BATCH UPDATE: There are several bars and half bars not available in our special "extra gentle - extra shea butter" black soap.
If you have ever tried African Black Soap and found it to be too harsh you should try some of ours, there is a huge difference.
The soap is quite ugly, just a flat, lumpy bar that has been cured (air dried) sometimes for months to get it super hard and concentrated so it will last a very, very long time.
This makes it a wonderful soap for all skin types, not just those suffering from acne or eczema. It won't dry your skin out in the harsh winters or dry climates.
This product is unique in that the base is a very organic product handcrafted by the tribeswomen of Ghana made in the ancient tradition.
We obtain our Black Soap from a dentist working with Doctors Without Borders organization. He and his wife work to help the tribeswomen of Ghana to support themselves selling their natural products in the U.S.
Beware of any Black Soap that is actually "black" - it has been dyed. True Black Soap is medium to dark brown.
Raw African Black soap is somewhat difficult to use as it can be either a sticky ball or a dry, crumbly loaf.
We blend our soap and add more raw shea butter to it, then hand mold and cure it until it is a compact, hard bar that will last a very long time.
Black Soap is traditionally made with roasted plantain leaves and cocoa pod shells and oils with the addition of raw shea butter (look for unrefined or raw shea in your body products - refined shea has often been chemically treated).
The benefits of black soap:
- 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 and has been known to help treat conditions such as Eczema and Psoriasis.
- Great for removing makeup
- Guards against premature facial lines and wrinkles
- Can be liquified (just add crumbled soap to distilled or bottled water - wait a day and it will dissolve nicely. Shake before using) and used as a shampoo.
Ingredients: water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skin ashes, palm kernel oil, Unrefined Shea Butter.
* Note: Weights will vary depending on curing\/drying time.
Well cured bars - 8 weeks or more will usually weigh sometimes up to 1 1\/2 oz less than the original weight as they have hardened and become more compact, losing some water weight in the process. The final weight will depend on how long your bar has cured (we usually don't sell them prior to at least 5 weeks drying time)
These bars are hand molded so weights will vary by about 1\/4 - 1\/2 oz.
PLEASE NOTE: A money saving tip for using any handcrafted soap is to cut the bar into sections - 2,3 or 4 and just use one at a time - keep the others in a dry place.
This will extend the life of your soap dramatically because the entire bar is not being dampened with each use. Never, never, never let handmade soap sit in moisture.
Commercial soaps have added hardeners, softeners, detergents and rinsing agents (mainly to keep your tub clean), and while they may hold up better in your soap dish it is at the expense of your skin.
Be kind to your handcrafted soap and it will be kind to you :)