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African Black Soap ~ Akamuti

Posted Oct 17 2008 6:02pm

Looks and feels like melted chocolate, yum! Liquid African black soap from Akamuti is traditionally handcrafted, and comes fair trade from Women's co operatives in Togo, West Africa. It is made with 48% pure, organically grown shea butter & wildcrafted virgin palm kernel oil and no SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate nasties). There are no chemicals or preservatives whatsoever, or colour/fragrance enhancers added to the recipe. The black colour of the soap is developed as a result of the saponification process it undergoes, from the ash of dried banana leaves & the bark from the local Agow tree. It is completely free from black dyes & charcoal and has a mild natural scent. There is also a 'scented' version if you choose, which has the gorgeous essential oils of patchouli and frankinsense.

In Africa the black soap is used by mothers on newborn babies as it is very healthy, gentle and suitable for sensitive skin. My kids are fascinated by the black colour and me being the eternal bargain hunter, well I like the fact that it has many uses. It can be used as a hand soap, bath soap, shampoo (its good for itchy dry scalps), is suitable for babies and those with eczema (both my kids have minor eczema patches) and apparently, Africans also use it to treat ringworm! A very good all-rounder for the bathroom.
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