MEET YOUR NEXT NATURAL SKINCARE SECRET WEAPON: AFRICAN BLACK SOAP!

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AFRICAN BLACK SOAP....WHAT IS IT?!

There's been quite a bit of buzz about black soap lately and what it can do for your skin. I'm sure you're probably wondering if there's any difference and if it really works...I know I was! After a bit of research I was able to come to the conclusion that it IS quite a bit different, AND that it's in a very positive way. What first sets this soap apart is what it's composed of: Shea butter, African coffee, and sometimes fragrance and other natural or organic moisturizing ingredients.

The Shea tree or Vitellaria, from Africa specifically- does not even begin to bear fruit until it's about 10-15 years old and full production occurs at 20-30 years in age! They fruits are similar to large plums and can take up to half a year to ripen, with the tree bearing this fruit for up to 200 years. The range of species throughout Africa means that the Shea butter has different levels of stearic and oleic acids in the kernels.

For example, Ugandan Sean butter is quite high in oleic content and becomes liquid at warm temperatures; Shea butter from West Afrcia however, is super high in oleic levels of around 40-55% because it's fatty acid portion has more variability than that of Uganda's. On the other hand, Burkina Faso's Shea butter contains a higher stearic acid content on average- making it's Shea butter much harder compared to those in other West African areas. It's easy to see with wide range of differences how you want to do your research on where it's coming from and also how it's prepared in order to ensure that you're getting a high-quality Shea butter in your African black soap.

African coffee is something different entirely and not normally something you might think as being great for skin, but it's fantastic for your skin :) African coffee is historically speaking, one of the earliest known evidences that coffee drinking occurred. It was first exported from Ethiopia and then the Yemen, other parts of the Middle East, Africa, Europe, and North America.

The Oromo ethnic group [Ethiopian Ancestors] were the first to recognize the positive and energizing effects of their native coffee plant. Despite this, the Ethiopian inhabitants did not produce much coffee for exporting until the late 20th century :0 When looking at Kenyan production, the earliest cultivation is thought to be somewhere around 1893 in Kenya; this is when visiting missionaries imported the coffee from Kenya to Brazil.

What sets apart coffee in Africa?! For starters, the predominant Arabica coffee bean is grown in the perfect warm climate, with fertile soils- the most ideal conditions for the coffee type! They are also the highest quality beans available, most arguably in the world and contain high concentrations of anti-oxidants. Plus, being the "birthplace" of coffee I suppose doesn't hurt!

As for the remaining ingredients in African black soap, they will usually contain forms of Vitamin's A & E, organic Aloe, natural fragrance, and other organic moisturizing substances. All of these things combined into one product comes together to product African black soap! For many centuries, the Ghanaians have utilized the soap to help relieve many skin conditions like acne and Eczema in order to have beautiful skin.


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WHAT DOES AFRICAN BLACK SOAP DO FOR SKIN?

 

  1. REDUCES ACNE BREAKOUTS AND HEAL BLEMISHES!
  2. PREVENTS FINE LINES AND WRINKLES BY STOPPING AGING SIGNS IN THEIR TRACKS.
  3. PROVIDES DAILY CLEANING AND MOISTURIZATION, EVEN FOR THE MOST SENSITIVE OF SKIN!
  4. PERFECT FOR EVEN THE TOUGHEST MAKEUP- REMOVAL IS A CINCH WITH BLACK SOAP :)
  5. HELPS HEAL SCARS AND DIMINISH AGE SPOTS/DISCOLORATION WITH DAILY USAGE.
  6. ENCOURAGES THE PROMOTION OF COLLAGEN PRODUCTION WITH VITAMIN'S A & E!

 


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Let me start off by saying that I was tremendously impressed by the product and quite skeptical I admit at first...that WAS however, until I used thie African Black Soap from Desired Diva! It was a little disconcerting to see a product that is meant as a cleanser for my face, to be a different coloring, texture, and all-around approach than I was used to. The first time that I used the face wash, I wasn't quite sure how to use it! [lol]. 

But I was able to quickly figure it out by first taking a small amount of the thick-like paste that is contained inside the jar and then mixing this quickly between my hands with some water and voila! You will have a nice sudsy cleanser that is ready to be applied :) When applying this African Black Soap, I like to start in circular motions on my entire face and then rise with cool water. This product has a nice and light clean "soap" scent that's slightly lingering, yet pleasant.

