TRADITIONAL BLACK SOAP
AFRICAN BLACK SOAP
Black Soap or African Black Soap comes from plantain skin. It is a
natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. (Plantain is a popular
food in Africa, South America & other parts of the world. It can be
found in ethnic or international grocery stores such as Latino,
Caribbean or African. It looks like banana but much bigger. It does
not taste like a banana & has to be cooked before eating) The skin
of the plantain is gingerly dried to a precise texture under the hot
African sun. It is then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be
constant in order to achieve a particular color, texture & smell. In
some recipes, Cocoa Pod is used instead of plantain skins. Others use
both the Cocoa Pod and plantain skins. Cocoa Pod is the shell of the
Cocoa fruit. The cocoa beans are used for making chocolate or cocoa
butter among other things.
To use Black Soap for a shower or bath
Wet your sponge or wash cloth, rub the black soap on the sponge
or wash cloth and you are ready for a shower or bath.
To use Black Soap for hair
Wet your hair, rub black soap in your hair until it lathers. Wash
your hair, rinse & repeat the process until your hair is clean.
Apply your Conditioner.
To store unused Black Soap
Place Black soap in a cool dry area wrapped in saran wrap or in a
zip lock bag or in a tupperware. Black soap has natural glycerin
so it will naturally absorb moisture from the air and become darker
in color and softer in texture when left exposed.
To store Black Soap in the shower
After showing or bathing, do not leave black soap in water. If storing
black soap in a soap dish, make sure the soap dish is well drained. If
storing black soap on a surface, make sure surface does not have a paddle
Black Soap does not go bad. It can be used at anytime if stored properly.
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