Inkuto’s pure, unscented, traditional African Black Soap also comes from Ghana. Our black soap is made from roasted cocoa (chocolate) pod and/or plantain skin ashes mixed with pure coconut and/or palm oil. It leaves the skn smooth and soft, and also works particularly well with moisturizing pure Inkuto Shea Butter. Raw black soap is prized for its quality antiseptic properties and for its gentleness on the skin and hair and we are happy to bring this to you.
Inkuto African Black Soap is not the same as other black soaps?
Our African Black Soap is not the mass-produced African black soap in boxes all over the market. African Black Soap was originally derived from plantain skins. Plantain is a rich source of vitamins A & E and iron (plantain is a popular food in Africa & other parts of the world - it looks much like a banana, but it's bigger and longer). The skin of the plantain is dried to a specific texture under the hot African sun and then roasted in a clay oven.
The heat must be kept precisely at a constant temperature in order to achieve a particular colour, texture & smell. The roasting of the plantains determines the colour of the soap. The longer the plantains are roasted, the darker the soap. Next, the roasted skins of the plantain are mixed with palm oil and palm kernel oil to form the soap. These oils are in their purest form - without refining - and they make for a highly nourishing soap.
Different African tribes make their own variations of black soap and their recipes are highly guarded. Our other product recipes include our very popular pure coconut oil and roasted cocoa husks for another traditional and natural soap from the coastal regions.
Re-forming black soap
Our African Black Soap comes in blocks or chunks and is easily formed into bars or customized to create personalized soaps. It is also a great base ingredient for creating your own personalized soaps and can be melted and customized by adding moisturizing ingredients, such as unrefined shea butter, and essential oils. It can also be made into a liquid soap by adding water.
Storage of African black soap
Pure traditional African black soap is a soft milled soap and has a very high natural glycerine content. As a result, it readily absorbs moisture from the air. It must be stored in a dry location or in a sealed plastic bag or it will become soft as it absorbs moisture. Black soap exposed to the air will have a thin white coloured film. This film is not mold, it is caused by absorption of water from the air. This can be avoided by keeping the soap in a dry location away from moisture until ready for use. Other than that, there are no special storage requirements.