African black soap traditionally hails from West Africa, most commonly Ghana. It is hand-made using methods passed down through generations, using recipes that are centuries old. Local tribes harvest plants and barks including plantain skins, palm tree leaves, shea tree bark, and cocoa pods. These ingredients are sun-dried and added into a kettle to roast. Shea butter, palm oil, coconut oil, and honey are among the various ingredients that are then added and stirred into the kettle, where the soap is left to cure in the African sun for about two weeks.
African Black Soap Benefits
Due to the abundance of antioxidants and vitamins A and E in African black soap, there are many skin nourishing benefits. It helps to heal skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis, fades skin discolorations, relieves dry and irritated skin, and evens skin texture and tone. A small study by the Albert Einstein College of Medicine found that over 90% of African black soap users reported being satisfied with their improvement in acne, eczema, and general skin quality. When used as a shaving cream on the face or legs it alleviates razor burn. It can be used on the entire body including the hair.
It is important to buy authentic, raw African black soap. Many “black soaps” made in the USA and Europe contain artificial ingredients and will not give you the same results.
For optimal results, apply raw shea butter to the problem area you have cleansed. Shea butter is one of the ingredients often found in black soap and helps to replenish the skin and block out harsh UV rays, acting as a natural sunscreen. In West Africa, these two products go hand in hand.