You’ve heard about the healing powers of African Black Soap to clear complexion, eczema, acne and blemishes – but what is it exactly?

As the name suggests, African black soap (also known as Anago Soap, Alata Simena, or Ose Dudu) originates from West Africa and is typically made from the ashes of plantains skins cocoa pods, palm tree leaves and/or shea tree bark. These ingredients are sun-dried and then roasted in a kettle or pot at an even, constant temperature to ensure color, texture and smell. Then water and various oils – palm oil, coconut oil, palm kernel oil, shea butter are added to the mixture.

AKOMA African Black Soap

Black soap often looks like a soft dark colored lumpy block. It dissolves faster than commercial cold press soaps, but produces a very rich emollient lather and gives the skin a clean soft feel. The ingredients in African Black Soap are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, working to moisturize skin and treat many skin conditions.

Akoma makes a variety of black soaps using a traditional recipe by Pusu-Namogo villagers in Ghana who have worked to form a community cooperative that benefits all within their community. Containing 57% Organic fairtrade raw shea butter, Akoma African Black Soaps are free from dyes, charcoal, artificial fragrance and animal products. Akoma produces black soap both in bars and liquid form, infused with nutrient packed plants such as lemongrass, moringa, neem, and peppermint. Some soap can have odd scents, but Akoma black soaps has a mild, fresh, natural scent and a wonderful creamy lather of fine bubbles which leaves skin beautifully clean and refreshed.

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