Soap - African Black
You can't get much more authentic than this for African Black Soap. Well, I didn't burn the Plantain Peel, Cocoa Nibs, and Neem Leaves myself. Nor did I add traces of Camwood and Woad to the mix. But I did have the potash and unrefined shea butter shipped from Nigeria just for this soap. And it was totally worth it. Very lightly scented with Lavender Essential Oil.
Net Wt: 2.5oz/70g
Ingredients: Aqua (Distilled Water), Elaeis Guineenisis (Palm) Kernel Oil, Hydrogenated Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit Oil, Potash, Sodium Hydroxide, Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender) Essential Oil, Organic Sugar, Sodium Lactate
African Black soap is also known as Anago Soap, Alata Simena, and Dudu-osun. It is a light exfoliate and can give you healthy looking skin, both for face and body. Traditional Black Soap is made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such as plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. The leaves are first sun-dried and then roasted in a kettle or pot at an even, constant temperature, which ensures color, texture and smell. Then water and various oils, such as palm oil, coconut oil, and palm kernel oil, along with shea butter and cocoa pod powder, are added to the mixture and stirred for at least a day. Then the soap is left to dry for at least two weeks to cure.
This soap is traditionally made in West Africa, typically Ghana, from secret native recipes. Different tribes and communities have adopted their own specific blend of oils and techniques, which can be seen in the various textures and colors of black soap. Different soaps made in the US and Europe sometimes have added ingredients other than the traditional Black Soap of Africa.
Traditional Black Soap produces a thick, soft lather due to the unique production process. It also has a natural earthy scent.
My soap is made from raw ingredients of potash and shea butter handmade by a community of Nigerian women and was acquired not through a company, but through a relative living in the US. Please enjoy.