History and Origins
African Black soap is a West African originated natural healing soap that has been used for centuries to heal problematic skin and maintain healthier hair by the Yoruba nation from Nigeria, Ghana, Togo and Benin. African Black soap is known as dudu (black) osun (soap) in Nigeria, which literally translate to black soap and in Ghana it is known as Alata samina meaning pepper trader’s soap’ in Ghanaian dialect. The name Alata samina is derived from pepper traders who were mostly women, it is believed that they introduced African Black soap recipe and passed it down to generations that followed.
What is African Black soap made of?
This amazing and natural soap is made of palm oil, coconut oil, plantain leaves, cocoa pod powder and shea butter.
Uses and benefits of African Black soap
The soap has long been used to heal problematic skin and maintaining healthier hair. It is excellent for evening out skin, reducing dark spots, thinning fine lines, healing eczema, treating razor bumps and eliminating blemishes.
African Black soap has exfoliating properties and works well for all skin types. It heals body acne, dermatitis, psoriasis, eliminates body odour, removes product built up from hair, promotes hair growth and brightens skin.
How is African Black soap made?
African Black soap is hand crafted with love and care.
Plantain leaves are sun dried and roasted together with coco pod powder in a clay oven under constant temperature and the resulting ash is then added with water and filtered thoroughly. Palm oil, coconut oil and shea butter are then heated, added into the mixture and hand stirred for 24 hours. The mixture is then hand scooped and set out to cure for two weeks.
Authentic African Black soap is hand crafted in West Africa using pure ingredients and the final product is shipped all over the continent. Due to its popularity, companies are manufacturing African Black soap which contains artificial ingredients as well as tons of chemical preservatives and buyers are encouraged to be cautious of artificial African Black soaps.