The ingredients that you work with when making your black soap would eventually contribute to its resultant effect on your skin. Ingredients like cocoa pods, coconut oil, Shea butter, palm oil, plantain bark, etc., are some of what you’d need. However, the focus of this article is on the natural lightening ingredients for black soap and how to make a lightening black soap with these natural ingredients.
Natural lightening ingredients for black soap
Below is a list of some of these lightening ingredients;
- Orange peel
- Kojic acid powder
- Lightening serum
- Lemon juice
- Snow white powder
- Licorice extract
- Bearberry extract
- Indian Gooseberry
- White mulberry extract
While these whitening agents may help get rid of black spots, areas affected by hyper-pigmentation, etc., it is very important that you still take extra care when it comes to determining the amount to use.
Check these points out;
- These whiteners inhibit melanin which is the reason the skin’s dark. If they are used for a long period of time, you could get the opposite results—your skin getting darker and even ageing. This gets even worse when you make use of ingredients like mercury and hydroquinone.
- The natural ingredients do not usually pose much of harm as they help to absorb the ultraviolet rays that hit the skin from the sun. They also help to slow down the rate at which melanin is produced by the skin.
Either way, the ingredients you choose must contribute to the black soap having all of these properties.
- As a result of its high antibacterial effect, black soap has been noted to get rid of more dirt than other kinds of soap. It also has a much gentler effect and can be used regardless of the type of skin the person has.
- Black soap also has the ability to keep the skin moisturized. This is as a result of ingredients like Shea butter or coconut oil that are present in the soap. When the skin is moisturized, issues like itchy skin, dry skin, etc., can be dealt with adequately.
- Black soap is great for people who have oily skin as it helps to reduce the oiliness of their skins. It also helps to tone down the activity of overworking sweat glands.
- With ingredients like oatmeal present in black soaps, skin conditions like eczema, skin allergies and contact dermatitis can be gotten rid of effectively. The soap even works to the extent of getting rid of rashes on the skin.
- Present of essential skin vitamins like Vitamin A and E in black soaps has contributed to their ability to get rid of free radicals that cause damage to the tissues of the skin.
- Asides being antibacterial, black soaps are also antimicrobial. As a result, issues like acne can be treated effectively. This is also another reason Shea butter is usually included in the list of ingredients for black soap.
- With the presence of Shea butter in your black soap, fine lines on the face can easily be eradicated. The reason is that the ingredient has been noted to help reduce the rate at which collagen fibers in the skin break down. The presence of relatively rough materials or exfoliating agents in the soap also makes it easy for the dead cells on the surface of the skin to be removed.
- Shea butter has in it antioxidants that help to prevent the ageing caused by exposure of the skin to the sun. They also help to get rid of the dark spots that form on the skin.
How to make lightening black soap with natural ingredients
Let’s now see how you can make lightening black soap with natural ingredients. We’ll be working with two different recipes, so you can go for which suits you.
BLACK SOAP 1 (2kilograms)
The ingredients you need to make this first recipe include the following;
- ¼ cup of cam wood
- ¼ cup of Quaker oat flour
- ¼ cup of cinnamon powder
- 3 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- ½ cup of Aloe Vera gel
- 200ml of coconut oil
- ¼ cup of Licorice extract
- 1 cup of Shea butter
- 2 tablespoons of Vitamin C
- 200ml of lemon juice
- 500ml of herbal water
- 400ml of unadulterated honey
- ½ cup of orange peel
- ½ cup of Neem
- 2 tablespoons of black seed oil
- 2 tablespoons of tea tree oil
- 50g of snow white powder
- 1 nature secret oil
- 30ml whitening glycerin
- The first thing to do is to mix all of the above ingredients in a large bowl. When you get to the point where the Shea butter is listed, ensure that you first have it melted under heat before integrating it into the mixture. That way, mixing gets easier. It also has higher consistency.
- For this next step, ensure that your eyes and hands are protected. After that, set a stainless steel pot on medium heat. Then, pour in the mixture into the pot in controlled portions—a cup per time. Allow the mixture to simmer for ten minutes before the addition of the next cup.
- As you mix, the liquid begins to turn dark. The more cups of the mixture you add, the creamier and thicker the liquid also becomes.
- With an increase in heat, you would also notice the formation of a solid layer of soap forming at the sides of the pot. This shows that the mixture is ready to be cast into molds.
- If the mixture comes out to be too thick, you can use a solid glass frame to press it into the molds. Ensure that the glass is lightly greased to prevent messy situations.
- Set wax paper atop the mold and leave them to sit for a day.
- Just before the soap becomes entirely hard, cut it into small bars and then, leave them to cure. The curing process can take up to a week.
BLACK SOAP 2
For this recipe, we’ll group the preparation into two phases. One will be for the potash base and the other will be for the major soap making process.
Ingredients for the potash base
- 3 ounce of organic potash
- 2 ½ cups of distilled water
Ingredients for the soap
- 1.5 ounces of the potash base
- ¾ cup of distilled water
- 4 ounces of castor oil
- 4 ounces of coconut oil
- The quality of your Potash ash, an ingredient made from cocoa, plantain and clay is important here as it determines the outlook of your soap. In a stainless steel pot, mix the potash ash with distilled water.
- Set the pot on medium heat and then, allow it to boil. This is the first stage of the soap making process.
- When the liquid begins to boil, reduce the heat and then, continue to stir for thirty more minutes.
- When you begin to notice the formation of solid crumbs, take the pot off the fire.
- For the soap, heat castor oil and coconut oil within a pot at low heat. The pot you use should have a deep base to prevent the soap from boiling out.
- Mix 1.5 ounces of the already prepared potash base with ¾ cup of distilled water. Ensure that the base dissolves in the water.
- Pour the potash mix into the pot containing the oil mix and then, give the resulting mixture a proper mix.
- A lot of smoke is usually evolved during this process. So, you should ensure that the windows are open. It is even recommended that you do this outside.
- Take the pot off the stove when it has thickened enough and then, allow it to cool at room temperature.
- Pour the soap mix into molds and then, after two days maximum, you can cut the hardened pieces into small rectangles or squares.