Black Soap Origins

African Black Soap is also known as Ose Dudu, Alata Samina, and Anago soap. It originated in West Africa (especially Ghana). The tribes of West Africa prepare this soap with locally harvested plant parts.


The traditional recipe of African black soap is a closely guarded secret known only to the families that prepare it. The recipes may differ from region to region. It is hand-made and contains plant-based ingredients. Unlike other commercially available soaps, the African Black Soap is gentle on your skin and a one-stop solution to deal with pigmentation, breakouts, uneven skin tone, and dullness.


Although the traditional recipe is kept secret by the families who prepare the soap, most preparations have a few common ingredients. The local tribes of West Africa use ingredients like palm oil, coconut oil, raw African shea butter or shea tree bark, cocoa pods, plantain skin, and honey for making this extraordinarily rich soap.

The plant parts are collected, sun-dried, and roasted until they turn into ash. Then, different types of plant fats, such as coconut oil, shea butter, cocoa butter, and other fats are added to it and stirred on the heat for 24 hours. Once it solidifies, the soap is cured for two weeks before using it


The ingredients found in this soap make it special and extremely beneficial for the skin. They are:


1. Plantain Skin: It contains antioxidants, such as riboflavin, vitamin C, thiamine, and folic acid.


2. Coconut Oil: It has anti-inflammatory properties and contains antioxidants that protect your skin from UV damage and prevent skin aging.


3. Palm Kernel Oil: It is an excellent moisturizer and emollient that keeps your skin hydrated and nourished.


4. Palm Oil: It is derived from the palm fruit (and not its kernel) and contains beta-carotene, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.


5. Shea Butter: It has anti-inflammatory properties and keeps your skin moisturized and prevents fine lines and signs of aging.

Remember, the ingredients of the African Black Soap may differ depending on the region where it is made. For instance, plantains are only found in West and Central Africa, so the African black soap made in the Eastern region does not contain plantain peels. 

Benefits Of African Black Soap

1. It Fights Acne

If you have oily and acne-prone skin, African Black Soap can prove helpful. It balances the natural oil of your skin and does not let excess sebum clog your skin pores. It is also effective in controlling the proliferation of Propionibacterium acnes – the acne-causing bacteria.


2. It Helps In Soothing Irritated Skin

African Black Soap can calm down your skin, whether it is excessively dry, eczema-affected, or with skin allergies. It helps in clearing and soothing rashes and itching.


3. It Has Antibacterial Properties

African Black Soap contains phytochemicals and oils derived from plants. These components are rich in flavonoids, alkaloids, and bioactive compounds that can fight bacterial infections and prevent further infection.


4. It Is Safe For All Skin Types

Synthetic soaps contain a lot of chemicals and artificial fragrances that destroy the acid mantle of your skin. African Black Soap contains plant products and is fragrance-free. It is extremely gentle and helps in balancing your skin’s pH without stripping it of moisture.


5. It Is A Great Natural Moisturizer For The Skin

As African Black Soap contains a concoction of oils, along with shea butter, it is incredibly hydrating and beneficial for dry and combination skin types. The butter and oils enrich the skin, lock in moisture, and keep it plump and hydrated.


6. It Cleanses And Exfoliates The Skin Thoroughly

African Black Soap is rich in vitamin E and other emollients. It exfoliates your skin gently, gets rid of dirt and dead skin cells, and prevents signs of aging. Moreover, it is hypoallergenic and does not irritate your skin. This soap has antiseptic properties that can also soothe an itchy scalp.


7. It Prevents Razor Bumps

After you have waxed or shaved, your skin needs proper exfoliation to prevent the dead skin cells from clogging the pores and causing razor bumps. Using African Black Soap can help in preventing the bumps and infections that result from shaving and waxing your skin.


8. It Helps In Reducing Hyperpigmentation

Sun damage caused by excessive exposure to UV rays can leave ugly, dark spots on your skin (called hyperpigmentation). African Black Soap contains shea butter that protects your skin from sun damage and minimizes dark spots and hyperpigmentation.


9. It Has Antifungal Properties

African Black Soap is a strong antifungal agent and very effective against several types of fungi, including Candida albicans (a type of yeast) that causes athlete’s foot, jock itch, and other skin infections.


10. It May Help Reduce Fine Lines

A survey involving 100 subjects who used African Black Soap found that about 4% of them used it for fine lines, and all of them were satisfied with the results.


11. It Is Good For Overall Skin Care

The survey also found that 70% of the respondents used African Black Soap for overall skincare, and about 56% of them used it on both the face and the body. They used it to treat acne, dark spots, razor bumps, eczema, and fine lines. Around 51% of the subjects were very satisfied, and 40% of them were somewhat satisfied with the results.


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