This guest post comes from our contributor FP Naomi.
Last winter my skin really needed a pick me up, so I decided to splurge and purchase a nice moisturizing body soap. I found myself in the aisle at Whole Foods, smelling bottles and reading labels when I came across African Black Soap. I was first hooked by the smell. It was soothing, enriching, and fresh. Something about it evoked the feeling of being cleanly showered, curled up in fresh blankets, and protected against the dead of winter.
Needless to say, the bottle came home with me, and I’ve been buying it ever since. I immediately noticed how clear, soft, and healthy my skin felt after using it for about a month. My boyfriend with winter-induced eczema also noticed that his issue was much better. I knew there had to be something to it, and looked into the stuff further.
I found out that African Black Soap is an age old healer from Africa, known to help with many skin issues. It might just be the answer for those of you out there still searching for a perfect solution. Read on to learn more.
How it’s made: The exact recipe for African Black Soap varies from tribe to tribe, but the fundamental ingredients comprise of ash from locally harvested plant matter. They use everything from plantain bark, palm tree bark, or shea tree bark, to cocoa pods and palm leaves. After the materials are dried at a constant temperature, the ash is mixed with water and various healing oils such as palm oil, coconut oil, or palm kernel oil. Once the soap has set for a few weeks, it’s ready to use.
What properties make it healing? African Black Soap contains high levels of vitamins A & E as well as iron. Vitamin A helps the skin rebuild tissues, so it can reduce wrinkles and is often the solution to extremely dry skin. Vitamin E on the other hand, is extremely detoxifying for the skin, and helps get rid of free radicals. There are also really high levels of shea butter in most African Black Soap which make it ultra-soothing and even provide some UV protection.
What skin issues can it be used to treat? African Black Soap is an all-around HEALING soap. Use it if you want to minimize acne, reduce wrinkles, calm bumps, cure dry skin, or soothe irritated redness. The soap is extremely gentle, so they say it’s also good for babies and the elderly. I’ve even heard that you can get a good lather and use it as a shampoo.
Who has tried African Black Soap? I’d love to hear what you think!
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