Friday, September 23, 2016

Rise 'N Shine Online African Black Soap, Castor Oil, Cocoa Butter - In Review

I was about to begin with a intrepid disclaimer then I decided that would be a rather boring start and opted to jump right into the review instead.

100% Raw Organic African Black Soap 1lb - $12.34 - link 

This has quite a weird earthy smell in comparison to the Shea Moisture brand African Black Soap which smells artificially fragrant. The texture of this soap is quite thick versus some others that I have tried that are lighter or smoother. I prefer this one as it seems to be authentic African Black Soap that is made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks like plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves and shea tree bark. It also contains various oils like palm oil, coconut oil and palm kernel oil.

I cut almost half of it and put it in a bottle then added hot water to make a liquid soap. I was surprised at how easy it was to get the soap in the bottle because it had a soft texture and crumbled as I cut into it.
I cut another small piece to use in the shower for bathing and washing my face as the pieces I put in the bottle hadn't melted readily but took quite some time to liquefy-it was a lot of pieces.

It was amazing to see that I still had a huge piece left.

I really like this soap because it cleanses my skin thoroughly without the dry stiff feeling and it leaves my complexion looking brighter and smoother. I'd like to point out that with continued use and inadequate/improper skin care regimen/routine this will dry out the skin over time.

I cannot say I had the same results with the Shea Moisture brand African Black Soap. I also felt as if dyes and fragrances were added to the Shea Moisture brand African Black Soap because every time I used it my sinuses were irritated and even after it had been washed away it still seemed to bother my sinuses.

This soap cannot be used and left out in your soap dish or on the window sill-at least not in air that is humid like the environment that is usually created in our bathrooms and showers because it softens and becomes unstable meaning that it melts as if you left it in water.
I would recommend wrapping it in cling wrap or storing the piece that you've cut in a zip lock baggy. I have decided to turn my entire block of soap into a liquid by pouring boiled water on it and storing it in a opaque bottle with a pump as I believe natural ingredients and compounds are sensitive to light and temperature.

I sometimes use this to wash my locs because it is one of the only thing that cleanses and doesn't leave a film or residue on the skin, scalp or hair so it makes it great for stripping the hair and scalp of build up. Just remember that you have to restore the moisture and oils that you've removed.

100% Organic and Unrefined Raw Cocoa Butter 1lb - $14.68 - link

This butter is everything. I didn't think I would love another oil as much as my coconut oil as far as my skin is concerned with the exception of Emu Oil which has holy grail status but this is some good butter.

I love the feel of it on my skin when it is applied to wet or damp skin.

I scrape a tiny bit into the palm of my hands and rub my hands together to warm it up and it has an awesome cooling effect.

I love how rich and decadent it is. It smells like a 1lb tub of chocolate...😋 It leaves the skin moisturized but not greasy and I like that a lot because Shea Butter tends to make my skin feel greasy and that is why I don't use it anymore.

I must say that I don't appreciate this as much for my face as I do my body because it's slightly thicker and heavier on my face than emu oil or argan oil no matter how little I use.

It doesn't seem to wear off the body as quickly as coconut oil does though so in that regard I prefer this to coconut oil. It has also become a staple in my BABY BUM BUM CREAM - link

100% Pure Castor Oil - $13.16 - link

I love how rich this is. It's so thick it feels almost sticky.

I use this on my hair and I love the healthy sheen it gives.

You only need a small amount to massage into hair and scalp.

I would recommend you apply a small amount to wet hair and massage it into wet scalp for best results. It is necessary that you to test it on a small patch of skin before lathering it on your scalp or body because castor oil is know to cue allergic reactions.

I don't think I would ever use this on my skin just because it's so thick I feel it would be too heavy on my skin.

Well at least not a few months ago, but now I love it for my face* and it's not too bad on the body either but only if you apply it while the skin is still wet.

The castor oils that I have used and am familiar with are very different. This particular one is colourless / transparent. It has a bit of an herbal smell and is thicker than all the other castor oils that I have used.

I will continue using it and let you know if it has significant impact on my hair.

I noticed a few days after applying it to my hair and scalp that my scalp itched like fire ants had consumed my head. I am not sure if it is due to the thickness of this product but I have never had this reaction to any other hair care product before.

*I pat a small drop into wet face, neck and chest focusing on the eyes and on the lips for maximum conditioning. My face drinks this stuff up but not so much my body but to be fair I am having body skin issues as I feel I need a glycolic acid peel or maybe just a AHA body lotion to help get rid of dead skin cells and also unclog the pores.

I recently found out that I am a tad bit allergic to Castor oil but I still use it-in moderation albeit as itchy as my skin gets. I have discontinued using it on my body because use of it on my body results in a fire storm that I cannot bear. I also do not use it on my face anymore unless I decide to add it in to my liquid African Black Soap (made from the soap bar from this line of products) that I find has become quite drying on my face since I have been using it for quite some time and I do not intend to dissist any time soon.

Overall I am pretty impressed by Rise 'N Shine Online product offerings and I do like the products I received to try out and review.

These opinions are my own. I cannot be bought. With that said I think the prices are pretty good for the amount of product you get. I think you should check out their line which is available on as well as through their website.

UPDATED January 1st, 2017
UPDATED March 31st, 2017

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