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Suprising Uses of Dudu Osun Soap

Hi all,

On to the story for today. I needed to wash my make-up brushes (which we should all do. Check my post out here on why). I did postpone this however because I felt I needed a special cleaning fluid or something to get them clean. I then had a light bulb moment AKA an “ah ha” moment.

The times I’ve previously used Dudu Osun on my face (which is now very infrequently as I’ve found it to be a bit too strong for my face) it removes every single trace of make-up. Literally every single thing. No mascara, eyeliner, nothing. I then thought if it could do such a good job on my face, how much more my make-up brushes.

Conclusion = It .was. amazing.

My brushes haven’t been cleaner and I exaggerate not. I wish I had taken before and after shots of the brushes. This idea has therefore brought about this post.

So in no particular order, what are some not too typical uses of Dudu Osun (or just any brand of black soap) soap.

  1. Cleaning your face

This isn’t a contradiction. It is still a great cleanser, just a very strong one. But it will rid your skin of any make up and is 100% natural, a great bonus

  1. Cleaning your body

This is my favourite use by far. I love the earthy smell, the lather and I love that I feel “clean” afterwards. Please note the suds are brown (because the soap is brown and not actually black). This can stain your bath/shower.

  1. Washing your make up brushes

I wet the soap. I then wet my brushes and swiped them across the soap two or three times. I then worked the soap into the brush head on my palm. The colour of the suds while doing this proves how good it is at getting the make-up off. Then proceed to rinsing the brushes afterwards with some water then leave them to dry.

  1. Washing your hair

Dudu Osun soap is a great alternative to shampoo. When I do use it, I like to just rub the bar of soap across my scalp. Having your hair parted can be quite helpful. I then proceed to work the soap into my scalp, as you would with normal shampoo. Then rinse your hair as normal.

  1. As a shaving cream/lotion

I am not a regular shaver as epilating is my preferred hair removal method. The few times when a shave is required, Dudu Osun is a very good shaving cream lotion. I will simply wet the bar of soap and lather it up between my hands. I will then spread the soap lather on the part that requires a shave (usually the legs). I will then proceed to shave carefully and voila!

The packaging of Dudu Osun has changed slightly and the soap now comes wrapped a little plastic wrap. This did also list some interesting uses so I took a picture and added it in below. It, unfortunately, does not provide instructions on how to use the soap for these great suggestions.

I still use Dudu Osun but have been trying out a few other brands of black soap. Admittedly they don’t differ a great deal and still do the same job.

Have you used Dudu Osun or any other black soap for any of the purposes suggested below? Let me know.

Until next time,

Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl

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Product Review: Dudu Osun Black Soap

Hey there

feels good to be back with this product review. I had to hunt high and low to get this soap after a random disapperance from all the shops I would normally purchase it from, so I decided
whenever I was able to get my hands on it again, I would review it.

If you’re into natural products or have natural hair, I’m sure you would have heard a little about Dudu Osun Soap. Dudu Osun soap is manfucatured in Nigeria (Woop woop) by a company called Tropical Naturals. Dudu Osun literally means black camwood soap. Wikipedia describe camwood (scientific name Baphia nitida, also known as african sandalwood) as a shrubby, hard-wooded African tree. Its wood is commonly used to make a red dye. The earliest dye wood (Camwood) was from West Africa. There’s not a great deal on camwood on Google, but it is described as having antiseptic and skin balancing propeties. (http://shearadiance.typepad.com/shea_radiance/2009/08/african-camwood-for-skincare.html). Do check out this great article about camwood http://tribune.com.ng/index.php/natural-health/44820-scientists-corroborate-usefulness-of-cam-wood-dye-in-skin-conditions.

Dudu Osun is a type of african black soap but not the only type. Though they can be similar, african black soap will differ depending on the area it comes from and its individual batch. African black soap can come from Ghana or Nigeria or somewhere else in Africa but will differ slightly depend on where and who made the soap. As far as I am aware, real african black soap , whether Ose Dudu Osun, a black Soap from Nigeria, a Black Soap from Ghana or somewhere else in Africa SHOULD NOT BE JET BLACK IN COLOUR. If the soap is jet black in colour, this will likely be due to colouring being added and will probably not be a natural soap.

As a side note , Osun is also the name of a state in Nigeria. Osun state which contains the Obafemi Awolowo University. Its capital is Osogbo. The university is also said to be located in the ancient town of Ile-Ife, a important historical site for the Yoruba culture. Oshun, or Ochun, is an Orisha who reigns over love, intimacy, beauty, wealth and diplomacy. She is worshiped also in Brazilian Candomblé Ketu, with the name spelled Oxum. She should not be confused, however, with a different Orisha of a similar name spelled “Osun,” who is the protector of the Ori, or our heads and inner souls. ochun relates mostly to woman but also man (keep checking for the Nigerian history stuff to come, 😉 )

Although it is literally translated as black soap, Dudu Osun is infact brown in colour. It lathers well and produces a brown foam/liquid. It has an earthy smell, it’s difficult to describe, but I think it smells divine.

Ose Dudu Osun

The description of the Dudu Osun Black Soap by its company says that “Dudu- Osun is the age long African black soap made the traditional way by hand from pure natural ingredients and herbs from the tropical rain forest and savannah regions. No artificial colours No preservatives bio degradable Cleanses Nourishes Protects Refreshes your skin”

The listed ingredients are
Pure honey, shea butter, osun (camwood), palmkernel oil, cocoa pod ash, palm bunch ash, aloe vera, lime juice, water & fragrance.

My Review
I loooove Dudu Osun, I think its the Bees Knees. I use as a body soap, a facial soap and as shampoo. I love the fact its ingredients are natural, so I’m not putting unknown chemicals and random stuff on my skin. It retails in the UK black hairshops for about £1 (these are everywhere), which I wouldn’t call expensive. I can’t really speak for other countries but you can always check on Amazon, Ebay for the soap also, although it may be more expensive. I’ve been using this soap for several years with little complaints.

When using Dudu Osun, it is important to allow it to dry after you use it. Because of its natural composition , if it remains wet, it will finish more quickly.

As a word of caution, Dudu Osun can be very drying for the skin on your face (as I learnt the hard way). When using it for your face, I recommend you use it with COLD WATER. As I later learnt, because the soap contains lime juice, using this with warm/hot water can be overkill for facial skin.

It’s a product that speaks for itself, just check out its reviews on the internet. Although it’s a soap of African origin, there are no limitations on who can use it.

So if your natural girl, looking for a staple cleanser … Dudu Osun may just be the way to go!

Let me know how you find it after using it.

Memoirs Of A Yoruba Girl
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