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What Is Black Soap? What You Need To Know

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There comes a time in every man’s life when he’s got to get his skincare routine in order. When you were a teenager, it was perfectly acceptable to slump into bed without washing your face or brushing your teeth, but now no longer. You don’t just become a grown-up man overnight, you earn the title.

One of the simplest ways to take control of your appearance and overall aesthetic is to incorporate smart ingredients, beautiful packaging, and multi-use products into your life. The idea of buying 10 different products can be totally overwhelming, so just buy one. That’s where black soap comes in.

Black soap is one of those mythical beauty products that’s made the round on internet forums and men’s grooming websites. Super fans credit it with some over the top claims such as drying up acne and minimizing the look of scars. None of those results have been proven in a lab, but we’re still big fans of the way black soap cleans skin.

You may know charcoal best as the crumbly briquettes at the bottom of a portable grill or the pencil-like medium used in art class. These days, it’s making an appearance on bathroom counters. We’re particularly big fans of the ingredient as part of a high-quality formula, like that in Baxter of California’s Charcoal Clay Deep Cleansing Bar. Rather than dismissing bar soap as an old-timey remnant of your parents’ medicine cabinet, pay attention. You’d be surprised how much soap has changed since you’ve been a kid.

The Deep Cleansing Bar is formulated with kaolin and bentonite clay as well as activated charcoal. The two work together to remove oil, dirt, and impurities from skin’s surface. Clay is an ingredient renowned among skincare addicts for its ability to absorb excess sebum on the skin’s surface—the same excess sebum that can sometimes lead to clogged pores and pimples.

Almost everyone has tried a face or body wash that leaves their skin feeling taut, sticky, or dirtier than before. That’s not the case here. The Deep Cleansing Bar doesn’t leave a residue. Instead, it leaves you feeling clarified and soothed.

Here’s the best part: this black soap was designed for your body and beard as well as your face. If you’re new to the world of skincare, a multitasking wonder like this can change your daily routine. Just, please, use a loofah instead of directly applying the product to your body and then your face.

There you have it: The first step toward creating an adult man’s skincare routine doesn’t require hundreds of dollars, exhaustive research, or an extra bathroom shelf to fill with products. If you start with a basic like soap that accomplishes multiple goals, you’ll be building a foundation for the rest of your routine—and, of course, the rest of your day.

Don’t feel overwhelmed by grooming. With a multi-use product like the Deep Cleansing Bar, you’re all set with minimal fuss. It’s available online now at $19.99 MSRP.

For more information about the Deep Cleansing Bar or a consultation, use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.