It's the mother of all soaps...
Well, not quite.
More like, it comes from the motherland and is probably one of the more popular natural and organic soaps.
African Black Soap
Black soap holds an almost mythical reputation.
We have all seen it, we have heard people talk about it, but...
Not everyone has actually gotten to sample its greatness.
So without further ado, let me introduce you to this month's recipe, the
So many people ask this question, all the time!
You know it's special, but you aren't sure why, so let me break it down for you.
African Black Soap is a soap made from a mixture of plant ash and a unique combination of plant butters and oils, found most commonly in West Africa.
While most popular forms of the soap come from countries like Ghana, recipes for Black Soap are often passed down through generations within a specific African community.
Making Black Soap is complex, and it can take up to 2 weeks for a single batch!
First, you sun-dry then roast a combination of plants and bark, like plantain, cocoa seed pods, palm leaf, and shea bark to create black ash.
Next, you add water then your butters and oils like coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and shea butter.
This mixture is then cooked and stirred for a full day!
The liquid soap mixture will then left to cure for 2 weeks until it is dry and ready to package.
What makes black soap so great is its versatility.
It does the work of 3 products and adds loads of nutrients back to your hair and skin.
Black soap is known to moisturize your skin and scalp, reduce irritation and inflammation, and it cleanses your hair & body.
For those of you who have tried Black Soap before, you probably didn't like that rubbery feeling that it left on your skin, well neither did I.
That's why we added the ingredients below, to create a soft clean feeling.
This mix includes a few other stars too:
Hold Up, a really quick FYI for all those who might be thinking it:
Yes, Hemp Seed Oil comes from the Hemp plant.
And the Hemp plant and Marijuana plant are cousins, they are both in the cannabis family.
Hemp Seed Oil will NOT get you high, as it DOES NOT contain THC like its cousin Marijuana.
Now that that is out of the way...
Hemp Seed Oil is a little known super ingredient for your hair.
It has the perfect balance of Omega 3 and 6 oils to nourish your hair and prevent breakage.
Its' structure resembles our bodies natural sebum (oil), which allows it to absorb into the skin.
On the scalp, it helps to increase blood flow, prevent dandruff, and reduce hair loss resulting in thicker longer hair.
Mango butter comes from the seed of the Mango and is a fan favorite here at CurlMix.
We have used it in the past because it is extremely healthy for both skin and hair, while also blending together with almost any other ingredient.
That means this shampoo can also be used as a body wash.
Mango butter is packed with vitamins A and E and it is a very light butter with almost no natural aroma.
It is non-greasy but behaves much like an oil as it is absorbed by the hair and skin.
It is also natural emollient which means it makes your hair soft and supple, which is perfect for prepping your hair for styles later on.
Last but not least, our recipe contains Guar Gum which is a natural sugar made from beans.
Guar gum works as an emulsifier to combine all of our ingredients and give it a smooth creamy texture.
This recipe is a sure fire hit and only the second shampoo we have ever done.
We are excited to see your results.
Have you tried a recipe like this in the past? How did it turn out?
Let us know in the comment section.