The Hype Around African Black Soap?
About a week ago, I was in my shop and I had a phone call from a lady who asked if we carried the African Black Soap. I had never heard of it, so thought I would investigate. I was really pleased with what I read, and after hearing her testimony and telling me how impossible it was to get this soap, I decided to speak with our soap maker to see if she had any ideas as to how to make this soap. Turns out she already does make the soap for friends and family who suffer from eczema and other skin ailments. I was super excited and asked if she could make a batch for me. She said she would and I called our customer and told her and she immediately pre-ordered 12 bars!
Here’s a little background on this soap:
Black soap or African Black Soap isn’t typically black, but more of a dark brown colour. Black Soap was from West Africa, typically Ghana. It was made with the ash from cooking fires, which is what made it black as well as many secret ingredients including ingredients such as coconut and palm oils, shea butter and dried plantain. This soap was traditionally used to help heal wounds and sores.
Today, this revered soap is hard to come by. The practice of gathering and drying the ingredients and producing the soap is time consuming and laborious. It is however, worth it! Although we don’t use ash to colour our soap, we have many of the key ingredients and feel that it is a superior product.
Our black soap contains our basic ingredients of coconut oil sustainable palm oil, distilled water and sodium hydroxide. The main ingredients in our soap are shea butter, molasses, oatmeal, dried plantain leaves and dried comfrey leaves. We left out the essential oils in case there was any sensitivity to people wishing to use our soap.
This soap is reputed to be amazing for eczema, psoriasis and even acne! It smells amazing thanks to the highly emollient molasses and I can hardly wait to share it with all our clients!