To make my liquid black soap, I purchased some black soap from Coastal Scents a few weeks ago and I love it! I was a little nervous about buying real black soap because I heard it was soggy, stinky, rough, and just a bit unpleasant. In the past I was using Nubian Heritage black soap, which has a black soap base but, is not black soap.
Black soap doesn't stink! It smells nice and fresh! The smell wouldn't offend anyone, as it just smells like pure clean soap. It is soft but, not mushy just soft enough to where you can cut it with a butter knife.
I will do a separate post on the benefits of black soap (because if I don't, this post will never end...)
Cast of characters: black soap, slither of Nubian Heritage black soap (last little piece left), measuring cup, squirt bottle and stainless steel 1 quart pan. It is advised that you don't mix food pans with soap pans, so I reserve this small pot exclusively for making soaps and melting oils.
Pour 2 cups of water into the pan to boil. You don't have to boil the water, just get it really hot. The hotter it is the faster the soap will melt.
Black soap! Black soap! The main attraction! Looks like fruitcake doesn't it?
Cut off a small section. I don't measure, I just eyeball it. My section wasn't more than an inch thick and 3 inches long.
See how small the section is? It's going to take me awhile to get through this whole block of soap...
Cut it up into little chunks.
Add it to the hot water. See how soapy it gets? Black soap has a nice lather!
All done! That took about 5 mins. to melt it all. Easy peasy.
Pour it into your squirt bottle or old body wash bottle.
Let it sit for a few hours...why? I don't know. It doesn't thicken up or anything so I have no idea why it has to sit. I just follow directions...ha! All done!!
I think this method would work for any soap (natural soap), I think some may thicken up more than others but, otherwise I don't see why it wouldn't work.
You may be wondering Why not just use the soap in chunks? because black soap tends to get soggy in the shower and it's easier to dilute it and use it as a liquid.
This method makes 16oz. of liquid soap. I don't use a preservative and I haven't had any problems with mold. We use this up in about 2 weeks.
Black soap for me is not a moisturizing soap at all! It cleans and cleans well without being harsh. The first few days that I used this soap, my skin was very dry but, after a week my skin seemed to get used to it. I can't explain the scientific reason for this...obviously. Haha! (this is BEFORE putting on lotion, my skin seems to drink lotion after I use this soap)
Also, when using black soap it is important to follow up with REAL lotion and not some smelly store stuff! I tried using my beloved Juniper Breeze from B&BW and my skin was like "Kick rocks!". I have to use something thick like cocoa butter or shea butter.
Please try this out and let me know how it goes for you!
Thanks for reading!