7 August 2014

Benefits of African Black Soap!

Hey Beauties,

Another review here on a recent purchase that i have been meaning to buy for oh so long, which is African Black Soap. I wanted to try this out as i found out it had all natural ingredients and was amazing for the skin. I done some research and found a brand within the UK called OKAY, and they sell the African Black Soap in the original form and also with different fragrances, which i personally wouldn't try as i have sensitive skin and don't want anything with strong fragrances and harsh chemicals/ingredients to effect my skin; especially my face. The previous soap i was using was the Simple pure soap for sensitive skin (no perfume, no colour) which works fine for me. I bought the OKAY African Black Soap from Paks for £3.99. I was a bit sceptical if this would still be the true form of African Black Soap (even though it says it's imported from Africa) but this is the only option i had/could find. African Black Soap is not actually meant to be black in colour, it should be brown-ish and there is not a distinctive smell, it just smells kind-of earthy. There was another black soap I saw as well which was called 'Dudu Osun Black Soap', but I picked the OKAY brand to try out first.

Product Description:

  • Deep Moisturizing Healer
  • Antiseptic Cleansing Nourishing Beauty Wash 
  • With Shea, Olive, Coconut, Aloe Vera & Cocoa

African Black Soap is one of the rarest soaps you will find. Originating in West African countries like Ghana, African Black Soap has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for cleansing the skin. This unique soap is known for treating skin that is oily or too dry and for the treatment of skin conditions like acne, blemishes, and psoriasis.

African Black Soap by OKAY® will leave skin feeling soft, cleansed and rejuvenated. Due to the additional nourishment from key ingredients like Shea Butter, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera and Cocoa Butter our Nourishing Beauty Wash will help you achieve beautiful, more healthy looking skin.

Some of the Benefits of black soap:

  • Helps deep clean skin.
  • Works on most skin types including rough and dry or sensitive skin
  • Helps clear skin bumps and spots
  • Helps relieve acne, oily skin & other skin problems.
  • Great for removing makeup
  • Works against premature facial lines and wrinkles
  • Can be lathered and used as a shampoo.


Cocos Nucifera (Coconut Oil), Butyrospermum Parkii (Raw Shea Butter), Cocoa Pod Ash, Aqua (Water), Elaeis Guineensis (Palm Kernel Oil)

I have been using this for over a month now, every morning and night (as well i continued to use my normal face washes and scrubs). I have seen an improvement in my skin. Every time i have spots i always get a dark scars afterwards, they do eventually fade but this is over a long period of time, so i am always looking for products that could maybe help with the process. I also take Biotin 1000mcg and this can can also give me spots if i don't drink a lot of water as well. I feel that this soap is actually helping to even out my skin tone, clear spots and fade my scars more quickly. This is also in conjunction with drinking a lot of water haha, which i am always trying to remember. I didn't see results straight away, i am only starting to notice a difference around now, but i am ruling out what is causing this as like i said it could be other reasons/products too as well as the soap. I have heard in general that some people have experienced burning or it irritation from black soap, or its caused them to break out even more, or its extremely drying, however i have not experience this. It is drying a little bit, as any soap would be as its cleansing the face, but i use a face wash afterwards, and then follow up with a cleanser and toner AND then moisturise; so i make sure that my skin is fully moisturised.

'Black soap absorbs water easily, so keep it from sitting in water or it will dissolve away. Because this soap is softer than commercial soap, it comes off the bar more easily, so less rubbing of the bar is needed to release enough soap.'

How to Store:

'The Black African Soap Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has very high natural glycerin content. As a result, it readily absorbs moisture from the air. It must be stored in a dry location or in a sealed plastic bag or it will become soft as it absorbs moisture. Please note that Black Soap exposed to the air will have a thin white colored film. This film is not mold it is caused by absorption of water from the air. This can be avoided by keeping the soap in a dry location away from moisture until ready for use.'

With any black soap if you leave it in water it will absorb it and become really soft and mushy. To prevent this i put it in a soap dish, but also left the plastic around it. As i am only using it for my face (not my body); when i need it i just cut off a piece and then lather it up in my hands and wrap the rest up. You literally don't need that much because a little bit goes a long way. So this will last me such a long time, which i guess is not so bad in terms of the price when you look at it now.

Overall i am really liking this soap so far and will continue to use it as i think that it's actually helping my skin; therefore would recommend it to anyone who is looking to try out a product with natural ingredients.

Genie xo

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