Del Brown Approved!

The ingredient-scrutiniser, Del Brown has a passion for natural & organic, chemical free skincare. Researching ingredients and talking with the manufacturers. "Free YOUR skin now!" with skincare free from petrochemicals, sulphates, parabens, phthalates, glycols, PEGs, DEAs, mineral oil, synthetic polymers, synthetic fragrance or colours. All personally researched, tried, tested and Del Brown Approved!

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Shea Butter Cottage African Black Liquid Soap


Shea Butter Cottage African Black Liquid Soap: Neem – 250ml (£7.60)

This black liquid soap from Shea Butter Cottage contains over 50% unrefined, fair traded shea butter.

Shea butter is a fat, extracted from the nut of the shea tree (Vitellaria paradoxa), native to Ghana on the east coast of Africa.  A co-operative of local women harvest and crack open the nuts by hand.  At this stage in the process, the shea butter is completely unrefined, meaning it has not been treated or mixed with anything else.

Shea butter is similar to coconut oil or olive oil in the way it can be consumed and applied topically on the skin. Although mainly used in cosmetics, it is also used as a cooking oil.





The biggest ingredient in the bottle is water, unrefined shea butter and unrefined neem oil.  Neem oil is particularly good at calming irritated skin and healing spots.  Then we find unrefined palm kernel oil and unrefined coconut oil.  Musa sapientum which is extracted from a banana like plant. Cocoa, yes that very same ingredient used to make chocolate and finally mango.

The look and texture of this liquid soap is just like molten dark chocolate.  The fragrance is naturally slightly smoky, but as the product is unscented, there have been no unnecessary ingredients added just to make it smell nice.

Black liquid soap can be used on its own as a liquid hand soap and body wash.  But my personal favorite use is as a beard shampoo.  One pump is all that is required, rubbed into damp hair, builds a thick white foam that cleanses your beard of grease and grime.  Rinse off to leave your beard looking and feeling clean and groomed. Use more than one pump when using it as a head shampoo.


Black Soap has been used for generations to help relieve spots and acne, oily skin, clear blemishes, rashes and various other skin issues.  Take dandruff for example, caused as a result of a dry, irritated scalp.  Try replacing your existing shampoo with this and see how you get on.

Ingredients: aqua, butyrospermum parkii, azadarichta indica, potassium palm kernalate, potassium cocoate, musa sapientum, theobroma cacao, mangifera indica


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Chemicals used in hand wash

An interesting article from The Green People about chemicals used in hand wash:

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Multipurpose liquid soap from Dr Bronner

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Dr Bronner’s Tea Tree & Hemp Liquid Soap – 946ml (£12.95)

As it seems tea tree shower gels are particularly popular, I thought I’d highlight this from Dr Bronner.  This Tea Tree Body Wash does not contain any SLS, Parabens, Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfates or Phthalates. The antibacterial / antimicrobial tree tree has a host of benefits, including working well on smelly spots and smelly bodies!

The Dr Bonner’s liquid soap comes in a range of fragrances, if tea tree and hemp (yes.. Cannabis) are not your thing.  Don’t expect a thick gel, think more a runny liquid. It also has multiple uses, for example, with this nearly 1 litre bottle, you could use it as a hand wash, body wash, bath soak and even as an anti bacterial (thanks to the tea tree) laundry liquid.

Particularly good If you’re looking for a natural antibacterial hand wash for use in the kitchen.  The bottle states it has 18 uses!! So when your shower gel or hand wash next runs out, get yourself some of this and re-fill the bottle.

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Olive Oil*, Tea Tree Extract, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

For my ingredient purist friends; You’ll notice within the ingredients it states Tea Tree ‘Extract’ and not Tea Tree ‘Oil’.

A multi purpose and multi tasking liquid soap

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Dr Bronner’s Lavender Liquid Soap – 946ml (£12.99)

All the way from the USA (and with weirdly religious undertones) this product in particular I used along with ‘Ecover Laundry Liquid’ in my washing machine.  Just a small amount, not only cleaned my clothes with its natural, chemical free ingredients, but also made them smell clean and fresh!  The Dr Bonner’s liquid soap comes in a range of fragrances, if lavender is not your thing.  It also has multiple use.  For example, with this nearly 1 litre bottle, you could use it as a hand wash, body wash, bath soak and as I used it, laundry liquid!!  The bottle states it has 18 uses!! So when your shower gel or hand wash next runs out, get yourself some of this and re-fill the bottle.  No one will know and I won’t say anything!

Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Lavandin Extract, Organic Olive Oil*, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Lavender Extract, Citric Acid, Tocopherol 
** None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin

Liquid hand wash from REN

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REN Citrus Limonum Hand Wash – 300ml (£15)

A SLS and chemical free hand wash from good old REN, this one smelling of lemons.

Ingredients: Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Leaf Extract, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Limonene, Citral, Xanthan Gum, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Lauroyl Oat Aminoacids, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Panthenol, Lactic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin.

Citrus liquid hand wash from Neals Yard

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Neals Yard Citrus Hand Wash – 200ml (£12)

This pleasant smelling hand wash comes in glass bottle, so be careful not to knock it into the sink!  It doesn’t contain any SLS.  The fragrance comes courtesy of natural essential oils of Lemon, Grapefruit and Orange. not a synthetic perfume in sight.

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl betaine, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Polyglyceryl-6 caprylate, Sucrose laurate, Cinnamomum camphora linalooliferum (Ho) leaf oil, Citrus limonum (Lemon) peel oil expressed*, Citrus paradisi m. (Grapefruit) peel oil expressed*, Citrus sinensis (Orange) peel oil expressed*, Chamomilla recutita (Chamomile) flower extract*, Levulinic acid, Glycerin, Citric acid, Citral, Citronellol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool.

*Organically produced ingredient. Natural constituent of essential oils listed. Made with 62% organic ingredients. This is a vegan product.

Liquid black shea butter soap from Akoma

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Akoma Black Liquid Soap – 250ml (£7.34)

Attention my bearded brothers!!  This has to be one of THE best beard shampoo’s I’ve ever used. It has the consistency of muddy water and will happily run straight through open fingers.  It also does’t have the sweetest of smells, so what’s so good about it I hear you ask?  Gents, it contains only FOUR ingredients!!  No preservatives, no glycols, no artificial colourings or perfumes and above all, no synthetic SLS foaming agents!

Just one pump of this Shea Butter liquid and your beard will foam up with the most natural foaming and moisturising ingredients around.  Beards are left clean, glossy and fluffed up, bristles erect and looking great!!

Not having any hair on the top of my head myself, I can’t say I’ve tested it as a hair shampoo, but give it a whirl!

INGREDIENTS: *Aqua (Distilled water), cocos nucifera (Coconut Oil), **butyrospermum parkii,(Raw Shea butter), Cocoa Pods

*Certfied organic ingredients
**Contains Certified fairtrade raw shea butter

I also swear by the black soap bars, the only down side to these are they are messy to use, often contain sharp bits (what I can only describe as grit or bits of old twig) and dissolve quickly.  If you want an easy life, opt for the liquid.