joanieandsally on Oct 8, 2016
Good stuff! Thank you!!!
joanieandsally on Oct 8, 2016
Awesome! Thank you Marla!
missmissy on Sep 21, 2016
I am in love with this. My face feels better already. Thank you!
missmissy on Sep 21, 2016
Love this scent and the product. Thank you so much!
Vanessa on Sep 21, 2016
Great product! Fast delivery and great communication too. :)
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Please take a moment to look at the History of our African Black Soap, it is very interesting. Also, check out the "Bio" section to see how and why we got started!
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WARNING I have read that some think that: Organic E.O.Lavender is not recommended for pregnant women. I'm not sure why, but I do want to be sure to put it in just in case.
Which oils can be dangerous?
Below is a list of some of the traditionally accepted contraindicated oils for specific conditions. There is little scientific research to support most of these contraindications.
Pregnancy: Basil, cinnamon, clary sage, cypress, fennel, jasmine, juniper, marjoram, myrrh, origanum, pennyroyal, peppermint, rose, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme
Breastfeeding: Mint, parsley, sage and jasmine (research has shown that jasmine inhibits milk production in lactating mothers)
High blood pressure: Cypress, eucalyptus, ginger, rose, rosemary, sage and thyme
Low blood pressure: Clary sage, garlic, lavender, lemon, marjoram and ylang-ylang
Epilepsy: Fennel, hyssop, rosemary, sage and wormwood
Care when using machinery or driving Clary sage and vertivert
Care if drinking alcohol Clary sage
WARNING: Please be careful when using the African Black Soap with melted in African Shea Butter in the SHOWER or TUB - When I wash my feet I rinse them right off and there is no problem but if you don't rinse your feet it could get slippery, so RINSE your feet after washing your feet! It's the Shea Butter that makes it a bit slippery, but I haven't had a problem b/c I ALWAYS RINSE my feet after.
Our African Black Soap can be used for washing your dogs or cats too. They come out clean and the soap rinses out fast and squeaky clean and smelling wonderful. Doesn't strip your dog's tender skin. I even use the Shea Butter on Hot Spots. One of my dog's has allergies and he starts itching - I put on my itch relief and let that dry then put on a dab of Shea Butter and in no time at all he starts healing. Wonderful! Plus, my dogs never have fleas and I attribute it to the African Black Soap (the fleas don't like it!)
*A Brief summary of Organic African Black Soap: This is the type of Black Soap intended for use on sensitive skin and hair. African Black Soap - Traditionally made in Ghana, West Africa (this kind is also made in Nigeria, West Africa) Totally organic, this black soap is the REAL thing! The major difference between this and the some other Black Soaps is that it does not contain fragrance, which some skin types are sensitive to. Black Soap is also known as Anago Soap or Alata Soap in Ghana, and as Ose Dudu in Nigeria. Our Black Soap is made from roasted cocoa (chocolate) pods, plantain skins ashes mixed with palm oil. Black Soap is especially recommended for the very young and the elderly, or anyone with tender skin. It leaves the skin smooth and soft. We have added the moisturizing pure African shea butter. Raw Black Soap is prized for its quality antiseptic properties and for its gentleness on the skin and hair.
Active ingredients in Organic African Black Soap:
Water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil.
Benefits of Organic African Black Soap:
Traditional African Black Soap is centuries old, has numerous benefits and is not scented. For centuries, Africans have used Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. Many swear by it for skin irritations and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well. African Black soap has also been used to achieve quality 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. African people also use Black Soap to rid the skin of rashes, ring worm, measles, and body odors.
It is used as a natural shampoo to avoid dry itchy scalp. Black Soap is so highly thought of, it is also used in African spiritual purifications.
African Black Soap can be used in its natural form for the face, body and hair.
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 or Alata soap, originates from West Africa. It has been used for centuries in countries like Ghana and Nigeria. It's methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and avoid exploitation & imitations. This African Black Soap is not the mass produced African Black Soap in boxes all over the market.
African Black Soap comes from plantain skins originally. Plantain is a rich source of vitamins A & E and iron. (plantain is a popular food in Africa & 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 & 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.
