What is African Black Soap?

We’re abuzz here at Pharmaca about this new soap that’s can help treat eczema, acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. “I have had several co-workers approach me about this great new thing called African black soap,” says Tiana Ukleja, manager of Pharmaca’s beauty category.

That’s when she started looking into Nubian Heritage, a brand that offered a broad range of skin care that incorporates African black soap along with other nourishing ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil.

Nubian Heritage’s recipe for African black soap calls for palm, tamarind extract and plantain peel (which is often switched out for cacao pods in places where plantains are not native). These ingredients are burned into ashes, which are then dissolved in warm water and heated alongside a base such as coconut oil. The remaining substance is cured for two weeks until it’s ready to be used. Variations on this recipe have been used for centuries in Africa.

“It’s beneficial because it’s acne fighting, detoxifying and healing. It’s especially good for skin ailments like eczema and psorioasis,” Tiana says. “The ash helps pull out a lot of toxins.” She’s partial to Nubian Heritage’s African Black Soap Body Wash, especially because you can recognize everything on the ingredient list, she says.

“My skin feels hydrated and clean, but without the soapy residue…and a little bit goes a long way!”

Ask a practitioner about other great cleansing options!

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