Black Soap

Asili's African Black soap from Ghana

Asili African Black Soap a natural skin care product from Ghana.

Produced in areas across West Africa, especially Ghana and Togo, African black soap is a multi-purpose soap that can be used on the entire body to cleanse, rejuvenate and even treat certain skin ailments.

Traditionally it’s been used to treat or alleviate everything from acne (and its attendant scarring), to allaying the discomforts of eczema and psoriasis, alleviating dandruff and itchy scalp, and reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

This black soap has been around for centuries, and like most other soaps, it’s essentially a mixture of lipids (fats, waxes, and fat-soluble vitamins) and ashes. But unlike other handmade soaps, doesn’t require the use of lye — or, as it is more sinisterly known, caustic soda.

The absence of lye makes African black soap much softer overall, and almost putty-like when wet, with a crumbly and uneven surface. Incidentally, real African black soap is never uniformly black, and if you spot one that is, it’s probably not the real deal. Real African black soap varies from brown or beige to gray, almost resembling nougat in appearance and has a natural earthy smell.

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The ingredients that give black soap amazing skin care qualities.

This distinctive color and texture of African Black Soap is rooted in the way the soap is made, which starts with plantains, a more robust version of a banana. Plantains are rich in essential nutrients and oils — in particular vitamins A and E — which are great for your skin.

  • Plantain Skins
  • Palm oil
  • Palm kernel oil
  • Shea bark
  • Aloe Vera
  • Cocoa pods
  • Water

While the basics of producing African black soap are mostly known, specific recipes differ according to whoever is making it. With over a hundred identified formulas, the recipes are closely guarded. As a result, there is a huge spectrum of size, shape, and color — sometimes even from the same vendor, and all of them are amongst the best skin care products available.

Benefits of using Asili genuine African Black Soap.

  1. Helps reduce scarring caused by acne and alleviate symptoms.

Acne is a very complex condition with many contributory factors, and therefore the soap should be seen as an ongoing natural treatment to soothe the condition, and in some cases alleviate the harsh irritation and blemishes. There are many documented cases where the regular use of African black soap has helped to reduce scarring caused by acne.

2.  Helps to remove skin irritations.

Use of black soap helps to remove skin irritations like rashes.

3.  Suitable for all skin types.

Black soap can be used for the treatment of problems on all types of skin including the dry and rough, oily and moderate skins.

4.  Beneficial for skin diseases.

Black soap is very beneficial for reducing the discomforts that are associated with skin diseases like psoriasis and eczema . It’s also very beneficial in warding off bed-sores in individuals that are confined to bed for long periods.

5.  Good to remove make-up

Black soap not only cures skin problems but can also be used as a perfect cleanser for removing make up. It removes every bit of chemicals that can spoil the skin and help to make it clean and fresh.

6.  Delays ageing of the skin.

Regular use of black soap helps to combat facial lines that are mostly early signs of ageing. Thus black soap can be used to delay ageing of skin.  This has even been discussed very favourably by medical talk show host, Dr Oz.

7.  Benefits to oily skin.

Regular use of black soap helps to remove extra oils form the skin. It is thus useful in preventing the formation of pimples and other problems associated with oily skin.

8.  Benefits to the hair.

Black soap can be used as a shampoo. After cleaning use your regular conditioner for shiny lustrous beautiful hair.

Caring for your Asili black soap.

Never leave the black soap in a water filled soap dish – it will dissolve in the water.

African black soap absorbs moisture from the air and becomes softer if not stored in a cool dry place or in a sealed polythene bags.

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Variations of the genuine Ghanaian African Black Soap.

African Black soap is made in villages all across West Africa. Depending on the materials available in the immediate area Black Soap can vary in composition as well as efficacy in treating specific ailments.

It’s good to remember that, because most of Asili’s black Soap is handmade, the exact composition and appearance can vary from batch to batch. This in no way compromises the quality of the product.

At Asili best skin care products we specialise in Black Soap and Shea butter and therefore we try and cover diverse types of this amazing product.

The product is 100% natural and is therefore reliant on favourable climatic conditions – there are times when certain materials are in short supply or unavailable, and this could lead to interrupted supply, which will be indicated in our shop.

We supply genuine African Black Soap with the following additional ingredients (These soaps are all Genuine Black soap from Ghana, but come from areas where these additional materials are added):

  • Black soap with added Shea butter – this has additional moisturizing and anti inflammatory properties. It’s a firm favourite for treating conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and is excellent in soothing sun-damaged skin.
  • Black soap with Cocoa butter – Cocoa is a known anti-oxidant with additional benefits that include alleviating sun damage and slowing down ageing (Where the skin looses it’s elasticity over time).The added cocoa butter, is fantastic when used as a daily skin cleansing and nourishing regime to rejuvenate and keep skin looking young.
  • Black soap with Aloe Vera – this is an exceptionally soft, dark soap that is very rare and used for extreme case of psoriasis and eczema.

Please note: Although the vast majority of Asili’s customers find rapid relief to their skin conditions this is not a silver bullet that guarantees total cure for all conditions for all people. It is also recommended that the soap is used daily for at least 2 months, before gauging the efficacy.

Please contact us should you have any questions.

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