I am so glad to be able to bring you authentic African Black Soap. I love it and use it myself. It lathers nicely and a little goes a long way! For those of you who are new to this pure, natural soap here is a little information:
Black soap, also known as African black soap, has long been used to heal problem skin. It's good for thinning fine lines, evening out dark spots, eczema, razor bumps and eliminating blemishes.
It is also used to lightly exfoliate and give you healthier looking skin. The soap can be used on your body, face and hair and works for oily skin, dry skin, skin rashes, scalp irritations, body odors and is good for sensitive skin.
Black soap is made from the ash of locally harvested plants and barks such as plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. First the leaves and bark are sun-dried and then roasted in a kettle or pot at an even, constant temperature, which is important to ensure color, texture and smell. Then water and various oils - (including shea butter and cocoa pod powder) – are added to the mixture and stirred for at least a day. After that, the "soap" is left to set for two weeks to cure.
Oftentimes the soap is made by women and is fair-traded, though not always. Black soap is traditionally made in west Africa. This batch came from Nigeria. Different tribes and communities have adopted their own specific (secret) blend of oils and cooking techniques, which can be seen in the different color variations among black soap. The ash itself was often used to heal cuts. Varieties of black soap actually made in Africa tend to be pure, while soaps made in Europe or the United States sometimes have added artificial ingredients.
The plantain skins give the soap Vitamin A & E, and iron. Because the soap has the highest shea butter content of any soap, it purportedly also offers UV protection.
Beware of the fakes. The FAKE SOAP is hard, very black and has no inherent benefit to the skin at all and contain perfumes. This 100% all natural soap contains no scents, preservatives, or chemicals.
How to use Raw African Black Soap: Rub the bar between your hands (or rub on a washcloth), then rub your soapy hands on your skin and hair. 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 for bathing. When you start another bar, just push the old soap sliver onto the new piece and the two will easily unite, leaving no waste.
So remember, authentic, traditional African Black Soap is brownish-black in color. It is soft with an organic shape that can be molded in your hands. It has a delicate texture & a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. It melts easily if left in water and with regular use pimples, acne and blackheads will start to disappear.
If you don't buy this marvelous soap for yourself it would make a unique gift that I bet not everybody has!
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