African Black Soap
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Black Soap is a soap generally made in Western Africa where most of its ingredients are readily available. The color of the soap is brown the color of the African Black Soap varies from light-brown to very dark-brown depending on the region it’s made in, since the availability of the ingredients varies. The soap can be molded and cut into any shape, it is usually found in most West African markets in a ball or round shape. The Black Soap is goes by many names, but the most common is Ose Dudu, which comes from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Benin and Togo. Ose Dudu means literally soap (ose) Black (dudu). It is commonly known as Alata Samina or Anago Samina among Ghanaians.
Dried plantain, banana peels, cocoa pods, Shea tree bark, and dried palm tree leaves are first burnt in a large pot, vat or kettle to ashes. Water is then added to the ashes and filtered; Oils such as Shea butter, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and Cocoa Butter are then added to this water to create the soap. Herbs and age old formulations make the difference in the resultant soap. The soap is then hand stirred by local women for at least a day and then set out to cure for two weeks. Each region or tribe have their own recipe that has been handed down through generations.
You can use this soap on your body, face and hair. Black Soap traditionally has been used to relieve rashes, scalp irritations, and softens rough skin, acne, blemishes and other minor skin problems. Black soap gives your face a deep cleansing, leaving it fresh and healthier. Regular users report it has been used to relieve eczema, ringworm, and razor bumps as well.
INGREDIENT QUICK FACTS:
All Ingredients Sourced from Africa
Color: Natural from the soap making process
Size: Different shapes and sizes, Approximately 3.5-4.0 oz.
CAUTION: MAY CONTAIN BITS AND PEICES THAT MAY BE SHARP (COCONUT PODS)
Ingredients: Ashes of Plantain peel, banana peel, cocoa pods, Water, Shea butter oil, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and Cocoa Butter oil.
Imported from Western Africa
PLEASE NOTE: Handmade soap will last a long time but only if kept dry between uses. Use a soap dish that drains and keep it in a place away from standing water.