African black soap originated from amongst the Yoruba tribe in Nigeria and the Yoruba communities in Benin and Togo, West Africa. The soap goes by various names depending on how and where it’s made, Nigeria / Ghana - Ose Dudu, Dudu Osun, Alata Samina and Anago Samina. In Yoruba medicine, soap is called Ose and black Dudu thus Ose Dudu. Ose Dudu is the original black soap. Its basic ingredients are Red Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Roasted Plantain Skins, Roasted Cocoa Pods, shea or cocoa butter. The soap contains no lye, it's 100% natural. The plantain skins and cocoa pod ash are used to saponify the oils and butters.
The real makoya is brownish-black in colour and has a delicate texture & a natural earthy scent. It'll melt in water or become mushy if left in a moist area. This soap is very gentle, it is so gentle that the Yoruba use it on newborn babies. The Ghanaian black soap is an adaptation of the Nigerian black soap and is lighter in colour.
Black soap has an endless list of benefits for skin and hair, no kidding. Some of them are:
- deep clean and exfoliate the skin and remove excess oils which helps to treat and prevent acne
- can be used on all skin types, including very sensitive skin
- it's good for soothing eczema
- helps clear bumps and spots and reveals radiant, fresh, and healthy skin
- excellent shampoo bar for all hair types
Dudu Osun. Most naturalistas are familiar with this one, Osun is Camwood. Dudu Osun is black soap with Camwood powder. Alata Samina - Apparently the soap was introduced to Ghana by Yoruba traders selling peppers and tomatoes. Alatas is “Pepper sellers". Samina is Soap. Anago Samina - “Anago is the name of a Yoruba sub-group in what is now Republic of Benin."
BEWARE OF THE FAKES!! Original black soap is not oily or scented; it’s not pitch black and hard either.