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Friday, March 11, 2016

★ Raw African Black Soap ★ 100% NATURAL

Raw African Black Soap from Plant Guru

Our family has tried local handmade soaps before that are all natural and came across this Raw African Black Soap from Plant Guru. We decided to give it a try. This soap is made from Cocoa Pods, Palm Kernel Oil, Coconut Oil, Unrefined Shea Butter, Plantain Skin Ashes, Purified Water, Natural Vitamin E and has a 100% Vegetable Base.

Raw African Black Soap is supposed to boast benefits such as improving skin tone, healing skin, improving tone and have exfoliating benefits.

The package arrives in a quite large heat sealed bag resealable bag. Inside you'll find two over-sized bars wrapped separately in plastic.

Upon opening the first bar, I noticed something different about this soap, it's very chunky in consistency and feels greasy and slightly sticky to the touch. It almost seemed like a really big granola bar. It smells somewhat odd, not bad, just different, I'd almost compare it to play-doh. No earthy smells here.

The bars are so large you can actually cut it it thirds and use it a little at a time, which is what we did. I delegated a portion to my hubby to use and another portion for myself, because sharing a single bar is just gross and unhygienic. We both have different skin, mine being slightly dry in texture and hubby's is eczema prone.

My experience with this soap is that it lathers way better than I expected, a little goes a long way. The smell is still off-putting, but it did feel as if it cleansed well. After rinsing, my skin felt slightly stripped of oils, yet I felt clean. I would not call this soap moisturizing in any way. I did personally like it when it came to lathering and shaving my legs, the razor glided effortlessly and no razor burn. The scent of the soap sort of lingers on your body, but it's not bad. I didn't find it scratchy in any way.

It was then Hubby's turn. He also was surprised at the lather but, like I mentioned, he has eczema. The minute he placed it on his open skin, it stung so bad he immediately rinsed it off. This just isn't going to work for someone that has active break-outs on their body. Upon rinsing, he too felt like his skin had been stripped, particularly his hands, they felt overly dry even the next day. He discontinued use.

You are not going to want to keep this in your shower where it's going to be exposed to constant moisture, the bar breaks down fairly quickly, more so than my other natural soaps. I think you might be better off cutting one bar further down, into fourths and using that up first. Place it in a soap dish, outside of the shower.

PROS: cleans well, lathers incredibly
CONS: do NOT put this on open, exposed skin - it will sting, breaks down quickly, weird smell

I received this item at a discount in exchange for an open, honest and unbiased review. While I do like the soap for my own use, hubby found that this is something he will go out of his way to avoid.


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