Black soap, also known as African black soap, is actually made from plantain skin extract. The origins of this soap can be traced to West Africa. Anago soap, alata soap or black soap has been used for several centuries in the West African country of Ghana.
Africans particularly Ghanaian’s have been using black soap for centuries. The black soap is no ordinary bathing soap. Black soap is loaded with natural goodness which can help to improve skin tone and make the hair soft, tangle free and manageable. However, to get the full benefits of this soap it is very important to buy and use original black soap and not some cheap imitation.
An Insight Into The Making Of Black Soap
Air dried plantain skins, cocoa pod powder, palm leaves along with a variety of natural butters and oils including kernel oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter and shea butter are used in the production of black soap.
The various plants used in the production of black soap are first harvested and then air dried in the sun. Next these plants are roasted in clay ovens. The ash which is left behind after the dried plants are roasted is added to water. This ash and water mixture is then filtered and various natural oils and butters are added to it.
The African Black soap which has deep dark brown color is naturally rich in vitamins E and A. The black soap is also loaded with many powerful antioxidants. Through this article we will explore the true goodness of black soap.
Most shampoos leave our hair dry and frizzy because of the presence of a harsh ingredient called sodium lauryl sulphate. Black soap can be used safely on hair because this is one hundred percent natural product.
The African black soap contains numerous antibacterial and anti fungal properties as well. Using black soap to cleanse the scalp can stop dandruff formation.
Black soap has powerful antibacterial properties. The antibacterial properties of black soap helps in preventing common skin problems like black heads and acne. The black soap helps to remove the deeply embedded skin dirt and impurities which can cause blackheads. Similarly, this soap prevents acne eruptions by controlling sebum production.
Free radicals are the main culprits behind premature skin ageing. Black soap is loaded with several powerful antioxidants and polyphenols. The antioxidants which are present in the African black soap, fights free radicals and this in turn prevents premature skin ageing.
African black soap is made with many natural oils like coconut oil, kernel oil and natural butters like shea butter and cocoa butter. These natural oils and butters act as natural cleansers which help to remove all traces of make-up gently and effectively. Unlike ordinary makeup removers, the black soap does not dry out the skin.
Normal ‘beauty’ soaps can dry out the skin and cause skin problems like eczema and acne. On the other hand, black soap contains vitamin E which helps to heal and protect the skin.
The African black soap is quite economical with a single bar of this all natural soap being sold for only $2.50. If you are an environment conscious person who believes in green living, then you should definitely shift to black soap.