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

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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.

BEFORE

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MIXED WITH WATER

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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.

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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

http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/authenticafricanblackneemliquidsoap.html


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Cioccolatina Natural Handmade Argan and Rooibos Soap

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Shea Butter Cottage Cioccolatina Argan and Rooibos Soap – 100g (£4.50)

I was excited to discover ‘Shea Butter Cottage‘ via Twitter, attracted by their African black liquid soap (review of that coming soon).  This range of natural skincare products has an African influence, specialising in products containing lots of Ghanaian Shea Butter. They source their shea butter directly from fair trade co-operatives set up locally and donate a portion of their profits back into the projects.

This is their handmade Argan and Rooibos soap.  The ingredients consist of just six ingredients (excluding water);  shea butter, water, argan oil, babassu palm oil, coconut oil, castor oil and rooibos.

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This fragrance-free bar does not contain any synthetics, no colourings or preservatives.  The main ingredient in the bar is unrefined shea butter, which has not been processed, preserving its natural properties.  If you’ve found bars of soap to be drying, then using a bar with this amount of shea butter could well be the solution.

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Then we find organic Moroccan argan oil, which I am soon to publish a full review on.  Sodium cocoate, a mixture of lye with coconut oil.  In the final product, no lye remains in the bar of soap, leaving just the coconut oil.  Then babassu oil, which is grown in South America and is similar to coconut oil.  Finally castor oil and Rooibos, better known in the UK as South African red bush tea.

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This was the first time I’d tried a soap containing babassu oil, argan oil or rooibos.  The combination of all these ingredients creates a richly moisturising, calming and soothing product.  Suitable for all skin types and has a natural aroma of shea butter, so liked by both men and women.  The bar quickly foams up with white cleansing bubbles, leaving the skin feeling clean and smooth.  None of that post-shower tight skin feeling or irritation with here.  It’s very unique and an absolute pleasure to use.  Highly recommended!

Ingredients: Butyrospermum parkii, aqua, argania spinosa (org.), orbignya oleifera, sodium cocoate, ricinus communis, aspalathus linearis

http://www.sheabuttercottage.com/arganrooibossoap.html