African Black soap
African black soap or black soap is a kind of soap that was invented in West Africa. It is made from the ash of locally harvested African plants, which gives the soap its characteristic dark color. Black soap has become a popular toiletry product in North America.
In West Africa, and especially Ghana, black soap is often made by women and fair-traded. The women use secret family or community recipes that have been handed down for generations. First they sun-dry the plant matter, such as plantain skins, palm tree leaves, cocoa pods, and shea tree bark, and burn it to ash. Next they add water and various oils and fats, such as coconut oil, palm oil, and shea butter, cook the mixture until it solidifies, and hand-stir it for at least 24 hours.
A variety of black soap known as ose-dudu originated with the Yoruba people of Nigeria. A blend of ose-dudu with leaves of the tropical camwood tree osun produces a popular kind of soap with exfoliating properties called dudu-osun.
Black soap has been found to have some cure and remedy against some certain skin infections. Moroccan black soap is the Syrian version of black soap with essential oil. “The basic recipe remained the same in both countries. It was improved by adding fragrances of essential oils that are included in the traditional hammam practice”.
The black soap is now the most used soap in africa right now. A lot of people are now embracing its use. It is now been used in conjuction with other natural herbs and oils for skin whitening, skin glowing, skin treatment and so on.