It’s easy to dismiss the overly-simplistic beauty regiments of your signifiant other. Many times it’s little more than shower, shave, brush, go. I’m the typical female that has about 5 different salves, scrubs, and ointments that regularly accompany me to the shower. So I was pleasantly surprised to see a new addition to the shower that I had not purchased myself:  Alaffia’s Authentic African Black Soap. 
Now, I actually use the real black soap that I purchase as a huge dark brown, hard chunky mass, straight from Harlem. And I’ve purchased it in Senegal and Guinea. I love my African soap, so anything processed is usually a turnoff for me. But I decided to give it a try. It’s silky consistency was a plus for me considering how messy the unprocessed block soap usually is. Alaffia’s version did not overly strip my skin, had no added fragrance, and left a soft sheen on my skin after drying. Best of all, there are NO parabens, which are prevalent in so many beauty products, that I have often succumbed because of my love for a brand. 
Although I’ll always love the original African Black Soap, I wouldn’t mind lathering this version on from time to time.
Alaffia African Black Soap, $13 at Vitacost
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