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Some people have a preference for body washes and liquid soaps. Some simply do not like the idea of using their hands to scoop soap from jars or using bar soaps, hence the love for liquid soap. If you're a fan of black soap and intend making your own, here are different recipes to help you. You can pick a method depending on your preference. Here are some of my favorite methods.

1st Method
I call this method the overnight soaking method. I usually soak my black soap in floral waters or rice milk with glycerine and honey, over night when using this method.



Here is a basic recipe I use:

*Ingredients*

100g of Ghana black soap

50grams of herbs (preferred choice)

2 tbsp honey

2 tbsp whitening glycerine

4 oz sweet Almond oil

5  oz Jojoba Oil

2 Tbsps of Chamomile Flower 

2 Tbsps of Lavender Flower

1 tbsp shea butter

1 tbsp cocoa butter

Whitening Additives (optional)


Method

Boil the water and make a tea with the flowers.

 Let it steep for 2-3hrs, then strain twice. Add the black soap and let it sit overnight. 

Then add the shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil,  jojoba oil, honey and glycerine to it. 

Mix well and store in a container. If mixing for a light skin person, add your preferred lightening/whitening agents. 



METHOD 2

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African Black Soap

Distilled Water/Aloe Vera
 Juice  NOT Gel (Blended With Water)

Large Bottle

1 Tsp of Vit E Oil

Method

Crumble soap into a large bowl. 

Add aloe vera juice or boiling water into a bowl, add moisturizing properties (vit E oil). 

Mix together well and let it sit for few hours to allow it dissolve. 

Drive into a large bottle or containers of choice. Your liquid ABS is ready.


METHOD 3

This method gives a pasty like texture


8 oz Avocado oil 

6 oz Castor oil 

8 oz Safflower oil 

10 oz Coconut oil 

10 oz Olive oil 

2 oz African black soap

9.4 oz Potassium Hydroxide 

27  oz Initial water for paste 

80 oz Water for dilution 

*Method*

1) Make a solution with the water and potassium hydroxide

2) Add all oils to the cook pot along with ABS and melt. The ABS will not melt well, stick blend it until it gets as smooth as you can.

3) Add the solution and stick blend until you get a thick trace then stick blend a bit more

4) Turn the Crock pot onto medium heat and let it cook, if it separate while cooking, stick blend it back into submission

5) Stir and let it cook more for about 30mins more. Then starts adding your 40 oz of water gently. You can always add more water but you can't add all so that it will not be too watery (Boil your water before adding it will be nice and doesn't crock your soap)

After having the soap on warm for a couple of hours and stirring occassionally, add more time to cooking then strain it just invade it had any sediment from the ABS. 

Then add 2% lavender essential oil for scent. Lavender EO makes it thick, citrus EO act as solvents and makes it thin. Add 2.5% in total. Your liquid ABS is ready for use. 

Store in a container of choice.


Note: African Black Soap is different from Ghana Black Soap. It usually comes in a powdery form.

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So you've been having problems with your formulations,right? You keep asking, 'What are others doing. that I am doing wrong? 'Why do my clients keep complaining'..

Let me answer those questions

1.Lack of expertise- In all thy getting,get wisdom. It might be just the right time to go for further classes to hone your craft.New skincare ideas and technology are being introduced everyday. That your method might be outdated. Learn the new juice and scoop. Don't start using ten clobetasol tubes to achieve a whiter complexion.That's so old school. Learn the new mixes. There are some formulas that only top formulators in the country know about and the classes are really expensive. If you're within their locality, they won't teach you so as to limit their competition. But if you know what you want, then it isn't a bad idea to enroll for one.

2. The recipes are so wrong
Again,get the right knowledge. Don't rely on recipes.There are some classes you would take and you would end up knowing that there is a difference with chaff and shaft 😀. You would see some recipes telling you to add relaxers and all sorts. Please run for your life.Then you would see those telling you to add potash to Carowhite cream and all those Ajashe mixes.

 Get the pro stuff. However be careful. This is Naija. And charlatans abound. They will mix G & G in their backyard with God knows what, scoop up and call it Italian milk. And slap high prices on it. 

3 Lack of patience.
Good products cannot turn someone from black to white in one week. If someone tells you her products are safe from steroids and would change your colour from black to white in one week, the person is lying.  Some of you, buy so called organic soaps that have been mixed with Jik, bleach, relaxer , Tubes filled with steroids. And a lot. They tell you its 100% natural. But even you have to know its not. If not, why is it making you red??? Why are your customers complaining of redness?

When something whitens you that fast, your skin becomes prone to stretchmarks and green veins which I guess you don't want. Please, 2 weeks is not too long a time to wait for healthy skin. You can have that perfect milk white, that beautiful yellow, that gorgeous golden and the perfect cafe au lait brown. But you will need to give it more than 3 days.

4. Poor Quality Of Ingredients
Some people would come to me and start pricing powders as if I am selling pepper. Then they would start telling me about someone who sells at reduced prices at one popular market like that in Lagos State. My response- 'Please buy from her' 


Its so sad but a disturbing number of people that sell actives here in Nigeria are selling fake actives. Or actives with very low purity. You can use them, but they WILL NEVER EVER give you the same results as someone who's using high purity top grade actives. 99.9% Alpha arbutin (Highest purity) and 60% arbutin (low grade) will NOT give the same results. Use original and highest grade of everything. Period.

Now you know it, work on these steps and watch your clients bring back positive feedbacks. Do you have any contribution? Please comment below..

