Thursday, July 10, 2014

Beldi - Moroccan Black Soap

Have you heard of Beldi soap?  It's also called Moroccan Black Soap, made of 100% olive oil and black olive paste.  It is used in Moroccan bath or Hamam Maghrabi.  It starts with an overall rinse, then smear black soap all over your body, followed by sitting in a hot steamy room for awhile until your pores all open up.  Then someone will take a scrubby sponge and scrub the heck out of you, LOL  It is then followed by a body mask to detox.  The whole process takes about an hour.  Your skin is supposedly like baby soft again.
Anyway, I tried making Beldi soap the other day, except I used herbal infused olive oil and fresh rosemary puree instead of black olive paste.  Beldi soap uses potassium hydroxide to saponify oils, same process as making liquid soap.  The only difference is it stays as a paste and not diluted with more liquid to form final liquid soap.
I used glycerin method to avoid cooking.  It's very fast, done  within 10 minutes.  Glycerin method is by using glycerin in place of water to dissolve potassium hydroxide.  This method requires no cooking, no additional external heating required.
Usually after I saponified my liquid soap using glycerin method I would let it cool down on the counter.  By the time it's cool enough to touch it's pretty much thicken to a sticky paste consistency.  I store the paste until I need soap then I'll dilute is with hot distilled water.  But when I did the same to my Beldi soap it didn't get thick like my normal liquid soap.  Over night it actually stayed jelly like but got really shinny!

I'm thinking it has a lot to do with the puree rosemary I added that made the soap more like jelly than sticky paste.  Jelly is definitely easier to apply on skin than sticky paste, I'm not complaining!

10 comments:

  1. Hmmm...looking very...interesting...:) Have you tried it already?

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    1. Yes I tried it in shower. I don't have a steam room and that is effecting the potential of this soap.

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    2. So this would work best in sauna?

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  2. Mine also looks jelly and soft and it's very easy to apply. It's probably partly due to high SF and olives. Albeit I wished it was thicker, now I'm so liking it! Yet, I'll try to get it thicker next time,just to compare. I still don't know how it feels like :-(

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  3. Since I'm not in Morocco anymore I still make do with a standard bathroom. Fill your bath (really hot) and close all windows, soak a bit when its bearable and the out the water and do the Mr Miyagi "wax on wax off" for a bit. After a little cup of tea I jump back in the bath for a bit then exfoliate like theres no tomorrow! You'll be really glad to be alone in the bath because all those dead skin near the plug hole will be yours! Use a good moisturizer and voilà: baby soft skin!�� . If you want to extend your summer glow you can add a bit of henna powder or aker fassi to your beldi paste before application!
    Enjoy ��

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  4. do you have an exact recipe that you used to make this and step by step and if so can you post it

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    1. Have you made liquid soap before? This is a liquid soap process made with 100% olive oil as stated in the post. This will be a good youtube video to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mjp1DHSLSM

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  5. no I have not...all I have done is make body butters but will check out the youtube video...I was interested in your quicker way :)

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    1. If you have not made any soap from scratch with lye before I would not suggest making this with glycerin method, it is not for beginners.

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