This is a review a long time overdue, as I had purchased a 2 oz tube of One Hand Washes The Other (OHWTO) Black Magic Cream Soap a few months ago.
The 2 oz tube retails at a most reasonable USD$6 and is also available in a 4 oz size for USD$11. Also comes in soap forms and unscented, more about that at the end of the post. The unscented version is without essential oils and is pregnancy-suitable.
OHWTO describes their Black Magic soap as:
Black Magic- a unique blend of traditional essential oils and botanical ingredients combined with modern cleansing technology, this is a facial cleanser unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
It’s absolutely LOADED with ingredients long used for toning, healing, and clarifying the skin: Tea Tree oil, Peppermint Essential Oil, Grapefruit Essential Oil, Lemongrass Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Vitamin E, Glycerin, French Green Clay, Rice Bran Oil, Apricot Kernel oil, and Activated Charcoal. In addition, the soap is made after I infuse the rice bran and apricot kernel oils (and then filter them) with a heaping handful of healing Calendula petals, long known for its skin-loving qualities.
You can go ahead and google all these additives and see for yourself what their benefits are and how people use them (and please- I encourage EVERYONE to do their own research and come to their own educated conclusions), but I’ve compiled a small list of snippets found via google here for your convenience:
-Tea Tree Oil is antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, fungicide, antiseptic; its believed to heal wounds quicker and protect them from infections, as well as help neutralize the scar marks and after spots left by eruptions, boils, pox, acne etc.
-Peppermint Essential Oil contains Menthol, which gives a cooling effect. It nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin.
-Grapefruit Essential Oil is antioxidant, antiseptic, disinfectant; it’s said it keeps the skin clean and is particularly good for treating oily skin and acne.
-French Green Clay is very absorbent, and literally drinks oils, toxic substances, and impurities from your skin. Its toning action stimulates the skin by bringing fresh blood to damaged skin cells, revitalizing the complexion, and tightening pores.
-Calendula has a long history of use as a wound-healing and skin-soothing botanical. It has impressive healing powers, and can clear up many different types of skin problems.
-Vitamin E helps skin look younger by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
-Activated Charcoal has the ability to attract other substances to its surface and hold them there. This is called adsorption (not absorption). Charcoal can adsorb thousands of times its own weight in harmful substances.
-Glycerin aids in preventing breakouts and keeping pores clear. It also can speed healing of present acne lesions. It is not inflammatory and will not irritate skin like many other products with harsh chemical ingredients.
These are some examples of what these ingredients are traditionally used for and believed to do for your skin; I’m not making any claims here, other than that my soap will clean your face, or whichever body parts you choose to wash with it. Technically, I cant, unless I have this soap lab tested for all of those properties, and I’m just not in a position to do that. I can tell you, however, that I use this soap on my face twice a day and it works great. Not too oily, not too drying, it leave my skin feeling clean and refreshed. Ive been using this in favor of my usual bar version, though I find I can go back and forth between the two without my face freaking out.There have been no colorants added to this soap; everything Ive added to it adds up to create the green/black coloration of it. Additionally, I have left out any fragrancing, so this cleanser smells very medicinal- not unpleasant, but its not a bouquet of flowers type scent, either. Think, herbal or apothecary and you’ll have a good idea of what to expect- the lemongrass oil really helps to tone down the typically medicinal scent of the tea tree oil. The lather is a bit on the thin side, but you don’t really need bubbles to get clean. A few times a week I like to spread this on my face and let it sit for a minute or two before rinsing, it acts as a light facial mask! This stuff is absolutely wonderful as a facial soap, but can be used on the rest of the body as well- Id advise you to keep it away from the, well, private areas, to avoid irritation- peppermint oil can cause tingling and tea tree oil can cause burning and you don’t really want to mix those 2 sensations together on sensitive areas.
The squeeze tube form is leak proof, flat and very portable. The ingredients are also clearly listed and waterproof labels are used. This is an absolute must for me for items that are used at the sink or in the bathroom.
Ingredients: glycerin, water, sodium cocyl isethionate, sorbitol, propylene glycol, disodium lauryl sulfosuccinate, stearic acid, sodium chloride, diazolidinyl urea and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, tetrasodium EDTA, calendula-infused apricot kernel and rice bran oils
It comes out in a slightly clay-like form and smells great with the concoction of essential oils. Rather minty. On my skin, it tingles slightly but doesn’t cause any redness.
When applied on a damp face, this spreads very easily. It doesn’t exactly lather for me. Black Magic also rinses off fairly easily and is a joy to use. You have to be careful to avoid the eye area with this, owing to the essential oils.
This is, for me, a form of deep cleansing wash to be used a couple of times a week on my normal-oily combination skin with a dehydrated surface (this happens when you live on a tropical island but work in an air-conditioned office. You get decidedly indecisive skin too :P). Toner, serum and moisturiser after cleansing is de rigeur for me so I’ve not felt any exceptional stripping of moisture from the use of Black Magic. I’ve actually seen my pimple outbreaks subside slightly the next day after having used Black Magic and a combination of my other skincare products.
If the ingredients are compatible with your skin, I’d recommend trying this. It’d also be great for teenaged skin with the typical oily/acne profile. Besides, at these prices, Black Magic is really very affordably priced, even with the 1st class international airmail from US to Singapore factored in. Besides, it’d give you a chance to add to your cart the other perfume and bodycare items that OHWTO makes 🙂 You can read more about my OHWTO perfumes sampled here in my previous blog entries.
Black Magic also comes in Soap Bars in the most eclectic mix of shapes, “in-theme” with its name 😛
The version with no essential oils added at just USD$5.25 for 4+ oz with a gorgeous Celtic knot.
Samples at just USD$1.25!
2 oz and 4 oz cream soaps in jars are also available at USD$6 and USD$11 respectively here. Pretty much something for everyone, so get yours today!
~*Item reviewed was purchased by me*~