Black Soap 101
Just a few years ago, it was hard to find black soap in the United States. You’d have to go to a specialty shop or organic market. And even then, there weren’t many choices.
Recently, more brands have popped up on the shelves of our grocery and drug stores. Black soap has entered the mainstream. And Tama Black Soap is one of our bestselling – and favorite – products.
So, what is black soap, what gives it its unique color, and why has it become so popular?
What is black soap?
Black soap originated in West Africa. Families and communities in Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, and other countries made it with their own recipes and local ingredients for generations.
The common link between black soaps – and the reason for its dark color – is the use of plant ash. Local plants are dried and burned, and the resulting ash becomes the key ingredient. Tama Black Soap is made with cocoa pod ash, but others use tree bark, palm leaves, or other local plants.
This plant ash is then combined with water, oils, and other substances, such as exfoliants. Tama black soap uses Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, coconut oil, lavender oil, and other natural ingredients in combination with cocoa pod ash. Oils and fats allow the black soap to solidify into bars. Most commonly the oil chosen will be local to the area where the soap is made. Some black soaps incorporate shea oil.
Why use black soap?
We believe that that black soap’s rise in North America is part of a broader trend towards natural skincare products. As consumers become more aware of the dangers of chemicals on our skin, they have turned to traditional organic products, including black soap.
Most importantly, however, black soap is effective.
Because it uses natural fats and oils like Organic Unrefined Shea Butter, it has moisturizing properties but won’t leave your skin greasy. Blog. Other soaps, such as glycerin soaps, contain alcohol and other ingredients that can dry your skin.
Black soap is also a gentle, effective cleanser that can be used on all skin types, including sensitive skin. Some swear that black soap is effective to reduce the symptoms of acne and rashes. In any event, your skin will be left soft, smooth, clean and moisturized.
Consumers all over the world are discovering these benefits – try Black Soap today!