In Savvy's first year of life (2011), I used to get invited to people's workplaces. I would sit in the lounge area and use my products to give the staff complimentary skin treatments.
One day, one of the staff asked me if I had ever tried African Black Soap.
I told her I hadn't even heard of it before, but would try it immediately. And I did.
I've been sourcing and rebatching it ever since. My customers won't go without it.
I've learned much about ABS, and how and why it works for even the most problematic or sensitive skin.
But one important detail that I've learned is that not all African Black Soaps are created equally.
True African Black Soap has therapeutic properties unparalleled.
Fake African Black Soap is a dud.
As such, I have carefully curated our black soap from a women's coop in North Ghana.
For TRUE African Black Soap: only women make it, and it is only made in West Africa.
These women have passed down the tradition to their daughters, and have created economic profitability for their households and communities.
They gather the shea nuts and process them in their homes. Then, they take the processed nuts to the coop, where they make shea butter and African Black Soap together, as a group.
The finished products are sold in base form by the women in bulk to local and international wholesalers.
When we get it, we melt it down and add french green clay, more ash and an essential oil blend to suit my audience's needs.
We also cut it into small squares for longer-lasting use and storage- real black soap is highly humectant, and "melts" with too much water introduced. Our delivery system makes one of our bars last up to 6 months of daily use.
I love everything about it.