Monday, October 30, 2006
I washed my Sisterlocks with some Black Soap this week and was pleasantly surprised by the results. I originally purchased it as a body soap because I wanted to try something new for my face. I have noticed lately that everything is drying up on my body (not pretty folks) ,so I am having to customize my beauty routine to include moisturizing products. Anyway, I found that the black soap is excellent for getting build-up out of hair and scalp without any irritation or dryness. My hair felt squeaky clean and soft too.
If you have oily skin like me, the black soap will work great for you too. My face looked bright felt sooo clean and smoothe. The real test was on my 7 month old. Her skin stayed soft and she had that "baby smell" after I used it on her. It's ironic that I've heard about black soap for years and was never motivated to buy it. I guess I based my opinion on the fact that I only saw street vendors selling it!
Made from Burnt Leaves
But scrutiny is warranted because not all black soaps are the same Black Soap recipes differ by regions where its produced. The soap is called by different names and "Ose Dudu" is the most popular of all- the name means Ose(soap) and Dudu(black). According to my research,the soap is good for: dark spots,rashes, oily skin, acne, dandruff and even wrinkles! So far I can honestly say that it works
The basic recipe is made from burnt plantain leaves that are filtered in water and a fat is added( shea butter, coconut oil or palm oil),and the mixture is stirred for a day by local women and left cure for 2 weeks. West African black soap is the best, so don't buy the "bootlegg" versions that are made here in the U.S.because you won't get the healing benefits that the authentic version gives.
Only Buy from workers under the FTF!
By the way, please make sure you buy from distributors that support the Fair Trade Federation. They ensure that the women who make the soaps, shea butter etc.. are given a fair wage and employment benefits for their labor.