In a previous post titled, “Black Soap is Truly Natures Gift For Your Body”, I explained the benefits of African black soap and why its a smart move for your personal beauty routine. What we will discuss here in addition, is how to make liquid black soap. Highly regarded for its antimicrobial effects, liquid black soap has attracted a growing number of supporters.
Despite the high praise regarding liquid black soap and its antimicrobial effectiveness, scientist proved that bar soaps are effective at eliminating germs as well as their transfer. Therefore, both liquid and bar soaps protects us against germs quite well when used. That being said, here are a few ways where liquid soap has the edge over conventional bar soaps.
WHY LIQUID BLACK SOAP
Bar soaps tend to have higher php levels than liquid soaps. Using soaps with a higher php balance may lead to discomforting dryness of the skin. Depending on the sensitivity of your skin this can really be a concern. Though there are soaps available with a lower php balance, purchasing a liquid black soap takes the guesswork out of the process.
Unfortunately due to the processing involved, your typical commercially produced liquid soap has more chemical feed-stocks than your average bar of soap. Furthermore, liquid soap making requires seven times more energy and seven times the carbon emissions compared to soap bars. In comparison, by adding only water to natural African black soap, one is able to sidestep the chemicals and environmental damage caused by commercial liquid soap.
Fragrance Free Options
Unlike soap bars, finding a fragrance free liquid soap takes a little bit more work. The solution to this is getting familiar with liquid black soap. For some, liquid black soap has no discernible smell at all, while others commonly describe the smell as natural or earthy. The product has also been known to have a faint smell of chocolate due to the cocoa pods within its blend. Whatever mild smell you may experience, it is easily washed away clean with water. Allowing safe oral use, liquid black soap is made from one hundred percent natural ingredients and is free of any artificial fragrances.
Liquid Black Soap for Shampooing
Using soap bars to wash your hair is not the most suitable process for shampooing. Think of how the bar soaps get clogged in your hair making it harder to wash out. The transfer of hair to the bar soap is icky and unavoidable. Even worse, the soap bar itself will melt away due to moisture and heat. For your benefit, liquid soap penetrates down to your roots allowing deep cleansing to occur. Easily washing out, shampooing with liquid soap leaves your hair super clean and shiny.
HOW TO MAKE LIQUID BLACK SOAP
The process of making liquid black soap is easy. Besides the black soap itself, everything else can be found in and around the home.
Items you will need
- wooden spoon
- large ceramic bowl
- ½ – 1 full bar of African black soap
- pot of hot water
- Grater – substitute knife for a grater to shred black soap into small pieces. Dissolving is simple by adding hot water
- Essential oils – choose your favourite type (coconut oil, tea tree, lavender etc)
- Glycerin – for the benefit of additional moisture add two tablespoons of natural glycerin to every eight ounces of black soap mixture.
The process (liquid black soap)
- Prepared a medium sized put of boiling water.
- Using a knife, cut African black soap into small squares. Place black soap pieces into large bowl.
- Add in your favourite essential oils and glycerin if more moisture is needed
- Be careful! Pour hot water into mixture in bowl. Use wooden spoon, stirring slowly and consistently until the black soap is totally dissolved.
- Let liquid black soap cool and pour into your choice bottle container.
LIQUID BLACK SOAP WITH ADDED ESSENTIAL OILS
You can customize liquid black soap by adding a few drops of your favourite essential oils for shampooing. For instance, various essential oils offer hair and scalp remedies packed with a nice aroma. Depending on the user, adding essential oils to you liquid soap will offer your skin and hair a greater level of protection against any dryness that may incur.
Adding coconut essential oil to your liquid soap will aid your hair in a few ways. Oil fills the tube-like shaft within your hair strands. This oil fill allows your hair to appear denser and fuller looking. Coconut oil not only functions to slow down hair loss, it stimulates hair growth by penetrating deep within your follicles. Effective at eliminating fungus on the scalp, dandruff control is another good reason to use coconut oil.
Here are just a few reasons to start using Tea tree oil to help improve your hair. Firstly, it can unclog hair follicles and nourish your roots. Secondly, thanks to its antifungal and antibacterial properties, tea tree oil is one of the best dandruff solutions out there for your hair. Lastly, tea tree oil can address scalp conditions such as eczema and scalp folliculitis. Incessant itching of your scalp due to fungus, bacteria or any allergic reaction can lead to hair loss. Tea tree oil will help keep your hair and scalp in good general health.
Lavender added to Liquid Black Soap
Lavender essential oil helps to promote hair growth. In a 2016 study, lavender was applied to the hair of mice which resulted in thicker hair and faster growth. Furthermore, with its powerful antimicrobial properties lavender is capable of helping with any dandruff issues and will leave your hair shiny. As an added bonus, smelling lavender’s lovely fragrance can help encourage better moods and induce relaxation for many.
To sum everything up, Liquid black soap is an easy to make product for thorough shampooing. As a further boost, adding some essential oils will help with various hair and scalp remedies. Finally, you can save a few bucks by sticking with liquid soap and ditching bar soaps that mainly wither away due to moisture.
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