Chicago, IL (PRWEB) March 20, 2006
The African Store (http://www.theafricanstore.org) introduces pure, unscented, traditional African Black Soap from Ghana. This is the type of Black Soap intended for use on sensitive skin and hair. Bulk African Black Soap - Traditionally made in Ghana, West Africa (this kind is also made in Nigeria, West Africa) Totally organic, this black soap is the real thing. As always, we offer 100% money back, including the shipping cost if you are not 100% satisfied. The major difference between this and the Dudu-Osun Black Soap that we also sell is that it does not contain fragrance, which some skin types are sensitive to. Black Soap is also known as Anago Soap or Alata Soap in Ghana, and as Ose Dudu in Nigeria. Our Black Soap is made from roasted cocoa (chocolate) pods, plantain skins ashes mixed with palm oil. Black Soap is especially recommended for the very young and the elderly, or anyone with tender skin. It leaves the skin smooth and soft. It also works well with the use of moisturizing pure African shea butter, which we also carry. Raw Black Soap is prized for its quality antiseptic properties and for its gentleness on the skin and hair and we are glad to bring this to you at the internet's best price.
Active ingredients in our Black Soap:
Water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil.
Benefits of Black Soap:
Traditional African Black Soap is centuries old, has numerous benefits and is not scented. For centuries, Africans have used Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. Many swear by it for skin irritations and conditions such as eczema and psoriasis as well. African Black soap has also been used to achieve quality beautiful skin. Africans have also used this natural soap for bathing and washing their hair. It's excellent for removing make-up too. Black Soap will leave your skin silky soft and clear. African people also use Black Soap to rid the skin of rashes, ring worm, measles, and body odors.
It is used as a natural shampoo to avoid dry itchy scalp. Black Soap is so highly thought of, it is also used in African spiritual purifications.
African Black Soap can be used in its natural form for the face, body and hair.
Brief history of Black Soap:
If you haven't used this soap before, it's a little bit crumbly in nature and softer than most soaps. It has a delicate texture & a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap or African Black Soap also known as Anago Soap or Alata soap, originates from West Africa. It has been used for centuries in countries like Ghana and Nigeria. It's methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and avoid exploitation & imitations. This African Black Soap is not the mass produced African Black Soap in boxes all over the market.
African Black Soap comes from plantain skins originally. Plantain is a rich source of vitamins A & E and iron. (plantain is a popular food in Africa & other parts of the world. It looks much like a banana, but it's bigger and longer.) The skin of the plantain is dried to a specific texture under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be kept precisely at a constant temperature in order to achieve a particular color, texture & smell. The roasting of the plantains determines the color of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. Next, the roasted skins of the Plantain are mixed with Palm oil and Palm Kernel oil to form the soap. These oils are in their purest form - without refining - and they make for a highly nourishing soap. Different African tribes make their own variations of Black Soap, as do separate Countries and their recipes are highly guarded.
Our bulk African Black Soap comes in blocks or chunks and is easily formed into bars or customized to create personalized soaps. It is also a great base ingredient for creating your own personalized soaps and can be melted and customized by adding moisturizing ingredients, such as unrefined shea butter, and essential oils. It can also be made into a liquid soap by adding water to it.
Using Black Soap:
Break off a bar-size piece from the bulk, then press it to shape with your hands, or use it as is. Rub the bar between your hands (or on a washcloth would also work), then rub your soapy hands on your skin and hair. (If you rub the bar on your hair, it will get hair stuck to the bar.) Black soap absorbs water easily, so keep it from sitting in water or it will dissolve away. The soap holders covered with little vertical fingers work well. Because this soap is softer than commercial soap, it comes off the bar more easily, so less rubbing of the bar is needed to release enough soap. When you start another bar, just push the old soap sliver onto the new piece and the two will easily unite; leaving no waste.
Storage of Black Soap:
Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has a very high natural glycerin content. As a result, it readily absorbs moisture from the air. It must be stored in a dry location or in a sealed plastic bag or it will become soft as it absorbs moisture. Black soap exposed to the air will have a thin white colored film. This film is not mold, it is caused by absorption of water from the air. This can be avoided by keeping the soap in a dry location away from moisture until ready for use.
Making Black Soap:
Traditional Black Soap contains mainly water, cocoa pod ashes, plantain skins ashes, and palm oil, cooked together to form soap.
1. Tiny coconuts from the oil palm are stripped of their oily husk.
2. The oil filled husks are packed into a hand press. In the center of the press is a huge threaded shaft.
3. The heavy steel top to the press is put in place.
4. Muscle power forces the orange Palm Oil from the fiber.
5. The same pure Palm Oil is used in cooking and soap making.
6. The Palm Oil is heated to ready it for the soap making.
7. The Cocoa Pod grows directly from the branch. It is packed full of seeds (cocoa beans). When the pods have been emptied, they are burnt to produce Cocoa Pod Ashes.
8. The Cocoa Pod Ashes and/or plantain skins ashes are cooked with water to make them dissolve.
9. The ash water is added to hot Palm Oil.
10. The mixture of Palm Oil and Cocoa Pod Ashes is cooked and stirred. Soap is formed, foaming to the surface.
11. Hot soap is scooped off and placed on a cooling table.
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