The Benefits of Castile Soap, particularly Moroccan Black Soap
Posted on April 25 2017
Soap is soap, you might think. But wait a minute – there is hard bar soap and liquid soap, milky and translucent soap, vegetable and soap made from animal by-products, and then there is Castile and, particularly trendy, Moroccan black soap, which has become very popular among users of vegan and organic cosmetics.
Beldi (Arabic for “traditional”) soap, or black soap, has been used by Moroccan people for centuries and is part of their bathing routines even today. This moisturizing soap - not to be confused with African black soap - has played an important role in traditional Moroccan bathing and steam room rituals, among other skin detoxifying methods. Moroccans, who first apply Moroccan black soap on the damp skin, leave it on up to ten minutes, and then rinse to leave a smooth, clean texture. This is followed by exfoliation using the so-called Kessa, a washcloth made of more or less coarse fabric, used to remove all that unwanted dead skin and toxins. The result is exfoliated, radiant, smooth and soft skin, which is now well prepared for further invigorating and detoxifying treatments, whether a mask, serum or an oil.
Plant-based soaps, including Moroccan black soap, have forever been valued for their gentle, yet powerful cleansing effect, and they are just as popular today, mainly for their unique formulation with natural, organic ingredients, and for their reliable cleansing properties. Here is how Moroccan black soap, the secret of Moroccan women to having healthy, young-looking, radiant skin, differs from other soaps:
In contrast to regular high-alkaline bar soaps that tend to dry out skin and strip its natural moisture and sebum away, castile soap, such as Beldi soap, is made from olive oil and olive pulp instead of animal fat, tallow or other animal by-products. After being saponified with potassium hydroxide or wood ash, this soap has a gel-like consistence and the texture of butter. Natural Moroccan vegetable soap is obtained from a mixture of crushed black olives and oil rich in vitamin E. Thanks to its dark olive pulp, Moroccan soap is black, dark brown or dark green, and does not contain any colorants, chemicals, or other additives such as synthetic fragrance.
Morocco is a northern African country where olive trees grow in abundance, and olives are not only used for nutrition, but also in cosmetic products. Sometimes, Argan oil, another Moroccan plant oil with outstanding moisturizing properties is used in more luxurious vegetable soaps, leaving skin deep cleansed and silky.
The benefits of castile soaps, including Moroccan black soap, at a glance:
- Consist of all natural, plant-derived ingredients
- Are free of chemicals and additives
- Are suitable for all skin types
- Are gentle, yet powerful skin cleansers
- Remove dead skin cells, dirt and impurities
- Do not irritate skin due to lower foaming activity
- In combination with the Kessa cloth, exfoliate rough skin, particularly on feet and elbows
- Have moisturizing properties
- Help maintain a healthy PH-balance
- Leave skin smooth, soft and comfortable
If you want to treat your skin to a natural, highly moisturizing bathing routine then we highly recommend trying Moroccan Black Soap. It is truly unique and will not disappoint. For additional information visit www.zakiasmorocco.com for a large variety of original Moroccan Black Soaps.