sure not to give us the secret of their recipe… The skins of plantains give soap vitamins A and E and iron. This soap has a high Shea butter content which also offers UV protection. No additives, no fragrances, no harsh chemicals, no synthetic compounds, no dyes. No sulfates, no parabens, no animal fats and no preservatives.
I buy my black soap in beauty supply stores. Also available in some organic stores and online. You can buy it in bar, jelly or liquid form depending on what you prefer. About me, I prefer to use it in bar form. I tried 3 brands: Okay, Difeel and Dudu-Osun. I really liked Okay and Dudu-Osun because they kept the tradional and pure black soap. Diffel is special too because it’s an organic black soap and homemade. Many brands suggest fragranced black soaps in lemon, cucumber, lavander, vanilla… I always think that natural to be the purest possible. Value for money ? It’s a big deal for a product that is 100% natural. On average, the price varies between C$4 and C$8 and you can use it for 1 month.
Taste and see the goodness of the black soap 🙂