Traditional "Raw" African Black Soap originates from West African regions in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Togo, and Morocco. It has been made by local tribes like the Hausa, dating as far back as the Pharaonic period when it was used for cleansing and purification in spiritual ceremonies. Also known as Anago or Alata Samina, which translates as “Black” Soap or “African Black” Soap, each tribe has their own secret recipe for making it that is passed from generation to generation. Traditional “Raw” African Black Soap is not the mass produced Black Soap found in boxes in stores around the world. It has a delicate natural texture and is known by its rustic, patchy, crumbling appearance that has a rich and creamy lather.
Our Traditional "Raw" African Black Soap is a great all-natural cleansing substance for the hair, face and body. It is made with Plantain and Shea Butter which make it ideal for those with normal or sensitive skin. Plantain is an "alterative herb", one of about 100 plants that cleanse and correct impure conditions of the blood, eliminative tissues and organs. Plantain has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-microbial properties and can also relieve rashes, itching, bleeding (internal & external), bee stings, spider and snake bites. It is an "all around" herb that can also be used internally and externally for serious health issues like tuberculosis and syphilis.
Traditional "Raw" African Black Soap is a natural pH balancer for all skin types and is recommended by dermatologist and physicians, even Dr. Oz has highlighted it on his show. Its anti-septic properties lend to its ability to normalize various skin conditions from those suffering from acne to those with eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis. It has even been used on rashes, ringworm, and to prevent body odor.
How to store: Store in a dry container, bag, or cloth. When exposed to air, the top layer of Traditional Raw African Black Soap may oxidize (turn white). This is not mold. You can use your soap as is or, if you prefer, shave the white oxidized soap off and discard.
Caution: If you are allergic to latex, you may have a reaction to the plantain ash in the Traditional Raw African Black Soap, as well as palm and coconut oil. If you are allergic to chocolate or sensitive to caffeine, there could be high concentrations of cocoa pods (which makes the ash) used in this soap.