Over the past few years, I’ve had to deal with occasional breakouts. During that time, I’ve tried a number of different cleansers, soaps and serums. But it wasn’t until my most recent experiment with black soap that I found results. Not only does the black soap heal my breakouts, but it illuminates my skin in a way that other cleansers do not.
Black soap is not really soap at all. It’s made from the ashes of different African plants like plantain peels and cocoa pods along with natural oils. Most of the versions including the brand that I use are made with Shea butter also. The soap is, in fact, black and smells like the ashes it’s made from. It’s so potent, that you’re only supposed to use it once a week.
Benefits of the soap range from helping with breakouts on the face, shoulders and back, to improving skin irritations like rashes and shampooing hair.
The version that I like is from Shea Terra Organics and is all organic and comes in bar and a powder form that you add water to. The ingredients are shipped directly from Africa and then packaged in the United States.
If you decide to give it a try, definitely look at the ingredients list on the black soap you're considering to make sure it the real thing that contains ashes from African plants, and not just regular soap that is dyed.
- Tara Daudani
Photo credit: SheaTerraOrganics.com