So one day at the West Broad Farmer Market, Athens, GA, where I display my natural products, I encountered a non-African American man very engaged in my African Black Soap. He said to me “is this just for black people, cause it says ‘African Black Soap?’ Does that mean I can’t use it? How does it work?”
I was so glad he asked because it reminded me that so much can be implied by a name and that can inadvertently cause someone to feel excluded. In this business, there is a constant need to be creative when naming our products.
This is not a new question however, in fact, I came across an article from 2006 where the same question was asked. Here is the answer given, in part:
“Black Soap actually got its name from the reference “soap the black people use” and has been a vital staple in the African home for thousands of years. But anyone can benefit from this skin delicacy regardless of race, sex, or age! It has the highest content of shea butter among all soaps, which offers the skin UV protection as well as many other valuable benefits.
African people use black soap to rid the skin of all sorts of ailments and you can too! And it’s the preferred choice for newborn babies!! It is used for rashes, ring worm, measles, psoriasis, eczema, acne, chronic body odors, and for just getting clean. An excellent product for tender sensitive skin, reduces splotches and bumps, fades dark spots, shrinks and refines pores, and leaves the skin soft, smooth and supple. It is used as a shampoo to relieve and prevent itchy dry scalp and dandruff. It gives luster and shine to hair as it conditions, protects, strengthens and repairs the hair shaft. Black soap also makes the hair easier to style as it coats the hair shaft in a very fine shield of shea butter, protecting hair from sun rays and environmental pollutions. There are a million ‘good’ soaps out there, but let’s face it, none can lay claim to as many uses / benefits as African Black Soap!
WARNINGS AND CAUTIONS: Black soap is made using shea butter which almost no one is allergic to. However, if you are extremely sensitive to latex, you may want to test a shea product on a small area first or avoid it altogether. Shea butter contains a small amount of naturally occurring latex, which coats the skin and hair to protect it from loss of moisture.
Also, if you are extremely caffeine sensitive, as is the case in rare but extreme cases of endometriosis, you should be aware of whether your black soap, or other bath/body products, contains coco butter. Coco butter comes directly from the source of all chocolate and contains caffeine. It is just becoming apparent that caffeine is transdermal and is currently being clinically studied for use as a carrier for transdermal products. Transdermal means it enters the bloodstream through the skin.”
So…how African Black Soap works;
It is made with 48 percent pure, organic unrefined Shea Butter and Virgin Palm Kernal Oil, the ash of dried plantains, banana leaves & bark from the local Agow tree.
Soap is the oldest cleanser around. It is created by a chemical reaction between oils, water and lye called saponification. Although lye is used to make soap, there is no lye left after saponification is complete. There is no such thing as a bar soap that is made without using lye. The African Black Soap is made using a natural lye that is found in the ashes of the plantain drying process that is the best in the world. So even the lye used in this traditional soap is all natural and chemical free!
African Black Soap has been historically used and clinically proven effective in the treatment of acne, eczema, psoriasis, scars, pock marks, uneven skin coloration, compromised skin texture, dandruff, dull or limp hair, fungus, athletes foot, chronic foot odor, and so much more!
So, African Black Soap Is “Not Just For Black People!” No matter what product you are currently using, you owe it to yourself, to your skin, to give the African Black Soap a try.
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