Yess Essentials African Black Soap made from cocoa pod husk ash and unrefined shea butter from the cooperative communities in Ghana. The best authentic raw African black soap for skincare products formulations.
African Black Soap originates from the villages of West Africa (Ghana, Nigeria, Togo). African black soap 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 from the generation with slight variations in ingredients depending on what is locally available and each family formulating their own unique methods and ingredients. The soap is known as Anago or Alata Soap in Ghana, Ose Dudu in Nigeria or just Pure African Black Soap or Ghana 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 the 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.”
Yess Essentials authentic raw African black soap is made from cocoa pod husk ash and unrefined palm kernel oil. Yess Essentials African black soap comes in loose crumbs for ease of mixing with other additives for natural skincare formulations.
Raw African black soap is high in natural glycerine and absorb moisture from the air and become darker in colour and softer in texture when left exposed. The soap should be stored in a cool, dry area wrapped in a strong paper or stored in a paper-lined bag.
Authentic raw African black soap does not go bad. It can be used at any time if stored properly. Due to the natural process of production, occasionally the soap might contain pieces of tree bark or grit. This will not affect the quality of the soap in any way.