Using Organic African Black Soap:
Take your bar-size piece, 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.) Organic African 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 (similar pictured above). 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.
Storage of Organic African Black Soap:
Pure traditional Organic 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.
Making Organic African Black Soap:
Traditional Black Soap contains mainly water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil, cooked together to form soap.
1. Tiny coconuts from the oil palm are stripped of their oily husk.
2. The oil filled husks are packed into a hand press. In the center of the press is a huge threaded shaft.
3. The heavy steel top to the press is put in place.
4. Muscle power forces the orange Palm Oil from the fiber.
5. The same pure Palm Oil is used in cooking and soap making.
6. The Palm Oil is heated to ready it for the soap making.
7. 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 Cocoa Pod Ashes.
8. The Cocoa Pod Ashes and/or plantain skins ashes are cooked with water to make them dissolve.
9. The ash water is added to hot Palm Oil.
10. The mixture of Palm Oil and Cocoa Pod Ashes is cooked and stirred. Soap is formed, foaming to the surface.
11. Hot soap is scooped off and placed on a cooling table.
23 REASONS TO USE AFRICAN SHEA BUTTER UNREFINED:
Shea Butter will provide improvement in all the conditions listed below. As you use this all-natural, multi-purpose non-greasy cream, you will discover additional uses. The amount of time required for optimum results on various conditions may vary with each condition. Wrinkles, for example, require 4-6 weeks of daily use. Itching is relieved immediately.
Skin peeling, after tanning
Shaving cream for a smooth silky shave
Small skin wounds
Tough or rough skin (on feet)
Stretch mark prevention during pregnancy
Muscle fatigue, aches and tension
Before and after strenuous exercise
Skin allergies such as poison ivy or poison oak
Skin damage from heat (hot grease while cooking, radiation treatment for certain medical problems, etc)
Lip Balm for dry lips
Skin benefits of Shea Butter use:
Repairs: Unique to shea butter, is its high content of non-saponifiable fat. This natural fatty acid is felt at the cellular level and contributes to the regeneration process of dry and wrinkled skin.
Moisturizes: Shea butter penetrates deep into your skin and gives it back its elasticity. It will revitalize, soften, and maintain moisture to your skin without greasiness.
Nourishes: Shea butter's high content of vitamin A, E, and F will provide your skin with all the essential elements it needs for good skin balance. Use it for the treatment of dry and wrinkled skin, sunburns, scars, skin irritations, cold sores, itching, diaper rashes on babies, eczema, burns, dermatitis and skin discoloration. Shea butter soothes and heals skin after shaving or waxing.
Hair benefits: Shea butter will add and maintain moisture to dry and brittle hair, revitalize split ends. It will also, protect your hair from damaging sun rays, hair dryers, perms, and dyes. Use, it as a conditioning sheen to maintain your hair's natural shine, improve manageability and before swimming to protect your hair against chlorine or sea salt.
Who should use Shea Butter?:
Everyone! Every household should have a jar of Shea Butter, either among the beauty supplies for soft smooth better looking skin, or in the medicine cabinet for minor skin injuries around the house.
SHEA BUTTER IS THE SKIN'S BEST FRIEND!
The History and Benefits of Shea Butter:
The Karite tree can live up to 300 years and has been called the "God Send" to the people of Africa. Found in African Savannah, the Karite tree gives up its fruit once a year. This is called the Karite nut. This nut is then boiled and the oil is extracted from it and refined into shea butter. Recently advocated as a cosmetic ingredient, shea butter continues to attract the interest of cosmetic chemist the world over. Shea butter has been known for so long in Europe as a useful product from their colonies and was clinically tested to ascertain its tolerance and therapeutic activity in cutaneous conditions.
Dermatologists approved by the French Ministry of Health used shea butter on 35 people from different age, sex and racial backgrounds for a period of ten days to 5 months. These candidates had all types of skin disorders ranging from dry and wrinkled skin to serious burns and rashes. No one had any negative side effects from the use of shea butter. These cases have all been documented by the French Ministry of Health - Toan Tran, head of the Laboratory Sederma, France.