As you know, I love trying new products and I was pretty excited to test a Japanese brand. I was contacted by Black Paint to try their Pore cleansing Soap and Black Konjac Sponge. These two products are part of the 5 steps skincare system. When I read about the 5 steps system on the Black Paint website my favorite part was: “Each of our 5 steps is formulated to correct all of the various insults that skin encounters during a day and feeding the skin so that it can restore its own natural balance!” Indeed our skins are insulted (lol) daily with the unnecessary products, chemicals, and smog that we come in contact with.
The Black Paint Pore Cleansing Soap
According to the brand, the Black Paint Soap is meant to deeply clean pores and remove “keratotic plugs” for smoother and fresher skin. What are keratotic plugs you ask? Well…I had to ask Professor Google and all I could find was that the word “keratotic” refers to “Excessive growth of horny tissue of the skin.”
I guess what they mean is that it gets rid of dead skin cells? I am not sure.
Also the brand claims that this soap can remove makeup in one wash, without the need of makeup remover.
This soap contains no alcohol, artificial fragrances or colors and most of its ingredients are organic, see the list below. All the ingredients are organic except for the ones in white.
The process to use this soap is quite simple but a little more time consuming than just pumping a cleanser out of a bottle or just rubbing soap on your skin. Here is the process, as recommended by the brand:
- Submerge the soap in warm water for 40 seconds or so
- Apply the softened soap bar directly to your face using all 6 surfaces of the soap to remove the product evenly (so your soap bar holds its shape over time)
- Rub the soap into your skin like you would with any other cleanser
After using this soap your face feels clean, soft. It is not drying or stripping. The smell is pleasant thanks to the Lavender and Rosehip oils and I honestly liked it. My skin was clean and refreshed and, indeed, it did get rid of all my makeup (foundation etc.) in one wash.
As you know I have acne-prone skin and it did not cause any breakouts, and my skin was fairly happy during the time I used it.
This soap retails for 29.99 US dollars which is very expensive for a regularly sized bar of soap. Yes, most of the ingredients are organic and, I am sure, of great quality. But 29.99 $ for a bar of soap still seems pretty outlandish to me, but as I always say : if you can afford it, go for it.
It’s a good soap and if I was the kind of person who spends 30$ on a face cleanser (I am not…unless I’m blown away by the results of said cleanser) then I may be tempted to get it. It did not blow me away but the novelty of the process added some needed change to my skincare routine and I appreciate the use of all natural mostly organic ingredients.