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Unlike synthetic soaps sold at any store, authentic African black soaps are handmade using natural plant ingredients. With each purchase of such a product, you support environmental production and, in some cases, directly benefit communities in need.
The black color of the soap is obtained through the use of ash from cocoa beans, shea nuts and bananas in the soap. To this is added the shea bark, known as shea butter. It is dried and frayed, and then added to ashes. Oils are added to this composition, including shea butter, cocoa and coconut. Thanks to shea butter, the soap gains UV protection.
The beneficial effects of African black soap are related to its ingredients, such as:
Keep in mind that the ingredients that make up black soap can vary significantly depending on the region of Africa where it was made. For example, plantain is used in Central and West Africa, but not in the eastern regions.
Various essential oils can also be added to black soap, such as eucalyptus oil, which helps to relax. Some black oil producers add oatmeal and aloe vera to it.