ABOUT AFRICAN BLACK SOAP

About Black Soap

African black soap has been used in Ghana for generations. Containing a natural antiseptic and gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, black soap also utilizes local natural ingredients that may have otherwise gone to waste. Our black soap is made with cocoa pod ashes, though some crafters use banana leaf ashes and in Ghana’s Northern Region, the skins of certain nuts are used.

The ash is a key part of the soap-making process. To form, soap requires the combination of fats and either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide that react in a process called saponification. Cocoa pod ashes provide a natural, local, and income-generating source of potassium hydroxide. Our producers then use local coconut oil, palm kernel oil, and unrefined shea butter to complete the saponification process and render a delectably cleansing and moisturizing soap.

Dandy Lion African Black Soap

Here is a step-by-step guide to how our producers create Dandy Lion African Black Soap

Steps 1 & 2

  • Step 1
  • Step 2
  1. First, coconut oil must be extracted by grinding and boiling dried coconut kernel, called copra.
  1. Then the coconut oil is either mixed with melted shea butter or palm kernel oil. In either case, the mixture consists of two parts coconut oil to one part shea butter or palm kernel oil. The two oils are then heated together for 10-15 minutes.

Cocont oil is mixed

Dandy Lion African Black Soap

CONTACT

141 Bridge Road Richmond Victoria,  3121 Australia
+61 (0)3 9419 1188
info@koguis.com.au

Extract Coconut Oil

Steps 3 & 4

  • Step 3
  • Step 4
  1. This is when cocoa pod ash makes its entrance. It must first be made into jenkese, the local name for the concentrated solution that is used for soap making. To make jenkese, the gutted cocoa pod is first dried then ground to the consistency of soot. The jenkese used in our black soap is made in the village of Suhum in Ghana’s Eastern Region.
  1. The jenkese is added to the mixed oils over a fire and saponification occurs, leaving a lumpy product that can then be retrieved from the barrel.

Cocont oil is mixed

Extract Coconut Oil

Dandy Lion African Black Soap

CONTACT

141 Bridge Road Richmond Victoria,  3121 Australia
+61 (0)3 9419 1188
info@koguis.com.au

Steps 5 , 6 & 7

  • Step 5
  • Step 6
  • Step 7
  1. This lumpy soap is then pounded in a mortar to produce both consistent texture and elasticity. If the batch calls for fragrance, it is added now.
  1. This mixture is then put over fire and fluffed.
  1. This mixture is then put over fire and fluffed.

Lumpy soap is then pounded in a mortar

Mixture is then put over fire and fluffed

Cooling process is aided by occasionally stirring

Steps 8 , 9 , 10 & 11

  • Step 8
  • Step 9
  • Step 10
  • Step 11
  1. Once cooled, the soap mixture is then ready for molding. It is first mixed with a small amount of water, then placed in a machine designed to compress and mold one single, giant bar of soap.
  1.  To divide it into individual soaps, a slicing mold is pressed into the giant bar and each new bar is carefully pushed out with a stick carved specifically for that purpose.
  1. The individual bars are then sealed in 100% recycled plastic made from used water sachets.
  1. The sealed soaps are then ready to receive the Dandy Lion Black Soap label.

Soap mixture is then ready for molding

Individual bars are then sealed

CONTACT

141 Bridge Road Richmond Victoria,  3121 Australia
+61 (0)3 9419 1188
info@koguis.com.au

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Dandy Lion Black Soap Label

Each new bar is carefully pushed out