What is African Black Soap?
When most people think of soap, you think of light colored bars, floral or fruity scents right? Probably not a dark black soap bar. African Black Soap which is typically made in Ghana or Western African and is produced by women of various tribes, each tribe or region has their own secret recipe that has been handed down for generations. The ingredients vary as the coastal regions have more access to coconut oil where as regions from the interior part of African have more access to shea.
Black soap is called my many names. The most common name is Ose Dudu (Ose = soap, Dudu = black) Black soap has a wide range of colors from a brown to a dark black. This is because of the differences in ingredients and the method used when making the soap.
So how do they make the soap? Well as stated above, nobody will ever really know the true recipe of each individual tribe or region! Typically black soap is made from the ash of locally harvested barks and plants such as : cocoa pods, shea tree bark, plantain and tree leaves. The leaves and bark are sun dried and then roasted in a vat at a constant temperature which is necessary to ensure the soap will have the proper texture, smell and consistency. Next, water and assorted oils such as shea butter, coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, and coconut butter are added to the mixture which is then hand stirred for approximately a day. The mixture then sets for two weeks as this is the amount of time it takes to cure.
How can you use African Black Soap?
African Black Soap can be used on your hands, face, body, even your hair as a shampoo!
What are the benefits of using African Black Soap?
There are many benefits of using African Black Soap. They say that mothers would use black soap on new born babies as the soap is gentle enough for baby sensitive skin. It is also said to thin out fine lines and wrinkles, even out dark spots on the skin, relieve eczema, and clear up blemishes. It is also said to eliminate body odor, and razor bumps!
Black soap is wonderful for exfoliating the skin and making it look healthier. It is also good for sensitive skin, scalp rashes, skin irritations and oily skin.
Who shouldn't use African Black Soap?
People who are sensitive to caffeine should test a small patch of their skin with the soap because the soap most times does contain cocoa pods which contain caffeine and it can be absorbed through the skin!
Where can you buy African Black Soap?
We have just started carrying African Black Soap in our store The Happy Earth Emporium We also carry other African all natural soaps, butters and beauty products!!