African Black Soap
We have been asked by several customers to create an African Black Soap. Not one to believe in doing anything we can’t do with excellence, we studied up on African Black Soap. This brought, to be honest, a good bit of trepidation. Questions like this: We knew up front it used burnt fruit peels. How could we incorporate burnt fruit peels, and loads of Shea Butter, which could make a squishy soap!
Natural Shea Butter
The first good thing African Black Soap always has is loads of Shea Butter❤️. And for good reason.
Natural Shea Butter has an awesome reputation for how great it is for your skin! However, this presented a challenge: too much Shea butter in a soap, and the soap will not have a good lather, and will not have a hard, long lasting, consistency.
Another challenge was this: a true African Black soap will have burnt Plantains, Coconut Hulls, or another African fruit in it. This was truly an issue to be solved as the charcoal, in an unstable state, is part of the saponification process in a true African Black soap. (Sodium Hydroxide basically does what ash water does, but is more stable.) Therefore, the soap could turn out differently every time. Obviously we needed a more precise recipe, that would consistently turn out good results, and be awesome for your skin! ( The African Natives know their craft so well that I’m sure they do produce a consistent product, but here in America we don’t work with ash as a saponification method! )
A third major hurdle that had to be figured out was the issue of few ingredients. Usually African Black has about 3 ingredients (Shea Butter, Palm or Coconut Oil, and Potash), whereas we wanted to include other skin-loving ingredients such as Tamanu and Argan Oils, and Dead Sea Mud. We also wanted to include Green Tea for its great skin benefits, and Tea Tree Oil, as it has a great reputation for everything from teen-age skin issues to wrinkles.
After months of research, and lots of testing, Black Mask Soap was born! Here at Spero Soaps we chose the name Black Soap, rather than African Black Soap, because there are similarities, but also differences. Loads of Organic Natural Shea Butter and Coconut Charcoal like African Black, but with the addition of other skin loving ingredients, it’s not exactly a true African Black soap. But then after good results using it as a mask, we decided on the name Black Mask Soap. (Instructions for mask use below.)
This soap, between the Natural Shea❤️, Green Tea, Dead Sea Mud, and Tea Tree Oil, has a very herbaceous “green” scent to it, and is creamy and smooth! If you love African Black Soap, or great facial soaps, you’re gonna love this soap!
Olive Oil, Organic Green Tea, Coconut Oil, food grade Sodium Hydroxide, Sustainable Palm Oil, Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, Apricot Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Tamanu Oil, Dead Sea Mud, Argan Oil, Coconut Charcoal, Natural Vitamin E, Rosemary Oleoresin, Silk
Instructions for use:
Wet bar and lather well. Rub lather over face gently. Rinse well. Use morning and evening for best results.
To use as a mask soap, collect a dense lather by using less water and apply lather to face. Leave on for approximately 30 seconds, then rinse as usual. If irritation happens, discontinue use as a mask soap and wait a few days before attempting to use as a regular facial soap. It will depend on the sensitivity of your skin if this can be used as a mask or not.
Product Type: Moisturizing, cleansing facial soap premiumsoaplink teasoaplink facelink