Handmade organic black soap can do amazing things for your skin – it’s got moisturizing, exfoliant, and cleansing properties all rolled into one. And the backstory behind it is quite interesting, too.
True black soap originated from west Africa and is made from the ashes of locally harvested plants. Plantain skins (related to bananas) palm tree leaves and cocoa pods are dried in the sun and burned into ash that has a high alkali content, and able to saponify well with fats and oils, like cocoa butter.
The batches are made kind of similar to what we know as the hot process method – but the artisans are actually stirring the pot for as long as a day and giving it up to two weeks to cure. The result? An all natural soap with a unique color and great for problematic skin conditions like eczema and blemishes, as it not only exfoliates well, but the fact that organic black soap has a very high amount of shea butter.
It is unlikely to create any sensitivities, other than one – if you are sensitive to caffeine, this may be something to use cautiously (through a little preliminary testing) due to the fact that the cocoa pod makeup could seep into the skin internally.
Since it has a high amount of glycerin present, I recommend storing it in a sealed container, as glycerin tends to be very porous. Black soap tends to have a slightly crumbly texture to it as well. If you’re a first-time user, start by breaking off a small piece and work in with your fingers as there may be trace amounts of some of the ingredients pre-combined. add water and lather well. The lather may be a slight brown color.
This brand I found also produces a good line of olive oil soap too. This pack contains a one-pound amount which you can cut into pieces as needed. It has a additive free makeup with all natural ingredients.