THE NEGLECTED TREASURES OF AFRICA

Have you ever questioned your skin? Have you ever wished for a flawless skin? If your answer is Yes, then you should read to the end.

Every person wants a clean skin, without spot, but its so unrealistic because the body is in constant change and the skin releases most times unwanted spots that we try hard to eliminate.

We are always in the quest of the perfect product for our skin. Who would not want a skin like this :

 

 

 

These images with the touch of creativity, highlights the beauty of the African skin unadulterated. What more, what less?

But we tend to forget that the solution to our happiness is not in another person’s home, but it’s just sitting right by our side.

One of our very own creation in Africa “The Black Soap”, does magic.

 

It is touted as the best all round beauty soap. It’s the only soap in the world that does not require lye but lathers more than any other soap.  Without the cancer-causing laurel sulphate and if used appropriately, removes acne, eczema, body odour, rashes dandruff, great for removing make-up and keeping the skin blemish free and well hydrated.

Alleviates bumps and spots and helps prevent premature signs of aging like wrinkles and is an excellent shampoo, body soap and face wash! You can deep clean and exfoliate with it too!

Dudu-Osun, African Black Soap, Osu Dudu, Black Soap, Alata Samina (Akan), Anago Samla (Ga) etc, are some of the names given to this miracle of naturalness that ironically is nowhere near black if it is a genuine product!

A light brown to a dark chocolate are the typical colours of the soap depending on the ingredients and is soft and crumbles easily. Black and/or hard means there are additives so the soap is not wholly natural so would not give the benefits expected!

The Yoruba people of northern Nigeria were the ones who originated the soap using camwood as base product and through trade and migration, got to other parts of the west african sub region, especially Benin, Togo and Ghana.

Curiosity led to “How is it made?”

In making the soap, dried ripe plantain peels, shea bark, dried cocoa pods are burnt into ash (potash) and mixed with water. Cocoa butter, palm oil, shea butter or coconut oil is heated and hand stirred into the mixture for about a day.

Saponification takes place and lumps of the soap float to the surface and are scooped out and left for about two weeks to cure. The soap is then moulded into various shapes and packaged for sale. There is keen competition when it comes to the making of the soap and various famillies have their secret formulae for making the soap .

There is a Morrocan type which is believed to have been copied or learned from Syrian traders but this type has a greyish tinge and does not lather as well as the west african type.

To conclude, Africa has a lot of unexploited treasures in various aspects of life, which is without saying. The way you sell yourself, is the way you will be bought Click To Tweet

 

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