Beldi Soap is an interesting soap made from cold pressed olive oil and black olives made into a paste.
It is part of the Moroccan hygiene ritual that takes place in the hammam, in a steam bath.
It is in paste form and being made from olive oil, it does not have a rich lather.
It feels more like a cream on the skin. Use it in the shower or a hot bath, after the skin is exposed to steam and the pores are open.
Spread it on the body and let it work for a few minutes, then with a sponge, a loofah cloth or with the palms of the hands, massage in adding water.
Then rinse off.
I use it on my face – it leaves the skin soft and velvety.
- The use of Moroccan soap is slightly different from regular soap. It is improperly called exfoliating soap, being a soap that helps exfoliate, but does not actually exfoliate.
- As I said, it is part of the Moroccan hygiene ritual that takes place in the hammam, in a steam bath and has several phases:
- anointing slightly damp skin with soap and softening dead cells for 10 minutes,
- rinsing with water,
- exfoliation with a Kassa glove or a loofah glove.
- In the next phase, the body is oiled with a nutrient-rich clay (rhassoul) which is meant to close the pores.
- the last stage consists of anointing the body with argan oil, usually perfumed.