Originate from the villages of West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Togo). It is an ancient product that is used and cherished in homes throughout West Africa and becoming an essential component of beauty regimens.
The soap is brownish-black in colour with a soft texture and a natural earthy smell. The basic recipe is centuries old, having been handed down over the generation with slight variations in ingredients depending on what is locally available and each family formulating their own unique methods and ingredients. They have continued their success, by passing each formulation down from one generation to another, as they have for centuries. The soap is know as Anago or Alata Soap in Ghana, Ose Dudu in Nigeria or just Pure African Black Soap
The African Black Soap is made from concentrated potash solution and unrefined vegetable oil such as palm kernel, shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oils. These oils are readily available to the villagers and are extracted by pressing or local steam extraction (hence the slightly brownish colour of product)
The potash solution is obtained from various sources such as banana tree leaves, plantain skins, palm tree leaves, cocoa pods husk, or shea tree barks. These leaves, barks or pods are dried to a precise texture under the hot African sun, then ash to a known specification. The ash is then extracted with water and the resulting solution concentrated down to give the concentrated potash solution. The process of ashing and extraction lends the soap the characteristic smell and colour that gives it its name “black soap”. Read more