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I love exfoliating!!! This is because my environment is dry and dusty, so my skin tends to get clogged and dull in some few days. Some people do not share the same sentiments because they have used exfoliants but they tend to break out. This is because some people simply pick an exfoliant without looking at the ingredients and checking if that scrub would suit their skin.There are two types of exfoliating products available in the market today: 
Abrasive 
Nonabrasive. 


Abrasive exfoliating products remove dead skin cells by physical friction, using synthetic or natural particles, such as jojoba beads, crushed fruit kernel, seeds, salt, or sugar. 

Nonabrasive exfoliating products use alpha and beta hydroxy acids to dissolve the top layer of dead skin cells. Alpha and beta hydroxy acids exfoliate by dissolving the very top layer of dead skin cells with glycolic acid from sugarcane, lactic acid from sour milk, tartaric acid from grapes, malic acid from apples, and pyruvic acid from citrus fruits. Malic and tartaric acids are more commonly used in exfoliating body products, as they are more potent.

 Many exfoliating products combine both offering a double action against dead skin cells, but such products can be irritating if you have fair, delicate, or easily irritated skin.

If you have inflamed acne lesions, an irritation, or a sunburn on your face or body, you should never use abrasive scrubs, no matter how natural or gentle they feel. This is because these scrubs will further damage the fragile skin in the area of inflammation, so the irritation gets worse and all your efforts to speed up the healing process will go down the drain along with the scrub. You can use abrasive scrubs in your weekly home spa regimen before applying a nourishing, whitening, or deep-cleansing mask.

This is one of my favourite exfoliants. It keeps my glow on point!!!Enjoy!!!

WHITENING BODY SCRUB
Half Cup of Hamalayan Salt, 
Half Cup of Black India Salt, 
2 Tbsp of Alum Powder, 
3 Tbsp of Licorice, 
1 Style Claire serum
Mix Very Well.
Note: For stubborn skin, add little more of hamalayan salt if you feel it’s too strong and grind it. 

To use, wet your body and apply in a circular motion. Leave on for 10-20 mins to allow it penetrate into your skin. You can package this scrub and use at home or sell it. It helps to exfoliate and lighten the skin. It is easy to make and very effective...Enjoy and pamper your skin!!!


I chose this topic today because I've seen so many people argue in favour and against it. Well,this is my opinion.

They are meant to help treat skin conditions and restore the skin to its normal balance. But it is being used more for skin whitening than treating skin conditions.

 Infact people use more than 5 tubes in a 500ml bottle and yes,it does whiten rapidly but it also weakens the skin and makes it prone to stretchmarks, uneven skin tone,white spots and blemishes. Some mothers even go as far as mixing the popular Funbact-A with Shea Butter because it lightens the babies skin and keeps it smoother. But that is so wrong. It does more harm than good. It's better you formulate your own body butter and use on the baby.

There is a popular and quite better way to use it as gathered from some formulators. Use one or two tubes only for clients who specifically asked for rapid whitening. If she's a returning client,then skip it and use whitening glycerine to maintain the complexion.

We should also understand that different clobetasol tubes  and gels  have different functions.They also vary in price and effectiveness. Some react very fast and do not do much damage if used rightly, but some react very fast and the effect would take a long time for it to be reversed.

Conclusion: Use sparinginly and accordingly.



I make it a point of duty to ask some of my students what kind of brand do they want to build?  Natural or Organics? It's a tricky question but I use it to highlight one of the less discussed topics in skincare. Most of them usually think since they are using basically natural ingredients for their formulations, then it equally means their brands can be labelled 'organics'.

Now come these questions:
What is the difference between organic and natural skincare? What exactly classifies your product as organic and natural? Can they be used interchangeably? 

From what I have read, these are my findings

Based on the dictionary definitions,

Nat·u·ral means:
existing in or caused by nature; not made or caused by humankind.
Or·gan·ic means:
relating to, or derived from living matter.


You can see that there seems to be no much difference between the terms. However, I have come to find out that ‘organic’ is a strictly regulated term by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and other regulatory boards all over the world. 

According to the USDA website , “organic operations must demonstrate that they are protecting natural resources, conserving biodiversity, and using only approved substances.”

Therefore, for a product to be recognised as an ‘organic’ product, it must meet strict standards set and approved by the National Organic Programs around the world. This means that an organic final product has undergone rigorous testing processes and has been approved/endorsed by a regulatory board before it can be labelled. 

Hence when buying anything labelled and certified as organic, you can be assured that no synthethic ingredient or additives has been used in the manufacturing process.

 ‘Natural’, on the other hand is a term that can be applied to almost anything that comes from nature. Unlike ‘organic,’ there is no legal procedure  when using the term ‘natural’. It can be used for any product which has been formulated with natural ingredients but has not been certified.
 
In Nigeria, the term organic is widely used on so many products. Infact, the term has been abused to a large extent that there have been reports of formulators using synthetic ingredients and claiming theirs is an organic brand. I tell my students, there is absolutely nothing wrong with starting with a natural brand, then graduating to being certified an organic brand if that's the goal. If not, there are also synthetic products which have been derived from natural products such as whitening powders, gels and serums which help solve skincare issues and can be a blessing to your formulation. I use both and recommend organic, natural and synthetic products as long as they are safe and help solve skin issues.

In summary, ensure your brand is safe for use on the skin no matter the type of product you choose to make.

Until my next post, remain beautiful😉