Recipes - African Black Soap and Rainforest Body Oil

Recipes – African Black Soap and Rainforest Body Oil

Recipes - African Black Soap and Rainforest Body Oil

African Black Soap

This recipe is as it is made in Africa.

Handful of Cocoa Pods
3 pieces of Shea Bark
Skin of one Plantain
1 cup Palm Oil
3/4 cup Unrefined Shea Butter
Fragrance or Essential Oils

Ash mixed with water become lye. So wear protective equipment and handle this with the same care given to any other cold process soap recipe.

Remove the cocoa beans from their pods. Roast the pods, plantain skin and shea bark in the pot on low-medium heat until ash is formed, preferably outside. Carefully add 2 cups water and bring the mixture to boil then lower the heat. Once ashes have dissolved, carefully strain the solution through a fine strainer and set aside. Place the palm oil in another double boiler and heat it to about 35°C. Carefully mix in the ash water and stir until the mixture is smooth. After 45 minutes you will start to see froth form on the top. Scoop this into a cooling container until nearly all the water has evaporated from the pot. This froth will become your black soap. Remove the pot from heat. After the froth has partially cooled, add fragrance or essential oils, pour into molds and allow to cure for 2 weeks. Remove from molds and the soap is ready for use.

Rainforest Body Oil

2 ounces Tamanu Oil
1/2 Ounce Acai Berry Oil
1/2 ounce Andiroba Oil
1/2 ounce Brazil Nut Oil
1/2 ounce Passion Flower Oil
10-25 drops Essential Oils (optional)

Combine oils and essential oils. To use, apply a small amount directly to the skin.