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This is the soap I use...it is a workhorse. Black soap is from roasted plantain skin, and Dr. Woods ensures the process is done in a manner which is non-toxic and environmentally friendly. Black soap is high in vitamins A, E, and iron. This particular soap also has added organic shea butter. Which makes it very moisturizing and adds an extra vitamin A and E boost. Plus it is made entirely in the USA. All of these things are great but what has made it such a staple in my house is that there are really so many uses for it. And we all know I fall hard for a product that can multitask.
First it is a great body wash. It foams nicely and washes the dirt down the drain like any soap should. But let me tell you what is super fab about it. It is moisturizing, which is essential to soap in my opinion. For years I used Dr. Bronner's which is also a great product but I always felt my skin was dry afterwards. Then I made the switch to the other Dr. and have been a devoted user ever since. My skin is clean, soft, and smells fresh...what more could we ask for in a soap.
Secondly, I use it as face wash. For those of you with your mouths open in shock please close them and keep reading. This is a divine face wash and more affordable than any face wash I have ever used. I originally bought this soap to try as a face wash when I was having some trouble with acne. This was almost two years ago and I have not even thought about changing products since. It most definitely helped clear up my acne and now that my skin has normalized the good Dr. still is right for my skin type. Some days I don’t even need a moisturizer after washing. Plus it removes all my makeup.
Another thing I do with this soap is refill my bathroom and kitchen soap dispensers with it. Unlike Dr. Bronner's it doesn’t clog a pump style dispenser. It gets the job done and is economical. It also makes a great shampoo (and of course body wash) for babies as it is gentle on their skin because of the clean ingredients list. My lovely sister, Hannah, has used it on her adult hair as a shampoo, but it left her hair too oily after two uses so I don’t recommend it for grownups.
Lastly I use this soap around the house to help me clean. I mix a few tablespoons in my kitchen counter spray. Put a few drops in my baby wipe spray and clean my tub with it. There is really no homemade cleaning product that couldn’t benefit from a few drops of this stuff. Oh, and I probably should have mentioned this earlier, the ingredient list is as clean as you will feel once you wash your body with it. Here it is:
Purified water (aqua), saponified coconut, hemp & olive oils (with retained glycerin), black soap concentrate, organic shea butter (butyrospermum parkii)¹, natural fragrance oil blend (parfum), tocopheryl acetate (vitamin E), sea salt, citric acid, panthenol (pro vitamin B5), rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis) extract, natural caramel.
Note that the "natural fragrance" they use are essential oils, so don't worry about nasty artificial perfumes. It's all safe to use.
This is the only Dr. Woods product I have tried but I imagine their other products are great as well. Buy some here.