African Black Soap
Not many people have heard of African black soap, for myself it wasn't until several months ago that I overheard some one talking about the benefits that black soap has. Being curious, I started doing some research into this product and here is what I found.
For many hundreds of years the people of Africa have made their own homemade soaps, The term black soap does not have reference to skin color but rather the ingredients used in the soap that gives the soap its black color.
Plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pods and kernel oil are all that is used in making the soap. Plantains look like bananas, only larger, and is what makes the soap so effective. Plantains are rich in vitamin A and E as well as iron. They are dried in the sun then the skins are roasted in clay ovens. While roasting, the heat must be kept consistent to obtain the right texture, fragrance, and color. The longer they are roasted the darker the soap will be.
The plantains are mixed with cocoa pod powder, cocoa butter, coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter, and a little water. The soaps that are made in the coastal region will contain more coconut oil while the soaps from the interior region will contain more shea butter.
This organic soap is recommended for the very young and the elderly, or anyone with tender skin. It leaves the skin smooth and soft. .
The benefits of African black soap:
Always store African black soap in a sealed bag or in a dry container. It is a soft milled soap and softer than normal store-bought soaps, and as a result, it will absorb water quicker. Once the soap has absorbed water from the air it will get a thin white film around it. The soap is still good to use but will have a feel more like a gel than a bar of soap. Some people will place the soap in a small container that has a lid. They will add just a 1/2 teaspoon of water to it and let it set for a few minutes. When they get ready to use the soap they will simply pour off the water onto a washcloth and use. Allow the soap to dry out in between uses.
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