Why I Ditched African Black Soap and A Nice Alternative

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With all the buzz about African Black Soap and how amaze-balls it is, I ran to my local natural store and picked up a bar.

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And I still regret it to this day.

SURE, the ingredients in African Black Soap are great for skin – oats, aloe vera and vitamin E..are you kidding?  Can’t fault the INGREDIENTS — it was, well, THE SOAP IS BLACK!

Now, if you have a black shower or tub, you might not mind this soap. The thing that I experienced was a greyish soap residue everywhere.  This black soap even stained my loofa.  I guess if it does AMAZING things for your skin, there’s some extra cleaning involved, but I could NOT keep up with all the residue.  And did I add it didn’t have the most pleasant of smells?  An outsider looking into my shower would think I was just plain gross….as in unclean.

So, it was great to try Pura Naturals, Inc. and their Pura Natural Soap Infused Body Bars.  These are soap-infused sponges.  It’s like a soap, washcloth and loofah all rolled into one. Each sponge is infused with all-natural, 100% vegan and gluten free botanical cleansers, plus hydrating and soothing oils (including essential oils).

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These patent-pending sponges use a unique nontoxic and plant based foam that is water repellent.  This means it inhibits bacteria growth and odor because it doesn’t leave your sponge soaking wet. This special foam sponge is also oil and silicone absorbent, so it extracts dirt, makeup, and impurities from your skin, while gently exfoliating.

Pura Naturals sponges don’t have any sulfates, parabens, phthalates or synthetic microbeads, and are made in the USA.  I added water and squeezed for a rich lather, great smell and ingredients that were great for my skin with NO residue everywhere, or anywhere.

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Choose from Citrus Splash, Eucalyptus Breeze and Lavender Mist Body Bars.

Pura Naturals Lavender Mist Body Bar Ingredients

Cocos nucifera (Saponified Coconut Oil),  Glycine Soja (Saponified Soybean Oil), Helianthus Annuus (Saponified Sunflower Seed Oil), Aqua (Purified Water), Elaeis Guineensis (Saponified Palm Fruit Oil), Olea Europaea (Saponified Olive Fruit Oil), Ricinus Communis (Saponified Castor Seed Oil), Carthamus Tinctorius L. (Saponified Safflower Seed Oil), Brassica Napus (Saponified Rapeseed Oil), Sapotaceae Multiflora Butyrospermum Parkii (Saponified Shea Butter), Simmondsia Chinensis (Saponified Jojoba), Theobroma Cacao (Saponified Cocoa Seed Butter), Limnanthes Alba (Saponified Meadowfoam Seed Oil), Matricaria Chamomilla L. (Chamomile Extract), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Lavender Essential Oil, Mineral Pigment

The sponge ran out of foam a little longer than 1 week.  I simply poured some of my non-toxic body wash on it and BOOM it was back in working order.  The sponge won’t last FOREVER – it does tear up from scrubbing, but they are not too expensive.  And again, they do NOT get moldy.  These bars retail for $5.99 each, or $8.99 for a 3-pack and are at select CVS stores. Pura Naturals also offer facial cleansing pads and active sponges to take with you to the gym or camping and kitchen sponges too. Stay home and buy on Amazon here. Hey those kitchen sponges might be the perfect choice for me to clean up all the African Black Soap residue!

Scrub A Dub Dub,

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{Pura Natural reps sent me a few sponges to try out and review.  All opinions are my own.  Article contains Amazon affiliate links to offset the cost of website – I hope you will support me by purchasing from my partners. Gracias.}

By | 2017-05-19T02:32:31+00:00 July 25th, 2016|Body|0 Comments

About the Author:

Eliza is an anti-aging journalist, coach and skincare/wellness consultant who has written hundreds of articles on anti-aging products and procedures, beauty and skincare. She writes regularly for The Los Angeles Examiner, and has been published in Hawaii's Inspiration Journal, and Hawaii Wellness Magazine, and quoted in various beauty blogs and newsletters including New You Magazine and more. A former Chicago reporter and analyst by nature, Eliza created Eliza's Anti-Aging Arsenal (www.antiaginganalyst.com/blog) a blog for people over 40, where she shares anti-aging tips, tricks and tools, vents a lot, and is known as "The Anti-Aging Authority With Attitude." Connect with Eliza at antiaging.analyst@gmail.com.

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