Thursday, 10 May 2012

Africa’s Best kept secret. AFRICAN BLACK SOAP

Prized for centuries for its natural healing properties of various skin conditions, African Black Soap or ABS as we love to call it is one hard multi tasker. African women have relied on it as a hair cleanser for decades and trust it for its purity and gentleness for the most delicate of skins.

This earthy scented, gorgeous dark beauty has to be one of Africa’s finest gifts to the world. Usually sold in fudge, liquid or bar form, it is recognized for its abilities to:

·         Relieve acne scars
·         Control oily skin
·         Clear blemishes
·         Eliminate skin irritations like rashes and reduce the discomforts associated with eczema and psoriasis

Etie’no African Black Soaps are soothing, SLS free, vegan friendly products sourced from nature and handmade in Ghana using the finest ingredients. Depending on the products, our recipes vary but the ingredient list is short and simple. We create a base using the following natural ingredients:

·         Unrefined Shea butter is an excellent emollient which helps to minimize skin peeling after sunburn, heal blemishes and wrinkles, soothe itching due to dryness amongst other things

·         Unrefined coconut oil is a natural solution for preventing dryness and flaking of skin as well as  treating various skin problems including psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin infections

·         Cocoa pods /plantain skin (African natural lye)

·         Water

There are no chemicals, preservatives, colour enhancers added to any of our recipes. The gorgeous black colour of our soaps is developed as a result of the saponification process which they undergo. Our African Black soap products are completely free from black dyes & charcoal.

How is it made?

Making African Black soap is a labour of love. The cocoa pods and plantain leaves are burnt to produce an ash which is added to water and filtered. The soap itself is created when the oils are poured into the water mixture. This mixture is then stirred by hand for up to 24 hours and left to "cure" (or sit) for two weeks.

How do i use it?

African Black soap bars are crumbly textured and smell earthy. That is what the authentic bar should look like as it is made by hand.  With this in mind, grab a bar of black soap and start cleansing! If your soap is bulky, break a reasonably sized chunk off. Otherwise, you can treat it just as you would any bar soap.

Simply moisten the soap between your hands and it should become more compact. Note that if you are using it in your hair, it is important to avoid running the actual soap over your hair.  This will cause the hair to get stuck to the soap. Instead, cover your hands with the soap's lather and run the lather manually through your hair. We would advise that you use the liquid version as a shampoo.

Our liquid soaps are not as thick as your standard shampoos as we prefer to stay authentic and sell it as it is. We advise that you use it sparingly. A little goes a long way. Wet you hair as normal and use as you would a normal shampoo.

Have you tried African Black Soap? What did you think?

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