What is genuine African Black Soap from Ghana?
Genuine African black soap from Ghana has been used by generations in west Africa. It has also been popular with people of colour in the United States and other parts of the world, but in recent years due to a myriad of skin care benefits, black soap has been increasing in popularity Across the world.
So how do you know you’re buying genuine African Black Soap from Ghana?
Many believe that when it comes to black soap the fewer ingredients, the better.
The original, raw traditional African black soap is from western Africa. The raw soap doesn’t look like regular bar soap. Traditional African black soap from Ghana, even when cut into bar form, is rarely smooth or uniform in shape. African black soap comes in different shapes, colors and sizes depending on the ingredients used. The texture of the soap should be soft and at times even a bit crumbly.
The natural raw African black soap doesn’t contain artificial fragrance, but can best be described as having an earthy scent. Some black soap could even have a faint chocolate scent because of the cocoa content.
In addition to not containing artificial fragrance, black soap doesn’t contain artificial coloring or preservatives – in other words original African black soap from Ghana contains no acemicals that don’t occur in the natural ingredients.
Sometimes you may also hear that the soap is free of lye, which is not entirely accurate. Soap actually can’t be made without lye, but African black soap has naturally occurring lye created when the Plantain skins are roasted and mixed with Palm oil and water.
African Black soap is black, right?
While it is called black soap and can be very dark in color, it is never actually pure black. Black soap can vary in colour from a light brown to a deep black, depending on the ingredients used and the method of preparation.
As part of the process of creating black soap, plantain leaves are sun dried and then burned into ash. The longer the plantain is roasted, the darker the soap will be. The use of different oils in the recipes (which also vary by region) can also result in colour variations.
Be wary of African black soap that is jet black in colour, it has probably been dyed and not natural, and therefore doesn’t offer the same benefits as the original product from Ghana or elsewhere in West Africa.
It’s not uncommon for companies to purchase the natural black soap from West Africa, break it up into smaller chunks and slowly re-melt it while adding other ingredients like Shea butter, Cocoa butter or aloe Vera gel before remoulding it. These soaps and other variants of African Black soap soaps, such as Dudu-Osun are perhaps more aesthetically pleasing and contrary to some reports, may offer the same benefits as the traditional Black soap.
How to buy African Black Soap, to make sure you’re not buying a fake.
Buy African black soap from a trusted and reliable source. Watch this video to get tips on what to look out for:
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The Original African Black Soap from Ghana is an amazing product with benefits for skin care, but beware of fake imitations. Our products at Asili Best Skin Care Products are all genuine and imported directly from Ghana.