Organic African Black Soap

12 Days of Beauty – Tip # 10: African Black Soap

My Brother swears by the Organic African Black Soap that he buys from Amazon and sent me a bar for the holidays this year and I have to say, while I thought he was a little crazy with his rants and raves about this product at first, I have since become a firm believer and now advocator of this miracle product.

African black soap is a much gentler solution than most other store-bought soap brands. It is an all-natural cleanser made only from various plant attributes such as plantains, shea and cocoa pods. Not only does it clean your skin, but the suds are also packed full of skin loving benefits.

About African Black Soap

African Black Soap isn’t typically black, but more of a dark brown color. Black Soap originated in West Africa, specifically Ghana. It was initially produced with the ash from cooking fires, which is what made it black as well as many secret ingredients including coconut and/or palm oils, as well as the other plant ingredients listed above. This soap was traditionally used to help heal the wounds, scrapes, cuts and sores of the West African people.

Benefits of African Black Soap

African black soap contains shea butter, which helps with skin moisturizing while it does not clog your pores. Shea butter gives the soap some UV-protection properties too (don’t ditch your sunscreen though as it does not protect your skin from harmful UV rays as much as a 30 spf sunscreen does). Some people claim that African black soap fades skin discoloration and dark spots. It is ideal for people with skin irritation and rashes, rosacea, dry skin, aging skin and other abnormal skin conditions since it is such a gentle cleanser. African black soap contains plantain extract, which has antibacterial properties that can also help treat acne breakouts and blemishes. Some people even use African black soap as a mild makeup remover or even shampoo to cleanse the hair.

This soap is also a perfect cleanser for your post laser treatments since it is so gentle and contains natural skin healing qualities. Be sure when buying African black soap that you are not buying the ‘fake’ American made soap with lye and charcoal. Read this article to learn more about the differences.

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