It would be a perfect cleanser for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin as I myself have- I didn't have any skin irritation or breakouts for usage :) Since you don't have to utilize much product to get a good cleansing effect, this jar will last you forever; at just under $16 that makes it a fantastic buy too. I really liked the way that this cleanser left my face feeling- super clean, tingly, increased tightness, and excellent softness. I'd recommend this one to anyone looking to for a great daily cleanser that you can count or they think that it's time for a more natural approach- this is the facial cleanser for you!


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THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S NIGHT CREAM GUIDE + MANUKA SECRETS NIGHT CREAM ORGANIC PRODUCT REVIEW:

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HAIL TO THE NIGHT CREAMS!

I have for many years, seen numerous advertisements and other attempts by skincare companies to get me other beauty lovers to purchase their night creams! They are endless with claims that are sometimes false and products that can be expensive too. The question is though, do they work?! Well let's take a look what night creams are and what they do, if they're worth it, and what the best way to use one really is! 


WHAT ARE NIGHT CREAMS EXACTLY?

They are in fact, usually moisturizer-based skincare products that bring many promises of having younger looking skin AND even preventing the signs of aging and unhealthy skin :) Many of them are considered to be "cosmeceutical" which basically means that they are a combo between a cosmetic and a pharmaceutical- they are considered to be cosmetic products that are biologically active ingredients that could have medicinal or even drug-like properties. 


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NIGHT CREAMS ARE MADE OF...

When it comes to what night creams contain, for the most part they will usually have several ingredients and they can vary quite a bit. Many formulas contain things like: Retinol, AHA's or Alpha Hydroxy Acids, CoQ10, Vitamin C & E, Anti-oxidants, Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and MORE! The majority of these ingredients aid in fighting free radicals, providing antio-oxidants to your skin, and preventing the signs of aging and discoloration! 



HOW TO APPLY A NIGHT CREAM:

1. One of the most important factors is picking the RIGHT night cream for YOUR skin type! Stick with oil-free types for example, if you have acne-prone skin and go for extra moisturizing if you tend to have skin that's on the dryer side!

2. Try picking just ONE FOCUS that you want to be concerned with: anti-aging, moisturization, toning, or acne breakouts. This will help you stay on track with your skincare regimen + you will get the right item for your skin :)

3. Remember that it doesn't just work overnight in ONE NIGHT :/ It DOES take TIME to work- I know...we want instant results, but that may not being realistic about true results unless you give it real time. Most products that I've had success with I will admit, have taken anywhere from 6-12 weeks to really show visible results.

4. Make sure to get ENOUGH sleep! This is REALLY crucial- if you don't do this step right here, your night cream isn't going to have much time to work. Giving the product enough time to actually absorb into the skin is what allows it to be fully effective!

5. Thinking you need to spend tons of $$$ to get what you want?! NOPE! That's actually quite far from the truth- I've been able to find some decently-priced products without breaking the bank and keeping my organic skincare focus in mind :)


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NIGHT CREAM TOP PICK:

MANUKA SECRETS 18+ UMF MANUKA HONEY NIGHT CREAM

$49.95

So you're probably thinking...there are a LOT of night creams out there- why did I pick this one?!? Well besides the fact that I've had the great opportunity of trying ALL of the products in this line and I just LOVE them, this is DEF one of the BEST night creams that I've tried. It's actually the first product that I tried out in the Manuka Secrets line and it's fabulous! Not only does it contain organic 18+ UMF Manuka honey, but it's packed full of other wonderful natural ingredients that are combined into one awesome night cream.

One thing that really impressed me right off of the bat with Manuka Secret's products, was the extra care they seem to take to the item packaging and how well it allows you to get just the perfect amount of product out for application! There's a generous amount too at just under 1.7 fl. ounces, which means that you get your $50 worth easily. I normally have to use about 2 small presses of the pump, to get out the needed product for application and that allows for you to use very little even on a daily basis.

If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin this is an excellent choice for you as well- I have the same type of skin and my skin reacted quite positively to daily usage :) I like to put on the night cream every night, after I apply my serum and other skincare products and then let it dry for about 3-4 minutes. It has a nice light scent of Manuka honey when and after you use the product, but it's something that I don't mind at all- it's more of an organic or natural-type scent! 


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