What is Black Soap? Where does it come from?
Black Soap or African Black Soap comes from plantain skin. It is a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron. (Plantain is a popular food in Africa, South America & other parts of the world. It can be found in ethnic or international grocery stores such as Latino, Caribbean or African. It looks like banana but much bigger. It does not taste like a banana & has to be cooked before eating) The skin of the plantain is gingerly dried to a precise texture under the hot African sun. It is then roasted in a clay oven. The heat must be constant in order to achieve a particular color, texture & smell. In some recipes, Cocoa Pod is used instead of plantain skins. Others use both the Cocoa Pod and plantain skins. Cocoa Pod is the shell of the Cocoa fruit. The cocoa beans are used for making chocolate or cocoa butter among other things.
How to Store and Use Black Soap
To use Black Soap for a shower or bath - Wet your sponge or wash cloth, rub the black soap on the sponge or wash cloth and you are ready for a shower or bath.
To use Black Soap for hair - Wet your hair, rub black soap in your hair until it lathers. Wash your hair, rinse & repeat the process until your hair is clean. Apply your Conditioner.
To store unused Black Soap - Place Black soap in a cool dry area wrapped in saran wrap or in a zip lock bag or in a tupperware. Black soap has natural glycerin so it will naturally absorb moisture from the air and become darker in color and softer in texture when left exposed.
To store Black Soap in the shower - After showing or bathing, do not leave black soap in water. If storing black soap in a soap dish, make sure the soap dish is well drained. If storing black soap on a surface, make sure surface does not have a paddle of water.
Shelf-Life- Black Soap does not go bad. It can be used at anytime if stored properly.