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.
MIXED WITH WATER
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.