There are several forms of black soap crafted in Africa—all are 100% natural—made entirely from raw materials from Nature. We carry two types—shea butter and palm/palm kernel oil. Shea butter black soap is a by-product of the shea butter crafting process. Less than top quality shea butter, plus the shea nut shaft, residue of the processed nuts, some cut branches and leaves of the shea nut tree are mixed together and burnt to ashes. These ashes are then gathered in large clay pots and boiled for 4-5 days. Thick layers of foam bubble to the top. This foam is carefully collected and left on a surface to solidify. The resulting product is 100% natural shea butter black soap. This soap is firm in texture yet softer than more traditional soaps.
Palm/palm kernel oil black soap consists of these two plant oils plus water. The crafting process is more complex and yields a soap that is semi-soft and extremely rich. This version is great for adding
your own scents to - using essential oils and/or other botanicals.
Advantages of Black Soap:
has a deep cleaning effect
is a very sharp soap and does not leave a film on the skin
suds like bubble bath
cleans deeply into the pores of the skin to activate regeneration and rejuvenation. Antiseptic qualities prevent rashes, itchy, scaly and dry skin from developing.
Crafters of this soap say that within 5-10 days of its use, you will notice a remarkable difference because the skin grows continually if the right remedy is applied to it – Black Soap is one of those remedies!
Hand Crafted, Unrefined Shea Butter
One Human Family
As part of the human family, regardless of where we are located on earth, we believe it is our moral duty to behave and act in ways that help rather than harm other fellow humans. One way to act responsibly is to purchase fairly traded products as much as possible and to talk about the importance of this issue with your friends and family. Secondly, it is important to acknowledge that everything we have comes from Mother Earth—every drink of water, every meal of food, clothing, housing, medicine and all manner of material things. Earth does not belong to us—we belong to Earth. When we live with this as a core principle, purchasing fairly traded products has a far-reaching and tremendously powerful impact.
Solar Lantern Project
The solar lantern project is an opportunity to empower native peoples in west Africa and yourself. When you purchase pure virgin shea butter, proceeds contribute to purchase solar powered lanterns for un-electrified villages in Africa. This may seem insignificant to us here in America. It is however, very significant as it eliminates dependence on dangerous, expensive and polluting forms of fossil fuel. Energy from Father Sun is free! When we gratefully receive the abundance from Nature, acknowledging full value to all involved, healing occurs on many levels, including ourselves !
Recent Shea Butter Research
New research has found that when pure, unrefined shea butter is applied to skin, our bodies are able to metabolize vitamin D3 from sunshine more effectively! Related research suggests that there has been a 2500% increase in skin cancer (melanoma) occurrences in industrialized countries. What is most interesting is that the people affected are not ones that are outside in natural sunshine all day as conventional medical wisdom would have us believe. Rather, the increase in skin cancer was found to be restricted to people that work inside all day and have limited exposure to natural sunlight ! So, maybe it would be a good idea to through away the sunscreen, apply pure unrefined shea butter to exposed skin, and get out into Nature !
Empowerment through Fair Trade
The first step of self empowerment is the full recognition of the value of African products, knowledge and resources through fair prices. The proceeds should be returned to fund education, social and economic infrastructure, and health care. Fair prices will in the long run provide credibility and accountability to African economies because it is a change that comes from within, unlike the current practice of borrowing from global financial institutions. Africans will participate in sustainable economic development if trade practices are fair and benefit all parties. Furthermore, Fair Trade provides stable incomes, which in turn allow participation in education and strengthens social structures.
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