Hey Guys! Hope everyone is safe and happy. Today I will be putting the spotlight on three natural soaps that deserve it. Fr fr, this is not sponsored. NO ONE is paying me to do this.
I’ve been a faithful stan of authentic natural soap for a long while now. And like every other thing in this life, you encounter the good, the bad and the straight-up ugly!
Despite this, I’ve been fortunate to encounter good ones this year. They’ve served my skin well and deserve this recognition. I’ll be talking more on them below, so please sit tight.
MY TOP 3 NATURAL SOAPS OF 2020 (so far…)
3. Dudu Osun
Number three on my list is a natural soap that needs no introduction. This soap has been with us for years and years and I believe is the most popular in Nigeria (natural) at the moment. I haven’t heard a bad review on this soap, which is very rear with beauty products nowadays.
I’ve been using Dudu Osun on and off since my secondary school days, it’s something I always fall back to in a period of skin crisis. Especially in school, until I discovered Dettol Pink Glow. It’s that good.
I started using this soap on a steady this year specifically to wash my hair. I’m not a hair guru, I just turned natural and finding a clean toxin-free shampoo isn’t easy. Dudu Osun doubles as a shampoo, it’s effective, affordable and clean.
When I use it to shower, I love the way it lathers and the fact it leaves my skin feeling clean without drying it out. Plus, let me not start with their new vibe going on. Love it!
Some notable ingredients in Dudu Osun that make it so nice include:
This right here is the star ingredient of this natural soap. Camwood (Osun), is an excellent exfoliator and cleansing ingredient. It’s a natural antiseptic locally used to treat a variety of skin ailments. Camwood has broad benefits which include but not limited to:
- Evening out complexion
- Brightening Skin tone (bye-bye dull skin)
- Natural antiseptic
- Improves skin texture
- Visibly reduces wrinkles (ant-ageing), etc.
Pure honey has natural antibacterial properties, which makes it great for acne-prone skin. Honey is also a powerful antioxidant you don’t want to sleep on. It brightens the complexion and helps fade acne spots and scars.
I did this test where I used honey as a face wash for 2 weeks, Yes! Feedback on that soon. If you’re not ready to be daring like me, use Dudu Osun or you can try out this excellent dermatologist-approved face pack.
Palm Kernel Oil
Palm oil has similar functions to shea butter in soap making. It helps produce harder and longer-lasting soaps. It is also highly moisturizing and helps in brightening/ evening out skin complexion.
According to Dr Schlessinger, the biochemistry of aloe vera does have some anti-viral, anti-fungal, and cell-regenerative properties, so applying it to the skin in addition to other medications or remedies may prove to be helpful.
Aloe vera is anti-inflammatory and helps in soothing skin irritation. It also contains Salicylic acid, which acts as an exfoliator to deal with clogged pores and reduce pimples. If you have oily skin, aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer. It does the job without the greasy after-feel.
Shea Butter is extremely moisturizing and anti-inflammatory. It easily absorbs into our skin and has emollient properties that help it form a nice barrier and seal in moisture. It also has anti-ageing properties to soften and smoothen the skin.
In soap making, shea butter acts to harden the soap and make it last longer. It also helps form a stable lather.
Lime is rich in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, flavonoids and citric acid. It helps in clearing hyperpigmentation, reducing the occurrence of acne (because of antibiotic properties) and significantly enhance skin glow.
Although lime might be too harsh for most people to use directly, adding it to a skin product like Dudu Osun is a smart move.
With all these powerful ingredients, it’s no wonder Dudu Osun is a staple in so many homes. The only issue I have with Dudu Osun and most soaps really, is that it’s a bit harsh for my face (sensitive skin).
2. Avila Moringa Natural Soap
The Avila brand is one I’ve had mixed feelings towards for a really long time. I can’t pinpoint why exactly, and because of that, I won’t want to taint your judgment. But you see this soap right here, it’s a must-have for acne-prone skin.
I bought a set of Avila products earlier this year, and along the line, I quit using them (mixed feelings). I was at the beauty aisle of a local supermarket, searching for the ideal face wash to use until the one I ordered for arrived when I saw this soap.
I’ve used the papaya variant earlier and wasn’t exactly impressed. But Avila was honestly the only brand I could trust compared to the other face washes on the shelf, so I picked the moringa soap. (Yeah, it was just below the face washes)
This soap legit made me fall back in love with the Avila range. I use it as a facewash and it works well for my sensitive skin. I have acne-prone skin, meaning I usually wake up with a new pimple every other day. Ever since I started using this soap, the pimple occurrences reduced drastically. June was a tough month for me and my skin, but this Avila Moringa soap really helped us pull through it. And for that, it’s one of my top natural soaps this year.
My only issue which I believe sort of caused my mixed feelings is that they aren’t very detailed with the ingredient label. This is a soap, and I refuse to believe it has just moringa in it. I checked the pack, no listing and same was the case with their website. And this is a trend with almost every of their product.
Nonetheless, if you’re struggling with acne/ pimple (be it facial or body), I HIGHLY recommend this soap. Thank me later!
Benefits of Moringa
1. Purist Turmeric Soap
This is my holy grail when it comes to soap. In fact, turmeric in general is my go-to face pack ingredient (and honey). This soap is simply beautiful, B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!
Unlike the other soaps on this list, this one has been a staple natural soap for me for over 2 years now, I’m yet to see any other soap that’ll knock it off this pedestal.
If you want an even, brighter and blemish-free complexion then this is your soap. It really improves the overall look of your skin. It helped me with the spots on my leg and my face. The only time I don’t use this soap is in school cause of the cost of delivery and all that, but this time (whenever that is) I intend to stock up before I go.
The key ingredients in this soap that help it work its magic include:
If anyone asks me my go-to natural face mask ingredient, I’d say turmeric and honey straight up. My favourite thing about turmeric is how it enhances skin glow and brightness. Once you feel your skin is lacking in the brightness department, a simple turmeric mask can really snap it back to life. Now imagine that in a daily natural soap.
Sunflower oil is a highly moisturizing and absorbent carrier oil. The great thing about it is that it’s non-comedogenic. It’s rich in vitamin E (antioxidant) which makes it a good anti-ageing and sun protecting ingredient. It’s also anti-inflammatory and helps in protecting our skin from acne-causing germs and bacteria.
In soap making, sunflower oil is considered a top nourishing soft oil.
Fenugreek seed Oil
This essential oil is rich in Vitamin C, which makes it an excellent ingredient to improve skin radiance and brighten your complexion. It also has antibacterial properties which help reduce the occurrence of skin blemishes.
Shea Butter and Coconut Oil
These two were first on the ingredient list, and it’s actually no surprise. Besides the moisturizing benefits, these two ingredients bring, they are also known as hard oils.
Hard oils are simply oils that are semi-solid or solid at room temperature, they help make the soap hard and make it lather. Shea butter is a conditioning hard oil while coconut oil is a lathering hard oil.
Where to buy?
You can order these soaps on their respective websites or on their Instagram handles, Avila even has a store on Jumia!
That’s it people! Have you tried any of the natural soaps on this list, what did you think of it?
If you have any natural soap favourites of yours, I’d love to know about it! Drop a comment below.