Due to its rugged appearance, many people are asking what are the ingredients in black soap?

The ingredients are cocoa bean pod ashes, shea butter, palm oil and plantain ashes.

What can these ingredients do for my skin?

Cocoa bean pod ashes act as natural exfoliates, and the caffeine helps firm your skin.

Plantains are known for their curative properties and their ability to prevent disease and also a rich source of A, E and Iron.

Palm oil nourishes your skins, and can even be used alone as a cure for acne and as a moisturizer.

Shea butter deeply moisturizes and soothes skin, without clogging the pores.

About African Black Soap

Black Soap or African Black Soap also known as Anago Soap or Alata soap, originates from West Africa.  Black soap is imported from Ghana where it is hand pressed and processed.  It contains no scents, preservatives OR chemicals. It is processed in small villages in Ghana.  It has been used for centuries in Ghana. It's methods and secrets have been passed down from generation to generation to keep the soap close to mother nature and avoid exploitation & imitations. Many have tried to create their version of black soap with all kinds of ingredients. Ghana's Alata soap is the best quality black soap because it is the ORIGINAL. For centuries, Ghanaians have used Black Soap to help relieve acne, oily skin, clear blemishes and various other skin issues. African Black soap has also been used to achieve beautiful skin. Africans have also used this natural soap for bathing and washing their hair. Great for removing make-up. Black Soap will leave your skin soft, clear and smelling delicious. This soap is not scented.

Alata Samina or Anago Samina is the term used in the local dialect called Twi to refer to Black Soap or African Black Soap. Alata or Anago is a reference to the people of the Northern Region of Ghana, mainly the Hausa tribe. Alata Samina is now used all over Ghana.
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 looks like a 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.  Traditional Black Soap is brownish-black in color. It is soft with an organic shape. It has a delicate texture & a natural earthy smell. It is not oily or scented. Black Soap has been used for hair care & skin care for centuries. Today people from all walks of life are benefiting from this amazing African  soap. African black soap is mostly found in Ghana. However, other countries have their own version of African black soap. Nothing compares to the original African black soap from Ghana.

Suggested Uses

Traditionally, African Black Soap has been used to treat rashes, acne, eczema, dandruff, body odor and much more. The African black soap helps keep the skin clean and helps against premature facial lines. It is great for showering, bathing, washing of the hair, face and the feet. Black Soap is recommended for the young and the old. Black soap leaves the skin smooth and soft & as a facial soap it is excellent for clearing acne. 

African black soap has been used in Africa for the treatment of rashes, ring worm, eczema and also as a natural hair shampoo to avoid itchy and dry scalps.


Authentic Black Soap has a delicate texture and is softer than most soaps. You'll know that this is a true organic soap as when using it you'll notice the water runs with  the color of the soap's natural saponified  ingredients. Because it is soft and dissolves in water easily, the soap should be left to dry when not in use, preferably deposited in a slotted soap dish where it can drip dry. Avoid leaving it in water for extended periods of time (like during a bath) or it will become very soft. You may notice a thin white colored film develop over your soap inbetween use, this film is not mold, it is simply caused by the soaps absorption of water from the air.  (As this is a pure product, you may find the occassional grit in it so rub into your hands first rather than straight onto the face or  body).

Commercial versions of Black soap are produced outside Africa but not according to the pure recipes found in Africa. They are hard bars of soap and tend to be  filled with artificial ingredients. Therefore, if you want to enjoy the benefits of pure black soap, be sure to buy the authentic product which is made in Africa.

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