I have been hearing a lot about Black Soap lately, so when I had the opportunity to try Dr. Woods' Shea Vision Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter, I was pretty excited.
If you haven't heard of Black Soap yet, it is made from from plantain skin, which is a natural source of vitamin A & E and iron. Black Soap is supposed to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, help clear up blemishes, and prevent premature lines and wrinkles. Sounds great right? And Dr. Woods' also has organic shea butter in it, which is moisturizing and soothing.
Here is the full ingredients list:
Water, Saponified Coconut, Hemp & Olive oils (with retained Glycerin), Black Soap Concentrate, Organic Shea Butter (Butrysopermum Parkii), Natural Fragrance Oil Blend, Vitamin E oil (Tocopheryl Acetate), Sea Salt, Panthenol, Rosemary (Rosmarinus Officinalis) Extract, Natural Caramel.
Overall, the ingredients are decent. I only have three gripes about them. First, they don't disclose what's in their “Natural Fragrance Oil Blend.” I prefer absolute and full disclosure, and it's hard to say from smelling the soap what fragrances are used. Second, I don't think the “Natural Caramel” is necessary. A lot of caramel coloring has gluten in it and I don't see a need to color my soap.
And finally, if you look at the label on the image at the top of this post, the label says “Pure Black Soap with Organic Shea Butter.” First, the black soap is a concentrate, and second, it's not the first ingredient on the list. From the label, I would have expected it to be the primary ingredient.
But again, overall the ingredients are pretty good. Much like Castile soap, Shea Vision can be used for personal care (face, body and hair) and cleaning. The bottle has directions on how to dilute for various uses.
I haven't used it for cleaning, but it does the job as a body wash! I just put it on my body scrubber straight from the bottle and it foams up nicely.
If you've been looking for another soap similar to Castile soap, but with natural exfoliating properties, check out Shea Vision.
It's available for purchase on Amazon.com. Another one of my favorite online retailers, Vitacost, also carries Shea Vision. Use this link and you can get $10 off your first order (new customers only).
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