Updated: Oct 24, 2020
In my previous post, I talked about what African black soap is and all the benefits to our skin, and although African black soap can work well for all skin types, know how to use it correctly to prevent undesirable side effects.
My first general recommendation is to always do a test by applying a little soap to some part of our body and see how it reacts, so we do not get an unpleasant surprise when we get out of the shower. Remember that this test should be done both on the body and the face, as both skin types are different.
Some people find black soap quite drying, even though it contains shea butter. You can reduce the risk of this by adding a teaspoon of raw honey to the soap mixture.
These are the simple steps to do the preparation:
In a small bowl (preferably wood or plastic), break little pieces of black soap with the help of a spoon or fork (also preferably wood or plastic), cut them into smaller pieces (an easy way to do this is with a wooden rolling pin).
Add one or two teaspoons of raw organic honey to the bowl and mix until you have a paste-like texture.
Another option is to buy the black soap paste, and it will be easier to mix it with the honey. I recommend this one by Plant Guru.
This soap is rough, and if you are used to commercial soaps and will make the change for this option, I recommend doing it gradually, consider using it once every two days at the beginning.
After that, if you do not see any allergic reactions on your skin, you can increase the number of days you use it. There is always the possibility that we will have an allergic reaction to any soap, no matter how natural it may be. Discontinue if a rash appears on your skin, becomes irritated or itchy.
As mentioned above, black soap is rough, so it can irritate or even break delicate skin if you are not careful. Stinging and burning may also occur. If you're using a block of pure soap, use gentle, circular motions to slide it across your skin.
Some smooth the soap with water, so it does not scratch them. Still, it is a waste of soap and money.
I suggest rubbing the soap on a sponge or washcloth and bathing with it; this is even better, you get a gentle exfoliation with the benefits of black soap reducing the risk of skin injury, and your soap will last longer, because as I mentioned in my previous post, this soap being natural, crumbles easily when wet.
For more information about Black African Soap read this article.
Where to buy Black African Soap?
African black soap is handmade, by combining the plants and vegetables, heated to integrate them, and poured into molds, and allowed to cure for several days until they take a solid consistency.
Good quality natural products are the ideal way to enjoy all the benefits of this product. If you buy some artisan soaps, you support fair trade and contribute directly to communities that have commercially associated to improve their income.
There are many products on the market that try to imitate the real African black soap due to its popularity, but remember that they will never be the same because they contain additives, preservatives, and even artificial colors and fragrances.
Check out this selection of Black African Soap.
If you want to support an artisan community, look for a natural soap made in Africa.
This natural soap is a wonder to improve the appearance of our skin and help it shine. Remember to use this soap gradually and be aware of any allergic reaction.
If you experience any reaction such as unusual rash or irritation, discontinue use and consult a dermatologist. In this case, a professional opinion is necessary to determine what caused the adverse reaction and if you will continue using the soap or stop it permanently.