African Black Soap, which has its origins among the Yoruba people of Nigeria, has been used for centuries through Western Africa. All MasterPeace Body Therapy Body Washes are made using a base of African Black Soap. Today, African Black soap is most widely produced, used, and distributed by Ghanaian women using the original Nigerian process and recipe. Made from locally harvested plants and barks, African Black Soap is gentle, nourishing to the skin, and highly moisturizing due to its natural oil content.
Raw Soap prior to blending
African Black soap is made by women, in small African villages, which means that each batch is unique in color and consistency. The women who make the soap, have been carefully and thoughtfully trained by their mothers and grandmothers to honor the spiritual components and energies of the soap making process. The women are careful not to think disruptive thoughts or speak harsh words while engaged in the soap making process. It is believed that this will transfer negative energies into the final product. Instead, the women sing, dance and often pray so that their customers will receive a good energy and healthy batch of soap. The good energy is what is believed will create repeat customers.
Because African Black Soap contains no harsh chemicals such as silicon oxides, aluminum oxides or iron oxides normally found in commercial soap products, it is highly effective in the alleviation of many minor skin aliments such as Rosacea, Acne, evening out dark spots, smoothing thin facial lines, and eliminating razor bumps. Because it is so pure, African Black Soap is also used to cleanse babies at birth.
Rich in potassium, a vital mineral and key ingredient in the maintenance of cell integrity, African Black soap supports skin cells hydration that keeps the skin internally moisturized.
The keys to the effectiveness of African Black soap is its natural ingredients that are hand harvested without mechanical intervention. Depending on the location of the women making the soap, the basic ingredients of African Black soap include a combination of:
PLANTAIN PEELS – (or Musa paradisiaca) are a good source of antioxidants, protein, folic acid, thiamine, riboflavin, potassium, and vitamin C that can strengthen skin elasticity.
COCOA POD ASH (Potash) – Rich in antioxidants, cocoa pods – or the shells that house the treasured cocoa bean – also have strong anti-inflammatory properties which can hasten skin repair.
COCONUT OIL – A well-rounded ingredient indeed, coconut oil cleans and moisturizes the skin, and helps kick start collagen production.
PALM KERNAL OILl – Obtained from the seed of Elaeis guineensis, palm kernel oil contains several types of fatty acids that nourish both skin and hair.
PALM OIL – Derived from the fruit of the palm tree, unrefined palm oil (known as red palm oil) is abundant in vitamin E, alpha and beta carotene and other antioxidants, as well as essential fatty acids.
SHEA BUTTER – Plentiful in beneficial fatty acids, shea butter is a prized ingredient for silky smooth skin. It helps repair damaged skin tissues and boost the body’s ability to generate collagen.