It's been a while I blogged about anything. Even though I have a lot of write-ups in my drafts, they still somehow take ages to enter the created post list.
All the same, I still think of you guys a lot and all that I have to share.
I can admittedly say that I am MIA. **sigh**
These days, I seem to have more love for products that can multitask effectively. So that these will at least:
1. Put less strain on my pocket and
2. Endear me to the product even more.[A great way to curb my product-junkiness]
To begin with, my hair is unrelaxed, I have cut off all the permed part. It's super curly and I'm in love with it. See a pic below...
OK, I do not shampoo my hair at all. I never do. But recently, I did use loads of products, so much so I can even see them build up in my hair.
Let me start confessing, I am guilty of being heavy-handed in product application.
And I thought to myself that my hair really do need some clarifying.
I'm not a fan of Apple Cider Vinegar [ACV] rinse simply because I can't be bothered.
Worse still sulfate-based shampoos.
And so I dawned on me that the only way out was to improvise.
How I came about Dudu Osun Soap was merely because I heard someone saying that that's what she uses. I didn't even bother checking her skin out. I just said to myself, "I know I can't use black soap."
Few days later, I found myself on the internet reading other people's review of Black Soap precisely Dudu Osun Soap. [covers face]
Like seriously??? I couldn't even believe myself. My colleagues as well!
Dudu Osun Black Soap is made in Nigeria by the Brand, Tropical Naturals. They even have a website: www.tropical-naturals.com
So, for those who are resident in Nigeria, you can always get it at any supermarket or store. I see that many of those outside the country by theirs on eBay. It's very easy to source.
After reading other people's review of Black Soap, I came to the conclusion: "Why not?" I chose Dudu Osun Black Soap because it was cheap [I got mine for N120], all natural and I was ok with all the ingredients.
At least, if I had to venture into what I had said I wouldn't use, it's better to start with the cheaper version first, abi?
Back to the matter.
Many reviewers crushed and melted their bars and added some oils to make their own custom liquid shampoo. My hair needed some serious cleansing and so I chose not to "melt and mix" but to use it "as is", as a shampoo bar.
I started with saturating my hair with water and letting it soak for some minutes. Then, I lathered up some of my black soap bar in my hands. It has a very herbal and earthy smell that I love. I was so impressed at how quickly it lathered. .
With this, I knew I had to use sparingly to get just the clarifying that I needed.
And so I lathered up fair enough.
By the time I applied the lather to my hair, I could feel the build up dissolving, carefully detangling my hair. So, I repeated the process of lathering up in my hands, massaging to my scalp and detangling hair with my fingers till I was content.
Note: This soap lathers easily and melts just as easily.
You can bet that the build up cut down a lot of the soap that it didn't lather so much in my hair. But, by the time I rinsed it off, my hair was really very clean, I honestly did not need a second wash. It was not squeaky clean and that was exactly what I wanted. My hair felt soft and clean
After washing my hair clean, having a bath was the next best thing and so I continued with where I left off with my Dudu Osun Soap.
The soap stung my face a little for the first 3 days of usage. I'm sure it's the lime juice in it. [again I was heavy-handed] But I continued with it and now my skin loves it even more than I do.
I learnt the hard way that a little of this soap goes a loooong way.
Contrary to many reviews, it did not stain my towel black or brown. But, the water from rinsing it off was brown but that was all there is to it. I'm sure those who said it stained their towels didn't rinse themselves well enough.
My face usually feels tight afterwards but that's no problem. I immediately moisturize with my Physiogel Lotion.
My face is now way clearer and smoother than it used to be. And I have lesser acne break outs. Now, that's what I'm talking about!
|This is me 2 days ago. No filter. No editing.|
I can confidently say that this is such a useful dual purpose product: Hair Shampoo Bar and Bar Soap. I can safely indulge in this one without the feeling of guilt that comes with overspending.
Now tell me what's not to love about this locally-made Black Soap?