by Dr. Uzoma for Beauty 365
One of my favorite beauty products I discovered while living in Nigeria is black soap.
My personal favorite brand is Dudu Osun by Tropical Naturals. The ingredients for this soap are honey, shea butter, camwood, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, aloe vera, lime juice, water and fragrance. . .
This soap is great for skin and can be used all over the body, including your hair. It’s very foamy and even though it’s dark in color, it washes off your skin cleanly.
Some of the benefits of black soap include:
• Helps acne scars fade faster due to its mild exfoliating properties.
• Helps to reduce some of the uncomfortable symptoms of skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema.
• Effective makeup remover.
• Regular use of black soap helps to remove extra oils from the skin which prevents pimples.
Since I’ve been using this soap, my acne (especially on my body) has remarkably reduced.
Black soap can also be used as a sulfate-free shampoo. I recently modified a recipe for black soap shampoo that I found here. I used more oils and additional water than the recipe. These modifications made the shampoo thinner than normal shampoo but it was still very foamy.
When I used it to wash my hair, my hair felt really stripped (similar to when I use a clarifying shampoo). I didn’t really like it since my hair felt overly dried. I don’t recommend it as a shampoo unless you have a lot of product build-up. However, I have been using this “shampoo” as a body wash and I really like the results.
Dudu Osun Black Soap can be found at your local African shop or Beauty Supply Store.
For those readers in New York City, you can find it easily in the beauty supply shops and street vendors of Harlem for about $3.00. You can also find the soap on Amazon.com Marketplace.
Quick Tip: Keep the black soap in a plastic soap case or dry location after use. Otherwise, it will wash away in your shower.
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