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Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap All-in-One Salt Stone Water -- 32 fl oz


Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap All-in-One Salt Stone Water

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Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap All-in-One Salt Stone Water -- 32 fl oz

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Alaffia Authentic African Black Soap All-in-One Salt Stone Water Description

  • Traditional Authentic West African Fair Trade Ingredients
  • Unrefined Shea Butter
  • All-in-One
    • Body Wash
    • Facial Cleanser
    • Shampoo
    • Hand Soap
    • Shaving
  • For All Skin Types
  • Beauty » Equality » Empowerment

Ethical, handcrafted, and clean. Our Authentic African Black Soap is handcrafted from a centuries-old recipe that uses Certified Fair Trade unrefined shea butter from our cooperatives in West Africa. We add ash extract to hot oils, cook the mixture until it becomes charcoal, then cure it in the sun for three weeks to create a detoxifying multi-purpose soap suitable for any skin type, even the most sensitive.

 

Made with love and respect.

 

Alaffia is a social enterprise on a mission to create a more sustainable and equitable future. Our women-led cooperatives in West Africa produce heritage, nutrient-rich African ingredients rooted in tradition.

 

When you choose our handcrafted skin and hair care, you join us in empowering women and families in Togo, West Africa. Together, we're cultivating beauty, equality and empowerment through the following projects:

 

» Maternal Care 5,115 Births Funded

» School Supplies 37,426 Recipients

» Bicycles For Education 9,592  Distributed

» School Construction 14 Schools Built

» Eyeglasses 27,463 Distributed

» Reforestation 81, 073 Trees Planted


Directions

To Use: Apply to your washcloth of choice and work into a soft lather. Rinse thoroughly. Follow with our EveryDay Shea or EveryDay Coconut Lotion. Great for daily, multi-purpose use—try it as a facial cleanser, shampoo, hand soap or shaving lotion. For external use only.
Free Of
Animal ingredients, animal testing, parabens, phthalates, SLS, synthetic fragrance, mineral oil and synthetic dyes.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.


Ingredients: Ocimum canum (African mint) aqueous extract, saponified butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter and elaeis guineensis (palm kernel) oil†, lauryl glucoside, fragrance*.
*Natural Fragrance, a blend of extracts, essential oils and other natural ingredients.
†Orangutan Safe.
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Could This Plant-Powered Ingredient be the Ultimate Skin Solution?

With all the synthesized chemicals out there, it’s comforting to know when you’re using beauty products made from all-natural ingredients – ones that are just steps away from nature. These ‘back-to-nature’ ingredients often boast a long history of use (like the retinol-substitute, bakuchiol, for example), and because of that, they seem to offer greater proof of the benefits they offer. While it makes sense that extracts from living plant matter lend a host of benefits, it might be surprising to learn that decaying plant matter also shows promising results in skincare. This decaying plant matter is called humic acid – and this earth-made ingredient comes straight from your compost!

Humic Acid-Infused African Black Soap on Bamboo Mat with Green Leaves and Black Stones | Vitacost.com/blog

Skin-rejuvenating benefits of decaying plant matter

Called humus, this material is the organic part of soil that’s composed of (among other things) decaying plant matter. The compounds hiding in that dark, nutrient-rich soil – namely fulvic acid, humin and humic acid – have recently entered the ‘scientific spotlight’ with their variety of health benefits – both for the inside and outside of your body. Along with fulvic acid, humic acid is produced naturally in substances like soil and peat. It helps soil, peat and living plants retain moisture and nutrients, creating healthy, nutrient-rich soil where plants can truly thrive. And while fulvic acid has long stolen the spotlight with its proven skin benefits, recent studies are suggesting humic acid packs a powerful skin-rejuvenating punch of its own.

What is humic acid?

Humic acid, in the form of humus (a dark powdery substance that needs to be activated by water), has been used in various cultures around the world as a traditional medicinal ingredient due to its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antiviral properties. This acid is used as an ingredient in beauty products and is most commonly found in African Black Soap.

Humic acid benefits for skin

So what happens if we put humic acid on our skin? If we think of ourselves like those living plants mentioned above, applying humic acid to our skin helps it to ‘thrive’ in a variety of ways, such as:
  • Gently exfoliating, which boosts cell turnover and makes way for healthy new cells to emerge
  • Antioxidant action which neutralizes free-radicals threatening to age and damage our skin
  • Reducing red spots, calming inflammation and evening out skin complexion
And, according to the study below, humic acid shows great potential in alleviating inflammatory skin conditions like contact dermatitis and psoriasis.

Inflammation-relieving qualities of humic substances

According to one study, patients suffering from chronic skin inflammatory conditions applied peat topically for several days. Patients reported quick relief from itching and inflammation – even the cessation of a pustule formation. The conclusion was that the anti-inflammatory properties of the humic substances were likely responsible for the success, which is very promising for others suffering from skin issues and looking for more natural remedies. While there certainly needs to be more studies on peat and humic acids, topical humic-based products like humic acid could open up a whole new chapter on naturally-battling irritating skin conditions. It may even be an option for rosacea patients (to help suppress flushing) or for those who’ve undergone a recent chemical peel (to help prevent infection).

Skin products with humic substances

Because humic acid has just recently stepped out of the shadow of fulvic acid, it doesn’t (yet) have the same following. This means it’s hard to find in products – though it’s sometimes found with fulvic acid in the ingredient list. If you want to reap the skin benefits humic acid offers, the easiest way is to start with African Black Soap and see what you think. However, keep your eyes open for more products in the future, as humic acid’s clear benefits to the skin (not to mention its natural abundance!) are sure to spur on plenty more development in the years to come. Talk about the power of nature!

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