African black soap - best soap for natural skin care
African natural black soap is one of the most beneficial and rare soaps you will find today. Bursting with vitamins and essential minerals your skin needs, it’s not hard to see why this is the only soap African mothers will use on their children. People across the world are starting to recognize the benefits that using natural black soap can have on their skin. Let’s find out what it can do for you!
How black soap is made
All natural African black soap is made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, and palm kernel oil for an all-natural cleansing process. Many recipes also include shea butter made from the nuts of the Karite tree. Plantains skins are largely what make this black soap so effective. They are a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron.
When black soap is made, the skin of the plantain is dried under the sun and then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be constant in order to achieve the perfect brownish black color, texture & smell. Afterward, cocoa pod powder is added. Cocoa pod is the shell of the cocoa fruit and also has natural healing properties.
The next part of the black soap making process is very precise. The roasted plantain skins are mixed with palm and palm kernel oil to form the soap. The length and temperature at which the plantains are roasted determines the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the black soap will become when finished. The mixture is stirred for at least a day and then usually put in molds to cure for two weeks or more.
African black soap is soft with an organic shape. It has a delicate texture and a natural, earthy smell. It is not oily, and can be used for hands, face, body and hair. It is most commonly found in Ghana, however other countries have their versions of black soap as well. Other words for black soap are AlataSamina, AnagoSamina which comes from the Twi language in northern Ghanam and osun or osedudu soap.