Benefits Of African Black Soap
African Black Soap contains roasted plantain skin ashes for its very gentle exfoliating properties to remove dead skin cells. It may help reduce the appearance of fine lines. Black soap is also known for its excellent hydrating qualities. Organic Hempseed Oil and unrefined pure Shea Nut Butter provide deep moisture. This soap is multipurpose – you can use it as a conditioning shampoo. For centuries, both the Ghanaians and Nigerians of West Africa have used African Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. African Black soap has also been used to achieve beautiful skin. Africans have also used this natural soap for bathing and washing their hair. It’s excellent for removing make-up too. Black soap will leave your skin silky soft and clear. Brief history of ORGANIC African Black Soap:
If you haven’t used this soap before, it’s a little bit crumbly in nature and softer than most soaps. It has a delicate texture & a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap or African Black Soap also known as Anago Soap, ose dudu or Alata soap, and originates from West Africa. It has been used for centuries in countries like Ghana and Nigeria. Its methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and to avoid exploitation and imitations. This African Black Soap is not the mass produced African Black Soap sold all over the market.
African Black Soap comes from plantain skins originally. Plantain is a rich source of vitamins A and E and iron. (plantain is a popular food in Africa and other parts of the world. It looks much like a banana, but it’s bigger and longer.) The skin of the plantain is dried to a specific texture under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be kept precisely at a constant temperature in order to achieve a particular color, texture and smell. The roasting of the plantains determines the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. Next, the roasted skins of the Plantain are mixed with Palm oil and Palm Kernel oil to form the soap. These oils are in their purest form – without refining – and they make for a HIGHLY nourishing soap! Different African tribes make their own variations of Black Soap, as do separate Countries and their recipes are highly guarded.
Our African Black Soap is a great base ingredient for creating your own personalized soaps and can be melted and customized by adding moisturizing ingredients, such as unrefined shea butter, and essential oils. It can also be made into a liquid soap by adding water to it.
USING BLACK SOAP
Break off a bar-size piece from the bulk, then press it to shape with your hands, or use it as is. Rub the bar between your hands (or on a washcloth would also work), then rub your soapy hands on your skin and hair. (If you rub the bar on your hair, it will get hair stuck to the bar.) Black soap absorbs water easily, so keep it from sitting in water or it will dissolve away. The soap holders covered with little vertical fingers work well. Because this soap is softer than commercial soap, it comes off the bar more easily, so less rubbing of the bar is needed to release enough soap. When you start another bar, just push the old soap sliver onto the new piece and the two will easily unite; leaving no waste. Also recommended: mix a pea size amount of the organic-shaped soap with a small amount of water until liquid. You will have less waste.
STORAGE OF BLACK SOAP
Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has a very high natural glycerin content. As a result, it readily absorbs moisture from the air. It must be stored in a dry location or in a sealed plastic bag or it will become soft as it absorbs moisture. Black soap exposed to the air will have a thin white colored film. This film is not mold, it is caused by absorption of water from the air. This can be avoided by keeping the soap in a dry location away from moisture until ready for use. The film is not harmful.
MAKING BLACK SOAP
Traditional Black Soap contains mainly water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil, cooked together to form soap.
Tiny coconuts from the oil palm are stripped of their oily husk.
The oil filled husks are packed into a hand press. In the center of the press is a huge threaded shaft.
The heavy steel top to the press is put in place.
Muscle power forces the orange Palm Oil from the fiber.
The same pure Palm Oil is used in cooking and soap making.
The Palm Oil is heated to ready it for the soap making.
The Cocoa Pod grows directly from the branch. It is packed full of seeds (cocoa beans). When the pods have been emptied, they are burnt to produce CocoaPod Ashes.
The CocoaPod Ashes and/or plantain skins ashes are cooked with water to make them dissolve.
The ash water is added to hot Palm Oil.
The mixture of Palm Oil and Cocoa Pod Ashes is cooked and stirred. Soap is formed, foaming to the surface.
Hot soap is scooped off and placed on a cooling table.
BENEFIT OF ABS.
• African Black Soap has a deep cleansing effect. •African Black Soap suits all skin types. It is also good for babies and sensitive skins.
• African Black Soap is very sharp and does not leave a film on your skin.
• African Black Soap restores skin damaged from excessive use of bleaching creams and chemicals.
• African Black Soap heals chronic eczema, acne, pimples, freckles and dark spots.
•African Black Soap cleans deep into pores to activate the regeneration and rejuvenation of the skin.
•The antiseptic effect of African black soap prevents rashes, itch, dry and scaly skin from developing.
•African Black Soap like any other good African Black Soap does not have animal testing involved. Beware of Imitation “BLACK SOAP”
Contrary to the name, African Black Soap is actually a brownish-black color.
The addition of Iron Oxides and other colors and dyes is what makes a commercial, chemical based soap “Black”, thus passing by the name “Black Soap”.
“Black” or Brownish-black Soaps should not contain any chemicals or dyes.
“Traditional” hand processed African Black Soap does not have a hard texture, Instead, black soap will look somewhat like molded brownish-black clay.”
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