Also called, “ose dudu”, “alata simena” and “anago soap”, African Black Soap is a soft, brownish-black coloured soap, made of 100% natural ingredients, and it is rich in Vitamin A and E. It originated from the Yoruba people of Nigeria, Benin and Togo, and it was later introduced to the people of Ghana. It is made from shea butter tree bark, palm leaves, bark from banana trees, plantain skin ashes, cocoa plant pods, coconut oil, palm oil and kernel oil. Sometimes scents from fruits and herbs are added.
The benefits of African Black Soap include: fighting acne and dark spots, healing cracked and dry skin, removing make-up, exfoliating and deep cleaning the skin and removing dandruff (yes, it can be used on hair too). But beware, there are also fake African Black Soaps on the market. They are hard, and they contain black dye and artificial ingredients. Therefore, they don’t have the same benefits as the original African Black Soap from West Africa.