Black Soap Shampoo: The special soap for sensitive skin

If you haven’t had luck with other shampoo alternatives or if you just didn’t find the right one for your special hair type, then try black soap!

This purely vegetable natural soap is particularly suitable for gently cleansing „difficult“ hair and giving it a silky shine. In addition, the soap counteracts inflammation and soothes irritations of the scalp, making it an ideal base for self-made shampoo.

Black soap, whose colour comes from the contained natural plant ash, is available in drugstores, organic shops or online.

Recipe for the shampoo alternative

You can make this shampoo alternative from only two ingredients and water:

  • 100 ml black soap (finely grated on the grater)
  • 50 ml sodium bicarbonate
  • 200 ml water

The sodium bicarbonate in this recipe ensures gentle degreasing of hair and scalp and complements the cleansing, caring effect of black soap particularly well.

A measuring cup is best suited for measuring the quantities in the correct ratio. You can also use a cup or a similar container as the basic size and measure two parts of soap, one part of sodium bicarbonate and four parts of water. The mixing vessel should hold approximately double the volume.

This is the way to do it:

  • Grate black soap with a kitchen grater to fine flakes.
  • Bring water to a boil in a saucepan.
  • Add soap and mix with a whisk until the flakes have dissolved.
  • Allow to cool to body temperature.
  • Add the baking soda and stir thoroughly again. Leave to rest for at least one hour.
  • To remove any undissolved soap and soda residues, filter the mixture through a cloth or a nut milk bag and pour it into a used shampoo bottle, for example.
  • For a particularly homogeneous result, the mixture can be mixed with a blender before filling.

The mixture is more liquid than conventional shampoo, but can be similarly dosed when washing hair and also forms some foam. It is advisable to shake them up briefly before each use.

The shelf life is limited by the high water content, therefore the production of larger stocks is not recommended. It is best to store the finished shampoo in the refrigerator and use it up within two weeks. You could increase the shelf life by adding additives, but the production is so simple that I prefer to make new shampoo if necessary.

Tip: To find the right care for your hair, you can experiment with the formula: If the scalp and hair tips are prone to dryness, it may be helpful to reduce the amount of sodium bicarbonate. Stubborn hair becomes smoother after washing with a rinse of apple cider vinegar.

Black soap, what is it?

Black soap, also called Dudu-Osun or Ose Dudu, originally comes from West Africa, especially Ghana and Nigeria. It is usually obtained from the ashes of banana peels, palm leaves or cocoa beans and produced with palm oil, coconut oil or shea butter and water. Soaps without palm oil are also available.

Depending on the recipe and manufacturer, other caring substances such as herbs or essential oils are added to the black soap.

The soap has a low excess fat content and thus helps to regulate excessive sebum production of the (head) skin. A gentle peeling effect and the antimicrobial effect also contribute to a better skin appearance in skin problems such as pimples, acne, dandruff or neurodermatitis.

Which shampoo alternative works best for you? We are looking forward to your comment!

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