What is African Black Soap?

African black soap is a type of natural, hand-made soap that's ideal for those with oily or acne skin types, though some can contain properties that are beneficial for severely dry skin. It's been used in Africa for centuries, and is typically sourced from raw farm produce in West African regions. "African black soap is handmade and used as a shampoo, face soap, and body bar. Its black colour is due to the ash in the product,". "Usually black soap is a mixture of water and the ashes of plantain skins or palm leaves, cocoa pod powder, palm oil, coconut oil, shea butter, and honey." Unlike traditional soaps—which tend to be synthetic—black soap has a rough texture, making it excellent as an exfoliant.

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