How Safe Is It?
Generally speaking, it is safe for all skin types and gentle enough to use on the sensitive skin of babies and the elderly, but we all are unique so several persons will find that they respond differently to the soap’s natural ingredients. For many, it is moisturizing and has been described as the gentlest thing for skin, while others have complained that it dries out the skin.
Since we respond differently to different things, sometimes all it takes is a tweaking to get the ideal results for you. For instance, if you are among those who have a less than positive experience with using black soap, you may need to arm yourself with some pH strips to test your product.
Most black soaps have a pH of 10! Even when diluted with water it falls somewhere around 8.5 and even that is still too alkaline. You may need to get it down to something between 4.5 and 5.5 for it to be just right.
Sometimes the dryness you experience on the skin is simply as a result of the soap helping to loosen dead skin that needs to be exfoliated. Bear in mind that African black soap* has a high glycerin content which results in dryness depending on your climate. Ensuring you have a mix of moisturizing oils* or butters* such as almond oil* or shea butter* to use afterwards, could fix this issue.
You should also check your label to ensure that you know what your product contains. If you purchase black soap in its liquid form, it is more than likely that it is mixed with something else so find out what that ‘something’ is.Remember that there are many counterfeits on the market.
How Can You Tell The Difference?
► Traditional authentic African black soap* has a dark-brownish color and is soft because of the great care taken with the saponification process. The counterfeits tend to be hard.
► Authentic black soaps do not carry preservatives but the counterfeits do.
► Sometimes the heavy blackish color is artificial coloring that has been added to the soap, in which case it is not authentic black soap.
What Are The Benefits Of Black Soap In Hair?
►When you buy an African black soap shampoo bar*, it is best to dissolve it in a container of water to use on your hair. Owing to the moisturizing properties of the all natural ingredients used, the soap is perfect for helping you create a moisture protein balance for your hair.
► Since there are no sulfates in it, you can expect a wholesome cleanse without having to worry about it stripping your hair of it’s natural oils.
► It promotes softness, manageability and shine. This is because the potash which is the base of the soap, is a lye that is gentler than that found in regular soap bars.
► It alleviates scalp irritation.
Originally posted 2014-01-17 15:00:27.