If you are searching the internet to find the similarities and/or differences between the West African black soap and Morrocan black soap, then read on.
Black soap native to West Africa (ose dudu (Yoruba) Anago/Alata Samina (Ghana) is made from dried plantain peels, palm leaves (palm oil) and coco-pod ash. Plantain skins are largely what make this black soap so effective. They are a natural source of vitamins A & E and iron.
Dried plantain, Palm leaves and coco-pods are then roasted in a clay oven to produce ash. Water is added to the ashes and filtered. Cocoa pod is the shell of the cocoa fruit and also has natural healing properties. Ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, palm kernel oil or cocoa butter are heated and added, and hand stirred by local women for at least 24 hours. The soap solidifies and moves to the top, is scooped out and the mixture is set out to cure for two weeks.