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Updated on December 26, 2012

Raw African Black Soap

Alata Samina - Alata Soap

Hand-crafted natural Black Soap developed and used in West Africa for centuries using traditional techniques, the soap is famous for relieving the effects of acne and blemishes. Also an effective hair shampoo, preventing dry, itching scalp and dandruff.

Known as Alata Samina or Alata Soap the secrets are passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap as natural and pure as nature intended.

Achieve Beautiful Skin

Ghanaians use African Black Soap to cure and relieve acne, oily or dry skin and clear all skin types. African Black Soap is now used by people all over the world.

A modern way to make your own African Black Soap but following tradition

Black soap has been known to cure measles and ringworm and is now used all over the world not only by the Ghanaians to cure acne. Used as a shampoo it can clear up an itchy dry scalp and clear dandruff and is easy to make.

The ingredients are simple:

Coconut husks, Plantain skins, Cocoa pods and Shea tree bark – that is all.

What you will need to make the soap:

A Soap mold, a lighter, a strainer, a bowl and a double boiler

Easy steps to making soap:

You will need to press the coconut husks into the hand press so that all the palm oil is extracted. Then make an ash by burning together the cocoa pods, the plantain skins and the Shea tree bark. Take the ash and mix it with water in the bowl then strain it through the strainer into the double boiler. Add the palm oil that has been extracted from the coconut husks and add it slowly to the ash water mixture in the double boiler and then keep stirring until the mixture is smooth. Hot soap will rise to the surface of the mixture. Scoop this off and allow it to cool before pouring the cool soap into a soap mold and let it stand until it is hard. The soap must be left in the molds to allow it to cure for at least two weeks.

Now you have homemade raw African Black Soap – enjoy the benefits and the luxury of soft beautiful and aluminous glowing skin.

How to use your black soap – create your own designer wrappers


The soap is crumbly and falls apart easily and you need to break it up into pieces as big as you want them to be. If you do not expose the soap to excess water and it will last longer. Wet your hands and rub the soap between your palms. The soap will ‘firm’ up and hold together but do not run water on the soap when you are using it.

You can wash your hair and scalp by using warm water to lather soapy suds in your hands and rub the soapy suds into your hair. Do not use the bar of soap directly on your hair as the ends may split or break. Massage the soapy lather in your hands into your scalp and hair to relieve an itchy flaking scalp. Then rinse your hair with fresh clean water until all the soap has been removed.

To cleanse your face is the same routine by lathering up the suds in your hands simply smooth the lather over your face. Do not scrub your face but rinse odd with using your hands or face cloth using warm clean water. The black soap does not exfoliate but will clear your complexion.

For extra cleansing you can create a face mask by leaving a small chunk of the black soap in water for about twenty minutes turning the soap into a mushy paste. Drain of all the excess water and add honey until it is sticky and grey. Smooth the mask over your face once a day for fast, extra deep skin cleansing

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      msorensson 6 years ago


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      Back 2 Africa 7 years ago

      Thank you. I like your content. Very nice

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      prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Like Tony said before, I never knew about this soap before. Thanks for share with us. Maybe I'll try this soap if I traveling to Africa. Nice information. Take care!


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      Tony McGregor 7 years ago from South Africa

      This is amazing! I have not heard of "black soap" before so thanks for the introduction!

      Love and peace