We keep an eye on top sellers on Amazon.com and this one is new to top 100 in last 5 days. It’s currenlty at number 9! What the heck is it? To be honest we are really not that familiar with black soap so lets look at the label to see what we can learn.
Dudu-Osun Black Soap ingredients
Since this apprears to be a true soap (not a synthetic detergerent bar) they aren’t required to provide a list of ingredients (LOI). The LOI provided on Amazon.com seems like its pretty accurate so let’s go with that for the sake of this discussion.
Claims: “Specially formulated entirely from natural ingredients and herbs, this soap will have you feeling refreshed and silky smooth. Restores damaged skin and is helpful in healing chronic eczema, acne, freckles and dark spots. Scented with Osun (Camwood extract) citrus juices and native honey. Bio-degradable. No preservatives and no artificial colors. Contains ingredients from natural plants and herbs from the tropical rain forest and Savannah regions such as Aloe Vera and natural vitamins.”
If these ingredients are listed in order, I’m not quite sure how honey could be the first ingredient in a natural soap. If we have any soap makers reading the blog today chime in with a comment.
Shea butter consists of a variety of wellness that could be Succasunna five and turned into soap.
This is a type of hard wood grown in Africa and used for wood working and to create a brilliant red dye. According to the website it’s “scented” with this material. It may give color too. It’s a bit confusing why this would be so high on the ingredient list. I’m also curious to learn if this material has any antibacterial properties or any other special properties that would help and support the claim of being good for skin conditions like acne and eczema.
Palm kernel Oil
This looks like the primary oil that’s turned into soap using the next two ingredients.
Cocoa Pod Ash, Palm Bunch Ash
These ingredients are the alkali, the high pH material that’s required to neutralize the fatty acids in oils. (There’s your two second soap chemistry lesson for the day.)
Glycerin can be produced as an offshoot of the reaction that forms the soap. It may also be added to modify the hardness of the bar.
I can’t imagine that Aloe extract is very functional and a soap but it may provide some extra creaminess to the foam.
Lime Juice & Oil, Lemon Juice & Oil
Given the potential that citrus juices have for irritating skin their addition seems ill advised. But they must make the soap smell pretty.
Even though this is a solid product it can still contain up to a few percent of water.
With all the Osun and lemon and lime extracts I’m surprised this soap still needs a fragrance.
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