Day 38 – DIY African Black Soap Face Wash

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African Black Soap is a product imported from West Africa. It has many different uses. Black soap is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. This helps to strengthen the skin and hair.  Women can use black soap during and after pregnancy to keep from getting stretch marks and moisturize their dry skin. Black soap can also be used as a hair shampoo. The shea butter in the soap softens the hair, while the vitamins give it strength. Dr. Oz featured African Black Soap as the natural skin fixer for acne, dermatitis, wrinkles and more.

Here is a simple recipe for a facial cleanser that includes African Black Soap.

Ingredients:
Raw Dry Black Soap – 1 lb (available all over online for low prices)
Witch Hazel (available in most drug stores & supermarkets)
Distilled Water (available in most drug stores & supermarkets)

How To Make: (Based on 1 LB of Raw Black Soap)
1: Use a one gallon plastic container. A small pail with a top (available at ace hardware stores) works best.

2: Cut up approximately ½ pound of raw dry black soap into small chunks and place in container. NOTE: Order one full pound of dry black soap so you’ll have more to add later if you need to make it thicker.

3: Add steam distilled water (ONLY). Add water depending on the consistency you want. Use less water for thicker soap or paste and more water for a thinner liquid texture. Try experimenting by adding just enough water to cover the top of the black soap chunks and adjust as necessary. Do Not Use tap water or spring water in the recipe!

4: Add 1/2 cup of Witch Hazel per half pound of dry black soap (Regardless of the amount of being water used).

5: Stir mixture vigorously and cover. Let sit for 24 – 48 hours. Stir during the first 24 hours and vigorously stir after 48 hours until soap is fully liquid. Don’t be afraid to use your hands to break up left over chunks of soap. Within 48 hours, you should be able to fully stir the solution into liquid. If it’s too dry – add more water / If it’s too liquified – add more dry black soap. As long as your container has a sealed top, you can shake the solution vigorously also.

6: Once you’re liquid soap is the consistency you’d like, pour it in a properly sanitized bottle of your choice, but you’ll have to strain it first because there will be bits of charcoal at the bottom. use a cheese cloth or small hole strainer when pouring into bottles. You can also add your favorite herbal extracts or essential oils before or after bottling. Add oils and extracts at 1% or less per ingredient to the final formulation. Don’t make the total additives equal more than 5 or 6%. Your soap does not need added preservatives and will last at least 2 years.

Read more at: (http://www.greensations.com/DIY-Health-Beauty-Recipes-s/81.htm)

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You can also purchase African Black Soap facial washes in stores if you are not into Do It Yourself (DIY).

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