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African Black Soap

Posted in Uncategorized by thismakessense on July 23, 2009

Fights acne!! Face, hair or body, Excellent lather!!

~Black Soap can be used for the Face, Body and Hair~


+Traditional African Black Soap is Centuries Old+

^Black African Soap Has Numerous Benefits and is Not Scented.^

The Benefits of African Black Soap

African traditional black soap is one of the most beneficial yet unheard of soaps you will ever find. Made from dried plantain skins, palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, and kernel oil for an all-natural cleansing process. Plantains skins are largely what make this soap so effective. Plantain is a fruit that grows in Africa & South America that looks similar to a banana, except it is much larger and tastes altogether different. You can find plantains at many ethnic or international grocery stores. It is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. When black soap is made, the skin of the plantain is gingerly dried to a precise texture under the sun. Next, it is roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be constant in order to achieve the perfect brownish black color, texture & smell. Afterwards, cocoa pod powder is added. Cocoa pod is the shell of the cocoa fruit and also has natural healing properties.

The next process is very precise because if it is not done properly, with the correct ingredients, there will be no soap. The roasted plantain skin is mixed with palm oil and palm kernel oil to form the soap. The roasted plantains determine the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. 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 Alata Samina, Anago Samina which comes from the Twi language in northern Ghana.

– Helps deep clean skin.
– Works on most skin types including rough and dry or sensitive skin
– Helps clear skin bumps and spots
– Helps relieve acne, oily skin & other skin problems.
– Great for removing makeup
– Works against premature facial lines and wrinkles
– Can be lathered and used as a shampoo.

Ingredients are : Traditional Black Soap contains mainly water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil, cooked together.

Using African Black Soap: Break off a bar-size piece from the bulk, 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.) 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. 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.

Storing your African Black Soap:

Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has 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.

**Soapmakers delight!

[full description]


Step 1
Strip the coconuts of their husk. Pack the husks into a hand press and replace the top.
Step 2
Press down and force the palm oil from the husk fiber. This may require considerable strength.
Step 3
Remove the cocoa beans from the cocoa pods and burn them until they are ash.
Step 4
Burn the shea bark and plantain skins until only ash remains.
Step 5
Add water to the ashes and filter through a fine strainer. Make certain no large pieces of bark remain after the water solution is filtered.
Step 6
Place the palm oil in a double boiler and leave until hot. Add in the ash water from the cocoa pods, shea bark and plantain skins. Cook over low heat.
Step 7
Stir the mixture frequently until completely melted and smooth. The soap should begin to foam and rise to the surface of the boiler.
Step 8
Add to the mixture any additional ingredients of your choosing, such as essential oils.
Step 9
Scoop off the hot soap mixture as it rises to the surface of the double boiler. Place the hot soap onto a cooling table.
Step 10
Pour the cooled, but not yet formed, soap mixture into a mold and allow it to continue cooling. Once the soap has cooled completely, it will harden into the shape of your mold.
Step 11
Allow the hardened soap to cure for at least two weeks before use.
Double boiler Small coconuts or palm oil Hand press Shea bark Cocoa pods Plantain skins Fine strainer Essential oils (optional) Distilled water Soap mold or container
For liquid African Black Soap, add distilled water to the cooled soap, at a ratio of 1 part water to 4 parts soap.
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