My first experience with African black soap was at a farmer’s market last summer. I bought a bar on a whim. I’m not sure why because bar soap is one of my pet peeves. I just prefer pump soap. Extra points if it’s a foaming pump.
The bar got lost in our van because it’s a 15 passenger van and that’s what things do in it.
I eventually rescued it and searched “African black soap benefits.” Go ahead. You try. Basically it’s going to solve all the world’s problems.
For starters, our 12-year-old daughter agreed to wash her face with it. She never washes her face (ewww), and she hates all my natural solutions. I told you…this stuff is magical. First miracle aside, it actually did clear her face up.
I generally scrub my entire body (face included) with a coconut oil sugar scrub. But sometimes, you just want a sudsy, soapy clean.
This is a great way to turn that bar of African black soap magic into an easy to dispense and use shower gel. It also makes a great face wash because who needs another product in the shower?DIY African black soap shower gel and face wash. #magical Click To Tweet
What You’ll Need
2 oz. African Black Soap
6 oz. water
glass measuring cup
1 tsp guar gum
1 tsp vegetable glycerin
1 tsp liquid oil, optional*
15 drops essential oil, optional**
pump bottle (use #1 or #2 plastic or glass if adding essential oils)
- Crumble the soap or cut into pieces using a sharp knife.
- Add the water and soap to a saucepan.
- Stir gently over low to medium heat until the soap is dissolved.
- Strain into a glass measuring cup.
- Let cool.
- Mix in guar gum, glycerin, oil, and essential oils.
- Immediately pour into pump bottle.
The mixture will thicken over time. I love the consistency and the rich lather. This photo honestly doesn’t do it justice. I tried to make a video tutorial that is better at showing the steps and the consistency, but it ended up being a huge time suck and generally a #fail. #videoproduceriamnot
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