Alaffia African Black Soap
Alaffia was created to help West African communities become sustainable through the fair trade of indigenous resources.
Here at Little Knits we are always in search of skin care products and soaps that will help us with our forever dry hands and skin. Something about working with fiber, yarn and boxes leaves our hands dry. In that search we found a liquid soap that is much more than just for our hands, we found: Alaffia African Black Soap.
In West Africa, authentic black soap is known by its Yoruba name, OssÃ© Dudu. "Dudu" means the color black, which comes from the extensive "cooking" of the soap to the point of charcoal. Many cultures in West Africa use charcoal to detoxify and purify the skin, and this is an integral aspect of a true African black soap. In addition, Alaffia black soap is made from a centuries old recipe of handcrafted shea butter and indigenous West African palm kernel oil. Saponification is provided by adding ashes to the hot oils, then cooking the soap for six hours. The final step is to dry and cure the soap in the sun for three weeks.
The extensive cooking and curing process makes authentic African black soap mild and gentle, and is the major reason for its great popularity rise in America. The second important reason is this soap's versatility. In Togo, Alaffia's black soap is an "all in one" option for cleaning, and is ideal for faces and babies, shaving, shampooing, and as a general hand & body wash.
All Alaffia products are made through certified fair trade and with sustainable ingredients, with minimum environmental impact. Alaffia donates a portion of their sales proceeds to various projects that empower West African communities through education, employment, gender equality and maternal health.Alaffia products are made in the State of Washington.