I did a search for African soap recently and the pic’s I saw included the following.
This is the Ghanaian version of things – comes across well – is organic – pretty pricey though not a looker.
Then this caught my eye
Liquid. Looks even better.
This here below is the Nigerian version of black soap – Dudu Osun – Yoruba recipe.
<Lovely smell – kinda like apples>
While this one – amazing smell – palm kernel based =- very earthy is more popular in South East Nigeria. Igbo style recipe.
While our recipes are not African traditional recipes. They are influenced by the raw beauty of old school traditional soapmaking and our use of both coconut oil and cocoa butter as standard give more than a nod of respect to that soap making tradition. We do nut use use potash or shea butter but our ingredients are just as carefully selected and lovingly processed for excellent results. So until next time; love and light.
Ok. At first glance it doesn’t look like much.
Slightly brown – amber oily stuff.
The ingredients don’t make it smell better – there are no hint of herbs, the alcohol has more or less dissipated itself. The constituency isn’t thick but is a strange mix of gel and oil – plus – no this is not yet a wonder balm.
No creaminess here – but it is curiously moisturising. This is in fact the best bit there – you can feel little beads of water almost drift across your skin as you put it on. As always, a little goes a long way.
This time round, as honey had proved an enemy to me in the past, I skipped the honey but made sure the serine mix was very much in evidence here.
The bottom base of the balm is evident as brown somewhat mushy congealed stuff. doesn’t sound nice but the smell of lactic acid has since disappeared. It smells kind of like sugary mild chocolate and even the vaguest hint of lemon seems to have gone away.
At first it comes on darker on your skin. The melanin having not been lost in the production process – but then surprisingly – it also has a super fast lemon lightening effect so not sure where to classify it as yet.
But compared to whats on the the market for a fiver, for an organic – all natural product – it sure does feel good. Note it is still in development. This is no magic product – we still have to meet our requirements ; i.e. it still has to be natural, be sustainable (less processing) and carbon neutral – so nothing here can bring the gas or heating down.
So all in all a good first try – I now have quite a bit to live up to for the next try.
YOU KNOW THAT FEELING..
WHERE YOU JUST KNOW YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING NEW.
Well, that’s how I felt when I first decided we needed a new wonder balm. One product to end it all.
Blemish fixing, skin restructuring, peptide packed skin helper.
That was over 5 months ago.
I though it would be yet another round of salting but it turns out salting out and fermenting for soaps comes across a little easier on the chemistry scales than you would get for a balm.
So I have the unfinished product still being processed in a jar as I try it out and have found myself in the strange situation where It worked better three days ago than it does now. Chemistry is strange. Maybe my product to be just defies the laws of chemistry. I hope it sticks to biology ok. I used bay leaves ; missed out on thyme and oregano this time.
Anyway here are a few tips for brewsters making their own lemon infused solutions.
- Keep it secret
- Test and record the effects as often as possible and early as possible – craftsmen can still act like scientists.
- Be adventurous
- Less sometimes is more.
- Avoid Onions..