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The soap is locally produced in areas across West Africa, including Togo and Ghana. The African black soap is a multi-purpose cleanser that can be used for all parts of the entire body.
It’s used to cure lots of skin diseases ranging from acne, psoriasis, eczema and alleviating itchy scalp and dandruff, reducing fine wrinkles and lines.
The soap is essentially a mixture of waxes, fats and fat-soluble vitamins. But unlike other homemade soaps, this one doesn’t require the use of lyre/caustic soda.
The absence of caustic soda in African black soap makes it softer and almost putty-like when wet, with an uneven and crumbly surface.
Generally, real African black soap is never uniformly black and if you spot one, there is an high probability it is not the real one. Real African soap varies from gray to beige or brown.
The real African black soap ingredient gives it a unique texture and color. The material starts with plantains (rich in vitamin E and A + are great for the skin).
To begin, dry the peels of the plantain under the sun, and the desiccated skins are then roasted in a clay oven. From this combination, lots of recipes include cocoa pods, regular banana leaves and shea tree bark.
Usually, coconut oil, water, shea butter and palm oil are then added and stirred for at least a whole day. The mixture is then filtered and then set aside to cure, eventually hardening into a black soap.
There are hundreds of recipes of producing African black soap. In fact, we have shared a recipe on how to mix black soap for skin lightening.
Note: Most African black soaps sold in Europe and Unites States often contain only a small fraction of pure black soap, pumped with additives that debase the organic, natural properties of the original recipe.
Other derivatives such as black soap shampoo, body wash and paste are also most likely to have only a little quantity of black soap in them. A lot of American and European companies add black dyes to deepen the color( which again just proves that it is fake)
Ingredients| How to Make Black Soap
- Cocoa bean pods
- Skins of Plantains
- Coconut palm oil
- Shea butter
- Take out the cocoa beans from the pods and burn over low flame until they become ash.
2. Next, You should burn the plantain skins to ash.
3. Add water to the plantain skin ashes and cocoa bean.
4. Gently put the coconut palm oil in a double boiler.
5. Add the shea butter and ashes to mixture.
6. Allow it cook over low heat, while stirring until mixture becomes smooth.
7. Soap will begin to solidify and float to the top of liquid. Scoop it with a spoon.
8. Place the soap mixture in a mold (or container) of your choice.
9. Wait for two weeks for soap to cure before using.
10. Take a bath, or give family and friends and enjoy.
Perhaps, the greatest thing about how to make black soap is that it doesn’t require an caustic substance/lyre that burn your skin and can cause you to go blind. As such, this black soap is an awesome way to kick-start your soap making journey for those looking to make their own.