A few weeks ago, I tried an all natural African black soap from Shea Terra, and hated it. In the comments on that post, someone recommended that instead of buying a processed version of black soap, I should try the unprocessed kind. And, boy, did it make all the difference in the world.
African Black Soap (sometimes called Ghanaian Black Soap) starts with the ash from burned plantain peels, cocoa pods and other plant material. That ash is then mixed with pure shea or cocoa butter. The resulting concoction looks something like a soil sample, but don’t judge a book by it’s cover.
The lather this soap creates is one of the richest, most velvety lathers that I have ever seen. The soap has virtually no smell when used (in the bag there’s a bit of an odor). And it’s natural texture even provides a light exfoliating effect.
For $11 on Amazon, I bought a full pound of soap, a chunk roughly the size of a football. Which I’ve not only been using myself, but giving away indiscriminately to friends and neighbors.
For me, the product has really helped my acne. Even during the worst time of the month, the redness and bumps are noticeably smaller, if not gone completely. It’s also tightened my pores, but isn’t too drying. (It’s a touch drying, but that just means that I can’t skip moisturizer.)
My building manager has been using the soap on her daughter, who suffers from eczema. In two weeks, she hasn’t had a single flare up. A school pal, who develops dry, scaly patches on her face and hands during the winter, is patch free.
So is this low-budget soap a miracle product straight from the cradle of life? I certainly think so. I already bought two more pounds.