Recently, a friend of mine brought Dzair soap (Black soap) from Algeria. It was the first time I’ve ever heard of this type of soap, which is a sticky paste used to prepare the skin for exfoliation. Initially I thought it contained charcoal powder because of the murky green color. Sounds gross doesn’t it? But after spending some time Googling articles, it turns out that it’s made out of Olives and vegetable soda and it originated in Syria about 3000 years ago. It was called the soap of Aleppo and manufacturing technique arrive a little later in north western Africa such as Morocco and Algeria. This natural beauty soap has different names: Black soap, Beldi or Dzair and is considered the Hammam’s flagship product. It comes in the form of a thick dark paste which when mixed with water becomes creamy. Let me tell you that that my skin never felt this squeaky clean and soft before.
Dzair (Black) soap is made from a mixture of oil and crushed black olives. It is part of beauty products used in the oriental cosmetic tradition and is very often applied in the hammams to prepare the skin for exfoliation.
It’s very simple. Before applying the paste, make sure your skin is well moistened by showering in hot water, hot bath or sauna.
With your skin wet, apply a small amount of the paste and massage your body with Dzair (black soap) while avoiding the periphery of the eyes. Leave it on and let your skin soak all the goodness for 10 to 15 minutes.
Let the scrubbing begin! Using a granular cloth glove or a vegetable sponge (loofah), start scrubbing your skin to get rid of the deepest impurities. You will then see your dead skins forming under the aspect of little black vermicelli.
Rinse it baby.. rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water. The result is breathtaking! Your skin is free of toxins and dead cells, while remaining light and soft.
This beauty product is suitable for all skin types. It worked for me as I have a very sensitive skin and psoriasis!
Yes you can but do not use exfoliating gloves or loofah on your face. Just rinse your face with warm water. Also be careful to avoid contact with the eyes and the lip.
Dzair (Black) soap should be kept cool to prevent drying. Avoid leaving the container open in the bathroom. You can, for example, keep it in your fridge. It will thus retain all its qualities.
Sadly the original product is not available in major retail stores in North America. However, there are few options to consider such as checking with your local Moroccan store. A trip to Morocco or Algeria is the perfect option since you get to experience the marvels of an intriguing rich culture.
I have also found a similar form of this beauty product at L’occitane En Provence. You can order it directly through their website.