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All natural black soap made with Plantain bark, Shea butter, palm oil and palm kernel leaves. It provides a deep cleansing action for your hair or skin, removes bacteria, fungus and other impurities with its antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It will replenish, protect and heal your skin with vitamins and oils. It is safe for use for all skin types: (dry skin, or oily skin, sensitive and all ages). It is used to treat many skin and scalp conditions such as acne, eczema and dandruff. These are added benefits but its primary use is facial and body cleansing. No added chemicals that will strip the natural oils out of your skin or hair.

The process of making black soap is very intimate and delicate. It is usually made by women for a living. The women gather fresh leaves and bark which are grown locally and dried in the sun. After it has been sun dried, it is then roasted in a large cast iron pot to ensure constant temperature. This process is very important and the women make sure that wood is being supplied to the fire at a constant rate. The proper temperature results in the right color, texture and smell. When it is at the right consistency, the women add other oils: Shea Butter, palm oil, palm kernel oil, cocoa pod powder and coconut oil. It is thoroughly mixed together, usually in a large mortar and pestle for hours. The soap is then left to cure for about six weeks. The ingredients used in Black Soap is not easily found in the US, making this soap unique. It is a blend of nature’s most nutritious plants and leaves. This Black Soap hand-made in Africa is natural, free of chemicals and other harmful additives. It contains no sodium lauryl sulfate which strips oils out of your hair. Even though you can find some imitation black soaps made in US, they usually have added chemicals.

Is the soap black?

No. Black soap can be any shade of brown but it is not black. The color of the soap depends on how long the plantain skins and leaves were roasted. When they are roasted for longer periods, the shade of the some will be darker. Black soap is only black when a coloring agent has been added. My Black Soap is light brown.

How is it stored?

It should be stored in a cool dry place and because it is moisture loving, wrapped when not in use. When in use do let it soak in water for long periods. This will cause it to dissolve. Black soap is not your typical bar of soap, it is soft and pliable.

Where is my black soap from?

This black soap is from Ghana in West Africa. It has an earthy natural clean smell.

How is it packaged?

It comes in chucks or blocks that can be easily broken off for usage.

So why exactly should I consider Black Soap?

As someone who was raised in Africa I can give my personal experience with black soap.

While growing up, black soap was used by my grandmother to bathe me. It is very delicate and can be used for all skin types: even sensitive baby skin. Black soap in my community was made by the Hausa women and we would buy it from them on weekends. Black soap was also used when one suffered from problem skin acne, oily skin, rashes, skin discolorations or any skin conditions. In addition to using it on skin, we would also use it to shampoo our hair since we didn’t have access to commercially made shampoo. It is an all in one formula that can be used by everyone and even on your hair. What more could you ask for?

When I moved to US I was not able to find the authentic black soap till now. I suffer from periodic break outs and very oily skin and discolorations. I noticed after using the black soap again for only about 3 days, my skin was less oily and it felt very smooth. After about a week the discolorations were almost faded completely. I once again fell in love with the simple but yet very effective African Black Soap.

You must be thinking….What’s in it for my skin, hair or scalp?

Plantain skins (the main ingredient of black soap) contain an abundant supply of Vitamin A and E and Iron which will keep your skin feeling soft, supple and clean. It is rich in polyphonols and antioxidants which can prevent premature aging.

Shea Butter has lots of Vitamin E which helps healing, fades skin discolorations and provides protection from damaging UV rays. The oils have anti-fungal and antibacterial properties which will penetrate deep into your skin to suck out any excess oil and bacteria.

I also have my soap available in liquid form. Soon I will be releasing fragrance and essential oil infused Black Soap. Essential Oils have many benefits for optimal skin health.

Honey Suckle Liquid Black Soap Shampoo with Sweet Almond and Honey 6oz

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