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Well here it is, another Did you know…this time it’s traditional African Black Soap also called Alata Samina…Now after doing a lot of reading I am understanding the only true traditional form of black soap is that which is a bar and is in an organic shape with its color being dark brown and not black! The soap is usually made of plantain leaves (and to think how we Jamaicans use plantains for so many medicinal uses, now I know why!) which is high in Vitamin E and F..It also has vitamin A and alot of other good nutrients. They mix this with other natural products such as coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and some others. It’s amazing the many uses of this product. Before shampoo came into being, black soap was used by Africans to cleanse the hair and the skin. Since it is natural it does not irritate the hair follicles nor the skin.

Some of the uses of Black Soap includes:

  1. Face Soap
  2. Shampoo
  3. For Acne to help remove bumps and blotches and spots
  4. To help reverse damage done to skin such as burns, blemishes to name a few
I found it interesting when I first looking for black soaps, the irony that the real soap is not BLACK..lol it’s brown, and I thought that was pretty cool. My point is, I researched and I realize if you want good skin and good hair as according to the jargon we use, then guess what, nature is where it’s at..It gets no purer than that! Start from what God himself has created and you cannot go wrong. So I will be getting my first real black soap in a few days, because mind you I was fooled and have tried the fake kinds where it has been manufactured and dyed black, but I am ready to experience the real deal..Stay tuned for more D.Y.K.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. so proud of my other half (ghana)
    the soap does sting a bit… but it cleanses good, fresh and thoroughly..

  2. so proud of my other half (ghana)
    the soap does sting a bit… but it cleanses good, fresh and thoroughly..

  3. I bought my first bar of black soap today we have an islamic store here in philly which sells the real one which is brown. It cost around 2.50 and it made my skin and face feel wonderful I followed up with pure Shea Butter. I love it!!!!!!!

  4. I bought my first bar of black soap today we have an islamic store here in philly which sells the real one which is brown. It cost around 2.50 and it made my skin and face feel wonderful I followed up with pure Shea Butter. I love it!!!!!!!

  5. I'm Jamaican as well & me neva kno say plantain leaves was used fi mek Black Soap! This is new to me & I will definitely try it. Still transitioning, approaching 6 months in January, I'm currently rockin' a 2 strand flat twists style that goes into a bun (I did my hair myself). There is no weave, no tracks just my 2 textured hair. Just wanted to give it a rest from the roller setting. Have a good day!

  6. LMAO…SO Girl..clearly mi neva si dis comment before mi ask if u ja or not..but yeh..plantain mi dear! plantain skin.. And ohh 2 strand twists are pretty nice to rock and so easy and carefree (well to some degree)..I am laying of all heat next year (or so the plan go). But hey do me a favor..def keep me posted on your hair growth girly :)

  7. What do you use to pre-poo when you African Black Soap as a shampoo? Or do you not feel the need to pre-poo when using African Black Shampoo?

  8. when I use black soap, I didn't usually pre-poo, but this was because at the time, I didn't think it was necessary. I do say tho, if you have dry hair pre-pooing can really help as black soap can be a bit drying.

  9. black soap is made from ghana, like she said the traditional name is Alata samina, it very great on the skin if u mix it with milk, am a ghanaian and it’s very very very cheap in ghana. so if you know anybody travelling to ghana let them purchase some for you. i never knew it was great for the hair because of it acidity, i’ll love to try

    • Acid is great for your hair, it smooths the hair follicles. check out vinegar and lime home-made conditioners.

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