African black soap comes from West Africa, usually Ghana, and is becoming increasingly popular due to its organic contents. African Black Soap, or ABS, is made from plantain, cocoa pods, palm tree leaves, and shea tree bark. It's a natural source of vitamins A and E, and iron, and is used for both cleansing and for healing.
Uses for African Black Soap
According to the National Institutes of Health, ABS was among other tested soaps that "possessed antimicrobial properties and they can contribute to the treatment and management of skin infections caused by bacteria." It is effective with:
- Relieving skin conditions such as acne
- Works on premature facial lines and wrinkles
- Clears skin bumps, discoloration and dark spots
Be sure to get the REAL thing
Like most products, ABS will have lots of products on the market claiming to be real African black soap. How can you tell if you're buying the real thing?
- The color of African black soap is not really black, but brown
- It has a delicate texture and a natural, earthy smell, not perfumed
- It is soft, even crumbly, and has an organic shape
African black soap can be used on face, body and hair; by all ethnic groups; by both men and women. Companies that sell black soap and also support African communities are Sundial Brands (SheaMoisture and Nubian Heritage), Shea Radiance, Alaffia and Tropical Naturals.
For more information on African Black Soap, visit www.shearadiance.com/black-soap/