What it is~ African Black Soap comes from Western Africa where most of its ingredients are readily available. Black Soap ranges from light to dark brown in color depending on the region in which it is made and which ingredients are available.
The soap can be molded and cut into any shape though in most West African markets it is found in a ball or round shape.
Black Soap has many names but the most common is “Ose Dudu” which comes from the Yoruba language of Nigeria, Benin and Togo. It means “soap” (Ose) “black” (Dudu) and is commonly known as Alata Samina or Anago Samina among Ghanaians.
How it is made~ Dried plantain and banana peels and leaves, Shea tree bark, Palm tree bark and leaves and cocoa pods are first burnt in a large pot or kettle to ashes. Water is then added to the ashes and filtered. Oils such as Shea butter, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and Cocoa Butter are then added to this water to create the soap. Herbs and age old formulations make the difference in the resultant soap. The soap is then hand stirred by local women for at least a day and then set out to cure for two weeks. Each region or tribe have their own recipe that has been handed down through generations.
Ingredients~ Ashes or powders of Plantain peel, Banana peel or Cocoa pods, water, oil or mixture of Shea butter oil, Coconut oil, Palm Kernel oil and or Cocoa Butter oil.
Uses~ You can use this soap on your body, face, hair; it also makes a nice shaving soap. Black Soap traditionally has been used to relieve rashes, scalp irritations, softens rough skin, acne, blemishes and other minor skin problems. Black soap gives your face a deep cleansing, leaving it fresh and healthier. Also among the benefits are the treatments of eczema, razor bumps and ringworm
Naasakle African Black Soap is made from 100% natural ingredients using an age old special formulation with the combination of Cocoa pod, Virgin Coconut oil and Shea butter or Palm Kernel oil. The resultant soap is a soft soap that cleans and moisturizes the skin to give a clean healthy feel without chemicals, additives or fillers.