African Black Soap is a deep cleansing natural soap for all skin types. It works for those with combination, oily, dry and even sensitive skin types after some time.
Although this soap is praised by many others and find it moisturizing, it has been reported to be drying. Our African Black Soap is a natural handmade soap, therefore proportions and types of ingredients may vary by batch. It is created with plantain skin, leaves, cocoa pods, jojoba oil, palm kernel oil and more. Due to this, each batches variation could work for one person and not the other.
When first use, your skin will feels dry and tight.
This will last for a week or less and is caused by the soap drawing out impurities and excess oils. After a few days the PH levels of the skin will balance out (which is why it is believed to be good for both dry and oily skin.)
The soap can also cause a tingling, sometimes burning sensation leading to red skin. This also seems to eventually resolve, but before using African black soap on the face, do a patch test on another part of the body, like the inside of the elbow.
African black soap is great for oily and acne prone skin. It’s efficient for deep pore cleansing because of its natural exfoliating qualities. For some oily skin types it seems to keep the skin hydrated without increasing oil.
Even if you have oily skin you should moisturize afterwards with a non-comedogenic lotion or oil like our sweet almond oil (found here) and virgin coconut oil.
Care & Storage of Black Soap
I’ve read complaints about African black soap not lasting very long. If this is the case for you, you’re not storing it properly. African black soap contains a high amount of glycerin, which absorbs moisture from the air and helps retain moisture on the skin, leaving it supple and soft. For this reason the soap can soften and start to slowly disintegrate when left exposed.
Since black soap absorbs water, don’t let it sit in a puddle after use. Keep it dry to keep it from dissolving. Place the bar on a wooden soap dish with slats to allow the soap to drain.