CAUTION: The following information/ caution applies to all artisanal or homemade soaps, who use a classic mixture of ash and vegetable oils for the saponification reaction. And as a precaution, before introducing any new product to your routine, always perform a patch test.
A note to our first-time users and users with sensitive skins
Natural in its composition, African black soap has an alkaline pH around 8.5. Applying alkaline soap to the face and body promotes a slight exfoliation, as well as dehydration.
If you are a first-time user, have sensitive or very reactive skin, you might experience redness, tingling in reaction to the soap. This irritation after the use of traditional soap is related to the characteristics of the soap, but most of all, to the way it is used, especially on the face.
Do not apply the soap directly to the face. Make it foam between your hands and apply only the foam, massage gently without rubbing. Rinse thoroughly with fresh water, dry and then apply a good moisturizer, such as a carrier oil, butter or whipped shea butter.
African black soap may work on some skins as a natural peeling agent. If you do break out within the first 1-2 weeks of using the soap, this is normal. It means your skin is detoxing and will soon adjust.
You may experience tingling or a burning sensation on acne areas, minor cuts, and grazes. As with other traditional pure soaps, this is normal.
Always avoid getting the soap in your eyes.
Avoid rubbing the skin with raw black soap, especially on delicate facial skin.
Avoid using this soap if you do have known allergies to palm kernel, coconut oil, or shea butter.
A thin white film may appear on top of the soap crumble if it is left exposed to the air and uncovered. As a rule, break and use only small portions of the soap at a time, and keep your tub closed.
Store in a cool, dry place away from light.
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
As a general rule, always perform a skin patch test before using any product for the first time.