C&C | African Surprise | Handmade | Organic Soap Bar With Rooibos | Watermelon and Mint | Red French Clay | Colloidal Oatmeal
African Surprise is an ode to a favourite cuppa back in my native South Africa: Roobios with Watermelon and Mint. I’ve not found anything quite like it in the UK, so decided to recreate it as one of my soaps. African Surprise ingredients are all organic, vegan, and handmade into soap using a cold processed method - so it’s as kind to the environment as it is to your skin.
So what does a tea-inspired soap do for you? Mint soaps have natural antiseptic properties and keep your skin looking and feeling both refreshed and renewed. The mint also helps clean patches affected by conditions like acne and eczema; and being rich in particular antioxidants called flavonoids, rooibos will fight these conditions coming back. Watermelon’s has a strong antioxidant game too with a fella called lycopene. Lycopene gives watermelon its distinctive red interior; it won’t turn your skin red, but will protect your skin from UV ray damage.
- Castor oil
- Cocoa butter
- Coconut oil
- Colloidal oats
- Infused Red Bush Vanilla tea
- Mango seed butter
- Olive oil
- Red clay
- Redbush tea leaves
- Sodium Hydroxide
- Soy wax
- Sunflower oil
- Watermelon and mint essential oil
Why should I use a soap bar instead of shower gel?
Firstly, because you’ll be keeping a plastic bottle out of a landfill or our oceans! But the right bar will can have superior benefits for your skin too. Soap bars contain more natural ingredients and less additives (or none, if you buy What on Earth), which means they are almost always more skin friendly. Plus because soap bars aren't counted as liquids they make for the perfect hygiene companion for flight travel. No pesky confiscations at customs, unless of course they want African Surprise for themselves.
Aren't soap bars more expensive than shower gel?
A handmade product like African Surprise may cost you more up front, but soap bars last far longer than a bottled gel. It’s much easier to judge how much soap you need when you’re lathering it from a bar, so you waste less - and how much gel slips through your fingers and straight down the drain everyday? Keep it in a cool, dry place (like your bathroom cupboard) and use all the scraps to make African Surprise even longer. Unless you’re a giant, your soap bar will last longer and save you money each wash.
Another tip for making your soap bar go further is investing in a eco-friendly bamboo pouf or natural sea sponge. They'll make beautiful bubbles and save you applying the soap directly to your skin.
Do soap bars carry bacteria?
This is a common worry when switching to a bar, and understandably. Fortunately there are reliable studies showing that while bars may carry some bacteria once used, you won’t get an infection or illness from them – so no need to worry.
Do soap bars expire?
Because soap bars are mostly composed of oils and butter they can easily last up to 3 years without spoiling. Natural changes will occur as you use it; colour may change and the scents will mature – but these are normal and won’t affect the wash or how hygienic they are.