It’s been a long-kept secret by those in-the-know. Ghanaians have used black soap for centuries both on the skin and in the hair as a shampoo. Many swear by it both as a treatment for skin conditions and as an everyday soap.
Across generations, recipes for African black soap have been handed down, often kept secret. Varieties and recipes vary between regions and families and are usually handcrafted, meaning each bar of black soap has its own origin and its own story.
Made from locally-harvested Ghanaian plants like dried plantain skins, palm leaves and palm kernel oil, African black soap is the pure counterpoint to commercially-produced soaps that often contain artificial or unsustainable ingredients.
While its look may be a little unusual for those used to light-coloured, commercial soaps, it is full of substantial benefits for all skin types. And it’s these benefits that have made black soap a cherished item in the skincare routine of so many for so long.