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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I'VE BEEN CARDED! BLACK SOAP FACIAL WASH $15.90

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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RESTORE & HEAL YOUR SKIN WITH THE POWER OF OCEAN MINERALS + BONUS REVIEW: AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL COLLECTION

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HEALING POWERS OF THE OCEAN'S MINERALS:

The oceans of our world have a lot of benefits to offer, but unfortunately we haven't discovered but a small sliver of what's out there. There are vast amounts of creatures, plants, and other minerals that we have yet to find- mostly in part to the fact that many of them are DOM's or Deep Ocean Minerals. DOM's are pulled from DOW or Deep Ocean Water, at depths of up to 1500 meters! The DOW alone, contains over 70 minerals and element traces like: calcium, magnesium, and potassium.

In order to get to these minerals, they have to be extracted with micro filtration and reverse osmosis ; this method is utilized in order to grab the minerals and leave behind the salt or sodium chloride. The largest reservoirs of Deap Ocean Water is located off of the east coast of Taiwan and islands off of Japan and Hawaii also have DOW areas. The Deep Ocean Minerals in these waters sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor where it will take a 2000 year journey around the world! In general, the waters of the Sea, have had quite a long and historical use from many civilizations, such as the Greek and the Romans; they used the waters for muscle and tissue stimulation and relaxation.

 The research into DOM has lead to some promising results and three important functions have been determined from Deep Ocean Minerals: firstly, they provide the structure that we need for our organs, tissues, and bones [like calcium, magnesium, and fluorine]. Secondly, these minerals also aid in the balance of fluids in your body's tissues and bones; lastly, DOM contains Magesium that provides catalyzation of hormones and enzymes needed for reactions within the body. As for what DOM can really do for our bodies and skin, there have been more studies lately and they do give positive results!

In 2009 for example, there was a study at a university in Taiwan, that conducted a research on DOM and its effects on increased endurance and better adaptation to exercise load. The researchers determined that the group that did receive the DOM solution, had a higher and more improved rate, accelerating the elimination of getting tired all together :) There are so many examples of studies that I could go on for paragraphs, so I will spare you all with the huge list- but you can easily find a lot that are valid research studies from recent years.  



WHAT OCEAN MINERALS DO FOR YOUR SKIN:

1. PERFECT FOR PROVIDING NATURAL MOISTURIZATION AND SKIN PROTECTION!

2. SKIN'S ELASTICITY IS INCREASED, WITH MORE SOFTNESS :)

3. PROMOTES NATURAL COLLAGEN PRODUCTION AND SUPPORT BY STIMULATING CELL FIBROBLASTS.

4. THE SATURATION OF SKIN IS GREATLY IMPROVED, REDUCING FINE LINES & WRINKLES!



SKINCARE PRODUCT REVIEW:

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL CLEANSER $15.95 

I was a little unsure of the method that the bottle suggests for this face wash, but as I've tried some of Azure Naturals products in the past and they were fantastic, I wanted to keep an open mind! Normally, you might not see a pump-type action for a liquid face wash- yet that's exactly what Azure Naturals did here with this one! After the first time using it though, my doubts were quickly dissipated- it's very easy to use and the formula will come out of the bottle as it should.

I was easily able to get out the right amount for application and noticed that it foamed up well with a little water in between my hands. It's a very mild formula and although it goes on slightly thick, it suds up as it should within a few seconds. This face wash is super mild too- I accidentally got a tad bit in my eye [oops!] the first time that I was washing my face with the product. This was definitely my own fault as I admit that I was being slightly hasty, but what I saw immediately is that although it did lightly sting for a few seconds- it STOPPED doing it after only a few :0

When one usually gets these types of products in the eye, it's mostly a VERY uncomfortable situation and normally results in a damaged eye or at least a lingering burning for a decent period of time. I just didn't have that issue at all, even with me being an absolute klutz ;) This product would be perfect for any skin type and is really affordable, with an organic focus which makes this easy-to-use face wash at the top of my skincare list!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL ORGANIC FACIAL TONER $15.95

Since I'd already had the chance to give the Facial Cleanser a try from Azure Naturals Ultimate Ocean Mineral Line, there was the sneaking suspicion I was going to LOVE this toner! I have really started to like the spray-on toners and primers, but this product in particular has organic minds at heart! It was exactly was I was expecting- easy to use and takes about 2-3 light spritzes to cover your face.

It will dry quickly and in just about 30 seconds or less, which means not much fuss :) The light scent isn't lingering or irritating and you will see an instant tightening of your skin and shrinking of your pores. I also loved the softness it left my skin feeling and it left a perfect pallet for the rest of my makeup and skincare products too. If you're seeking a decently-priced Toner, that's foolproof and full of natural ingredients- then this is the product for you :) Never tried a spray toner?! This is the prefect item to start with and it won't break the bank!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL HYDRATION CREAM $19.95

This is definitely my FAV product out of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral skincare line from Azure Naturals! This is a great item to utilize after cleansing, toning, and serums as the labeling also suggests; it provides excellent moisturization without being too heavy on the skin or leaving anything behind :) I love the nicely made pump-bottle that is well-capped by a metal top- getting the right amount of product is a cinch. There's a generous 1.7 oz. amount of product too, which makes this powerful moisturizer a good buy at just under $20! The scent to the product is super light and non-annoying and it dries in about 1-2 minutes. I really liked utilizing this product right before going to bed and treating it as a night cream OR applying it right before putting on my makeup primer and beginning my beauty routine for the day. Any skint type, age, or tone would be able to use this product and I'm fairly certain you would LOVE it as much as I do!

 

AZURE NATURALS ULTIMATE OCEAN MINERAL SEAWEED HYDRATION MASK $19.95

Although I might have picked this product to review last out the of the Ultimate Ocean Mineral collection, don't be fooled! I actually liked this product a LOT and thought that it was a VERY close top pick, or in the very least- my 2nd FAV product out of the whole bunch. What really seemed to set this mask apart for me from the many others I've tried that were similar in nature, was that it really did seem to do the job! Leave it on for a few minutes, rinse off with cool water, and all of the wonderful natural and organic ingredients like: Irish Moss, Organic Aloe, and Seaweed will work their magic!

You can see how refreshed, toned, and soft your skin is after just the first time that you use this Hydration Mask from Azure Naturals! For 4 ounces of product for around $20, this is a DEF good buy ; for comparable products that are normally up to twice the cost as this one, you are getting an organic product that is better for your skin too! I'd recommend this skincare item from Azure Naturals to anyone of any age and type of skin = * 5 STARS *


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